As part of its 2009 Homecoming festivities, Robert Morris University (RMU) presented its Alumni Achievement Award to Catherine D. Trexler, management analyst/accreditation manager with the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.
The Alumni Achievement Award is given annually to an RMU graduate who has achieved professional distinction. Trexler, who earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from RMU in 2001, received the award at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 26, just before the Colonials football took the field against the Bryant Bulldogs.
Trexler orchestrates the program that in 2007 led Allegheny County to becoming the first public works agency in Pennsylvania to be accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA). In 2006, she was awarded second place as Pennsylvania’s 2006 Public Works Woman of the Year by the AWPA Pennsylvania Chapters.
As management analyst, Trexler researches and analyzes public works management practices for compliance with nationally recommended practices and federal, state, and local regulations. She also writes, edits, and publishes operations manuals, the In the Works newsletter, and the Public Works Annual Report. She also serves as an instructor for the Local Government Academy, is a member of Sustainable Pittsburgh, and serves on the Pillars of Good Government Task Force, Local Government Academy.
“Catherine has demonstrated tremendous commitment to her profession as well as a devotion to public service. We are proud to count her among our alumni,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo.
From left to right: Karen Spiegel; Catherine Trexler; RMU President Greg Dell'Omo; and Christopher Kaiser.
The recipient of RMU’s 2009 Young Alumni Achievement Award is Christopher J. Kaiser, senior account executive with Johnson Controls. Kaiser, a 2000 graduate of RMU’s management program, was a live liver donor for his mother in 2003, and is active in his local community of South Park Township, where he is a member of the board of trustees for the community library.
RMU’s 2009 Alumni Service Award recipient is Karen Spiegel, cataloging assistant and government documents assistant for the university’s library.
Spiegel, a 2006 graduate of RMU’s Human Resource Management program, served on the RMU Women’s History Month Committee in 2007 and 2008, and served as coordinator of the 2007 Women’s History Month Health Fair. She is also very active in the Boy Scouts of America and has been a merit badge counselor since 2001.
“Community service is an integral part of the RMU experience, and we are proud that Karen and Christopher have taken it to heart,” said Dell’Omo. “We judge our own success by the contributions that our alumni make in the lives of others.”