Physical Education and Human Performance Alumni Honored

On Feb. 24, the Manhattan College department of physical education and human performance held its 27th annual Distinguished Service Awards program in Alumni Hall.

On Feb. 24, the Manhattan College department of physical education and human performance held its 27th annual Distinguished Service Awards program in Alumni Hall.

This year, Anthony Servidio ’71, Terrence Ryan ’72, Ph.D., and Laura Martorello ’88, Ph.D., were chosen by a selection committee of faculty and administration for their leadership and service to local and regional communities around the country.

“We recognize men and women who have long careers in physical education or health professions – in particular, to present them as role models to present students,” says William Merriman, Ph.D., dean of the school of education.

During his days as a Jasper, Servidio played center field for the varsity baseball team on a full athletic scholarship. He garnered All-Metropolitan Conference All-Star Honorable Mentions in his junior and senior years, and led the NCAA in successful stolen base percentage for attempts per games played.

Upon graduation, Servidio launched a dedicated 40-year career as a teacher, athletic coach, dean of students and educational administrator for the New York City Department of Education and several Long Island school districts. He is currently assistant principal of St. Dominick’s High School on Long Island.

Ryan earned his degree from Manhattan College in 1972, and went on to obtain a master’s from SUNY Brockport and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where he studied, conducted research and worked with prominent scholars in special education, psychology, adapted physical education and health services.

He built a distinguished career with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) in Cleveland, first as supervisor of adapted physical education and leisure services, then as director of children’s services, and as CCBDD’s first assistant superintendent. Today, Ryan is superintendent and CEO of CCBDD, and serves more than 9,000 infants, children and adults who have developmental disabilities.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, Martorello earned a master’s in physical therapy from Long Island University and a doctorate in biomechanics and administration from Springfield College.

Throughout her professional career, she has worked as an in-home physical therapist for physically and mentally disabled persons, and has published her research in peer-reviewed journals. She has also taught physical therapy education at four colleges/universities, and served as director or associate director of two programs. Martorello is currently an associate professor in the division of physical therapy at American International College in Springfield, Mass.