Duquesne University School of Law

Senator Jay Costa, L'89 Joins Duquesne Century Club

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three new members of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni were inducted on Oct. 3 in the Power Center Ballroom.

The Century Club was established during Duquesne's 100th anniversary in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. Of more than 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 324 have been admitted to its elite ranks. The 2014 Century Club inductees are:

  • Honorable Jay Costa Jr. of Forest Hills, Law 1989
  • Diane Schaming Hupp of Bridgeville, Nursing 1987, Graduate Nursing 1995
  • Shelley L. Kobuck of Mount Lebanon, Music 1980.

The Honorable Jay Costa Jr., State Senator, 43rd District 

Costa, son of the late Allegheny County Treasurer and longtime Democratic Party leader Jay Costa Sr., earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979, graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy in 1985. While employed as an Allegheny County Sheriff's Deputy, he enrolled in Duquesne Law School's evening division.

Costa followed his father into politics, winning election as Allegheny County Register of Wills in 1992 and, four years later, he won a seat in the Senate. He represents the 43rd district, a diverse mix of Pittsburgh city neighborhoods and suburbs in the East Hills and portions of the Mon Valley. Now serving his fifth full term, he has been elected Democratic Floor Leader, his party's highest ranking Senate member. He has held influential appointments on the Appropriations and Judiciary committees and has served as chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Costa's legislative achievements cover: expanding health insurance and prescription drug coverage for children and senior citizens, increasing funding for mass transit, providing interpreters to non-English speakers and the hearing impaired during judicial and administrative proceedings, and education and economic development initiatives. He has championed tougher sentences for sex offenders and impaired drivers, increased funding for police and homeland security, and advocated for improvements in crime data reporting and more diverse jury pools.

A shareholder in the law firm of Grogan Graffam, Costa is a former adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh. Costa has served on Duquesne's Law Alumni Association Board and the University's Alumni Board of Governors, among other board positions. He played a pivotal role in securing state funding for the Law School's Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education, a freestanding legal clinic facility on Fifth Avenue in Uptown.

Diane Schaming Hupp, Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Hupp, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She was instrumental in leading initiatives for patient care design, workflows, technology, training and process changes for providers for the new 296-bed Children's Hospital transition. She has been the catalyst for significant advancements in surgical technology, supply chain management, operating room efficiency and patient safety. 

Hupp began her career at Children's as a volunteer while a student at Duquesne, and became a staff nurse after graduation. She became a nurse manager in 1992 and held directorships in Medical Services and Perioperative and Surgical Services before assuming her current position in 2005. She is a candidate for a doctorate in nursing practice degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hupp oversees 1,500 of the hospital's 3,300 employees and, while surgical volume has increased by 20 percent, nursing staff turnover has been reduced by 40 percent. Her focus on shared leadership and staff development helped Children's to achieve Magnet Hospital status, a distinction shared by only 7 percent of the world's hospitals. Her efforts in the area of automated health records helped make Children's the first pediatric hospital in the U.S. to achieve HIMSS Level 7 status.

Hupp was a finalist for the 2014 Pennsylvania Nurse Executive Nightingale Award, and has received UPMC's 2011 Eugene S. Wiener Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in Pediatric Healthcare and the Leading with Wisdom Award.

A member of Duquesne University's Nursing Advisory Board, Hupp served on Duquesne's Nursing Dean Search Committee in 2011-2012. She serves on the boards of the Children's Home and Lemieux Family Center, the Child Health Association's Advisory Committee for Transforming Care in a Complex Environment and the American Heart Association's Mary Ann Scully Task Force.

Hupp is the daughter of Janice Schaming and the late James J. Schaming, B'55, who was inducted into the Century Club in 2011.

Shelley L. Kobuck, Senior Vice President of Operations, Affinity Health Services 

Kobuck is senior vice president of operations with Affinity Health Services of Indiana, Pa. Responsible for both facility management and consultation services, she oversees skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted and independent living residences for non-profit and for-profit companies.

A veteran of more than 25 years in health care leadership, Kobuck previously held executive positions with Kindred Healthcare of Columbus, Ohio; Golden Living and Tandem Health Care in Pittsburgh; and Inova Health System in Fairfax, Va. Her work has spanned acute and long-term care facilities across five states, and she has been recognized for developing innovative public-private partnerships, transforming management processes, improving customer relationships, ensuring regulatory compliance, and most importantly, improving patient outcomes in a variety of settings.

Currently pursuing a doctorate in medical ethics from Duquesne, Kobuck has conducted and presented research on ethical issues surrounding dementia patients and elder abuse at recent international conferences in Germany and France, and attended a United Nations-sponsored ethics teachers' training course in Croatia earlier this year. 

Among her public service and advisory roles, she participated on a task force to develop Fairfax County's strategic plan for long-term care and assisted former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's transition team in developing assisted living program regulations.

Kobuck served as president of the Duquesne University Alumni Association and an ex-officio member of the University's Board of Directors from 2003-2009. She and her teenage son, Sasha, who was adopted from Russia as an infant, are active volunteers with the Holy Family Institute, Southwestern Pennsylvania Pug Rescue, and various facilities for the elderly, disabled and homeless.  

She also has supported Sasha in his hobby of restoring statues of the Virgin Mary. His recent restorations include Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and the Our Lady of Victory Shrine on Duquesne's campus.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.