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We want to spotlight the success of our graduates. Would you like to be a part of our Spotlight Series? If so, send us an email at alumni@clarion.edu.

Spotlight: July 2014

Reno Mary Rose 2010Being a member of the CUAA board for eight years was a challenging and rewarding experience. It enlightened me to what managing a university entails and how Clarion University relies on its graduates to become involved in moving CU forward.

--Mary Rose Reno ('55)

Clarion degree: B.S. in education

Current employment: Retired after teaching career

Congratulations, Mary Rose. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.

 



 

Spotlight: May 2014

David ScottI came to Clarion as a student but left as an educator. The Clarion experience instilled in me the ambition and drive to make a difference in the lives of others.

--David Scott (’92)

Clarion degree: B.S. in secondary education with minor in writing

Current employment: Program manager of Eastside Community Schools and co-host of TV show “Single On Saturday Night in Philadelphia” 

Congratulations, David. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: March 2014

Jasmine MonroeI fell in love with the TV station (CU-TV) and was impressed with the nice apartments in Reinhard Villages. It was the first and only campus I visited. I knew I wanted to go here.

--Jasmine Monroe

Clarion degree: B.S., Mass media arts, journalism and communication studies '13

Current employment: News reporter, WFMJ Channel 21, Youngstown, Ohio

 

Congratulations, Jasmine. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.



Spotlight: January 2014

TalleriGraduation day was one of the proudest moments of my life.  Clarion University has a demanding curriculum and prepares you well for professional and personal goals and future challenges.   It was a world-class education and experience then, and I know it still is today. 

--Maj. Gen. Peter Talleri, USMC, Ret.

Clarion degree: BSBA ‘79

Current employment: Practice director, International Division of Anglicotech, LLC, Washington, D.C.

 

Congratulations, Peter. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: November 2013

Ashley LutonI love the idea of making a difference by connecting today as an alumna, because I appreciate and am very thankful for everything Clarion was able to give to me.

-- Ashley Luton '07

Clarion degree: elementary education

Current career: manager/distributor

Employer: Total Body Tanning/It Works Global

Q&A with Ashley:

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I was recruited to play softball at Clarion. I wanted a degree in education, and after I visited and talked to one of the softball players from my academic area, I knew this was where I needed to be.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I met my best friends and my husband at Clarion. Playing softball and joining Delta Zeta were two of the best things I ever did, but I was also actively involved in many other organizations.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

At Clarion I earned Second Team All PSAC for playing third base my sophomore season, and I also earned the Greek Leader of Distinction Award at Northeast Greek Leadership Association.

What is something people don’t know about you?

My husband and I have three Shih Tzu dogs: Einstein, Elvis and Emeril.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

After working for several years with youth at Mid-Atlantic Youth Services, which was very rewarding, I had the opportunity to work in my family business. I am very honored that I was asked to lead the direction and operations for the tanning center.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

It means that it is important to say in touch even though my college experience has ended. I like to stay connected, especially because I'm still living and working right in Clarion. I enjoy sharing my stories and experiences with current students as a way to mentor, because, in the end, it is like a big family network. I love the idea of making a difference by connecting today as an alumna, because I appreciate and am very thankful for everything Clarion was able to give to me.

Congratulations, Ashley. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: September 2013

2Vinnie BandlaClarion University's MBA program gave me the opportunities not only to pursue strong course work relating to business administration, but also gave me an opportunity to interact with a diverse student community from various countries.

--Vinnie Bandla '98

Clarion degree: MBA

Current career: CEO

Employer: WinMax Systems Corporation, Milpitas, Calif.

Q&A with Vinnie:

Why did you choose Clarion University?

As an international student from India, the choices of universities in the USA were many. Among those, Clarion University provided a strong MBA program at a reasonable cost.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I have several good memories of Clarion: as a graduate assistant working for faculty members of CoBA in Still Hall, as a summer orientation leader and as a Sitzman International Student Award winner. Also, ALF week was always the best!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

As a CEO of WinMax Systems, I am responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the company. The Clarion MBA program gave me entrepreneurial perspective and honed my zeal to be successful. After I graduated from Clarion,, I started working in technology sales, selling IT services. Growing from a sales representative to leading an organization has been a tremendous experience and personally fulfilling. In my role, I am glad to be able to create job opportunities. I recently hired our first Clarion graduate and hope to hire more in the future.

What is something people don't know about you?

I enjoy cooking. It is also a great way to take a break.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

My career path in sales and business development has helped me understand customer behavior. Today, as I am responsible for the overall growth of the company, the years of customer interaction has made me confident in my leadership abilities. My career path has given me the opportunity to excel in communication, interaction and presentation skills, and it has given me a deep perspective and understanding of people skills, which I feel is important for any kind of leadership.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Clarion University's MBA program gave me the opportunities not only to pursue strong course work relating to business administration, but also gave me an opportunity to itneract with a diverse student community from various countries. Today I live and work in probably the most diverse area of the United States, the Silicon Valley. My Clarion experience helps me still today. Clarion proud!

Additional comments:

During my time at Clarion, the business program got its AACSB accreditation. I was among the first group of students to graduate from the MBA program after the accreditation.

Congratulations, Vinnie. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: July 2013

Britney FontecchioMy goal is to apply my education from Clarion to help the company, and eventually advance in the company into corporate marketing.

--Britney Fontecchio '13

Clarion degree: Business marketing

Current career: Management trainee

Employer: Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Q&A with Britney:

Why did you choose Clarion University:

I chose Clarion University because it has such a great atmosphere, and it felt like a perfect fit for me. Also, the business program is accredited.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite memory is being chosen by Clarion University's American Marketing Association chapter to attend a conference in New Orleans. It was an honor to attend the conference.

What is your greatest accomplishment during your four years on campus?

My greatest accomplishment during my college career is graduating in three years.

How did Clarion help you get where you are?

My professor/advisor, along with Career Services, were always there for guidance when creating my resume and looking for a job.

What is a goal you are trying to accomplish with the career path you have chosen?

My goal is to apply my education from Clarion to help the company, and eventually advance in the company into corporate marketing.

What does being a Clarion alumna mean to you?

It is so great to have graduated from such a great school. Being a Clarion University alumna is a huge honor.

Congratulations, Britney. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: May 2013

Matt BargerI'm a Golden Eagle, and (former Clarion University President Dr. Joe Grunenwald) said it best -- "Fly, Eagles, Fly," -- and that's what I try to do.

--Matt Barger '10

Clarion degree: Chemistry

Current career: Chemist

Employer: Department of Navy, Norfolk, Va.

Q&A with Matt

Why did you choose Clarion University?

Clarion had everything I was looking for in a school -- location, decent tuition costs and size.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Every Saturday a group of us would play football behind Wilk and Nair. We'd play even when there was two feet of snow. It was great!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

In the current job market, I would have to say finding a career that I enjoy. That, so far, has been my greatest accomplishment.

What is something people don't know about you?

I'm a third generation Clarion alumnus.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

It's in my field of study, and I'm privileged to work with active military forces.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

I'm a Golden Eagle, and (former Clarion University President Dr. Joe Grunenwald) said it best -- "Fly, Eagles, Fly," -- and that's what I try to do.

Congratulations, Matt. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


Spotlight: March 2013

Kim lemonI have always wanted to work in television and I have always wanted to work at WGAL. I was hired 33 years ago and have loved every day of my job. I am blessed to live and work in a place where I grew up and to impact a community I love very much.

--Kim Lemon

Clarion degree: Speech communications and theatre

Current career: News anchor

Employer: WGAL, Lancaster, PA

Q&A with Kim

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose Clarion because of its exceptional speech communications department and its nationally ranked debate team. I also wanted to attend a state-owned university for financial reasons.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I was Miss Clarion State College in 1977. I went on to represent the college in the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant where I was first runner-up.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment has been raising two bright, successful daughters with my husband, John MacIver.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I once rode my bike 280 miles from Ground Zero to the Pentagon as part of a “rolling memorial” for the victims of Sept. 11.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I have always wanted to work in television, and I have always wanted to work at WGAL. I was hired 33 years ago and have loved every day of my job. I am blessed to live and work in a place where I grew up and to impact a community I love very much.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I received a wonderful education at Clarion in a field that was just beginning to unfold for women.

Additional comments you would like to include?

I would say that my debate coach, the late Dr. Roger Hufford, and Dr. Mary Hardwick, my theatre instructor, changed my life. Both of these professors recognized my potential and did not let me "settle.” They encouraged and enriched my life in ways that will forever make me grateful.

Congratulations, Kim. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: January 2013

Kevin HarperThe most important thing about being an alumnus of Clarion University is the connections that we all have. There is an authentic connection between all of the alumni who have gone to Clarion, and I will forever cherish the lifelong friendships I have had and continue to make though the university.

--Kevin Harper

Clarion degree: Elementary education

Current career: Administrator

Employer: Erie School District, Erie, PA

Q&A with Kevin

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I visited Clarion University in the spring of 1990. I instantly fell in love with the scenery and the campus. It was also about two hours away from my home, so I was far enough away to not go home every weekend, but not too far to drive home for vacations. It was where I believed I would get the best opportunity to continue to play sports and have a good academic career. At that time, they were the two most important things to me.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memory came in 1992. After starting our football season 0-4, we went on a miraculous run and won five games in a row to force a sixth game against IUP for the conference championship. The fans and the band were amazing! Winning that game was one of the most unbelievable feelings I have ever had in my life!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I have two great accomplishments in life. My daughter Erika and my son Jaden are the greatest things that have ever happened to me. My wife, Erin Rapela Harper, who is also a Clarion graduate, is also a major part of these accomplishments. I would not be where I am without her.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I absolutely love to sing. I sing in the church choir and have a streak going in Singstar on my PlayStation against my family and friends. I have not tried karaoke yet but plan to soon!

What did you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I love that I have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life every day. Moving from a teacher to an administrator, I can have a greater impact on more students and families. I am reminded daily when I see our students' faces and their smiles the importance of every employee in our school and their ability to help our students reach their maximum potential.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

The most important thing about being an alumnus of Clarion University is the connections that we all have. No matter where I am, I can always find Clarion alumni. There is an authentic connection between all of the alumni who have gone to Clarion, and I will forever cherish the lifelong friendships I have had and continue to make though the university.

Congratulations, Kevin. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


Spotlight: December 2012

Richelle ReinselI truly believe that I received a great education that prepared me for what I would experience after graduation and who I am today as a professional.

--Richelle Kropp Reinsel

 

Clarion degree: Business/marketing

Current career: Inside sales representative

Employer: SwishData Corporation

Q&A with Richelle

Why did you choose Clarion University?

It had accredited programs and a great reputation.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Meeting new people from different areas and making new friends.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Graduating from college and venturing out on my own.

What is something people don't know about you?

I'm originally from Clarion.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

The flexibility. There are so many career paths that you can explore with a business degree.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I'm proud to say that I graduated from Clarion University. I truly believe that I received a great education that prepared me for what I would experience after graduation and who I am today as a professional.

Congratulations, Richelle. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continues success and happiness.

Spotlight: November 2012

Saqib ChowdhryMy greatest accomplishments come when I know that I have impacted a student. It's an amazing feeling to know that I helped to facilitate that "Aha!" moment.

--Saqib Chowdhry

Clarion degree: Secondary education/social studies

Current career: Assistant director of admissions and coordinator of minority recruitment

Employer: Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Q&A with Saqib

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I was actually a transfer student to Clarion. I loved the size. It has the resources of a large school, while maintaining a small school feel in the classroom.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Living in Campbell Hall and clowning around with friends. There are too many stories to pinpoint one, but I was able to meet some of my best friends there.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishments come when I know that I have impacted a student. It's an amazing feeling to know that I helped to facilitate that "Aha!" moment.

What is something people don't know about you?

I was able to play the role of a SWAT team member in "The Dark Knight Rises."

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I have the ability to provide students with resources to pursue higher education and set life goals. How great is that?

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

It means that I am part of a prideful community of alumni who believe in terrific education that we received both inside and outside of the classroom.

Additional comments you would like to include?

Clarion offered me a supportive learning environment, and it is great to give the same support that I received to future Golden Eagles.

Congratulations, Saqib. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continues success and happiness.


Spotlight: October 2012

Kim LampkinsMy fondest memories include the people I met and befriended along the way; most of those friendships continue to this day. I cherish my involvement with the Black Student Union and Gospeliers, which helped provide an active voice for the African American students on campus.

--Kim Lampkins ('80)

Clarion degree: Communications

Current career: Radio Network news anchor/producer; owner, SayItCreatively freelance voice and production company; primary voice over announcer/Sirius XM/Real Jazz Channel

Employer: American Urban Radio Networks

Q&A with Kim

Why did you choose Clarion University?

After visiting several schools, I fell in love with Clarion's campus, initially with an interest in its education program. Clarion was just far enough away from home for me, and close enough to home for my dad!

What is your favorite campus memory?

My fondest memories include the people I met and befriended along the way; most of those friendships continue to this day. I cherish my involvement with the Black Student Union and Gospeliers, which helped provide an active voice for the African American students on campus. Being elected as a student senator was a very memorable experience. And the day that I walked into WCUC Radio and decided I wanted to be a broadcaster ranks at the top of the list. It's been a wonderfully fulfilling ride ever since.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

On a personal level, I would say raising a hardworking, respectful son has been my greatest accomplishment. Professionally, there have been many accomplishments and milestones. I consider each one a blessing.

What is something people don't know about you?

I love to cook!

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

Having a direct connection with ordinary people in an effort to disseminate news and information that has a direct impact on their lives.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

College provided a monumental transition from the watchful eye of my parents to the independence of adulthood. The choices made while in college helped put me on a successful and fulfilling career track. Clarion University was the backdrop in which those decisions were made, alongside newfound friends who, too, were forging their way in the world. CU has and will always have a special place in my heart.

Congratulations, Kim. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


 

Spotlight: September 2012

Zach CovingtonClarion University offered the skills I needed to build a successful career, as well as establish myself with integrity in my community.

--Zachary Covington ('02)

Clarion degree: B.S. in music education

Current career: Director of choirs and theatre, Clarion Area School District

Q&A with Zachary:

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose to apply to Clarion University because my mother is an alumna. I chose to attend Clarion University because of the music faculty at the time, and the small, user-friendly campus, and reasonable tuition.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memory, outside of my major, is my work with Student Life Services as a resident assistant, orientation leader, and student worker in Egbert Hall. I found these experiences somewhat challenging, exponentially rewarding, and so very enjoyable!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Leading an international tour in Italy as the founder and artistic director of Clarion County Festival Choir.

What is something people don't know about you?

I came to Clarion as a music major, and graduated from the music program; however, I began my career at a different school as a pre-med major.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

What I enjoy the most about my chosen career path are the rewarding experiences I have had making music, building the characters and directing the musicals with so many students through the years.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

I think being a Clarion University alumnus means that I am a valuable member of a hometown, high-standards family.

Additional comments you would like to include?

I am honored to be building my chosen career in the town where I earned my undergraduate degree. Clarion University offered the skills I needed to build a successful career, as well as establish myself with integrity in my community. I enjoy seeing my former faculty members and mentors regularly, and I also welcome every chance I get to attend events at Clarion University to support current programs and students.

Congratulations, Zachary. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


 

Spotlight: August 2012

David MahaffeyClarion University was the kickoff point of my life as an adult and started me on this great adventure of finding my way in the world. It is funny, but no matter where my professional life has taken me, I always seem to find Clarion graduates there.

--David Mahaffey ('87, '89)

Clarion degree: B.S. in communications; B.S. in secondary education (communication arts)

Current career: English and history teacher, head football and track and field coach, Washington County Public Schools, Hancock, Md.

Q&A with David:
Why did you choose Clarion University?

One of my best friends had gone to Clarion the previous year, and after visiting and spending some time at the university, I knew it was the school for me.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Working with the campus radio stations, being sports editor of the campus newspaper, and having a great deal of fun with friends; but the best has to be meeting my wife of 25-plus years, Bobbie Jo (Floyd '87).

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Teaching and coaching. Also, this past spring I was fortunate enough to be the offensive coordinator for the Carroll County Cannons semi-pro football team from Westminster, Md., which won the Atlantic Football Association title with a 10-0 record and finished number six in the country. My son, Derek, was the starting left offensive tackle for the Cannons, and sharing this experience with him was very special.

What is something people don't know about you?

I was lucky enough to be a member of a college football coaching staff for a team that had two future NFL Pro Bowl players (Brent Grimes, Falcons, and John Kuhn, Packers) on the roster.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I have had the opportunity to meet, teach, and coach some great people through the years. Having coached at the high school, college, and semi-pro levels during my career has given me a great deal of fulfillment. I love the fact that I get to have an influence on young people both in the classroom and on the athletic fields.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Clarion University was the kickoff point of my life as an adult, and started me on this great adventure of finding my way in the world. It is funny, but no matter where my professional life has taken me, I always seem to find Clarion graduates there.

Additional comments you would like to include?

Clarion was not just a university, but a second home. When I returned as an opposing coach, it was very strange, but still a proud moment for me because I knew Clarion was where my dreams all started.

Congratulations, David. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: July 2012

KitchinClarion is more than just a school or a town -- it is a community that reaches far across any kind of boundary. That's especially true here in northern Virginia where you can find Clarion grads all over. I actually work with one now!

--Alison (Morber) Kitchin ('04)

Clarion degree: B.S. in elementary education

Current career: Kindergarten teacher, Prince William County Public Schools, Bristow, Va.

Q&A with Alison:

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose Clarion because my sister and friends were at Clarion, and, after spending a week visiting (and even attending some classes), I fell in love with the campus, small classes and the community.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I would have to say my involvement with my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, the Golden Eagle Marching Band/Colorguard, Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Sorority for members of the collegiate band) and definitely singing at Carnegie Hall with the choir in November 2001.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Being a teacher. I have wanted to teach since I was very young and taught my stuffed animals! My time at Clarion gave me the most well-rounded education that I could imagine. I dabbled in so many different areas and learned so much. This prepared me for my teaching career, as well as fostered the interest in learning, which pushed me toward getting my master's degree.

What is something people don't know about you?

I have discovered that I am an amazing cook and baker. I love to create new recipes for cupcakes and other yummy dishes. In college it was thought that I couldn't even boil water!

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I love working with children. I taught 5th grade for many years and am now working at a brand new school that opened in September 2011. I love both age groups and cannot choose which is my favorite. Igniting that spark in a child is such an amazing experience, as well as having a teenager approach you and say you were their favorite teacher and the turning point in their education. That is a feeling that you just cant explain!

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

Clarion is more than just a school or a town -- it is a community that reaches far across any kind of boundary. That's especially here in northern Virginia where you can find Clarion grads all over. I actually work with one now!

Additional comments you would like to include?

I married my best friend in September 2009 and became a stepmother to two fantastic girls. My older stepdaughter is a freshman, and my younger stepdaughter is in 7th grade. Both have said they want to go to Clarion! We also have a little Boston terrier/beagle mix named Sparky.

Congratulations, Alison. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


 

Spotlight: June 2012

Jacob McGuirkThe reason that I chose Clarion University is that it has an accredited business program. It is a 30-minute drive from my house, so I could commute, and the tuition was pretty inexpensive compared to other colleges that I had looked at.

--Jacob McGuirk ('12)

Clarion degree: B.S. in accounting

Current career: Accountant, Farmers National Bank of Emlenton

Q&A with Jacob:

Why did you choose Clarion University?

The reason that I chose Clarion University is that it has an accredited business program. It is a 30-minute drive from my house, so I could commute, and the tuition was pretty inexpensive compared to other colleges that I had looked at.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I did not live on campus so I really don't have a favorite campus memory, but I did enjoy receiving the text alert message saying there was a bear on campus about a month ago.

What is your greatest accomplishment during your four years on campus?

My greatest accomplishment over my four years would have to be graduation!

How did Clarion help you get where you are?

I would have to say that the professors in the business department, a few in particular, helped me get me where I am right now. I have to give a huge thanks to Kreag Danvers for helping me get an internship with Farmers National Bank over a year and a half ago, which has lead me into a full time position.

What is a goal you are trying to accomplish with the career path you have chosen?

I would like to become the controller at Farmers National Bank, become the president of a bank, or open up my own business of some type someday.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

It means that I have come from an accredited university which means a lot to me. When people ask where I went to school and I say Clarion University, they know that I have been taught what I need to know and use out in the real world.

Additional comments you would like to include?

I am glad and proud to be a Clarion grad!

Congratulations, Jacob. Everyone at Clarion University wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: May 2012

Lisa McAdooBeing a Clarion alumna is "a reminder that I made positive choices in my life and made no excuses for any shortcomings I've had in my life."

--Lisa McAdoo ('88)

Clarion degree: B.A. in sociology/psychology

Current career: Recreation specialist for Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Detention Center, Philadelphia

Q&A with Lisa

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I received a basketball scholarship. I visited prior to selecting Clarion. I liked that it was a culturally mixed university.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite memory was our last game of the season in my senior year when I scored my 1,000th point. I was the first female basketball player to accomplish that at Clarion University.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is graduating from Clarion University in four years without going to summer school. I had to work in the summer to support myself, so I worked hard to pass my classes and complete my curricula for my major. I attended study hours in the library, as required by the women's basketball coach, Doris Black, which helped a lot.

What is something people don't know about you?

I am a certified hypnotherapist and have been performing comedy stage hypnosis shows for a few years. I also own and instruct at the More Than Music DJ Institute. I've been a DJ since 1984.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

It's a path that helps people (inmates) change their lives and become productive citizens when they return to society.

What does being a Clarion alumna mean to you?

It's a reminder that I made positive choices in my life and made no excuses for any shortcomings I've had in my life.

Congratulations, Lisa. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


Spotlight: April 2012


Myron Kurtiak"I am proud to be associated with Clarion University. I received a solid education at a great value that helped prepare me for a career in business."

--Myron J. Kurtiak

Clarion degree: B.S.B.A. in marketing

Current career: Director of human resources, Waban Projects, Inc., Sanford, Maine

Q&A with Myron

Why did you choose Clarion University?

Several friends and high school classmates were attending Clarion. Clarion's location was also nice, being just 50 miles from home.

What is your favorite campus memory?

So many -- Greek Week, attending wrestling matches, tunneling through the snow to get to class, late night visits to "Eddie Dogs," Thursday nights at the "Roost."

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Husband to the greatest wife a guy could want and father to three amazing kids.

What is something people don't know about you?

My house is a Colonial from before the Revolutionary War -- it was built in 1755. Over the past 10 years I have completed the entire restoration. I love to do woodworking; I specialize in making furniture for my home, family and friends.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I have chosen to be a human resources generalist. I am certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. As an HR generalist, I have been able to succeed in many elements of business: compensation, safety, benefits, training and development, employee relations, employment law, recruitment, retention and performance management. HR professionals can have a tremendous impact on the success of an organization. For most companies, their biggest expenses are wages and benefits.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

I am proud to be associated with Clarion University. I received a solid education at a great value that helped prepare me for a career in business.

Additional comments you would like to include?

Since 1997 I have been a director of human resources for Waban, a non-profit that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities. During the past five years I have concentrated on the strategic aspects of running a business -- becoming an efficient and effective, high-performing organization. Over the past five years the providers in our industry have experienced reduction from the state and federal Department of Health and Human Services. During this same time, Waban has been able to respond by positioning itself and actually expanding operations during this period, increasing revenue by 20 percent and growing our workforce from 270 employees to 340 employees.

Congratulations, Myron. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: March 2012

Michael Zug"I count my years attending Clarion as some of the best in my life. Many of my closest friendships were forged during that time. The professors, authors, artists, philosophers, friends, books, movies, schools of thought and conversations I had during this period definitely broadened my horizons."

--Michael A. Zug ('97)

Clarion degree: B.A. in history

Current career: Freelance/A.G.L./DeMan's Sports, Brookville

Q&A with Michael

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose Clarion University because it was relatively close to home and it had an excellent reputation as having a quality history program.

What is your favorite campus memory?

It's a dead heat between crunching through the autumn leaves on my way to Marwick-Boyd to Founders Hall (which I did a lot of as a history major/art minor) or messing around with my friends doing Thursday radio shows at WCCB.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I suppose it's my contribution as the primary artist for A.G.L.'s flagship iPhone app, Swackett. We are a very small team, all home-grown in western Pennsylvania, and we put out a weather app that was downloaded over a million times in less than 12 months. We are currently at 1,131,678 users, generating 133 million ad impressions. Plus, we've been featured in Macworld magazine and selected as a Best of 2011 App by Apple. Swackett has been rated as the number one weather app in 67 countries for Mac users. Basically, we are taking the world of weather "by storm."

What is something people don't know about you?

People might not know it, because I appear to be an extrovert, by I am actually quite shy and private. I may be gregarious in a social setting, but inside beats the heart of a 14-year-old boy who would rather be at home in his bedroom reading comic books.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I love the freedom of it all. I like making my own hours (even when they are 16-hour days), plus there is a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction when someone purchases a T-shirt I designed or when I read a Twitter message about how much they enjoyed a particular Swackett drawing. It is a really great feeling to know that someone is willing to spend hard-earned currency on an image that was previously just rattling around in my head.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Clarion is a smallish institution, but it has enormous charm and appeal. The departments that I had day-to-day interaction with during my scholastic career (primarily history, art and English) were excellent. I owe a great deal of any success I may have achieved to the faculty and friends I encountered at this university.

Additional comments you would like to include?

I count my years attending Clarion as some of the best in my life. Many of my closest friendships were forged during that time. My career in visual arts may have advanced a bit faster if I had jumped into it straight out of high school, but the professors, authors, artists, philosophers, friends, books, movies, schools of thought and conversations I had during this period definitely broadened my horizons and provided a basis for a much deeper pool of inspiration to draw from than I may have otherwise been allotted.

Congratulations, Michael. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: February 2012

Sara Lutz"I feel like a stronger individual because of the lessons I learned at Clarion. I know I have a great support system between the professors, employees and friends I met during my time there, and it means I can get anywhere I want to be with their help and dedication!

--Sara (Hines '10) Lutz

Clarion degree: B.S. in rehabilitative science

Current career: Staffing supervisor, United Disabilities Services, Lancaster, Pa.

Q&A with Sara

Why did you choose Clarion University?

Clarion provided me with all the options in majors for up-and-coming career fields. They have opportunities available that many schools do not provide and small class sizes for personal attention from professors. Clarion is a school devoted to customer service. From the moment I got a phone call saying I got in, I knew this is where I wanted to be!

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memory is waking up early in the morning and grabbing a coffee at Starbucks or a breakfast sandwich at Gemmel with some friends - that time where you can catch up about the night before, look forward to the coming day and review notes before your next test!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is challenging myself in my current career field and advancing myself more than three times since I've been with the organization. Beginning as an intern, within only one year, I locked in a position as a personal care attendant, received a promotion to an associate staffing supervisor, and after three short months received another promotion to staffing supervisor.

What is something people don't know about you?

I married God's perfect match for me on 9/10/11! And we endorse Ron Paul!

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

The career I am in challenges me every day. I walk away from work feeling satisfied about the positive changes I'm making to increase the independence for individuals with disabilities. I am serving the Lord by serving the community, and I can't imagine doing something that doesn't contribute toward helping individuals.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I feel like a stronger individual because of the lessons I learned at Clarion. I know I have a great support system between the professors, employees and friends I met during my time there, and it means I can get anywhere I want to be with their help and dedication.

Additional comments you would like to include?

Continue to gain knowledge, work toward your goals and strive to achieve anything you want. Follow God and make the most of your time to educate yourselves!

Congratulations, Sara. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: January 2012

Matt Gentile"Being a Clarion alumnus has always been a great source of pride. There are many other well-known universities that have a higher "pedigree" if you will, but the basic fundamentals of communication management that I learned at Clarion University prepared me to compete professionally and build a successful career over the past 21 years."

-- Matt Gentile

Clarion degree: B.S. in communication

Current career: Director of public relations and social media, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, Parsippany, N.J.

Q&A with Matt

Why did you choose Clarion University?

My elementary school teacher was a friend of my family and a Clarion alumnus. It was two hours away from home, which was not too close to home, but not too far away, either. I liked the campus, and the university had a good reputation for its communication program.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Being a disc jockey on the dorm-only (640 AM) channel and playing whatever I wanted.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Being a loving and devoted father to my two sons.

What is something people don't know about you?

Immediately following graduation I left for Washington, D.C., and went to work for a strategic communications firm, The Rendon Group, where I had the opportunity to travel and work in Cairo, Kuwait City, London, Rome and Paris.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

The people I've met, the places I've been and the professional work I've achieved. I have been fortunate enough to promote everything from heavyweight boxing matches in Madison Square Garden to political campaigns in Iraq. Currently, I'm promoting the first-ever Super Bowl ad campaign for CENTURY 21® Real Estate.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

To me it has always been a great source of pride. There are many other well-known universities that have a higher "pedigree," if you will, but the basic fundamentals of communication management that I learned at Clarion University prepared me to compete professionally and build a successful career over the past 21 years.

Additional comments you would like to include?

I would like to thank William H. Lloyd, former assistant professor and chairman, Department of Communication. He may not have realized it at the time, but his "real-world" guidance inspired me and showed me what was possible as a public relations professional.

For graduating communication professionals, stop posting inappropriate content on social networks. Prospective employers are researching you.

Congratulations, Matt. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: December 2011

Alumni Spotlight - Angela Groom Brown"As alumni, we have an immediate connection to one another simply by our school. We know a friend/family is just a phone call away. I proudly wear my paraphernalia. I have been stopped in airports, on cruise ships, malls and other businesses by people who have a Clarion connection or familiarity. Membership has its privileges!"

-- Angela Groom Brown

Clarion degree: B.S. in business administration/computer science

Current career: Government consulting, finance/contracts, IBM, works from her Fort Washington, Md., home

Q&A with Angela

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I was forced to go to college by my mother, older siblings and a very hard-nosed assistant principal. During a college fair at my high school, recruiters from all of the Ivy League schools, as well as other colleges and universities, were in attendance. As I knew my single parent couldn't afford college tuition at a community school let alone an Ivy League school, I decided high school would be the finale for me, and I refused to participate in the fair. The next day the assistant principal escorted me to the auditorium and sat beside me through all of the presentations. When prompted to decide on a college, Clarion stood out in my memory.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Graduation day - the excitement and jubilation! It was the proudest moment for my mother, a single parent of six children, my siblings and all of the people who directly or indirectly contributed to my success in obtaining my college degree. For me, it was truly a case of "it takes a village," as I was embraced, nurtured and guided by many. I will never forget the kindness, wisdom and care bestowed upon me.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Philanthropy. The realization that I am tasked with lending a helping hand to another person, as many others made it possible for me to become the person I am today. I am my brothers' keeper.

What is something people don't know about you?

I am a shoe fanatic.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

My Clarion degree, coupled with the broad array of course work the degree program required, affords me the opportunity to advance while allowing the flexibility to work in diverse areas.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I am proud to be a Clarion alumna. I am a part of a magical family. I formed life-long friendships, attained maturation and have a wealth of knowledge and memories of my time at Clarion. Alumni have an immediate connection to one another simply by "our school." I proudly wear my paraphernalia. I have been stopped in airports, on cruise ships, malls and other businesses by people who have a Clarion connection or familiarity. Membership has its privileges!

Additional comments you would like to include?

Clarion was where I needed to be. It afforded me the opportunity to develop and transform from a teenager to an adult, armed with the best tool of life - an education. My experiences in Clarion have shaped, molded, and prepared me for the life I lead and the person I am today.

Congratulations, Angela. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


 

Spotlight: November 2011

Ken Pruitt"Clarion University has a reputation that extends far beyond the campus grounds. As an alumnus I have benefited from that reputation. I do feel duty-bound to uphold the standards and carry the reputation forward."

--Ken Pruitt

Clarion degree: B.S. in communication ('00), B.S. secondary education ('03)

Current career: Assistant middle school principal, Burrell School District, Lower Burrell, Pa.

Q&A with Ken

Why did you choose Clarion University?

Pennsylvania has an outstanding system of higher education. Clarion University offered me an independent college experience while allowing my safety nets to remain close by.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Non-linear tape editing. In the mid 90s we were still editing VHS tape. We spent entire evenings putting together a few minutes' worth of footage. Also, near the end of my second stint at Clarion, I was married. Upon returning, my professors and classmates had a party for my wife and me. It was touching to see how much they all cared.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My children. They amaze me every day.

What is something people don't know about you?

That's a tough question in the age of social media. If you follow me on twitter you already know more than you probably should.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I believe there is honor in public education. Ensuring that every child receives a quality education in a safe, stimulating environment creates the foundation for our great country. I work every day with people who only want the best for our youth. What could ever be bad about that?

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Clarion University has a reputation that extends far beyond the campus grounds. As an alumnus I have benefited from that reputation. I do feel duty bound to uphold the standards and carry the reputation forward.

Congratulations, Ken. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


 

Spotlight: October 2011

Vancas"Being involved and taking leadership roles in different organizations helped me grow as an individual and gave me the confidence and knowledge to achieve set goals. I also gained valuable real-life work experience through obtaining internships at Clear Channel Radio, PSECU and Clarion University's Small Business Development Center, all of which originated through contacts made at Clarion. These experiences, along with the guidance received from various supportive professors, helped shape me into the professional I am today."

--Caitlin Vancas
Clarion degree: B.S. in marketing (‘10)
Current career: Social media and public relations coordinator, 4CTechnologies/EnergyCare USA, Pittsburgh

Q&A with Caitlin

Why did you choose Clarion University?

When I visited a friend from high school who attended Clarion, I immediately felt welcome and at home on campus. Clarion was also far enough away from my hometown to feel independent, but still close enough to go home on weekends if I wanted. After applying for admission and being offered a full academic scholarship, it was an easy decision!

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memories involve joining my sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and becoming involved with Greek life. I also have great memories from all of the Autumn Leaf Festivals, especially my senior year when AST and TKE took first place in the parade float competition. Other favorite memories include traveling to New York City and New Orleans with the American Marketing Association and going on trips to Italy, Greece, Turkey, England and France with Dr. Beth McDaniel's off-campus study classes.

What is your greatest accomplishment during your four years on campus?

My greatest accomplishment was graduating summa cum laude and maintaining dean's list status every semester. I'm also proud to have organized an event for the American Marketing Association, in which former 96.1 KISS on-air personality and current DJ for Wiz Khalifa, DJ Bonics, visited Clarion to talk to students about how to make an impact in the real world.

How did Clarion help you get where you are?

Being involved and taking leadership roles in different organizations helped me grow as an individual and gave me the confidence and knowledge to achieve set goals. I also gained valuable real-life work experience through obtaining internships at Clear Channel Radio, PSECU and Clarion University's Small Business Development Center, all of which originated through contacts made at Clarion. These experiences, along with the guidance received from various supportive professors, helped shape me into the professional I am today.

What is a goal you are trying to accomplish with the career path you have chosen?

A goal I am trying to accomplish is to continue to educate myself and remain current within the public relations industry. I also hope to become more involved in Pittsburgh's PRSA chapter, of which I recently became a member.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I am proud to be a Clarion alumnus and am truly grateful for all of the opportunities that I was able to take advantage of during my time as a student. I am confident that my decision to attend Clarion was the right one, and I look back on all of my memories with great fondness. Fly Eagles fly!

Additional comments you would like to include?

To all current and future Clarion students: Step up, take initiative and get involved. Your college experience is whatever you decide to make of it, so make your time at Clarion count! Don't be afraid to reach out to your professors during their office hours and network with alumni any chance you get. You never know what opportunities may come your way.

Congratulations, Caitlin. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: September 2011

Jeffrey Moore"I am very proud to be an alumnus of Clarion University, having earned both of my degrees there. Clarion has a long tradition of excellence. Having had professors like Dr. Bob Yoho, Dr. Ken Mechling and Dr. Gail Kenemuth, to name a few, these professionals had worked in public schools and provided insight to what teaching was really going to be like. I am grateful for their example and guidance during my professional block experience. I also think of Dr. Tu, whom I had for political science. He was an amazing professor. Anytime he saw you on campus, he greeted you by your name. I learned a lot from his class! Thank you, Clarion, for a great start to my career in education."

--Jeffrey W. Moore
Clarion degree: B.S. in elementary education ('81); M.Ed. in education ('88)
Current career: Middle school principal, Montoursville (Pa.) Area School District

Q&A with Jeffrey

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose Clarion University because it had a great reputation as a teacher training school. My oldest sister had gone to Clarion and I wanted to continue with the tradition of excellence that Clarion had to offer.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memory was the annual Autumn Leaf Festival and all of the week's activities that went along with it.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest personal accomplishment was marrying my wife, Susanne, of 29 years, and the raising of our two sons, James and Philip. James just graduated from Pitt, and Phil is in his junior year at Misericordia University. They are great sons!

My greatest professional accomplishment was the honor of teaching at Clarion Area School District for 10 years before moving to Montoursville to assume the role of middle school principal.

What is something people don't know about you?

Most people would not know that I have been an adjunct professor of education at Lycoming College. It was a great experience getting back into the classroom. I still hear from many of my students from that experience. Two of them are now teachers at McCall Middle School.

What did you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I have had a great career in education. I spent 14 years in the classroom with 10 of those years at Clarion Area School district as a fifth grade teacher. In 1995, I moved to Montoursville, Pa., to assume the role of middle school assistant principal. A year later, I was promoted to principal and have served in that role since 1996. The thing I like the most about the career path that I have chosen is that I have had the honor to touch children's lives in a positive manner, both as a teacher and administrator. Since coming to Montoursville, we have worked hard as a staff to continue to develop a middle school program that not only meets standards, but also it prepares kids for life with a well-rounded education, not just a cookie-cutter approach to making kids proficient on the PSSA exams.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

I am very proud to be an alumnus of Clarion University, having earned both of my degrees there. Clarion has a long tradition of excellence. Having had professors like Dr. Bob Yoho, Dr. Ken Mechling and Dr. Gail Kenemuth, to name a few, these professionals had worked in public schools and provided insight to what teaching was really going to be like. I am grateful for their example and guidance during my professional block experience. I also think of Dr. Tu, whom I had for political science. He was an amazing professor. Anytime he saw you on campus, he greeted you by your name. I learned a lot from his class! Thank you, Clarion, for a great start to my career in education.

Additional comments you would like to include?

There is no greater honor than to teach children as a career path. When I made the switch to administration, I really missed teaching. However, it has been fun and exciting to build an educational program with our teaching staff. We have a great science, math and language arts program and our arts and humanities programs at McCall Middle School are second to none in Lycoming County. Thirty years has gone fast.

Congratulations, Jeffrey. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: August 2011

Erin O'Toole Brannon"I am very proud to be a Clarion University graduate. When I was looking for a teaching job, being a Clarion graduate was very prestigious. Having a teaching degree from Clarion gave me an edge. When I think of Clarion University, I think of good times with friends, a great education, hometown charm and family."

--Erin M. O'Toole Brannon

Clarion degree: B.S. in elementary education

Current career: Second grade teacher, Forest Area School District, Tionesta, Pa.

Q and A with Erin

Why did you choose Clarion University?

Clarion was close to home, and I had made the basketball team. Clarion was known for being one of the best colleges for its teaching certification. Also, my grandmother, mother and father graduated from Clarion with teaching degrees. I also had two brothers graduate from Clarion, one in education and one in business.

What is your favorite campus memory?

Walking the hundreds of steps from Wilkinson to Stevens Hall.

What is your greatest accomplishment during your four years on campus?

I enjoyed making lifelong friends. I worked in the athletic training room for two years and learned many lifelong skills with sports injuries. Also, I learned from the coaches and used their philosophies in my coaching.

How did Clarion help you get where you are?

Clarion's teaching program prepared me for a lifelong career in teaching. I was well prepared through the classroom, block experience and the student teaching experience. I met professors, teachers and coaches who helped me obtain my current job, which I have held for 24 years. I have also coached an elementary basketball team for many years.

What goal are you trying to reach with the career path you have chosen?

I have obtained a master's equivalency plus credits in my years of teaching. I am a lifelong learner.

What does being a Clarion alumna mean to you?

I am very proud to be a Clarion graduate. When I was looking for a teaching job, being a Clarion graduate was very prestigious. Having a teaching degree from Clarion gave me an edge. When I think of Clarion University, I think of good times with friends, a great education, hometown charm and family.

Why should students choose Clarion?

I encourage many students to attend Clarion University. Students get a big school degree with small school charm and fit. Clarion is always working to stay above the curve and improve its degree programs and its beautiful campus.

Congratulations, Erin. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.

 


Spotlight: July 2011

Calvin Johnson"I grew up in Clarion and went to Clarion Limestone High School, so I knew the campus, its beautiful layout and what kind of academic programs they had. I am proud that a little town like Clarion can have such a nice educational establishment."

--Calvin Johnson

Clarion degree: B.A. in history ('06)
Current career: Owner, English/math academy; guest English teacher, Ho Sung Middle School, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Q and A with Calvin

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I grew up in Clarion and went to Clarion Limestone High School, so I knew the campus, its beautiful layout and what kind of academic programs they had. I am proud that a little town like Clarion can have such a nice educational establishment.

What is your favorite campus memory?

I have a few. My roommates and I won intramural basketball one semester and all the years my fraternity (Sigma Pi) won Greek Week.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Graduating from CU. Because I had no real career direction, it took me eight long years as a full/part time student to graduate. I'm glad that I did because I would not have been able to come to Korea without a diploma. My wife, Eun Mi, and I own, operate and teach English and math with six other teachers at our academy. I teach at the middle school in the morning and afternoon, then work at the academy at night. CU has helped me every step of the way, and I can't speak highly enough of the staff that works there.

What is something people don't know about you?

Most people don't realize that I'm a country boy. My sister and I were adopted by wonderful parents and grew up in Clarion. When I attended CU, many students were surprised that I was a local. Right now I live in a 15-story apartment in the city, and I really miss the open countryside.

What do you like most about the career path you have chosen?

Being able to come to Korea and learn a whole new culture. The land is beautiful, its food unique, and, most importantly, I found my wife here. When I started the public school position, I went to orientation and was able to meet people from all over the English-speaking world. It was fun listening to all the accents, slang and expressions used in different parts of the world.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Graduating from CU changed my life. Now that I'm living in a country that prides itself on education, I am proud to be a CU alumnus because of its high standard in the teaching field. When I think of CU, I know it's a part of my identity, and it reminds me of home.

Congratulations, Calvin. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.



 

Spotlight: June 2011

Alyssa Marsico"I chose Clarion University for the communications department. When I graduated high school, I felt that Clarion was the best fit and offered me the best opportunities for broadcasting."

--Alyssa Marsico ('11)
Clarion degree: B.S. in mass media arts journalism and communication studies
Current career: Producer, KDKA 1020 AM, Greentree, Pa.

Q and A with Alyssa

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I chose Clarion University for the communications department. When I graduated high school, I felt that Clarion was the best fit and offered me the best opportunities for broadcasting.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite campus memories all involve my time spent at WCUB-TV and with the people there. I have met some of the most amazing people there and have developed some amazing friendships.

What is your greatest accomplishment during your four years on campus?

My greatest accomplishment would most likely be winning honorable mention at the National Broadcasting Society National Convention for work that I had done when the basketball team traveled to Kentucky to play against Coach Calipari and the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

How did Clarion help you get where you are?

I got the position at KDKA through my internship I had done with KDKA. I stayed in contact with the connections I made, and they helped me out when the position opened up.

What goal are you trying to accomplish with the career path you have chosen?

I ultimately would love to be in the sports broadcasting field. I love sports and want to spend the rest of my career working either as a sports reporter or sports anchor.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

I'm really proud of being a Clarion alumna because of everything I was able to accomplish while I was there and how it has helped me begin my career.

Congratulations, Alyssa. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.


Spotlight: May 2011

Bethany Ike Alumni Spotlight"With an interest in speech language pathology, I researched different universities.  Clarion had everything I wanted: a nationally accredited, high quality, affordable program, and a small and supportive campus."

--Bethany (George '03) Ike
Clarion Degree: B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology; M.S., Speech Language Pathology
Current Career: Speech-language pathologist, Ligonier Valley School District, Ligonier, Pa.

Q and A with Bethany

Why did you choose Clarion University? 

 

 

With an interest in majoring in speech language pathology, I researched and visited different universities; Clarion had everything I ever wanted in an education.  It offers the unique major of speech language pathology.  The program is of high quality and is nationally accredited.  Clarion is also an affordable place to go even when you choose a career path where graduate studies are mandated for certification.  The location offers a beautiful, small, safe and supportive environment.

 

What is your favorite campus memory?

 

Some of my favorite campus memories took place during the annual Autumn Leaf Festival.  The community and university come together as one, which gave me the feeling of a home away from home.

 

What is your greatest accomplishment?

 

The degree that I obtained at Clarion enabled me to do what I was taught to do in the therapy setting.  During my very first "externship," I was able to use a technique I learned at Clarion  that other therapists in the facility had a difficult time performing.  The success that was achieved in improving the patient's communication skills gave me a great sense of accomplishment.  I felt confident to go immediately into the workforce and be the professional that Clarion helped me to become.  

What is something people don't know about you? 

 

Not only is my father a graduate of Clarion, five of my aunts and uncles graduated from Clarion as well.

What did you like most about the career path you have chosen?

 

The practice and work of speech language pathologists can take place in various settings.  Employment opportunities within public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, community clinics, private practice offices, and colleges and universities continue to increase.

I love the privilege of working with families.  Obviously, I love children or I wouldn't have chosen to work in the school setting, but the favorite part of my job is being able to work closely with families.  I love empowering parents to advocate for their children and learn as much as they can about their child's experience.  It is incredibly rewarding.  The children benefit because they have a team of people who are working together to come up with the best interventions and the most cohesive, holistic approach to serve them.  I am honored to be a part of that, and I love watching these children morph into more confident and able people.  It is truly an honor to serve them.

What does being a Clarion University alumna mean to you?

When I come into contact with other professionals, I am proud to leave my mark as a Clarion alumnus and share that Clarion University gave me a high-quality education.

Additional comments you would like to include?

 

I am a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), which celebrates Better Speech & Hearing Month in May to raise public awareness of speech and language disorders.  I reside in Ligonier, Pa. with my daughter Olivia (11 months), and am engaged to be married to my long-time friend, Todd Yurasits.

 

Congratulations Bethany. Everyone at Clarion wishes you continued success and happiness.



Spotlight: April 2011

 

John Brion"Even though I lived in Ohio, I decided to go to Clarion rather than Ohio State because I wanted the small-town college experience I knew I could get at Clarion. I also knew the classes would be smaller."

--John Brion, Ph.D., R.N. ('85)
Clarion Degree:  B.A., History (Psychology minor)
Current Career:  Assistant Professor of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Q and A with John

Why did you choose Clarion University?

My mother was from Clarion and I had grown up visiting relatives there and always thought it would be great to attend college at Clarion. Even though I lived in Columbus, Ohio, I decided to go to Clarion rather than Ohio State because I wanted the small-town college experience I knew I could get at Clarion. I also knew that classes would be smaller and there would be more personalized attention at a school of Clarion's size.

What is your favorite campus memory?

It would not be walking from Forest Manor in the winter! I think the best thing I remember about Clarion was getting to know some really great people, both students and faculty during my time there. It seemed there was always something fun to do and people to do it with.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I'm not sure about my greatest accomplishment, but I have achieved a few notable things in my career. I was an administrator for Ohio's HIV Drug Program; executive director of Ohio's Board of Nursing; board member for The National Council of State Boards of Nursing; and I am now on faculty at Duke University.

What is something people don't know about you? 

I recently found out that my next door neighbor in North Carolina is also a Clarion alum (1960's).   It's a small world!

What did you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I loved my history courses at Clarion and the courses I took in science and psychology/sociology.  They really helped prepare me for a career in nursing. In nursing I have had so many opportunities to work in emergency/trauma, conduct research, teach and hold administrative positions. My entire career has allowed me to have an impact on people and society and to really make a difference in the lives of patients and students. Nursing was a great next step after graduating from Clarion.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

Clarion gave me such a great foundation for my career both in and out of the classroom. I am so proud to have started my career path at a school with a great tradition of achievement. No matter where that path leads me, Clarion will always be number one in my heart.  

 


Spotlight: March 2011

Cody Cope"At Clarion, I was president of the Society for the Advancement of Management and I won the National Outstanding Student Award.  It felt great to have Clarion named alongside some of the most recognized universities in the country." 

--Cody Cope ('05)
Clarion Degree: BSBA, Management/Industrial Relations
Current Career: Senior Recruiter/Talent Acquisitions, ASI, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Q&A with Cody

Why did you choose Clarion University?

I decided to attend Clarion University based on a scholarship offer and a campus visit.  It was an easy decision after seeing how beautiful the campus was.  I felt at home almost immediately.

What is your favorite campus memory?

My favorite memory is competing for Nair Hall in the Dorm Olympics.  I made some really good friends during the competition and had a ton of fun competing. 

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Clarion.  It meant a lot to my mother and I will never forget the look on her face when I told her the news. It also recognizes  my dedication and hard work during my four years at Clarion.  To accomplish this was a personal goal of mine that continues to make me proud today.

What is something people don't know about you?

I enjoy writing poetry and have won a few local contests. 

What did you like most about the career path you have chosen?

I like the feeling I get when someone thanks me for helping them in their career path.  It means so much to know that I have a positive impact on someone's life.  I love receiving an e-mail or phone call from one of my candidates, informing me of a promotion or a particular award/recognition.

What does being a Clarion University alumnus mean to you?

It means being part of a university with a great tradition of excellence.  Clarion is a place where I will always feel at home.  Choosing Clarion was a decision I will always be proud of. 

Additional comments you would like to include?

During my time at Clarion, I was President of the Society for the Advancement of Management.  We won the National Chapter Award and I won the National Outstanding Student Award.  Nothing felt better than to see Clarion named alongside some the most recognized universities in the country.

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