Meet the Crimson Guides

  • The Crimson Guides assist with a variety of Admissions Office programs throughout the year by providing tours of campus and sharing their love of the university with prospective students and their families.  Learn more about their experiences as students at IUP. 

    Alex Conces, Crimson GuideAlex Conces

    Hometown: Aurora, OH
    Major/Minor: Religious Studies/Anthropology
    Involvement: Vice President of Organization Development for Alpha Sigma Tau sorority; intramural soccer, coach, and referee for Indiana Area Recreation Department
    Accomplishments: Participated in the Irish Dancing World Championships, national silver medal for painting in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
    Future Plans: Hopes to be a museum curator for the Smithsonian

    Lauren Drugotch, Crimson GuideLauren Drugotch

    Hometown: Perkasie, PA
    Major: Marketing
    Involvement: Sigma Kappa sorority, Student Marketing Association
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Would like to market medical supplies or work for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Shawn Empfield, Crimson GuideShawn Empfield

    Hometown: Indiana, PA
    Major: Finance
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors
    Accomplishments: Awarded the Jane Miller Banks Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Scholarship
    Future Plans: Interested in becoming a financial advisor

    Kelly Evangelista, Crimson GuideKelly Evangelista

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
    Major: Nursing
    Involvement: Alpha Tau Delta (professional nursing fraternity), Legislative Committee member for Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania, Student Advisory Board representative, Student Engagement chairperson for IUP Ambassadors
    Accomplishments: Internship in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Emergency Department
    Future Plans: Hopes to become a registered nurse in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Emergency Department 

    Anna Hermann, Crimson GuideAnna Hermann

    Hometown: Indiana, PA 
    Major: Management
    Involvement: Lifetime member of Girl Scouts of America, National Ski Patrol, Angel Wings volunteer
    Accomplishments: Senior Level National Ski Patrol member, Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Award
    Future Plans: Plans to earn a master's degree after finishing her undergraduate studies at IUP 

    Brigid Louis, Crimson Guide

    Brigid Louis

    Hometown: Erie, PA
    Major: Middle Level English Education
    Involvement: Secretary of Middle Level Education Association
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Academic Success Mentor of the Year Award, Ambassador of Positive Influence Award
    Future Plans: Plans to get married, move south, and become a reading teacher


    Hannah Neumann, Crimson GuideHannah Neumann

    Hometown: Export, PA
    Majors: Computer Science and English Writing
    Involvement: Computer Science Tutor, Association for Computing Machinery, Programming Team, Women in STEM, Peer Notetaker
    Accomplishments: James H. Maple Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Plans to work as a mainframe engineer at Fidelity Investments immediately following graduation and to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science


    Brad O'Hara, Crimson GuideBrad O'Hara

    Hometown: Patton, PA
    Majors: Ecology and Biology Education
    Involvement: Secretary of the Tennis Club
    Accomplishments: Sutton Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Hopes to obtain a position in environmental education at a national park

    Madison Ophaug, Crimson GuideMadison Ophaug

    Hometown: Indiana, PA
    Major/Minor: Pre-Dentistry/Chemistry
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors, Visiting Nurse Association - hospice volunteer
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Provost Scholar
    Future Plans: Would like to work in an under-served area after attending dental school 

    Samantha Pavolko, Crimson GuideSamantha Pavolko

    Hometown: Allentown, PA
    Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
    Involvement: Club soccer, American Medical Student Association, Haven Project student worker
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, participated in organic chemistry/cell and molecular research project
    Future Plans: Hopes to work in a nursing home as a physical therapist

    Briana Rainey, Crimson GuideBriana Rainey

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
    Major/Minor: Fashion Merchandising/Marketing
    Involvement: Vice President of Fashion Association, member of the College of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, student worker at Co-op Store and for Co-op Marketing Team, sales consultant and stylist for David’s Bridal, sales associate at Pandora
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Pittsburgh Promise Scholar, Pittsburgh Project Scholar, played the first-ever student edition of Phantom of the Opera
    Future Plans: Would like to work as a merchandiser for AE or as a personal shopper and stylist

    Eleanor Schultz, Crimson GuideEleanor Schultz

    Hometown: Kennett Square, PA
    Major/Minor: Anthropology/Religious Studies
    Involvement: Vice President of Community Relations for Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, works for Indiana Area Recreation Department
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Hopes to conduct archaeology fieldwork and, eventually, work in a museum

    Ryan Sharp, Crimson GuideRyan Sharp

    Hometown: Indiana, PA
    Major: Communications Media
    Involvement: Student Film Association, STATIC (Student Activity Committee), IUP TV, WIUP-FM (student radio station)
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Would like to continue his studies as a graduate student at IUP

    Maddie Trego, Crimson GuideMaddie Trego

    Hometown: Richfield, PA
    Major/Minors: Clinical Laboratory Science/Biology and Chemistry
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors, Phi Eta Sigma (Freshmen National Honor Society), Health and Human Services Student Advisory Committee
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Plans to find employment and then pursue further education by completing a program for pathologist’s assistants

    Kristal Trzaska, Crimson GuideKristal Trzaska

    Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
    Major/Minor: Social Studies Education/Educational Psychology
    Involvement: Vice President of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Social Studies Education Club, Treasurer of Order of Omega (National Greek Leadership Honor Society), Gamma Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta, Admissions Office student worker, Greek Week coordinator
    Accomplishments: Zeta Tau Alpha Academic Achievement Scholarship, Outstanding Service Award
    Future Plans: Interested in teaching in the Philadelphia area before moving south and pursuing a graduate degree in education

    Kyle Varone, Crimson GuideKyle Varone

    Hometown: York, PA 
    Major: Marketing 
    Involvement: IUP Student Marketing Association, IUP ECO Club, Indiana Humane Society Volunteer
    Accomplishments: Dean's List, Sutton Scholarship recipient, Board of Governors Scholarship recipient
    Future Plans: Obtain a marketing position in a large city following graduation

    Rob Young, Crimson GuideRob Young

    Hometown: Darnestown, MD
    Major/Minor: Social Studies Education/Educational Psychology
    Involvement: IUP Ambassadors, History Department Ambassadors, Diversity peer educator, Social Studies Education Club, History Club
    Accomplishments: Dean’s List
    Future Plans: Would like to obtain a job teaching high school social studies