November 26, 2014
Appeared in the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of IUP Magazine.
Alumni support their alma mater in a variety of ways, from mentoring current students to making monetary donations. Many alumni—more than 150 each year, according to Mary Jo Lyttle, director of Alumni Relations—return to campus to speak to classes, recruit students for jobs or internships, share professional expertise, or participate in a number of other activities, some of which are pictured here.
“We are very thankful to all of our alumni for their continued support,” Lyttle said. “Their commitment is felt across campus and around the world.”
Above: John Esposito ’78, president and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, discussed the music business with fine arts and communications media students in October in Cogswell Hall. Esposito also spoke with journalism students in a separate session.
Above: Members of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Business Advisory Council, Steve Agnoli ’86, left, and Phil Carrai ’83 participated in a breakout session with students during Business Day XXXVI in April.
Above: When former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen performed on campus in September, he was backed by a band made up of alumni, students, and faculty members, shown in rehearsal. Organized by trumpet professor Kevin Eisensmith ’78, the Keystone Big Band included Terence “Bear” Irwin ’70, Jack Stamp ’76, John Burgh ’81, William Stowman ’85, Roy Mitchell ’89, Christopher Barrick ’00, ’01, Joshua Hillard ’01, Geoff Durbin ’07, Ben Saylor ’10, Matthew Morse M’13, and Michael Wertz ’13.
Above: Career fairs bring a number of alumni to campus each year to recruit students for jobs and internships. At Accounting Career Day in September, Megan Matthews ’11, M’12 and Scott Balthaser ’99, of First Commonwealth Bank, talked with accounting major Tyler Hagar.
Above: Highmark Health’s Kevin Popeck ’14, foreground, and Jared Johnston ’02, M’03 talked with students at the Career Expo in October. The Safety Sciences Career Fair, held in October, brought about 40 alumni to campus. All three events were at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Above: When the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advisory Board met on campus last spring, members talked with students about their research projects during a special poster presentation. The board comprises nine alumni who work in the science field. Sue McMurdy ’78, a senior advisor with Endeavor Management, is shown with geology major Savannah Irwin.
Above: William Rusnack ’66, former president and CEO of Premcor, Inc., is with Chad Clair, biology major.
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