Eberly College’s Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity took a trip to Columbus, Ohio, November 14–15 to visit Huntington Bank and learn from 1970 IUP alumni Lee Zazworsky.
Phi Gamma Nu President Vittoria Buzzelli worked with IUP Alumni Relations to connect to Zazworsky, founder and president of Midstate Systems.
The trip was an attempt to increase professional development within Phi Gamma Nu.
“My overall hope for the trip was to give members insight into the corporate world and how different businesses function in real life, as well as to extend our network and give members the chance to reach out and become closer to finding a job or internship,” Buzzelli said.
Students attended a presentation at Huntington Bank about its history as well as career and internship information from Kelley Forster, head of college recruitment at Huntington Bank.
Afterward, they learned about reconciliation at the bank and heard from the chief marketing officer on personal branding.
During dinner that night, the group was able to have a question and answer session with Zazworksy.
“It was very interesting to hear from an entrepreneur about how he built his way up in the business world,” Buzzelli said. “It was a definite learning experience for the group, and I think that we were all intrigued by his character.”
On the second day, students went on a guided tour of the American Whistle Corporation manufacturing facility, where the factory owner showed them the entire manufacturing process.
“The trip was a good mix of professional development, networking opportunities, and bonding time for members,” Buzzelli said. “We learned a lot about how the corporate world functions, and I think one thing that we will take away is that there is more than one way to be successful.”
Buzelli said that Eberly prepared them well for the trip.
“Our school gave us the tools to ask intelligent questions and display a professional attitude,” Buzelli said. “We were very proud to represent IUP during our trip and to share who we are with all the people that we met.”
The mission of Phi Gamma Nu is to promote professional competency and achievement in the business, foster the study of business in academia, and further a high standard of commercial ethics and culture in civic professional enterprises.
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology