Alumnus Serafini Visits Scholarship Recipients

Posted on 10/9/2014 2:48:35 PM

The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology hosted a luncheon in honor of Terry Serafini ’61 and his scholarship recipients on Friday, October 3, 2014. The Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program provides scholarships for both business and mathematics majors. 

From left: Aleksander Krachanko, Deric Schmidt, Vice President of University Advancement Bill Speidel, Kelly Thomas, Terry Serafini '61, Justin Holmes, Shawn Mosley, Elijah Herman, Dean Robert CampFrom left: Aleksander Krachanko, Deric Schmidt, Vice President of University Advancement Bill Speidel, Kelly Thomas, Terry Serafini ’61, Justin Holmes, Shawn Mosley, Elijah Herman, Dean Robert Camp

During the luncheon, Serafini had the opportunity to talk with scholarship recipients from both the Eberly College and the IUP Mathematics Department. He shared information with the students regarding his college and professional experiences, and listened as students shared information about their academic goals, their various part-time work experiences, and their decision to come to IUP.

“Meeting with the recipients of the Serafini Outstanding Scholars Program and hearing about how their academic lives have been impacted by these funds has been beyond rewarding,” said Serafini.

Serafini earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1961 and was active in many university organizations, including serving as student government president. Serafini was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and currently lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, Janet, two sons, and three grandchildren.

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, Serafini began his business career in 1964 as a computer systems marketing representative for the IBM Corporation. Six years later, he became a partner and co-owner of Computerpeople, Inc. During his 27 years of association, Computerpeople grew to employ over 1,300 computer professionals. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, his company also maintained offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Sacramento, and Portland, providing systems expertise in all disciplines to major corporations throughout the United States. He sold his interest in 1997. 

Because of his significant contribution to the business community, Serafini is an inducted member of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Hall of Distinction. In 2011, Serafini donated $1 million to the university, funding the renovation of Eberly’s atrium and creating two $250,000 scholarship endowment funds for Eberly and the Mathematics Department.

Kelly Thomas, a management information systems and decisions sciences major and scholarship recipient of the Serafini Outstanding Scholars fund, attended the luncheon.

“Meeting Terry Serafini at the luncheon was a very valuable experience for me,” said Thomas. “I gained even more respect for him because he was genuinely interested in learning more about each of us and took time out of his schedule to learn about our experiences and career goals and to provide each of us with some valuable advice.”

—Casey Lemmons

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology