Eberly Students Participate in S&T Bank Advisory Board Meeting

Posted on 12/5/2014 2:47:47 PM

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Students with S&T Bank officals Rob Jorgenson, Kelly Corrine-Thomas, and Jerome On Friday, November 21, 2014, six business honors students from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology participated in the S&T Bank Advisory Board meeting held at the WPXI news station in Pittsburgh.

During the meeting, students were encouraged to provide feedback on S&T Bank account services and branding strategies to S&T Bank officials Rob Jorgenson, senior vice president and marketing division manager, and Kelly Corrine-Thomas, vice president of marketing. Following the business portion of the meeting, students had the unique opportunity to have a Q&A session with Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, former American football halfback for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They also had the opportunity to tour the WPXI station and to participate in the Jerome Bettis Show.

Jessica Black, senior finance and economics double major, appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the strategic planning process for S&T Bank.

“I am honored to be a part of the student advisory council and recognize how much S&T Bank values their customer opinions and needs,” said Black.

Bethany Barefoot, junior marketing and finance double major, felt that the experience was very beneficial to her ability to gain hands-on experience in her fields.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of a discussion that would help S&T Bank from branding positions and ultimately, from a fiscal perspective,” said Barefoot. “This was a great event, and I look forward to future advisory board meetings.”

All participants enjoyed the meeting and the opportunity to talk first-hand with Bettis.

“I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life,” said Matt Eperesi, sophomore accounting major. “Meeting and speaking with Jerome was awesome. I appreciate the efforts of S&T Bank in making this event possible.”

Assistant Dean Cyndy Strittmatter coordinated the activity between the students and S&T Bank.

“I am grateful to S&T Bank for giving our students an opportunity to connect their business skills with real-world applications by inviting them to participate as advisory board members and to WPXI for hosting our students on their site,” said Strittmatter. “The visit with Jerome Bettis was an added bonus and both S&T Bank and WPXI officials ensured that our students had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with him.”

—Casey Lemmons

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology