Students Network at Pittsburgh-IUP Young Business Alumni Event

Posted on 10/4/2016 9:07:00 AM

The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, in an effort to enhance networking between current students and young business alumni, held its first Young Business Alumni event in Pittsburgh on September 24, 2016.

Young Business Alumni Event in PittsburghThirty young business professionals from PNC, BNY Mellon, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, BKD, S&T Bank, Nordstrom, Enterprise Bank, the Altoona Mirror, HM Insurance Group, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Sisterson & Co, YMCA, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Citizens Commercial Bank, Huntley & Huntley, Schneider Downs, and Boyer and Ritter joined together for networking and a Pirates Game. Nearly a dozen upperclass students from Eberly joined the event.

Christopher O’Brien ’15, a middle market credit analyst for Citizens Commercial Banking, served as alumni coordinator for the event. “We had such a great experience as students in the IUP Business School, and not only do we want to stay in touch with each other, but we want to continue to reach back to help Eberly and the current students with internships and jobs. Having an informal event, such as a Pirates Game, gave us a real chance to talk together, relax, and spend time with the current students. I am expecting that this group will grow significantly as the word spreads!”

Lisa Fletcher, current IUP accounting senior who will be working at PwC in their assurance practice after graduation, appreciated the opportunity that Eberly provided. “We are really fortunate that the business school recognizes how important it is to connect with our alums who are at all levels of organizations. This particular event helped us to connect with those who recently experienced networking and job hunting in the Pittsburgh area. Tailgating and the Pirates Game was a great way for us all to connect.” 

Cyndy Strittmatter, a dean for administration, served as the Eberly liaison to coordinate the event. “Our young alums are full of so much energy. The information that they can share with each other and with our current students about the job market, regional engagement opportunities, and job search strategies is invaluable.”

A spring networking event will be promoted at the beginning of the new calendar year.