Eberly Features Senior Finance Major Luke Hollander

Posted on 9/25/2019 10:27:22 AM

Welcome to a new feature of the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, #EberlyDoesSports. This particular series will focus on business majors who play team sports, club sports, or are involved in sports at a community or individual level.

Associate Dean Cyndy Strittmatter, is overseeing the project. “We are proud of our students who balance their academics with extracurricular activities and recognize the commitment that it takes to excel at all levels. We look forward to sharing their accomplishments with the IUP community and beyond! While this series focuses on athletes, there will be other special series that recognize the broad range of interests and activities of our business students,” said Strittmatter.

Luke Hollander, IUP Finance Major, Baseball PlayerLuke Hollander is a senior finance major from Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and plays outfield for the IUP baseball team. He chose to attend IUP because of the business honors program in Eberly, and the amazing baseball program.

“While visiting colleges my senior year of high school I got the opportunity to meet with assistant dean [Kara] Romance, who discussed the detailed projects and amazing trips that the business honors program offers,” Luke said. “I felt that this university fit me perfectly, and once I got offered to be a member of the IUP baseball team I knew I found my home for the next four years.

“Surprisingly, I am from the Sunshine state, approximately 1,050 miles away.” Luke grew up in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and never could have imagined coming up to Indiana, Pennsylvania, to receive his undergraduate degree. His father attended Slippery Rock University, which helped bring his college search into the Western Pennsylvania area. He was recruited by the head baseball coach at IUP and, after discussions with several faculty members, chose to attend IUP.

“Studying in the Eberly College of Business has been a challenging, yet extremely rewarding experience. I have completed integrated projects, business plans, financial analysis, and have had so many other educational opportunities to prepare me for my future career. I have also become extremely involved, joined the Student Management Investment Portfolio team and the Phi Gamma Nu Professional business fraternity. Joining these organizations has allowed me to connect with so many people, and ultimately helped me land an internship with KeyBank the summer of my junior year. In my major there are so many great professors, such as Daniel Lawson, Ibrahim Affaneh, and Mukesh Chaudhry, who truly care about our educational development while we’re attending IUP.”

Luke Hollander, IUP Finance Major and Baseball PlayerLuke has been playing baseball since he was five years old. Coming from Florida, he got the opportunity to play year-round and develop his game into what it is today. This upcoming season will be his fourth year with the IUP Crimson Hawks, and he is hoping it will be the best yet.

“The IUP baseball staff is the best in the PSAC, and they’re always looking to challenge us. My teammates are like my brothers, and every single game we strive for excellence.”

In the future, Luke hopes to stay in the Western Pennsylvania area and obtain a job at a bank doing financial analysis or wealth management. He also hopes to stay active in the IUP community, while coaching baseball at some level.

“IUP has given so much to me and I want to continue to give back, so others receive the same experience that I did during my four years here. The IUP baseball staff has given me the ability to understand true responsibility, time management, hard work, and so many other life lessons that will allow me to have a great future.”

“See something, believe in it, and go get it.”
—Inky Johnson

This has always been a quote that Luke has lived by during his life.

“If you believe in yourself and have the drive to go and get something, then you will never fail. Even your failures are successes, because you know you gave everything you had. This quote is perfect for athletics, academics, social life, and anything in between. On the baseball field I am outworking anyone and everyone to get that starting role. In the classroom I am putting in the time and effort to receive that ‘A’ and maintain my solid GPA. Everything I do in my life I work for, and I want to instill the same work ethic for the people that come into this university after me,” Luke said.

—Written by Michael Rycharski