Lisa Albano

Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications; Minor in Journalism
Graduation Year: 
2007
Hometown: 
Bellaire, OH
Current City: 
Brooklyn, NY
Current Position and Company: 
Human Resources Manager
What brought you to Fairmont State University?: 
I loved the campus and the friendly people I met throughout my application and orientation process. I was also awarded a scholarship for out of state students.
Were you a commuter or a resident?: 
lived on campus freshman year and moved off campus with some of my sorority sisters for the subsequent years.
What activities were you involved with as a student?: 
I was in a few theater productions, part of the Whetstone staff, a member of Delta Zeta (philanthropy chair), I also wrote for the Columns Staff- starting my own column to highlight the Greek community, a Campus tour guide, and Orientation Leader.
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?: 
Small Group Communications with Dr Robert Mild. It's so important in our every day lives to be able to communicate effectively within groups- whether it's on our teams at work, or with our families at home. Every group has dynamics and context, so being aware of those things in order to effectively communicate is crucial.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?: 
I had a few - Dr Robert Mild who oversaw the speech communications program. He brought authenticity to our classes and I always looked forward to his lectures. Dr Fran Kirk- was my advisor and absolutely incredible. She helped guide me to ensure that I took classes that would help me be successful long term, and I'm forever grateful for that. Kim Patton was my admissions counselor and she helped me receive my out of state scholarship. She also offered me a job as a tour guide and let me tag along to a college fair when I was considering pursuing a job working in Admissions after graduation. That was an experience that I highlighted in my cover letter and ultimately helped me land my first job out of college. Lastly, Kevin Smith was my journalism professor. He connected me with another recent graduate who also moved to New York from Ohio, and we became such great friends that she was the maid of honor in my wedding.
Share your best college memory.: 
There are too many to pick just one. Overall, I loved the experience of being in a setting where I was able to focus acutely on learning more about my specific areas of interest and also seeing what I was capable of. I juggled a lot during my time in undergrad (multiple classes/activities/jobs) and looking back, it makes me very proud to know what I was and am capable of.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?: 
Ordering cheesy bread from Papa Johns to Morrow Hall with my roommate freshman year.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.: 
Friendly, Growth, Fun.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?: 
Take advantage of the time to gain internship experience.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?: 
My time working in the Office of Admissions propelled me into my first role after graduation working in a full time role in Admissions. That experience helped me to realize that I had a passion for developing people and helped me realize that I wanted a career in Human Resources.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?: 
When applying for jobs, consider your transferable skills. The way you discuss those experiences in the interview process will be what ultimately helps you get to where you want to be.
What is the last book you read? : 
"Wow, no thank you" by Samantha Irby
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. : 
I moved to NYC without a job and with only two suitcases after graduation.
I've watched every episode of Law & Order SVU multiple times (I once watched them in chronological order- whew, that took a LONG time!)
I love to cook and will try almost any recipe if it sounds good.
I've switched career fields and industries more than once in order to follow my passions.