Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother all alum (teachers), McClain scholarship finalist, Loved the campus – needed something small enough such that it wasn’t a huge leap from Hundred -> College, but also wanted a high quality education. FSU School of Business/FSU Honors Program offered that.
Were you a commuter or a resident?:
Prichard Hall year 1, Lived in Fairmont but off-campus years 2-4
What activities were you involved with as a student?:
SGA (Student Body President 2014-2016), FSU Honors Program, Student Representative to Faculty Senate, Student Activities, The Cage” basketball cheering section, Fairmont Community Garden, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Prep, Student Accountant Society, Delta Mu Delta Business Honorary
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?:
Personal Finance, Bob Weaver, Should be a requirement for every major at every University. Teaches you to understand a variety of financial situations and strategies to handle debt/wealth management.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?:
Too many to count. While there I was extremely close with and took mentorship from Matt and Emily Swain, Ann Mazza, Meagan Gibson, Robin Yeager, Dr. Rose, Dr. Harvey, Dr. Hinton, Dr. J. Robert Baker, RJ Gimbl, Bryan Spitzer, Tina Mascaro, Dr. Engebretson, Coaches Calhoun, Mazzula, Molinari. My network was pretty vast and spanned the entire University. Those people taught me so much about hard work, humility, perseverance, leadership, etc. I look back at those examples every day in my practice of law.
Share your best college memory.:
Favorite college memory was the SGA banquet in 2014 when I was initially sworn in as Student Body President. That was a two year experience that was unmatched, and I credit that time in my development with so much of my success in law school and now in my practice. But I could give you hours on the work that we did in SGA in that two years. The group I served with was excellent and worked so hard to accomplish so much. We did a lot for fundraising, food insecurity, student services, student life, health and wellness, etc. To pin it to just one event/memory, though, would be impossible.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?:
All of the people. Those I mentioned above, plus all of my peers that I was in school with. When I look back at it, I think about all of those wonderful people.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.:
Family, Friends, Service
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?:
I wish I had a greater appreciation of how difficult it would be to remain in contact with all of those people I had relationships with during school. While I still have that same level of care and affinity for those I served with and learned from at FSU, its troublingly impossible to stay close to everyone.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?:
Being SGA President made me realize that I was a good advocate and that I could make a career out of it. Classwork in the FSU Accounting program was challenging and Dr. E expected nothing short of perfection. It prepared me really well for the rigors of law school and beyond
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?:
Do it, but only if you’re 100% committed to the undertaking. It’s a challenge, it’s demanding, but the reward is so great.
What is the last book you read? :
Cover to Cover, Boys in the Boat – Inspirational story re: Univ. of Washington rowing team.
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. :
Engaged to Dr. Stephanie Magnone, DPT (Physical Therapist @ Country Roads PT in East Fairmont)
Once drove from Kalispell, Montana to Grand Canyon to Rocky Mountain National Park and then home (7 total days) (hit every park/landmark along the way).