Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat! Below you'll find our most recent alumni interviews. Explore the successes of our alumni even deeper by clicking on one of the decades below!
Alumni Spotlight: Amanda Girdwood '18
Amanda Girdwood graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2018 with a BS in psychology. She is also a 2018 Class Agent.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… how pretty our campus is. From my first tour to graduation, Pitt-Greensburg’s beauty never failed to amaze me.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… was how welcoming the campus was. From getting involved, to professors, to making friends everyone always had a smile on their face and were happy to talk to you.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…,if I had to choose, Harry Potter Up All Night in the winter of my fourth year. It’s hard to choose a favorite memory because I really loved all of my time at Pitt-Greensburg. The time and dedication I put into that event and watching it succeed was really “magical” to see.
The faculty and/or staff member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were…Sheila Confer and Al Thiel. They were really instrumental throughout my career at Pitt-Greensburg. They both always pushed me to be my best and never doubted my abilities even when I doubted myself. They’re both so supportive of their students, and they will do whatever it takes to help them succeed.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… land a full time job, and I just graduated in April. I work for JusticeWorks YouthCare with youth from juvenile probation and the foster system and help them reach their goals for the future. I really love it so far, and I can’t wait for the many opportunities and experiences to come with them.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… that I really found a family at Pitt-Greensburg. I made friends who will absolutely last a lifetime, and being actively involved with alumni will help me stay in contact with the school that really helped me grow to be the best me I can be.
In my spare time, I like to…read and kayak. I’m a huge fan of reading.
My family/friends are… my biggest support system, and I don’t know if I could properly function without them.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: Next on the horizon is graduate school to get an MSW and we’ll see where I go from there.
Alumni Spotlight: David Yurkovich '86
David Yurkovich graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 1986 with a BA in English writing.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… the campus. I know it’s expanded a lot since I attended, but even in 1982 it was impressive. The thought of attending the main campus was a bit intimidating, as I grew up in a rural locale and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy a big-city college experience. With its fields, bridges, streams, and, of course, the beautifully ornate Lynch Hall, Pitt-Greensburg was the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan school that still felt like a cozy home away from home.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… this is so much cooler than high school, but also, so much more challenging. I won’t lie. My first semester was an unmitigated catastrophe. Partly because I was in over my head, having signed on to classes that were well beyond my ability to handle at the time. More than once I questioned whether I was really cut out for college. But after that disastrous first semester, I rebounded, studied hard, embraced higher learning, and never looked back.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…the instructors. They were terrific–Robert Blevins, Judith Vollmer, Don Gibson, Nancy Estrada, Diane Marsh–and so many others. I learned more from these instructors during my four years at Pitt-Greensburg than in my twelve years of public education. Dr. Estrada convinced me, when I was really struggling during my freshman year and wanted to drop out of college, to persevere, and I’ll forever be thankful that we had that conversation. Also, I was never a big reader prior to starting at Pitt-Greensburg. Professor Blevins turned me onto Ernest Hemingway, William Golding, Graham Greene, and other authors that inspired me to write. Similarly, Professor Vollmer introduced me to the works of Truman Capote, Hunter Thompson, etc.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were… nearly every instructor, including those noted above. Professors Vollmer and Blevins inspired me to write and taught me the basics of the craft. But I think it was Don Gibson who had the greatest influence on me in that the information he brought to the classrooms was mind expanding. The Seven Sisters by Anthony Sampson remains one of the most influential books I’ve ever read, and I owe that and more to Professor Gibson. He clearly enjoyed teaching and it was obvious in each of his lectures.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… relocate from Western Pennsylvania to Virginia and then Philadelphia where I worked for a while as a proofreader. During this time I studied art at University of the Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial. Later I worked in book production and eventually transitioned over to editorial. Between 1992 and 2007-ish, I produced comics and graphic novels under the imprint Sleeping Giant. In 2009, my wife and I adopted our daughter, Sophie, from China. Parenthood meant less time to draw, so I turned my attention to writing since I write a lot faster than I illustrate. My final word in graphic novels was Altercations, a 192-page “history” of the rise of super-heroes in twentieth-century North America, which I published in 2014. I’ve written a number of short stories as well as two novels (Glass Onion, Banana Seat Summer) and have two additional novels in development. In 2017, I did a bit of writing for Marvel, providing an introduction to one of their hardcover collections.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… that truly, I’m not very active with the association. There’s seldom enough time in the week to finish everything, but I do have fond memories of my years at Pitt-Greensburg, so I like to stay connected when possible.
In my spare time, I like to…work on any number of projects. I’m probably busier than I realize, and much of my spare time is spent writing and editing, and updating web sites. I’m presently editing a fantastic ~70,000-word manuscript for DPP (my publishing imprint) authored by a member of the Milton Workshop (a writing workshop founded by my wife, Dianne Pearce, in 2015). Although editing can be challenging work, when the source material is exciting, the work almost doesn’t feel like work, if you take my meaning. I also have another 20,000 words or so to go in the writing of my own next novel. I’m doing volunteer work with the Delaware Press Association and the Sussex County Stamp Club and am promoting DPP in-store reading events. I’m enrolled in a graduate program (marketing management) at Wilmington University. There’s also an unfinished apocalyptic graphic novel entitled Five Years which I’m trying to chip away at. I publish serialized fiction (prose and graphic works) as time allows.
Come to think of it, I have no spare time.
My family/friends are… as busy as I am. My wife is a spontaneous and lively spirit, and she’s recently embraced camping, so we’ve all become campers in a manner of speaking. I have an amazing daughter, age nine, and she’s of course very active, so we spend a lot of time on bikes, drawing, playing piano, or writing together. In August 2017 we began hosting an exchange student from China, and it’s been a great experience to have her as a member of our family (and it’ll be a sad day for us when she leaves in June). We live in a small Delaware town and are surrounded by friends that we’ve made since moving here in 2014. In my experience it’s rare to relocate to a new place and almost immediately forge strong friendships, but we’ve managed to do this and it’s been a very rewarding experience for our family.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: Einstein once stated that imagination is more important than knowledge. I humbly second that.
Alumni Spotlight: Karen Rocco '93
Karen Rocco graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 1993 with a BS in Management.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… that I wanted to attend college locally but did not want to move to the city, I much prefer being near the mountains, so Pitt-Greensburg was the perfect fit for me!
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… that I loved the smallness of the campus (it was much smaller back in the late eighties) and the beauty of the location. I was able to get a great Pitt education, without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of Oakland. It is funny how things work out; I now work within a few miles of Pitt-Main, but still live within a mile of the Pitt Greensburg campus.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…the friends that I made during those years. Bonds were created that are still intact today. We might not get to see each other daily as we did back then, but we still keep in touch and remember those special times. I will also always remember the peacefulness of simply walking around campus. I still visit the campus occasionally since I live so close, and it has definitely grown over the years but it still retains its beauty, but now you actually have a dining hall!
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were… Dr. Pratt. If you ever had him, I really need to say no more. At the time those courses were stressful, but looking back now I realize that I learned so much and that knowledge has helped to get me where I am today.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… Alaska where I moved with my husband after graduation. I started working at a small travel college which has now grown to become Alaska Career College. I worked my way from the front desk, to Financial Aid Administrator, and finally to Financial Aid Director. When I moved back to the area four years later, I was hired by Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) as the Registrar/Financial Aid Director. During my 20 years at PIMS, I have been promoted to the Chief Administrative Officer and am one-third of the Leadership Team that will replace our outgoing President/CEO within the next 12 months. I could not possibly love my job and the people that I work with more than I do!
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… working in higher education over the years, I realized that your educational background is the first stepping stone to your career and supporting your alma mater is critical to ensure the same opportunities for future students. I see the passion of PIMS graduates every day and wanted to give back to my alma mater as well!
In my spare time, I like to… watch two of my three children play hockey. I spend a lot of my spare time in ice rinks. I love to be outdoors and spend time with my husband and three children. I used to be a runner, but life got a bit busy so maybe I will get back to that eventually after I finish my MBA (I am currently three courses in).
My family/friends are… the most important thing in my life. Watching the boys play hockey and my daughter ride horses and cheer keeps me quite busy and fulfilled. The team that I work with at PIMS have become my best friends and a secondary family (since I spend so much time with them), and I am so blessed to be surrounded by such positive and amazing people. But most importantly, my husband is the center of my world and we try to find time for “us” as much as we can. This year in November, he and I are planning a trip Greece so that he can pace a client in the Athens Marathon (he is a Personal Trainer). Together with our partner we own a small personal training studio in South Greensburg called No Boundaries Fitness.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: I have completed 3 full marathons, several ultra-length races, and a numerous half marathons. My husband, who is much more competitive than I, is a 5x Ironman.
Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Hreha '07
Brandon Hreha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2007 with a BA in English writing.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… the coziness of the campus. It’s all neatly put together and gives this sense of closeness. Once I got here, I forgot about transferring to the Oakland campus.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… that it has a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone I met during my tours were so friendly and informative.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was… Meeting up with friends before or after class. We had a big group, so we always found ourselves going to lunch, the mall, or studying.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were…most definitely Professor Vollmer (now retired) and Professor Jakiela. When either of them would speak, I made sure to listen. It always felt as if they cared so much about what they were doing.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… become Assistant Manager of F.Y.E. at Monroeville Mall and then at the Westmoreland location.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… I was unhappy with the F.Y.E. job for various reasons and a friend told me that the Campus Store was looking to hire somebody so I applied. The rest is, as they say, history.
In my spare time, I like to… watch/discuss movies. I listen to records. I love to write short-stories and poems. I also love to read. I’m a low key kind of person.
My family/friends are… the most supportive people I know. I know they always have my back. I love them dearly.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: My one big bucket list item is to see a baseball game in every MLB stadium. I have a few of them ticked off but still many to go. My two favorites so far have been Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston.
Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Kiss '17
Patrick Kiss graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2017 with a BS in chemistry.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… the small campus. The small campus and smaller class sizes also allowed me to have a lot of interaction with faculty. It really is an amazing campus.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… that the campus is really nice. It’s surrounded by nature, and there is plenty to do. People are very friendly, and I think this was a big reason for me being drawn to this campus. I’m not very outgoing and coming to Pitt Greensburg was really the perfect place for me.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was… that I always enjoyed finals week, not for the exams as much, haha, but I really liked all the events they hosted during the week. The stress relieving activities always seemed to calm me down. You can tell that Pitt-Greensburg really cares about their students with how much they try to help them during the trying times of finals week.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were…many. I had a few great faculty members influence me to obtain my bachelor’s degree. Dr. Luderer, Dr. Stauffer, and Miss Mamros were all huge factors in me getting my chemistry degree. They inspired me even when I would be down on myself and truly are amazing professors. Without them, I don’t know if I would be where I am today.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to…working within a month after graduation at United Sciences Testing Inc. as a technician for American Electric Power. There, I perform various EPA methods to test the emissions of power plants.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… that I really had a great time there as a student and would like to remain connected and visit when possible.
In my spare time, I like to… golf, fish, and spend time with my family and friends.
My family/friends are… are the other part of why I was able to graduate and obtain my bachelor’s degree in chemistry. My girlfriend especially was a huge factor in me getting my degree, as well as pushing me to be the best I could be. Without them and the excellent faculty, I don’t think I would be where I am today.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: Currently, I have passed 2 of the 4 EPA group tests, which certify me to perform the EPA methods under group 1 and group 2. I achieved this in about 8 months, and only have 2 left to pass.
Alumni Spotlight: Robert Domenick '75
Robert Domenick graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975 with a BA in political science.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… a poor semester. I originally matriculated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After making the Dean’s List my first semester, my grades slipped badly due to the fact that I was enjoying a lot of the things college students do that did not involve studying and spending time in the library. That summer, I took a course in Shakespeare at Pitt-Greensburg. I did well, and thought I would like to continue there. I will always be grateful to the Admissions Officer, who took a chance and admitted me. I had been a good student in high school, and that probably counted for a lot. Plus, I had a good opening semester at IUP. Everything positive academically and professionally that has happened to me since is a direct result of the foundation I got from Pitt-Greensburg.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… small and intimate. Those reading this should be aware that at what is now the campus had only the Lynch Mansion. All the other classes were at buildings in downtown Greensburg. After attending a huge high school like Hempfield Area, being at Pitt-Greensburg was like going to a small prep school where you knew everyone, and the faculty knew you.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was… being a member of the basketball team. We had a blast. Plus doing better academically than I did in high school.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were… academically Dr. Carl Poke and Mike Rubinoff. After I became an Attorney, I got to be a colleague and friend of Mike’s. For life in general, it was Men’s Basketball Coach John Hunter.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… Pitt in Oakland for my BA. After that, I got a Master’s in European History. Then, I attended Law School at Duquesne. My first legal position was with the US Department of Labor for two years. After getting through an apprenticeship in general law practice with Hyatt Legal Services and Attorney Matt Curiale, I opened my own practice in 1995.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is… to stay active in the community. I owe much to this school. I would like to contribute to its continued success.
In my spare time, I like to… be active in various community service organizations. I am an active member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 344 in Jeannette, PA; the Knight of Columbus, Council 1222 in Jeannette, PA; and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 17, in Monroeville, PA, which is America’s oldest and largest Irish organization.
My family/friends are… supportive of my involvement with the American Legion. In conjunction with our veterans assistance activities at the American Legion, I belong to the First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry, who are collectors of vintage military vehicles. We do parades and other events in authentic World War II army uniforms to honor all who served our country.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: My current big project with the American Legion is to locate and document various war and veteran memorials in Westmoreland County. The American Legion is building a national online database of these monuments. I photograph them, and learn what I am able to as to when they were constructed and who built them. Then, I submit everything to Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis. In Westmoreland County, a county almost as big as the State of Rhode island (1056 square miles to 1023 square miles), they are numerous and everywhere. Since Memorial Day 2017, I have had over 100 submissions accepted into the national database.
Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Ferrante '17
Joe Ferrante graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2017 with a BS in biological science and minors in chemistry and psychology.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… individual academic attention and a small, close-knit campus community.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… a very positive and memorable one. I remember arriving to the campus, and taking in the true beauty of it. I could immediately imagine myself at the campus because of the at-home feel that I felt right from the beginning.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was… being a part of the Pitt-Greensburg Ice Hockey team in 2014 and 2015 when we appeared twice at national championships, and won a national championship in 2014. Another fond memory is when I was selected to the leadership roles of Community Assistant and Peer Leader. I remember both days very well, and I still have both original letters that informed me I received the positions. In 2016, I was also honored by being crowned Homecoming King.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were… Professor Barnhart, Ms. Jen Paul, Dr. Byrns, and Dr. Phillips
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to…work in the University of Pittsburgh Oakland Admissions department as an Admissions Processor.
My reasons for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University are… the many tremendous opportunities the university enabled me with throughout my four years there. I also like to stay connected to see how the university will grow and change throughout the years.
In my spare time, I like to… hike, bike, geocache, camp, volunteer, and watch anything Philadelphia sports related.
My family/friends are … very important in my life. My family has given me a solid foundation of faith, love, motivation, and good examples which have helped me reach all of the goals I have set for myself thus far. They continue to encourage and help me in all that I do. I am blessed to have the greatest parents, brother, sister, grandparents, and extended family who I know I can always count on. My friends from back home and the ones I’ve made at Pitt-Greensburg have always stood by me, and offered me advice and support when I needed it. They’ve helped me in more ways than they know. My four years at Pitt-Greensburg would not have been the same without them. I am fortunate to have a close bond with them and look forward to many good times down the road. There have been so many fellow students, faculty, and staff who I’ve crossed paths with at Pitt-Greensburg that have changed me, and helped me grow into the person I am today. I take all of those lessons with me, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: I am looking to pursue a master’s degree part-time while working at Pitt, and I am still currently deciding what area to pursue. I am also obsessed with Jeep Wranglers, and cannot wait until the day I am able to officially join the Jeep community.
Alumni Spotlight: Alicia DiPaolo '14
Alicia DiPaolo graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2014 with a BA in psychology and a BA in visual and performing arts (theatre concentration), and a minor in Spanish. Read more about her life during and after Pitt-Greensburg.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was…the atmosphere. The main reason I chose Pitt-Greensburg is because I could get to know my professors, and they could get to know me – I didn’t want to be just one student out of thousands in a classroom.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was…the campus was beautiful, and the people were positive. Everyone was willing to help one another in their own journeys.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…the opportunity with the Pitt Greensburg Media to travel to Honduras and film a documentary with UPMC and Shoulder to Shoulder. It was eye opening and expanded my cultural understanding, and it gave me the opportunity to educate others about the world.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were… are a group together in similar fields – Dr. Stephen Schrum, Dr. Amber McAllister, Professor Chris Bartley, and Dr. John Prellwitz. They all helped me discover my skills and push myself further than I thought I could reach.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to…work at Excela Health in Human Resources as a Talent Acquisition Representative. I also continue my love of theatre and arts by participating in community theatre around the area, as well as take on the duties of secretary for the Greensburg Civic Theatre board. For some side projects, I still do some filming and editing for the Red Cross and the Blackburn Center.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is…that I feel as though it’s my turn to give back to the university and make the new students have an amazing time while they are at Pitt-Greensburg like the alumni before have done for me.
In my spare time, I like to…read, play video games, paint, and watch TV
My family/friends are…extremely supportive of me and everything that I choose to do.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: I just recently went to Disney for the first time this past April, and it was amazing!
Alumni Spotlight: Justin Cannalley '15
Justin Cannalley graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2015 with a BA in anthropology and a minor in history. Read more about his life during and after Pitt-Greensburg.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was… the distance from home. I wanted to become more independent; however, the deal breaker had to be the beauty of the campus.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… this is going to be my home for the next four years.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was… working with Residence Life. Before becoming a CA, I was relatively shy, but it allowed me to meet people with the same interests and also allowed me to help direct those that were in the same shoes as me.
The staff members who had the greatest influence on me were… Brian Root and Troy Ross. Brian was the first person I interacted with on campus, and we instantly bonded. He started out as my direct RD my freshman year and my supervisor my sophomore year, but he became a dear friend. Troy was my Freshman Seminar instructor and later became my supervisor. I’ll never forget when he showed up to our Hobgoblin Hikes event, and everyone thought he was a student.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to… serve with AmeriCorps in Park City, Utah as a construction crew leader with Habitat for Humanity and serve with AmeriCorps as a forestry technician in the Great Smokey Mountains. I now work with the Army Corps of Engineers.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is…that I want to tell my story so that incoming students can experience the full experience of college and don’t miss out on anything awesome.
In my spare time, I like to… hike, geocache, and watch football and hockey. I am a diehard Philadelphia fan and I’m proud of it. Go Eagles and Flyers!
My family and friends are… my support system. I tend to get lost in work at times, but they are always there to talk when the going gets tough.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: I took advantage of Pitt-Greensburg’s study abroad program twice while in school. I visited India my sophomore year and Australia/New Zealand my senior year. Both trips were eye openers for me.
Alumni Spotlight: Megha Pai '13
Megha Pai graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2013 with a BA in Political Science, a BA in English Writing, and a minor in Philosophy. Read more about her life during and after Pitt-Greensburg.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was…the ability it gives students to be part of a small, close-knit campus community in the suburbs, while earning a Pitt degree.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was…that campus is picturesque and beautiful.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…living on campus all four years was my favorite thing as a student—some of my fondest memories were created when Pitt-Greensburg was my home.
The faculty members who had the greatest influence on me were…Judith Vollmer, Lori Jakiela, Paul Adams, and Beverly Gaddy. All of them helped me refine my research and writing skills. They taught some of the best classes I’ve ever taken. They also wrote excellent letters of recommendation when I was applying to various grad school programs.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to…earn my MBA at Duquesne University, where I graduated in 2017. I now work at the Pittsburgh branch of Havas PR North America—Havas is one of the largest global communications groups in the world!
Additionally, I’ve been nominated for Best Local Poet in the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh 2017 poll. My creative writing has been published in the Route 30 Anthology, Pressure Gauge Journal, :Lexicon Journal, and Pendulum Literary Magazine.
My reasons for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University are…the caliber of the education I received from the University, as well as the lifelong friendships that began at Pitt-Greensburg: I want prospective students to choose our campus to begin their academic journeys, their careers, and the rest of their lives.
In my spare time, I like to…catch up with my family and friends, shop, explore Pittsburgh, write, and travel.
My family and friends are…immensely supportive, extremely insightful, and always there for me.
Tell us something we didn’t ask: I couldn’t not say this…in 2016, I was in a photo shoot for a marketing campaign promoting Duquesne University’s MBA program. So, you may have seen my face in MBA ads on the sides of busses, floating around Pittsburgh.
Alumni Spotlight: Carrie Bush '14
Carrie Bush graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. She also minored in History and earned a Children’s Literature certificate. Read more about her life during and after Pitt-Greensburg.
The things that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg were … how close the campus was to my home and how beautiful the campus was. Pitt-Greensburg was the only college that I applied to because I was determined to go there.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg … the campus had so much to offer. I started out my freshmen year working in Student Services, so I was exposed to everything that the campus had to offer.
My favorite thing as a student was … getting involved in Psi Chi, Commuter Mentor, and Peer Leading. All of these gave me experiences that made going to Pitt-Greensburg even more worthwhile. Peer Leading, especially, provided me with leadership experience, but it also allowed me to make many lifelong friends.
The faculty members who had the greatest influence on me were … Dr. Maloy and Dr. Phillips. Both of these professors provided me with many skills that I still use in my everyday life. Dr. Maloy was my composition teacher. When I came into her class I thought that I knew a lot about writing. Little did I know, I had a lot more to learn. By my senior year of college, I felt that I had a great understanding of writing papers and using the correct grammar. Dr. Phillips was also a big influence on me while I was at Pitt-Greensburg. He provided me with the opportunity to work one-on-one with him and another fellow student to research. This was an eye opening experience for myself. I truly enjoyed the research aspect of Psychology.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to … work at Today’s Learning Childcare for almost a year. In April of 2015, I accepted a position at a local insurance agency, W.N. Tuscano Agency. I am now in the Personal Lines department. I have my Pennsylvania license in Property & Casualty and also Accident & Health.
My reason for staying connected to the University is … that I enjoyed my time at Pitt-Greensburg, and wanted to give back to it. I want future students to enjoy Pitt-Greensburg as much as I enjoyed it.
In my spare time, I like to … watch hockey. I am one of the biggest hockey fans that you will meet. I also enjoy just reading or spending time with my friends and family.
My friends and family are … a large part of why I am where I’m at in my life. I was the first person in my immediate family to go to college and obtain a degree. This was a complete learning experience on everything dealing with college. I know that I made my family proud for sticking through it and obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree.
Tell us something we didn’t ask … In May of 2016, I had the opportunity to run the relay for the Pittsburgh Marathon with my work. This was the first race that I competed in. It was a huge accomplishment to run 4.9 miles and finish my leg of the race.
Alumni Spotlight: Jason Atwood '11
Jason Atwood graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. Read more about his life during, and after Pitt-Greensburg.
The thing that drew me to Pitt-Greensburg was…the location as a commuter student.
My first impression of Pitt-Greensburg was… the campus was beautiful and quiet.
My favorite thing as a student/fondest memory was…being active in Student Government.
The faculty member(s) who had the greatest influence on me was/were…Dr. Manning, Dr. Poke, Dr. Kelly, and Parris Carter.
After Pitt-Greensburg, I went on to…the corporate world.
My reason for becoming active with the alumni association/staying connected to the University is…I want current students to have a great experience like I did.
In my spare time, I like to…spend time with my family and volunteer at Calvary Church in Irwin, PA.
My family/friends are … the most important thing in my life. They make me want to be a better man. I met my wife, Heather (Waldrop), in Dr. Kelly’s Comp 3 class during my second tenure at Pitt-Greensburg. We were married in September of 2013 and had our son Maxamiel in January of 2015.
Tell us something we didn’t ask…I ran for Westmoreland County Commissioner in 2015. You may see my name come up again in political races in the future.