Alumni Spotlight

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!

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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.