Who are your heroes?My mother and father
What is your biggest pet peeve?Hypocrites
In a meeting with your peers, is your phone on the table, in your pocket or purse, left at your desk or in your car?In my pocket
When is your usual bedtime?I used to always stay up late; however, working in the UK has dramatically shifted my sleeping habits. I am normally half-way through the work day before some of my family and friends wake up in the US. I also do so much travel back and forth between the US and UK that I always find myself double-checking the current time zone (and occasionally even the day of the week).
Do you dance in the car?You will certainly see me singing and dancing in the car if “Country Roads” by John Denver is playing through the speakers.
University Alumni Spotlight:
Jay Carpenter ’10
Major While on Campus: Biology
Hometown: Fairmont, West Virginia
Current Job Title: UK Sales Manager
Employer: Turning Technologies, LLC
I am a consultative sales professional for the global leader in audience response technology. Working out of the Belfast (Northern Ireland) office, I currently manage the company’s sales and channel partnerships within the United Kingdom and Ireland. My role provides me the opportunity to implement world-class software and enhance learning environments in educational institutions and corporations. I am fortunate to work for a dynamic, forward-thinking company that develops the best assessment delivery and data collection solutions in the world.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I was initially attracted to Alliance because of Larry Kehres’ football program, but I quickly learned that Mount Union had a whole lot more to offer than just athletics. My decision was easy once I learned more about the strong educational programs, saw the state-of-the-art facilities and met with current staff and faculty. Mount Union has done a wonderful job of creating a culture that caters to the needs of each student. Students have the opportunity to pursue individual passions, receive a top-notch education and create friendships and connections that last a lifetime. It is special to be part of the Mount Union family.
Professor Mark McConnell, assistant professor of marketing, and Dr. Ron Mendel, associate professor of human performance and sport business, have been wonderful mentors. They both approach their curriculum with creativity, passion and integrity. Their methods provide the perfect platform for active learning. Each also has the ability to maximize student potential and teach lessons that are just as valuable outside of the classroom. I am thankful for all that I have learned from them!
The first year of Raider Relief (2009-2010) was a very fulfilling and rewarding experience for me. There were 4,500 pairs of shoes collected (in my apartment garage) in the initial Soles4Souls shoe drive campaign. Communities, churches and schools from three states contributed to this project. The shoe drive brought thousands of smiles to faces across the world; however, I would venture to guess that the biggest impact may have been on those who took part in it. It was also an honor to contribute to a great football tradition at Mount Union. Being part of the 2006 and 2008 National Championship teams were experiences that I will forever cherish and never forget.
Prepared for the Real World
The education at Mount Union goes beyond the books. Although my current career does not directly relate to my undergraduate major, I constantly apply the same work ethic and time management skills that I learned while studying in Bracy Hall. The biology and chemistry courses taught me how to critically think and strategize, which are important in the business world.
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to speak with customers and learn how our technology has positively impacted their lives. These conversations motivate me on a daily basis.
Involved On Campus
As an undergraduate I was co-founder of Raider Relief and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sophomore Service Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Beta Beta and the Mount Union football team.
Forever A Raider
I have been able to make it to most of the Homecoming and Alumni Weekend celebrations since graduating in 2010. I also do my best to attend as many football games as possible. It is fun to watch and support the program from a different perspective. Once a Raider, always a Raider.
I try to live by the following quote: “A leader is a dealer in hope” – Napoleon Bonaparte. My primary goal is to constantly be a positive influence on others.