Members of Class of 2013 Share Future Plans

September 23, 2013

Walking down the aisle to receive the greatly anticipated diploma may seem like “the end” that students have been working toward, but it actually marks thebeginning of a new chapter. Many of our graduates will begin new careers and internships, while others will continue their educations at the graduate level.

The following story showcases 13 exceptional students from the Class of 2013 and where they are headed after graduation.

Jasmine Bentley
Graduate Student, Physician Assistant Studies Program
University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Twinsburg, OH
Jasmine will continue her education at Mount Union in its Physician Assistant Studies Program. As an exercise science major, she knew she wanted to obtain a master’s degree in the medical field and the Physician Assistant Studies Program was the perfect fit. Jasmine said that the opportunities Mount Union offered her, like working in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she acted as a mentor to underserved youth, as well as the challenging coursework, prepared her for graduate school.
“I am definitely anxious about graduate school, but I am most excited about the new journey. Although I will be continuing my education at the same institution, I know graduate school will be a completely different experience.”

Zach McMurray
Account Executive
Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland, OH
Majors: Sport Business and Accounting
Hometown: Burton, OH
After completing an internship with the Cleveland Cavaliers while attending Mount Union, Zach was offered a full-time position. As a part of the Cavaliers sales staff, he focuses on new business development. He is very excited to finally put his Mount Union education to use and work toward a long career in the sport business industry. One experience that stood out to Zach as being most helpful was Mount Union’s Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair, which gave him the opportunity to develop relationships with many influential people in the industry. Zach said he is really going to miss all the people he became friends with while at Mount Union.
“Mount Union’s greatest asset is the wonderful people who call themselves Purple Raiders.”

Matthew Amabeli
Software Engineer
National Interstate, Richfield, OH
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Alliance, OH
Matt will begin his career close to home after graduation as a software engineer for National Interstate. After receiving an interview following a job fair in Columbus, OH, Matt worked closely with Mount Union’s Center for Student Success to polish his interviewing skills. He cites the Center as being a huge help throughout the process, noting that at times he would visit multiple times in a week and was always pleased with the advice and support he received. He is most excited to begin working with his new team and having the ability to be close to home as he adjusts to a new chapter in his life. Although he is eager to begin this new adventure, Matt said he will miss the people of Mount Union. He has built friendships not only with other students, but also with many of the faculty members who helped him along the way.
“Mount Union is full of students and faculty members who want to help you succeed, and the support has been

Stephanie Porten
Attractions Cast Member
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Major: English-Writing
Hometown: Highland Heights, OH
Being a big fan of Disney, Stephanie’s dreams are coming true as she begins interning as an attractions hostess at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program. She is excited to use the language skills she developed at Mount Union through her minors in both French and Mandarin Chinese to break through the language barriers that have proven to be difficult for many new Disney cast members. Stephanie said what she will miss most about Mount Union is singing and performing with her choir family each semester; they have helped her grow as a person.
“I will definitely miss being a part of the Mount Union Choir the most. I love my choir family, and being part of the ensemble has changed me for the better.”

Shannon Kelly
Graduate Student, Psychology Program
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Majors: Applied Criminal Justice and Sociology
Hometown: Strongsville, OH
Shannon will travel across the country to continue her education in the field of psychology at Pepperdine University in California. Her genuine interest in learning, along with a sparked interest in psychology stemming from her undergraduate minor, made graduate school very appealing. Shannon said she feels very prepared for graduate school because Mount Union provided her with a strong academic foundation and the study tools necessary for success. She is eager to one day be a school psychologist in an inner-city school district.
“I am looking forward to broadening my horizons and building the knowledge base
I acquired at the University of Mount Union.”

Abby Daley
Kindergarten Teacher
Sandy Grove Elementary, Hoke County, NC
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: New Philadelphia, OH
Abby is excited to find all that North Carolina has to offer a small- town girl from Ohio as she begins her career as a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Grove Elementary. Abby said that her student teaching, as well as her advisor and professors, were all integral parts in her ability to successfully land a job. She will really miss her best friends, sorority and the feeling of being home once you reach State Street.
 “No other school but Mount Union could have prepared me the way that it did.”

Casey Blabolil
Premix, North Kingsville, OH
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Madison, OH
After graduation, Casey will serve as a chemist for Premix, the largest North American developer, formulator and manufacturer of thermoset compounds and custom-molded components. During both his junior and senior years, he was conducting research projects independently, gaining laboratory experience and strengthening his problem-solving skills. He said that his advisor, Dr. Scott Mason, was critical in his development as a scientist and gave him every opportunity and tool he needed to succeed.
“One of the things that impressed this company most, and prepared me for this job, in my opinion, was the fact that, as chemistry majors, we were required to conduct laboratory research.”

Alyse Cook
Project Genesis Intern
Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Alyse’s ultimate career goal is to be a wellness coordinator, and serving as the project genesis intern at the Detroit Medical Center will give her the necessary experience to do so. She also plans to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2014, which will take her one step closer to achieving her goal. Alyse will really miss the people she has met during her time at Mount Union because they have become a strong support system on which she has come to rely.
“Mount Union’s faculty and staff have taught me to stand up and put my best foot forward. I can do anything.”

Yutaro Hata
Business Consultant
Rakuten, Inc., Osaka, Japan
Majors: Human Resource
Management and Marketing
Hometown: Hyogo, Japan
After participating in a bilingual job fair in Boston, MA, Yutaro landed a job as a business consultant with Rakuten, Inc. He said this company has the best corporate view and environment for fresh graduates to get a higher level of experience. Yutaro is very excited to begin working because, through his job, he will be exposed to companies of different sizes and different industries, which will help him broaden his business skill set. His involvement in several campus organizations, such as the American Marketing Association, Association of International Students and Raider Relief, allowed him to work effectively and efficiently within a group and further develop his leadership skills.
“This company is one of the most globalized firms in Japan, making it possible to work with people from all over the world. Why wouldn’t I be excited?”

David Constas
Assistant Language Teacher
JET Program, Japan
Major: Japanese
Hometown: Canfield, OH
David will board a flight to Japan after graduation to take on his career as an assistant language teacher through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. JET strives to improve foreign language education in Japan and promotes a mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. After applying in the fall semester of his senior year and participating in an interview process, he received news that he would have the opportunity to live and work in Japan. David said what he will miss most are his friends and the great professors he has had over the years.
“I am looking forward to being able to live in my favorite foreign country and use what I’ve learned during my tenure at Mount Union to make a difference in the lives of young people.”

Renee Russell
Associate Corporate Communications Specialist
Diebold, Inc., North Canton, OH
Major: Marketing
Hometown: East Liverpool, OH
As the associate corporate communications specialist for Diebold, Inc., Renee will be part of a team responsible for internal communications, such as email, newsletters and executive messages. She’s already familiar with Diebold, as she served as the marketing communications intern there from January 2012 through April 2013. Renee said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to grow and strengthen her communication skills, and knows that these skills will transfer into any position with which she is presented in the future.
“I cannot stress the importance of an internship enough. It has allowed me the opportunity to grow in so many ways and has opened so many doors for me.”

Courtney Burnside
Graduate Assistant, Molecular Medicine Ph.D Program
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Majors: Biology and French
Hometown: Parma, OH
Courtney will continue her education in the Molecular Medicine Ph.D Program at the Cleveland Clinic through Case Western Reserve University, where she will conduct research with a heavy clinical focus in the field of molecular biology. She said she realized early on in her undergraduate career that in order to get the job she wanted within biological research, she needed a doctoral degree. Mount Union provided her with a demanding schedule in biology and chemistry that challenged her to work harder in order to reach her full potential. Courtney is most excited to work full time in a research lab where she can strive to answer the endless questions that can eventually lead her to an exciting discovery.
“Mount Union provided a rigorous schedule for me in biology and chemistry. I was challenged at every turn, pushed to work harder, study more and succeed.”

Joshua Sleutz
District Manager
Aldi, Inc., Canton, OH
Majors: Accounting, Human Resource Management and Management
Hometown: Kidron, OH
Josh’s journey to obtaining his new career with Aldi, Inc. began at an on-campus job fair coordinated by Mount Union’s Office of Career Development. He was selected for a 10-week summer internship position and after completing the program, was offered a full-time district manager position. In this role, he will manage recruitment, selection, training, development and performance of store personnel as well as oversee and manage all store operations in the Canton district. His participation in the B.E.S.T. Program (Bringing Executives and Students Together) and his experiences as a member of residence life staff will help him in his future career. Josh said one thing he will miss about Mount Union is the familiarity that he has with not only other students on campus, but also with the professors and professional staff.
“I’m looking forward to being able to influence the personal development of my employees and create a safe working environment while helping my company grow.”

To The Top!