The Future Looks Bright for Kyle Lott
May 28, 2008
Kyle Lott, a 2008 graduate of Mount Union College, made sure to take advantage of the opportunities Mount Union afforded him, and as a result his future looks bright.
Lott was recently hired by First Energy and will be working in the Rates and Regulatories group as an assistant business analyst.
A naturally analytical person, Lott majored in business administration with concentrations in finance and quantitative analysis and a minor in psychology. He graduated with magna cum laude honors, was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Tau Pi Phi honoraries and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
As a senior at Berea high school in Cleveland, Lott decided to look at Mount Union “while he was in the area” visiting another institution. He was so impressed by the Mount Union campus and the Office of Admission when he visited that he decided to attend Mount Union.
“Mount Union offered everything I was interested in,” said Lott.
He became active in Campus Crusade for Christ at Mount Union, and devoted much of his time to it as a student leader. He is particularly proud of the success of the event Praise God in the Quad held this past spring. This event, a coordinated effort by Campus Crusade, FLOCK and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, included a cookout, games, speakers and music.
Lott was also active as a community educator for Miller and Shields residence halls, further enhancing his leadership skills. In addition to these activities, he was also a part of the Investment Team, participating in stock portfolio competitions that resulted in outstanding returns.
Through his Derivatives class at Mount Union, Lott had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to observe traders at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Board of Exchange as well as the Federal Reserve Bank.
As a mentor for the Dowling Mentor Program, Lott was able to personally impact and create a memorable relationship with a high school student from Alliance. Lott and his mentee shared a common interest in basketball and Lott attended many of his mentee’s games. In addition, he was able to assist with homework and teach show him how to budget money. The pair also worked together on several service projects, including the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Christmas.
Through the INROADS program, an organization that places minority youth in business and industry, Lott had the opportunity to participate in two summer internships with Ernst & Young accounting firm in Cleveland. INROADS also allowed for his participation in summer training sessions as well as the National Leadership Development Institute. Mount Union has a long-standing relationship with INROADS and Jacquelyne Bailey, national vice president of INROADS, is a member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees.
“My internships really helped me with becoming acclimated to the corporate world and learning how to build my network,” said Lott. “They also helped me with my confidence level as a young professional.”
Lott’s appreciation for his parents also grew as he was away at college. He is the first in his immediate family to go to college, and is grateful that he was supported by two caring and involved parents.
If incoming freshmen were to ask Lott for advice, he would tell them, “Get involved. It helps with the homesickness freshmen often suffer during their first weeks away from home and to meet new friends and experience new opportunities.”
Lott has had no regrets during his four years at Mount Union. While he is sad to leave, he will remember his college years as a period of personal and professional growth filled with memorable experiences.