I was blessed enough to be recruited in high school and eventually become a four-year letter winner all-conference performer on our university's football team. I found that my coaches and teammates became my extended family and held me accountable. My involvement in campus groups like the Men of Color Think Tank and Inter-fraternal Council were very important. I also began my lifelong membership into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and it greatly shaped my commitment to scholarly endeavors, community service and civic activity.
There were so many people, who impacted my success at Clarion. My advisor Kevin Roth and my football coaches Malen Luke and Kim Niedbala were all big impacts. Being from Florida, I was so lucky to develop a strong peer group of fellow future CU graduates from different parts of the country like Jhermel Goss (B.A. '04) from Cleveland, Ohio and Donald Vaughn, Jr. (B.A. '04) Philadelphia. We are still great friends to this day.
My initial major was Business Administration but after meeting the requirements, I changed to Integrative Studies with a minor in Business. I chose the business focused major because I always have had an analytical and structured mind and the skills I needed to engage in corporate America were encompassed in the classes I took at Still Hall.
I am a legal accounting professional in Pittsburgh. Specifically, I work at JacksonLewis P.C. My career has spanned 15 years with some of the largest law practices in America including K&L Gates, LLP and ReedSmith, LLP. I use my major daily. Ethics and quantitative skills are those I am most called upon to use. Clarion was such a great preparation for the corporate world.
Clarion really felt like a true college experience or at least what I envisioned it to be. The campus, the traditions, the alumni and the locals all made my experience at CU so memorable. There was no better place for me to grow. I am proud to be a Clarion University alum. I cherish my time there.