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George M. Hayward

George M. Hayward graduated from Penn State in May of 2014 with degrees in Communication Arts and Sciences and Sociology, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. While at Penn State, George was very active in several organizations, including Toastmasters International, TEDxPSU, Penn State Debate Society, and Victory Christian Fellowship. He was also selected as the Distinguished Graduating Senior in Sociology, and recently began a Sociology Ph.D program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Having a background in Communication Arts and Sciences has helped George tremendously. In fact, the benefits of this major began almost instantly for George, who spent his first two years as an architecture student. He was so inspired by his new studies that he joined some of the previously mentioned organizations (such as Toastmasters International and Debate Society). Specifically, his interests in rhetoric, persuasion, speech writing, and social influence led him to compete in several Toastmasters speech contests and further develop his hobby of stand-up comedy.

Now in graduate school, George is still influenced by some of his studies as an undergraduate. For example, his training in research methods has proved useful, and he still recalls various theoretical ideas that are relevant to his sociological interests. Among his favorite ideas are Burke's concept of terministic screens and Plato's critique of rhetoric, both of which are directly applicable to the field of sociology and understanding social influence. While in graduate school, George plans to focus primarily on the sociology of religion and the family, and he is excited to see how his experiences at Penn State will continue to influence his work.

Scott Hull

Scott Hull, CAS '09, is a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. He currently provides Program Management support for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently responsible for providing management support and leadership advice for VA IT Infrastructure Systems. Prior to his current project, Scott provided management support for the VA T4 Mobile Health program. Scott has also provided strategic communications, SharePoint administration, and development expertise to the Veteran Health Administration (VHA), Chief Business Office in Denver, CO. Scott first worked for Booz Allen at the Pentagon, working for the Marine Corps providing strategic communications support.

While at Penn State he researched and studied the spread of Malaria in Africa and worked with the Penn State Entomologists and Biologists to eradicate Malaria from sub-Sahara Africa.

The Communications, Arts and Science (CAS) major helped Scott develop strategic communications and facilitation skills that have been invaluable during his six years of professional experience. CAS courses that required public speaking and presentations were the most beneficial to Scott, because they simulate the day-to-day operations and requirements of a Program and Team Manager.

Angela Brosnan

Angela Brosnan is a 2011 graduate of the Communication Arts and Sciences Department.  Angela went on to attend Villanova Law School, where she graduated in 2014 with awards from Villanova and from the Philadelphia Bar Association for her public interest and pro bono service.  Angela currently works in the Child Advocacy Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  In her role as a Child Advocate Attorney, Angela represents abused and neglected children in both family and juvenile court proceedings.  She also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, which is a Philadelphia-based non-profit that provides comprehensive support to children prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.

Beth Fedyna

Starting out as many students do with uncertainty concerning a major and dabbling in a few before a final decision, I graduated with a Communication Arts and Science degree to enable me to demonstrate my strong creative writing and public speaking skills in just about any field I ventured into.

Soon after graduating in 2006, I accepted a position with Barcardi's marketing agency in Pennsylvania investing time in the State College and Philadelphia areas.  From there I worked my way up to a management position spending time in South Carolina and the Florida Market.

To diversify my credentials and to satisfy my great love of adventure, I left my warm environment and did a project in production for Samsung in St. Louis, Missouri and then back to the south and became the face of the Coppertone Sunscreen portfolio for Merck Pharmaceuticals.

I currently manage and plan events for Campari American and I talent scout for Steven Starr's new restaurant projects.

In my spare time I pursue my passion for fitness and wellness and continue to enhance my "nothing ventured, nothing gained" approach in my personal and professional life! 

Christina Lope

My name is Christina Lope, and I am a former CAS graduate from Penn State’s class of 2011.  Life after college is definitely a big transition! After graduating, I became an Americorps member at Cray Youth & Family Services serving at-risk youth in the local community of New Castle, PA.  During this time, I assisted with designing and implementing an after-school enrichment and tutoring program (Origins) for these children. I also managed the Summer Food Program which serves free breakfast and lunch daily during the summer months to kids associated with the welfare system. I never realized how much I liked working with kids until I tried it!

After my year-long term ended with Americorps, I was actually offered a full-time position as the Program Coordinator for Origins, which was awesome! I still currently hold this position, and I am also a Foster Care Aide as well. As a Foster Care Aide, I supervise, serve, and monitor the well-being of children who are unable to live in their biological parents’ homes to make sure their needs are met.

When I am not working, I definitely enjoy attending and volunteering at my local church. I also appreciate really good food (especially Thai and sushi), Pittsburgh sports, playing piano, trips to the beach, quality time with family and friends, and of course, making people laugh!  My next personal goal in life is to get involved with a missions trip serving orphaned children in a third world country.

Advice to all you undergrads: It’s never too early to start networking! Make sure you attend all of the available career fairs and networking events that Penn State has to offer! They will really help you in the long run! Also, don’t let internship and volunteer opportunities pass you up, they might just be your ticket to getting your foot in the door with your dream company. Finally, don’t forget to stay connected with your PSU professors! They have a wealth of knowledge and are great resources for your future endeavors!

Emily Toombs

Emily Toombs graduated from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College in 2011, with majors in Communication Arts and Sciences and English, and a minor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Johns Hopkins University, and has taught middle and high school English, as well as Title I Reading and Math. Her short fiction has been featured in several publications. Emily currently lives and writes in Los Angeles and is working on a novel.

Eric DiMuzio

I came to Penn State with the ultimate intent to pursue law.  Through discussions with my academic adviser, I discovered the CAS department.  I did not know at the time that what was known as a necessary (perhaps evil) speech class would expose me to a curriculum of such depth and breadth that its impact on my professional development is still hard to gauge.  If I had to distill my experience, I would say it taught me a process--incisive persuasion.

After a gap year, I arrived at Cornell Law School prepared for the Socratic method.  The call and response format gave me energy for the academic rigor of law school.  Most importantly, I trusted the process.  As I begin my career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Manhattan, I will continue to do the same.

Kristen Roth

After graduating from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State in 2012, I moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a joint Juris Doctor/Certificate in Dispute Resolution degree at Pepperdine University School of Law. During the 2014 summer, I interned at Deloitte Spain as part of their tax department, and then this past summer (2015), I interned at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Now, I am currently in Madrid, Spain pursuing a Master in International & European Business Law and will graduate with my Juris Doctor/Master in International & European Business Law/Certificate in Dispute Resolution in May 2016. In Madrid, I am also currently a legal intern at Baker & McKenzie, which is ranked as the largest international law firm in the world. After graduating with my degrees in May 2016, I hope to pursue a career in "Big Law" after taking the New York Bar Exam in July 2016. In addition, although I am no longer playing tennis competitively, I still play recreationally and love seeing how well the the Penn State Tennis teams are doing. 

Marty Evans

Penn State taught me that learning should never stop. I love to seek out new perspectives, learning about languages and cultures, and seeing new places. I work as a global accounts pricing analyst for a commercial electrical distributor, WESCO International. My hobbies are biking, eating and writing about seafood for a Pittsburgh-based magazine, and traveling. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this from Seoul, South Korea. Penn State and CAS provided me with a solid foundation of how to reach for and accomplish both minor and major life goals.

Nina Boscia

After graduating from Penn State in May of 2015, I moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master’s degree in Strategic Communication at American University. I am currently in the midst of completing foundational courses in writing, theory, research, and principles for strategic communications in preparation for elective and specialized courses next semester. This one year master’s program is designed for students who are interested in an array of different communicative fields. I am also currently the communications intern at an organization called ‘Think Local First DC,’ a group that works with independently owned businesses, consumers, and policymakers to grow a thriving, local economy in the DC-metro area. After graduating from American University in 2016, I hope to pursue a career in corporate communications or communications consulting. 

Though I’ve moved to Washington, D.C., my experiences in the CAS department at Penn State will always be with me. The faculty and administration is unparalleled, and I feel lucky to have been a part of such a great department. The CAS department has shaped me both personally and professionally, and it’s because of the people there that I felt prepared to take on new challenged and opportunities! 

Rebecca Alt

Becca is a third-year PhD student at the University of Maryland College Park studying rhetoric and political culture.  Her research explores the role of sport in American culture, and she often studies sports controversies from both critical and theoretical perspectives. At Maryland, she teaches COMM 200: Critical Thinking and Speaking and COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practices.

Ryan Erbe

My name is Ryan Erbe, I'm a CAS graduate, class of 2013. Post graduation, I've been living on Long Island, NY working for a premiere web-design agency called ICVM Group as both an Assistant Project Manager and a SaaS platform specialist. I was fortunate to land the job, as we work with some of the most prestigious law firms in the world, and I'm the youngest employee by almost 10 years. While it's been a tough challenge from the start, I've adapted and have enjoyed learning all about the web-design aspect and what role it plays in the evolution of the booming IT industry we live each day.

Living in a seasonal beach town year round, I get to enjoy all that the North Fork of Long Island has to offer. Gorgeous beaches, posh wineries, quaint mom&pop shops with a small town feel, and seafood most days of the week. On occasion I will travel to NYC and visit with other fellow PSU alums to watch football/hockey games, go to concerts, etc.

It's always been a pleasure staying on the East Coast, as it keeps me connected to the Penn State community, and also knowing that I'm only a few hours away. I plan on working with the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program this Fall and hope to continuously offer valuable insight to students coming out of school. Working with a mentor has always helped me in more ways than one, academically, athletically, professionally, personally... so I look forward to being able to offer the same type of guidance that I've received over the years.

Hope to be back on campus soon!