Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2016

Alumni connection: Lacrosse’ing paths Steve Warzala and Jason LaShomb never crossed paths at Mercyhurst, but they connected recently far beyond the gates. Steve, a 2004 graduate, was doing play-by-play for ESPN Networks when he bumped into Jason (Class of ’09), a goalie for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. Steve has been a play-by-play announcer for MLL for fve years and for the Niagara University Purple Eagles for four years. Jason is a preschool teacher at Seton Catholic School in addition to his position with the Rattlers.

Grad works dream job at GOP convention Anderson Cooper is in the building! As for the 15,000 other members of the media covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last month, hospitality graduate Rosemary Macey ’13 had little time to look for other big-name personalities. Rosemary is the catering sales manager for Levy Restaurants, based in the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, the GOP convention’s media headquarters and a popular backdrop for national TV broadcasts during the four-day event. She was the point person for the food and beverage needs of thousands of reporters, photographers, cameramen, social media staf, broadcasters, bloggers and more. She was charged with organizing, planning and supervising the event, an enormous responsibility for a 25-year-old barely three years out of college. She credits Mercyhurst for her success, including classroom instruction from dedicated faculty, hands-on experiences, two world-class internships and networking opportunities.

Hurst alumni enjoy variety of benefits

As members of the Mercyhurst Alumni Association, alumni are entitled to special discounts on home and auto insurance as well as travel discounts through participating hotels and auto rental companies. Our partnerships ofer special rates with Liberty Mutual as well as Choice Hotels, Wyndham Hotel Group, and discounts through Alamo, AVIS, Hertz and more. Additional benefts for Mercyhurst alumni include career and internship assistance through the Career Development Center; Legacy Scholarships for children of alumni; SALT for fnancial education to help alumni achieve fnancial well-being; and the opportunity to submit a prayer request directly to the Sisters of Mercy.

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Earlier this year, Rosemary was one of the top fve fnalists for the title of Rising Star Corporate Event Planner of the Year. Her brother Danny is entering Mercyhurst this fall as a freshman and hopes to follow in his sister’s footsteps. She says she’s ready to open the door for him.

Alumni Chapters The Laker connection does not end when graduates leave the Hurst – all over the nation, Lakers are connecting with each other and maintaining their strong Mercyhurst ties. Mercyhurst Alumni Chapters have been established in more than 10 areas and members get together throughout the year for networking activities, service work, and of course some good Mercyhurst Irish fun! Connect with the Alumni Chapter nearest you at . If you don’t see your city on the list, contact Lindsay Cox `12 at to see if there is a group of alumni in your area. 25

Amy Weaver-Kaulis wins teaching award Amy Weaver-Kaulis, assistant professor and chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department, received Mercyhurst’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2016. Amy graduated in 2000 from the program she now leads. After earning her master’s degree in industrial-technical merchandising and fabric analysis at the University of North Texas, she returned to Mercyhurst in 2005. Recognized for her highly engaged teaching style, she has also elevated the nationwide visibility of the fashion merchandising program and overseen the department’s very successful recruitment program.

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