Standout Seniors: Meet Corinna Tucker

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s seniors are ready to make their mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Corinna Tucker:

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Corrina Tucker

Major: Digital Media, Arts, and Technology

Minor: Communication Arts and Mass Media

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

On choosing her major: I originally planned to major in biology, but wanted to do something a little more creative. DIGIT let me explore that side of my brain.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend? Receiving a Penn State Behrend summer fellowship and the Erickson Discovery Grant for my research with Dr. Aaron Mauro, assistant professor of English and digital humanities, on a Behrend history project.

Campus involvement: I was involved with Diverse Organization of Photo and Video Enthusiasts and Wintergreen Media, Penn State Behrend’s student-run production company.

Shutterbug: I am good at photography and depicting stories through my photos.

What you’d be surprised to know about her: I want to eventually buy a van and live out of it while traveling.

Advice for new student: Don’t be afraid to switch your major. This might mean you have to spend an extra semester in school, but it’s better than spending a lifetime working in a career you do not enjoy.

Corrina graduated from Penn State Behrend in December. She plans to find work at a newspaper, “writing stories to change the world!”

 

 

 

 

 

Standout Seniors: Meet Alec Hydock

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2018 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Alec Hydock:

Alec Hydock

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scholarships: I was honored to receive the Robert F. Taft Endowed scholarship.

On choosing Behrend: I chose Penn State Behrend because it has small class sizes that allow you to get to know the professor and the professor to get to know you.

Curiosity build the engineer: As a kid, I was always curious about how things worked, from why planes fly to how car engines work. This curiosity is what pushed me toward mechanical engineering.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend? Being on a senior design team that was selected for a project sponsored by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. I knew we had a strong group, but it was humbling to be selected to work on such an important project.

Campus involvement: I was involved in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. I was also involved with a research team that helped design a braille device.

What you’d be surprised to know about him: I have a twin.

Car enthusiast: I’ve always been passionate about cars. I enjoy seeing the advancements manufacturers have made in cars from new structural designs that improve how cars hold up in accidents to advancements in drivetrains that can increase both performance and economy.

Advice for new students: Don’t forget to take some time for yourself. It is easy to get caught up in all the homework, projects, and exams that you may get burned out. Get friends together to go to the gym, play pickup games, or even just set aside one evening in the week to hang out and do something fun.

After his graduation in May, Alec plans to pursue a career as an engineer in the automotive or defense fields.

Standout Seniors: Meet Katharina Becker

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2018 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Katharina Becker:

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Majors: Concurrent majors in Marketing and International Business

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Scholarships: I received the Edward P. and Barbara F. Junker Leadership Scholarship and the Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Alumni Scholarship.

On choosing Behrend: Behrend was the perfect size for me: small enough to feel homey, but big enough that I see and meet new people every day. Also, the campus is gorgeous and clean, and the people are friendly and inclusive.

On choosing her majors: Marketing challenges my creativity. It also calls for one to be organized, fun, fast-paced, and trendy. I chose International Business because we live in an increasingly global business world, and I love to travel.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: I was the vice president of the Relay for Life Club this year and we hosted a joint event with Mercyhurst University’s Relay for Life Club. We had more than 100 people attend our event and raised $7,300. I am immensely proud of the Relay members and all the organizing, advertising, and networking that contributed to the success of the event.

Campus involvement: I was a Lion Scout (tour guide) from the summer of my first year until my senior year. I was involved with Reality Check and traveled on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Dallas, Texas. I was involved in BVZ Radio and hosted my own show called “Zona de Calmain my sophomore year. I studied abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands, for six weeks. I was also involved in the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) club.

Advice for new students: I came to college assuming I had to choose only one subject to focus on that I was most passionate about. This was stressful because I have a variety of interests. I would advise incoming first-year students to diversify their schedule by pursuing a second major, a minor, or certificates.

Following her graduation in May, Katharina plans to work for a global digital marketing agency.

 

Standout Seniors: Meet Kelly Miller

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2018 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Kelly Miller:

Kelly Miller (2)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Louisville, Ohio

On choosing Penn State Behrend: I like the size of Behrend and the fact that no matter where you go on campus, you can always find someone you know.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: I danced in THON 2017 and it was so empowering to see the impact so many Penn State students have on the life of a child and their family! Standing for forty-six hours was the best weekend of my life.

Campus involvement: I’m a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, Behrend Benefiting THON, the women’s tennis team, and The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS). I’ve also participated in undergraduate research and Alternative Spring Break.

From Pennsylvania to Hawaii: My junior year, I was able to present research at the Electrochemical Society conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, with Dr. Adam Hollinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Following her graduation in May, Kelly has accepted a position as an associate product engineer at Newell Brands in North Carolina.

 

Standout Seniors: Meet Jon Schrecengost

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2018 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Jon Schrecengost:

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Jonathon Schrecengost

Major: Physics

Minors: Chemistry, Astrophysics, Computer Science, and Mathematics

Hometown: Greensburg, Pennsylvania

On working with faculty members: Behrend has faculty members who go out of their way to help you succeed, in the classroom and through research. The small class sizes at Behrend allow you to have a lot of really meaningful and personal interactions with faculty members.

On majoring in Physics: It’s a versatile major. Physics requires you to develop excellent learning and problem-solving abilities, and it gives you a strong understanding of the fundamentals that are used in other science and engineering disciplines. It’s not uncommon to find physics graduates in many different career paths.

Seeing the light: I’ve done research work with Dr. Bruce Wittmershaus, associate professor of physics, for three years. I’ve been helping him to improve his luminescent solar concentrators. These devices use fluorescent materials to redirect sunlight onto solar cells and produce an electric current. I’ve grown a lot as a researcher and I’ve been fortunate to submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. It’s also the topic of my Schreyer Honors thesis.

On being a teaching assistant: I enjoyed the opportunity to gain teaching experience as a teaching assistant for the college’s introductory physics courses. I learned that teaching material to others is the most effective way to truly understand course material yourself.

Who inspires him: Elon Musk

Advice for new students: Start doing research work with a faculty member as soon as possible. Don’t be shy about reaching out to them because they are very willing to help you and share their experiences with you.

Following his graduation in May, Jonathon plans to attend graduate school.

 

Standout Seniors: Demetrius Green

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2018 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.
Today, we’d like you to meet Demetrius Green:
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Demetrius Green

Major: Digital Media, Arts, and Technology

Minor: Management Information Systems

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scholarships: Council of Fellows Leadership Scholarship

On choosing Behrend: I liked the location because it wasn’t too far or too close to home. I also love big bodies of water, and Lake Erie is beautiful.

On choosing his major: I wanted to bridge the gap between creativity and technology. I have a background in communications, so I wanted to continue that, while adding technology to my expertise.

Campus involvement: I am historian for the Behrend chapter of the Association of Black Collegians. I’m also a member of the Organization of African and Caribbean Students, and the Multi-Cultural Council.

What you’d be surprised to know about him: I love to sing, all day. It starts to annoy people after a while.

Confidence counts: My definition of living a good life is being so confident and carefree that if you wanted to, you could walk into Walmart singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs, and not care who is watching or who can hear you.

On a life of service: I’m passionate about helping others. My motto is: If I can, I will. I love to put a smile on another person’s face.

What inspires him: My future inspires me. I’ve been waiting for this moment for years, and I’m excited to start seeing things come to fruition. I know there are great things waiting for me, and I just have to keep working and be diligent in pursuing those things.

Advice for new students: Check in with your adviser. Get involved. Leave the campus and explore Erie and Presque Isle. Ask questions.

After his graduation in May, Demetrius plans to start his career as an MIS technology professional.

 

Standout Seniors: Nicole Overby

By Heather Cass
Publications Manager, Office of Strategic Communications,  Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s seniors are ready to make their mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend. Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.
Today, we’d like you to meet Nicole Overby:
 Nicole Overby

Major: Accounting

Minor: Management Information Systems

Graduation date: December 2017

Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Scholarship: I received the National Bank of North East Leadership Scholarship, the Lawrence and Elizabeth Held Scholarship, the Behrend Faculty and Staff Scholarship, and the Edward P. and Barbara F. Junker Scholarship.

On choosing her major: I was drawn to numbers in high school, and I knew early on that I wanted a business degree. After I took some accounting classes, I realized it was a perfect fit for me.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: I was the student marshal at commencement. It meant so much to me and my family that I was selected by faculty members to represent the Black School of Business.

Campus involvement: I was involved in Circle K, Business Analytics Team, Accounting Club, Athena, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Behrend Beacon, and I helped produce and write the Black School of Business program newsletters.

What you’d be surprised to know about her: I have a twin sister

What she’s passionate about: Spreading goodness. This is a broad statement, but that is why I love it. Whether it is doing community service or simply smiling and saying hello to strangers, I think it is important to spread joy every day. I am a stronger believer in positivity. Not only will it make you feel better, but it will have a positive impact on everyone you come in contact with.

Advice for new students: Set goals, but be flexible. If you are too set on one path, you might miss another one that is best for you.

Nicole graduated from Penn State Behrend in December of 2017. She will return to the college in August to begin earning a Master of Professional Accounting degree. She plans to work in public accounting.