The back of the Lion Shrine is shown looking over the courtyard between Lecture and Sharon halls. Three students are walking through the courtyard.

July 2019: What's happening at Shenango?

It's summertime at Shenango! In this issue, meet of two of Shenango's young alumni: Riley Atterholt '17, and Juanita (Mennor) Fair '16.

Vol 1, Issue 9

Meet Riley

Name: Riley Atterholt

When did you graduate? December 2017

What was your major? Business - Marketing and Management

What campus(es) did you attend? Shenango

What were you involved in on campus during your time at Penn State? I was involved in SGA, Lion Ambassadors, 2017 Alternative Spring Break to Belize, student speaker at the 2017 Mount Nittany Society Banquet Dinner, and Fall 2017 Commencement Speaker.

What is your favorite Penn State memory? My favorite memory is - without a doubt - being in the student section of the 2016 Penn State vs. Ohio State football game where the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes and stormed the field.

Why did you choose Penn State? I chose Penn State for several reasons. The world class education, proximity to home, and for the large alumni association and connective tissue.

Who has made an impact on your life? My grandparents. While commuting to Shenango, I had invaluable years with them that I will never get back.

One surprising fact about yourself: I do not have depth perception in my right eye.

Where are you now? I am working in Sharon with JCL Development. We are working hard to revitalize and re-energize the town, creating quality of life improvements and a walkable downtown.

Why would you recommend Penn State to future students? I would recommend Shenango for a multitude of reasons. The top-notch education, experiences and opportunities across the board, and the largest alumni association in the world. The Penn State name travels and the opportunities that arise because of it will surprise you.

Any advice to current/future students: Care. Care about your academics. Care about your involvement. Care about your impact. Care about your future.

Anything else you would like to share? #WeAre

Meet Juanita

Name: Juanita Fair (Maiden Name: Mennor)

When did you graduate? 2016

What was your major? Forensic Science - Biology/Microbiology Minor

What campus(es) did you attend? Shenango and University Park

What were you involved in on campus during your time at Penn State? Shenango: International Cultures Club, THON, Lion Leaders, VP of SGA, etc. University Park: Student Affairs Director of CCSG and Forensic Science Club, MLK Day Team Leader. 

What is your favorite Penn State memory? THON weekends and Football games and my Alternative Spring Break to Belize with PSU Shenango. 

Why did you choose Penn State? 2 plus 2 program for my degree. Penn State has a great college transitioning program. Largest Alumni network in the nation. 

Who has made an impact on your life? Shenango Staff and Faculty, my good friends Michele Truax, Kelvin Jordan an Dani Johnson. 

One surprising fact about yourself: I am first generation college student in my family. 

Where are you now? Live in Farrell, PA and work for Taylor Auto Group as a Business Development Center Representative. Have a side business as a freelance photographer in the Mercer County Area. 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?  Getting a full time job in Shenango Valley, co created the STEAM after school programs at the Buhl Club in Sharon, PA. 

Why would you recommend Penn State to future students? For the kids that are nervous and they are worried that they will just be a number - Penn State is more than just an amazing university it is a FAMILY. 

Any advice to current/future students: Get involved, do not just go to class and then go home. Involvement will make your PSU experience more meaningful! 

Anything else you would like to share? Sometimes  life will not go the way you want it, explore your options and more importantly have fun with the life that the world has given you!