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Vol 3, Issue 4
Victoria Popovitch, first year student.
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Name: Victoria Popovitch
Do you plan to finish your degree at another campus? I am actually going to finish my degree at the Shenango Campus.
Why did you choose the Shenango Campus? I chose the Shenango campus because of how at home I felt the first week of classes. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful and still are to this day.
What are you involved in on campus? I am apart of the Women’s Volleyball team. Which helped me build friendships and helped manage my time better.
What are you involved in outside of campus? I am a Care Giver and I belong to Saint Joseph’s Church.
Why do you love Penn State Shenango? I love Penn State Shenango because it gave me so many people I can call my family now.
What is your favorite Penn State memory? My favorite Penn State memory is when the volleyball team had to travel to Main Campus for a weekend of tournaments and a lot of fun!
Who has made an impact on your life personally or on campus? Why? My parents have made a huge impact on my life personally. Always pushing me to do the best that I can and helping me stay on the right path. Even when I would fall off, they are always there to help me back on.
Have you benefited from philanthropy? Growing up in a Catholic school has made a huge impact on always helping others in need before yourself. I was always doing some type of charity work. If it was not a food drive, it was a toy drive. This always brought joy to me seeing these people so happy and thankful for all that we have done for them.
Where do you see yourself after graduating from Penn State? I hope to be on a police force in Florida. Anywhere in Florida would be perfect for me! I hope to succeed in my work and become a very high ranked police officer.
One surprising fact about yourself: I enjoy riding 4-wheelers and dirt bikes. If it rains the day before I ride that just makes it even better!
Why would you recommend Penn State Shenango to future students? I would recommend Penn State Shenango because there are so many benefits you can get! Many scholarship opportunities make it financially better than most campuses. And you get your own little place to call home.
Any advice to future students? My advice would be to always stay up to date on assignments or even two steps ahead of them. It’s easy to forget or just to get distracted, so yes always stay ahead.
Shenango Accounting Lecturer Donald McFall
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Name: Don McFall
What is your role on the Shenango campus? Accounting Lecturer
How long have you been at Penn State? This is my second year.
What are you involved in on campus? VenturePointe Committee
Tell us about your education I received a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University and earned an MBA from Franciscan University of Steubenville. I also earned a Masters of Science from Kent State University.
What is your favorite Penn State memory? When Dr. Carrick called to make the offer of employment. I was so excited for the opportunity to continue my career at The Penn State University.
Why do you love the Shenango campus? I love the sense of pride and dedication that I feel among the employees and students at Shenango.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why? There are so many in my life who challenged me to do more than I thought I could.
What do you enjoy outside of the classroom? Hobbies, interests, etc.: Jogging, biking, golfing, and gardening.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment? I feel most proud when I witness my students' accomplishments.
Why would you recommend Penn State Shenango to future students? Shenango is a very supportive and encouraging place to begin your college education.
Why would you recommend Penn State Shenango to a future colleague/employee? The environment and people at Shenango make me want to be a better teacher every day.
If you weren’t working in higher education, what would you be doing? Wishing I could get a job in higher education.
Iris Costar '22
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Name: Iris Costar
Major: Plant Science
Graduation Date: 2022
Do you plan to finish your degree at another campus? Yes, I transferred to University Park in the spring of 2020.
Why did you choose the Shenango campus? I choose the Shenango campus to save money. Compared to other colleges, Penn State Shenango is very low cost and I choose to commute from home which also saved me a lot of money.
What are you involved in on the campus? Community garden, STEM club, and lion ambassadors.
What are you involved in outside of campus? I have a part-time job.
Why do you love Penn State Shenango? All of the students and faculty are super friendly and always willing to help you out if you need it.
What is your favorite Penn State memory? Going to Belize for the alternative spring break trip.
Have you benefited from Philanthropy? Yes, I received a few different scholarships.
Where do you see yourself after graduating from Penn State? I hope to move to California and get a job working at a large-scale greenhouse.
One surprising fact about yourself: I have a twin sister.
Why would you recommend Penn State Shenango to future students? You will SAVE A LOT OF MONEY by going to Penn State Shenango.
Any advice to future students? Try to take every opportunity that is given to you. You will have so many great memories and friends you never thought you would meet.