Class of 2010

Class of 2010

Maria Centini

Maria Centini
Majors: Secondary Education & English

What convinced you to choose King's?

My parents encouraged me to apply to King's because my father went here and had a great experience, and they wanted the same for me. The education program is NCATE certified and the English program is great. This college had everything that I was looking for: challenging educational programs, extracurricular activities, small class sizes and a dedicated staff.

What will you miss most about your college experience?

I have had the best time at King's and can honestly say that I wish I had another year here! I will miss all the activities that the school arranges for the students and the opportunity to be together and have fun. I take pride in the fact that each and every student is an appreciated member of a community that is valued. This makes the students here a tight-knit group, which is very hard to maintain at the collegiate level. All of my friends who attend larger universities are jealous of this fact.

How did you select your major?

My father is a teacher, so I guess I inherited the teaching gene, because it is something that I knew I wanted to be since I was young. I always had a great interest and passion for English, I have had many great English teachers that have helped me more than they know, and I wanted to do the same. I feel that knowledge of one's language is essential, and I would love to help students master it.

What are your career plans?

I plan to teach secondary English at a school in Pennsylvania. I have just completed student teaching and I have applied to 32 school districts in Pennsylvania. I am hoping to have a job for the fall teaching junior high or high school English. This summer, I will be working as an instructor for the McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program at King's College, which I am very excited about. I have held an internship with this program before, and now that I am graduating, they are hiring me for the summer.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

King's could not have prepared me better for my career. The English professors were so dedicated to the success of each and every student. The education program was
phenomenal. Teaching is a difficult task, and the education professors do everything
possible to make sure it is the right choice for you early on. During my freshman year, I was already tutoring and teaching practice lessons. Student teaching was the best preparation for me by far. My professors were so helpful in placing me in a great school, writing recommendations for me, and helping me out every day. This really made my college experience complete and eased me in to the real world. I am so thankful for all of the help I received, and I feel prepared and confident to begin the interview process and start my career.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

I would definitely encourage them to check it out! I could not have asked for a better
college experience and got everything I wanted out of King's and more. I feel more than prepared to begin my career, and I will never forget the good times I had at King's. I have made friends that I will have for life and skills that will allow me to attain a rewarding career in order to live the lifestyle that I want.

Donnie Houseknecht

Donnie Houseknecht
Major: Accounting

What was your first impression of King's?

When I first came to King's I was struck by a few things. The campus' idyllic size was a huge plus. I quickly realized that this school was a perfect representation of what I was looking for in a college. I was also extremely impressed by the students and faculty. Each person that I came in contact with was both helpful and friendly. They actually took an interest in the decision that I was about make, and that made all the difference.

What convinced you to choose King's?

I had the opportunity to sit in on a few classes during the 'College for a Day' program. This experience was, in all honesty, the deciding factor in my decision to choose King's. I was given the chance to discover what a day in the life of a King's College student was like, and I was really impressed by that. My time in each classroom was not one of just observance, but one of inclusion. I was made a part of the discussion, and was urged to contribute. It was evident that I had a real place as a Monarch.

What did you like best about attending a small, private college?

The small class sizes truly impressed me. I was never just 'a number', but a name. I was given the distinct opportunity to form relationships with my peers and, most especially, my professors. I also had the ability to grow intellectually because of the school's great focus upon individual attention. King's College is a family in every sense of the word.

What are your plans and how did King's help prepare you for your career?

I will be moving to New York City to begin my career as an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. King's had a huge part in my preparation for life beyond the classroom. My professors took an active role in the internship and job search process, and consistently worked to ensure success. I realized that their dedication was the driving force behind the College's reputation. Career Planning and Placement also worked tirelessly to bring an array of reputable recruiters to King's. These men and women made sure that I had all of the tools that I would need to secure a valuable position.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

Each year at King's has brought about many different events that I could never begin to forget; from McGowan School of Business Forums, to Homecoming games and dances, to Commencement Balls, to finally achieving my ultimate career goal. All of these events have provided me with a truly memorable college experience, and one that I will never forget.

What will you miss most about King's?

I will wholeheartedly miss the people that I have come to know here at King's. There have been so many individuals who have made a lasting impression upon me. Those that I have come in contact with, at all levels, have greatly contributed to my growth but have more importantly inspired me to strive to better myself in the future. I consider myself so fortunate to have chosen a path that led to King's.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

I would have to say that King's has provided me with an unforgettable experience. It has allowed me an opportunity to discover what a purposeful life can really be. An education that is second to none, a faculty and staff that continuously strive for success, a student population that is the friendliest I have ever seen, and a beautiful urban campus make King's a uniquely timeless institution. The College's founding President, Fr. James Connerton, said it best, "King's teaches students not only how to make a living, but how to live."

Jenna Oberman

Jenna Oberman
Major: Mass Communications

What was your first impression of King's?

When I first toured King's, I liked how close together all the buildings were and how pretty the campus was. And King's was just the right amount of distance away from home so I was away at college, but could still go home if I needed to.

What will you miss most about your college experience?

I'm going to miss being just a few steps away from friends and professors. The professors were really helpful if you ever had a question, and it's always great to have a friend down the hall, or just a couple buildings away. It's close-knit, and I really enjoyed that.

How did you select your major?

I wanted a major in which I could be creative and also incorporate photography and design. I didn't want Fine Arts major like other schools provided as I wanted to be able to actually do something practical with my creativity. Mass Communications was the perfect choice for me.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

My professors helped me a lot with advice and encouragement along the way. Another thing that prepared me was that I worked on the Scop - King's College Fine Arts and Literary Magazine. That really helped me to use my creativity and be responsible for not only a publication, but for the people who were involved in it.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

The highlight was becoming so close with everyone in my major - students and professors alike. I spent a lot of time in that department and loved it.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

King's is the place for you if you want a more personal experience in the classroom. Sometimes I had a class of only seven people and that was great for learning the material. You're not a nameless student here like you would be at a larger institution.

Scott Savner

Scott Savner
Major: Neuroscience & Psychology

What was your first impression of King's?

I had some pretty high expectations for King's because I had heard from other students that it was a really good school that would provide you with a great education.

What did you like best about attending a small, private college?

I loved the small class sizes and the fact that the professors knew you by your name. Small class sizes give you the opportunity to ask questions in class and for discussions to take place. I also liked that all of the professors were more than happy to sit down and talk with you and help with any class material that you did not understand. I feel that this is something that I would not have experienced if I had attended a larger college.

What are your plans and how did King's help prepare you for your career?

After graduating, I plan to attend a graduate program and later a doctoral program for Neurology in England. During my time at King's I took part in a study abroad program for a semester in Ireland. I loved every minute that I was there and I cannot wait to attend school in Europe again. Had I not participated in this program offered by King's, I would never have even considered a graduate program overseas.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

It was having the opportunity to make the friends and memories that I did. King's has prepared me for the next step in my life. I do not feel that I would be the person that I am today had I chosen to attend another college.

What will you miss most about King's?

I will miss the sense of community that I feel here at King's. I have grown accustomed to being able to walk out of my apartment and visit friends. I will miss walking to class and saying hello to familiar faces along the way.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

King's is a great school that will offer a unique learning experience. It is difficult to find a college with small class sizes and professors that will actually take the time to explain material that you don't understand. King's is growing and expanding and that means that with each passing year, it can only get better.

Susie Hughes

Susie Hughes
Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Administration

What was your first impression of King's?

When I was looking at colleges I was impressed that King's was such a welcoming campus. As I walked around, there were faces that were smiling and looked friendly. I knew that if I went here that it would be a great fit for me.

What convinced you to choose King's?

I didn't feel like a number. I knew if I went here my professors would know who I am and I would be able to go and talk to them. Also, I really liked the small college feel and that the business school was accredited.

How did you select your major?

In high school, I took two accounting classes and was very active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) so I came to college with an idea of what I wanted to major in. Once I met my roommate and other people who chose accounting, I knew it was the major for me. The accounting teachers were so willing to help their students and I knew I made the right decision.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

King's definitely has helped me with my career. My teachers, especially those in the accounting department, have served as mentors throughout my years at King's. They were always eager to give me advice whenever I had a question. During my years here at King's I have really learned how to utilize the career planning services offered. The office of Career Planning really worked hard to prepare students with proper training and served as a guide during my interview processes. I signed up for all of the companies that were coming on campus to interview and that is how I got my job.

What are your career plans?

After I graduate, I will be starting at Parente Beard, a public accounting firm. I am so excited and fortunate to have a job lined up after graduation and am very eager to start my accounting career. I plan on working in public accounting and to receive my CPA and eventually, an MBA.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

My highlights were being a member of the swim team for all four years, being on the Homecoming Court, and being a part of the Student Government as secretary of my class. There is not one moment that stands above another because I have enjoyed every bit of my time here at King's.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

Once you come here you will instantly have a second home and a second family. I say that all the time to my parents when they ask me if I enjoyed my time at King's. I always respond with the same thing: it's become my home away from home. I couldn't have asked for a better college experience.

Nicholas Marsilio

Nicholas Marsilio
Major: English

What kind of career preparation and guidance did you receive from King's?

In my major I predominantly read, analyzed and wrote about Literature, which will help in any career. King's has helped me to greatly sharpen my writing and analytical skills, and I feel that being able to write well and read between the lines are two tools that are invaluable to any professional person.

What are your career plans and how did you arrive at them?

My dad and brother are lawyers, and I've watched them both enjoy practicing law. As a result, I've found the prospect of being a lawyer extremely interesting and stimulating. I've been accepted at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and will be starting there in the fall.

Have you had any internships that helped prepare you for your career path?

In the summer before my junior year I interned at the Luzerne County Public Defenders Office. I shadowed the many attorneys and was able to see what being in the courtroom on a regular basis was like. By the end of the summer I had met a lot of interesting people, learned a lot about what lawyers do, and had an eye opening experience.

Was there a special alumni or faculty member that mentored you along the way?

Randy Swank is a King's graduate whom I really admire. He graduated in 1993 and has since become one of the top Prudential agents in the country. I really respect the hard work and dedication that he puts into his job, which I'm sure are qualities he learned from his time at King's. Even though his career path is different from my future plans, he has taught me that if you're enthusiastic about your job no matter what it happens to be, success and happiness will inevitably follow.

Looking back on your time at King's, what would you say is the most valuable life lesson you've learned here?

King's taught me that hard work, conscientiousness and attention to detail will facilitate success in any field of endeavor. Also, a positive spirit and mental attitude will further promote these characteristics.

Taylor Garrigan

Taylor Garrigan
Major: Elementary Education & Special Education

What was your first impression of King's?

I was excited that it was a small school. I graduated from a large public high school so the thought of a small private college was intriguing and different.

What convinced you to choose King's?

I chose King's because of the small class sizes and the opportunities that the education department offers to the students.

What will you miss most about your college experience?

I will definitely miss the social aspect of King's College. I lived with five of my best friends in an off-campus house and had so much fun. I was involved in Student government, cheerleading and I worked at Senunas' Bar and Grill, where I saw everyone.

How did you select your major?

I have always wanted to be an elementary school teacher, and I decided to choose special education as a second major so I could have more job options after college.

Do you have a job lined up yet? If so, what is it?

I have a job set up for the summer as an assistant manager at an amusement park. I will be getting my education resume together this summer so I can apply for teaching positions this coming school year.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

To pick one highlight is impossible as the past four years have been amazing. I would say that the King's vs. Wilkes Football game was one of the best days I've ever had. It was my senior recognition game and we won the football game. To have my family and friends there celebrating the win was a great way to end the day.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

It offers so much to its students that when you take advantage of them there is no way you will have a bad experience here.

Melissa Tanner

Melissa Tanner
Major: Marketing
Minor: Human Resources

What convinced you to choose King's?

When I visited, I noticed that all of the staff and faculty that I met were very friendly. I chose Kings because of the small classes and the extra attention that was available from professors if I needed it.

How did you select your major?

Originally I came in as a Physician Assistant and quickly decided that it was just too hard to take as a career path so I went with my more personable and creative side, which lead me to Marketing.

What are your career plans?

I'm moving to Las Vegas and intend to get my foot in the door as a personal assistant or event coordinator at one of the hotels.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

For starters, I know I got a valuable education at King's with the business school being accredited. All of the professors and staff have been so helpful and have given me the confidence I need to get on a career path. Between the leadership skills I developed and the career planning classes that gave me an idea of what to expect, I think I'll be okay in the corporate world. Not too many recent graduates can say that!

What will you miss most about your college experience?

Dr. Alexander. I'll miss him teasing me about getting his picture put in publications for the Marketing office.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

My highlight would definitely have to be my senior year in the Marketing and Advertising office. I got to intern with such amazing people who truly cared about giving me the best possible opportunity in order to gain the most from the internship. They'll be people I will never forget.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

It's a great school that's very welcoming and supportive not only to the freshmen, but all the way through to seniors. The individual attention from the faculty and staff is amazing and it's certainly not something you can get at every institution. I'm honored to be a King's alumni.

Alyssa Marie Gill

Alyssa Marie Gill
Major: Biology/Neuroscience

What was your first impression of King's?

I felt that King's was a very close-knit community with faculty and staff that have a passion for their job and a desire for every one of their students to excel.

What convinced you to choose King's?

King's is a very reputable school with excellent academics and many of my family members went here. They all told me that their experiences at King changed their lives and guided them to become successful in their endeavours.

How did you select your major?

I always had an interest in science, and knew that I wanted to pursuer a career in medicine. I felt that taking a dual major in Biology and Neuroscience would provide me with a solid background in preparation for professional school.

What are your career plans?

I plan to pursue a career in Podiatric Medicine and will be attending Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after graduating from King's.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

King's has taught me leadership skills, maturity and compassion, which are all very important aspects in the healthcare profession. It also has provided me with a solid educational background in preparation for graduate school.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

I would highly recommend King's College. King's provides an excellent education and the core curriculum helps students to become well rounded. The faculty is very encouraging and want every student to succeed in achieving his or her goals.

Lauren K. Suda

Lauren K. Suda
Major: Accounting and Business Administration

What was your first impression of King's?

It is a place where teachers here really care about the future of their students. After the first few weeks, I realized that King's has a strong sense of community, rooted in Catholic traditions, and a place where you are truly somebody, not just a number.

What convinced you to choose King's?

Growing up in the area, I've always wanted to go to King's College. I have several relatives that have attended and they have all stressed the excellence of the school on the whole. Personally, I loved that King's has a small school atmosphere, with the huge opportunities of a large school.

What will you miss most about your college experience?

Obviously, I will miss all of my friends and the relationships I have formed over the last four years. I will also miss the teachers and staff. Many of my professors have been more than just teachers to me; they have become my mentors and friends. I think that is what sets us apart from other schools because the people here do not just come to do their jobs; they truly go above and beyond.

How did you select your major?

I chose Accounting and Business Administration because I took an Accounting class my junior year of high school and fell in love with it. I knew that I wanted to find a career that would allow me to wake up every morning and genuinely look forward to going to work. I realized that there is a strong market for accounting majors and there are constantly new developments that keep the field alive and exciting.

What are your career plans?

After graduating I will start my career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the big four accounting firms, in New York City. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, I plan on working my way up the corporate ladder and making a difference in people's lives. After becoming a successful CPA and spending many years in the field, I hope to retire and teach high school or college level accounting to help guide students on their own career path.

How did King's help prepare you for your career?

Without the knowledge I have received here, I do not believe I would be where I am today. I feel that King's has prepared me to further gain knowledge and experience to help me with what lies ahead, especially working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Because of King's, I have further developed my communications skills, particularly in public speaking. In today's business world, this is particularly essential.

What was the highlight of your time here at King's?

For me, it was when I accepted my job offer. I knew that it meant that all of my hard work and effort had finally paid off and it was the most rewarding experience I have ever had. The sense of achievement that it gave me is beyond comparison.

What would you say to other students considering King's?

King's College is a great school that allows you to feel comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone. King's constantly pushes you to do your best and is full of people with guidance and expertise at every step of the way. The support here is beyond words: teachers know your career goals and help you to achieve them.

Maria Centini

Maria Centini
Majors: Secondary Education & English

Donnie Houseknecht

Donnie Houseknecht
Major: Accounting

Jenna Oberman

Jenna Oberman
Major: Mass Communications

Scott Savner

Scott Savner
Major: Neuroscience & Psychology

Susie Hughes

Susie Hughes
Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Administration

Nicholas Marsilio

Nicholas Marsilio
Major: English

Taylor Garrigan

Taylor Garrigan
Major: Elementary Education & Special Education

Melissa Tanner

Melissa Tanner
Major: Marketing
Minor: Human Resources

Alyssa Marie Gill

Alyssa Marie Gill
Major: Biology/Neuroscience

Lauren K. Suda

Lauren K. Suda
Major: Accounting and Business Administration

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