Alumni & Events Management
Alumni and Events Management emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to communicating and maintaining relationships with alumni, students, university friends and family. This approach is accomplished through promoting and strengthening these relationships while upholding academic traditions and university vision. It is also accomplished through the coordination and facilitation of campus, community and national events and academic ceremonies.
Ask Nancy...Nancy Perruzzi, '77 (AAB), '79 (BFA), is a current YSU Alumni Society Student Outreach/Engagement Committee member. Below she answers a few questions and offers advice to current and upcoming students.
What is your best advice for current students majoring in your field of study?
My best advice to students majoring in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Associate in Applied Business degree is to get involved with organizations here on campus that are affiliated with your major and minor courses of study. I was involved in the Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising Club and we participated with other colleges nationally in Washington, D.C., and put an advertising campaign together for the Coca Cola product Sprite. It was a great experience in putting together an entire campaign to market a product from start to finish. It was also a great way to network with students from other colleges, and I got to see a little of Washington, D.C.
I was involved with Fashion marketing Club and had a great opportunity to meet Oscar de la Renta at a fashion show at the Deyor Performing Arts Center (formerly Powers Auditorium).
I also volunteered a short time doing layout work with YSU newspaper, The Jambar. This was a great opportunity for me. YSU has a lot to offer-get yourself involved!
What does your YSU Alumni Society Membership mean to you?
My membership allows me to continue networking and stay connected with local YSU Alumni as well as YSU Alumni in other states and other countries. There are several membership benefits that our Alumni Membership offers-contact the Alumni & Events Management Office for details!
What are the best ways to remain involved with YSU after graduation?
The best way to remain involved is becoming a Life Member of the YSU Alumni Society. I am a Life Member. There are a lot of benefits that go with this membership. It allows you to remain connected to the University in addition to vast membership benefits. Call the Alumni House for further information. There are opportunities to apply as a director on the YSU Alumni Society Board and/or a member of the YSU Alumni Society Student Outreach/Engagement Committee, as well. I also remain involved with YSU after graduation because of my Arts degree. I set up the silent auction every year at the YSU Festival of the Arts in conjunction with the Opera Western Reserve of Youngstown, where I am a community board member. The YSU Festival of the Arts takes place the first full weekend in July. I am an active voice and I have a presence in our community as a proud supporter of Youngstown State University.
How has your major at YSU been a benefit to your job?
I work for Simon Roofing here in Youngstown. I am a Regional Business Development Representative with the territories of Youngstown, Cleveland, Akron and Canton. Because of my BFA and AAB degrees, I have utilized the public relations/business side of my degrees to its fullest potential for networking with potential customers and also at Chamber/social functions, interacting with people from all walks of life, as well as at community events and organizations.
What is your fondest memory at YSU?
My fondest memory at YSU is interacting with other students, the camaraderie at sporting events and the feeling of belonging. Also being involved in the YSU organizations such as Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising Club, the Fashion Marketing Club and The Jambar.
What is the most important lesson learned while at YSU?
My most important lesson learned at YSU was to go to my classes, finish college and earn my degree. No matter where life would take me, I have that important piece of paper saying I attended YSU and I represent Youngstown State University.
What do you see as the greatest opportunities or challenges facing YSU today?
The greatest opportunity for YSU today is that we are an Urban campus and we offer great courses right here for local students to take advantage of. The challenges facing YSU include keeping future students here in the Youngstown area. We need to let the students know that they can get an excellent education right here near home and save them money in the long run when the student loans have to be paid for after graduation.
Stay tuned for more Q&A with the YSU Alumni Society Board Members and Student Outreach/Engagement Committee Members!
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Trudy Seymour (YSU Alumni Society Student Outreach/Engagement Committee member), Jeff Semon (YSU Alumni Society Student Outreach/Engagement Committee member) and Ed Brannan (YSU Alumni Society Board member) sign postcards to be send to the potential students and attendees of the February 2014 YSU Crash Day.
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