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April 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Alumni Association names 'Young Alumni'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Alumni Association will present its annual Young Alumni Awards, honor the 2014 Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman and award nearly $27,000 in scholarships as part of the April 26 SRU Alumni Association Annual Recognition and Awards Banquet.

The 6 p.m. banquet will be in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

This year's Young Alumni Award recipients are:

Steven Saylor, a 2005 sport management graduate, representing SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences;

Matthew Stahl, a 2005 information technology graduate; representing SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences;

Gregory Hutton, a 2007 sport management graduate; representing SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences; and

Jessica Cosme, a 2010 political science and women's studies graduate, representing SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

The awards, created by the association in 2005, were established to recognize alumni for their professional and personal accomplishments. Alumni are nominated by alumni, faculty and staff and submitted to the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Award recipients must be an SRU graduate, with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree; must have graduated within the past 10 years; and have demonstrated a commitment to success in his/her professional and/or personal life since graduation. Members of the SRU Alumni Association board of directors, its awards committee or SRU employees are not eligible to receive the awards.

"This is the alumni association's chance to honor more recent graduates for the work they are doing both professionally and in their communities," said Tracy Allison, assistant director of alumni engagement. "This year a dozen nominations were submitted. The selection process was demanding, but the four award recipients certainly represent the quality of SRU graduates currently taking their leadership roles across the nation."

"We have traditionally honored a senior man and woman for their leadership and abilities on campus. This year's selections were indeed outstanding, and we wish them well as they begin to build their careers - based on the rock solid education they received at SRU," she said.

The association will also present nearly $27,000 in scholarships to 25 recipients as part of the event.

The senior man award will go to Daniel Arnett, a graduating computer science major from Butler; and the senior woman award will go to Michelle Mullins, a psychology and professional studies graduate from Harrisburg.

Saylor spent a season with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League as their business and team operations director following his graduation from SRU. In that post he worked with front office personnel and the team, as well as the Orlando Arena staff. He next relocated to Virginia to work for American Systems in corporate facilities where he was promoted to senior corporate facilities manager and handled corporate facility operations, including rent schedules and payments, maintenance/service contracts and ongoing construction projects.

He also served as government property controller/auditor for American Systems, responsible for monitoring services and invoices with off-site branch managers and 28 leases in addition to the company's headquarters.

In 2013, he returned to the Slippery Rock area to become director of facilities management for Quality Life Services in Butler.

He also devotes time to SRU football team as a volunteer assistant and is serving on the

Big House Classic planning committee. He has been instrumental in organizing The Rock Football Second Annual Golf Outing and is a member of the National Championship Initiative Committee, volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Program and is a member of the President's Division for the Rock Athletic Club.

At April's Spring Celebration, Saylor was recognized as a member of the Amethyst Lifetime Giving Club. He is an active member of the SRU Alumni Association.

Stahl began his professional career at Vanguard as a technology leadership associate, a position that exposed him to a variety of IT roles in a top financial services company.

In 2007, he transitioned to an IT leadership associate position with BNY Mellon where he served as project manager and later IT manager. While there, he provided strategic direction for 12 professionals responsible for implementing enterprise risk management solutions and robust financial reporting capability for the entire BNY Mellon organization.

Stahl was named assistant vice president, Basel risk officer at PNC Bank. He collaborated with other executives to ensure their group's completed all requirements to be compliant with federal regulations.

Last year he was promoted to vice president, portfolio management. At PNC, he serves on the leadership committee for special projects for PNC PREP, an internal networking group sponsored by PNC executives. He is a member of the Risk Management Diversity Council. In addition to his SRU recognition, Stahl has received recognition at BNY Mellon as the recipient of the Extra Mile Award and was earned the BNYM Above and Beyond Award.

At PNC, he has received multiple PNC Spotlight Awards, which recognize behaviors that exemplify the PNC values and brand - teamwork, customer focus, diversity, integrity, performance, quality of life and respect.

He is an active member of the SRU Alumni Association, participating in the yearly Backpacks to Briefcases student/alumni networking event. In November, he helped to organize the first Alumni@Work program for SRU alumni working at PNC Bank, to help grow alumni connections in the organization.

In addition to his SRU degree, Stahl earned a master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hutton's college career at SRU included becoming a four-year letter winner on the men's soccer team, which won the 2005 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference men's soccer championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament.

After a successful internship, Hutton began work at the National Sports Center while in graduate school at the University of Minnesota. US Club Soccer subsequently hired him in 2008 where he has expanded the club. As director of organizational operations, he manages and executes the US Club Soccer's operations and administration from its national office, implements strategies and procedures set by the board of directors, and serves as the general manager of numerous projects and programs.

Hutton is active within the soccer industry and was selected by the U.S. Soccer Federation to serve as match commissioner for a third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game last summer.

He is committed to charitable giving and volunteers with several organizations, including the Christ Our King Young Adults Group and Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to his SRU degree, he received a master of education in applied kinesiology/sport management from the University of Minnesota.

Cosme was active as an SRU student and served as a student trustee on the SRU Council of Trustees. She also spent time in several organizations, including Amnesty International and Student Government Association. In 2009, she received the SRU Woman of Distinction Award.

Following graduation, Cosme began working for the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee as a project manager, and in 2011, took on the role of deputy executive director of the statewide organization, a position she held through 2013 as the Senate Democrats made their largest gains in more than 40 years.

Last January, Cosme joined Sen. Daylin Leach's Campaign for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District as deputy campaign manager.

She was earlier named one of the top 30 under 30 Political Operatives in Pennsylvania by Politics PA and continues to consult for various elected officials and candidates.

Within the Harrisburg community, Cosme has volunteered to raise funds for several organizations including the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and several non-profit organizations in the area.

Arnett, being honored as this year's Outstanding Senior Man, has earned a 3.2 grade point average and participates in numerous projects and events both in the community and on campus.

Arnett works at the Slippery Rock University Planetarium and with Benjamin Beetle Clothiers as a systems administrator. In addition, he has spent his time on several projects in the University's computer science department, including: Population Clustering, SC'13 Student Cluster Competition and, most recently, AR.Network: Drone Automation and Routing.

He has presented many of his ideas and research at conferences, including INFORMS 2013 Operations Research Conference.

Following graduation, he plans to travel, and then pursue a graduate degree.

Mullins, selected as this year's Outstanding Senior Woman, plans to focus in the area of sociology. She earned a 4.0 GPA and will graduate with honors. She participated in several organizations, including: Psi Chi, the international honor society, the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science and others.

She also serves as a FYRST Seminar peer leader and a research analyst for institutional assessment for the University. Her personal research, on topics such as race and cultural markers in the personnel selection process and religion and democratization in the Middle East, has been presented at academic conferences.

After graduation, Mullins will attend Wayne State University as a doctoral student in organizational psychology while serving as a graduate teaching assistant.

Students are nominated by faculty and staff members and then selected by the SRU Alumni Association's Scholarship and Awards Committee.

Nominees for the student awards must display academic excellence and must demonstrate leadership and involvement in campus activities. First and second semester seniors are eligible.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.