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November 15, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's political science promotes alumni

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's political science department is calling on its alumni to offer current and potential students the inside story about what to expect after graduation, prospects for the job market and how they turned their degree into a successful career as part of a Political Science Alumni Series.

The program opened Thursday and will continue at 6 p.m., Nov. 21, in Spotts Auditorium.

Speakers for the upcoming session are:

• Erin Kelley, a 2011 SRU graduate, now with the Beaver County Housing Authority and formerly with Working America;

• Nicole Geyer, a May graduate who is attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law;

Ryan Dearth, a May graduate and government affairs intern with PPG Industries;

• Marios Kritiotis, 2008 graduate, lobbyist and associate with Greenlee Partners;

• Samantha Shoop, a 2009 political science and history graduate now an administrative coordinator with the University of Pittsburgh Physicians and formerly with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance; and

• Michael Madden, a 2012 graduate who is now security and intelligence major pursuing a public and nonprofit management minor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

"I always go to the Saturday Showcases and the Majors and Minors Fair on campus, and one of the things I hear the most is 'What can I do with a political science major?," said Heather Frederick, assistant professor of political science and program organizer.

"I thought I should open a speaker series to the entire campus and guests so everyone could hear the answer to that question from our alumni who majored in political science and are participating in a variety of careers," she said.

"I also invited prospective students I have met who are considering majoring in political science," she said. "Those students will spend the entire day on campus attending classes and meeting with political science faculty and students."

Speakers for the opening session were:

• Ryan McGregor, a 2009 graduate and technical author for GlaxoSmithKline, formerly a political director for Aaron Kime for Congress campaign;

• Seth Oldham, a 2012 graduate who is now a double master's student in landscape architecture and urban planning and currently an engineering intern with the Ohio Department of Transportation;

• Alex McNeill, a 2009 SRU graduate now working as a health care assistant, counselor and lab technician with Planned Parenthood;

• Katrina Heaney, a 2008 graduate and a paralegal with the Statewide Adoption Network in Lawrence County;

• Lindsey MacNabb, a 2012 graduate now with CNN's Washington, D.C., bureau and a master's degree candidate in media and public affairs at The George Washington University; and

• Jessica Cosme, a 2010 graduate now serving as deputy executive director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

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.