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 Success Starts Here Speaker Series  



Success Starts Here Speaker Series  

The Success Starts Here speaker series is in its 5th year.  The School of Business brings regional business leaders to campus to talk to students about their success; how they have accomplished it; their initial transition from school to work, and the things the speaker did (and the ‘speed bumps’ the speaker encountered along the way) to achieve success.  The School of Business strives to showcase the opportunities that exist for our students right here in western Pennsylvania.

Many of our students are surprised to hear about vital and growing companies in our region.  They often think they have to head for the Sunbelt to find a career.  The School of Business wants to help our students build confidence by understanding just how much of their own success comes from within.  Many people still cling to the idea that a degree leads to a ‘nest’ in the corporate world.  The discussion threads we provide to speakers are 

  • Our students are interested in hearing about your company.
  • Western Pennsylvania has a lot of opportunity for recent college graduates.
  • The fastest growing businesses in our region are not traditional heavy-industry, not large corporate environments.
  • What was your personal path to success, and what were some of the highlights (and not-so-highlights!).
  • What were the qualities and skills found in your most recent hires that made them more attractive than other applicants?
  • What advice might you give students for a good career start?

Some of our past speakers

  • Paula & Lisa Scarmazzi - Hawthorne Partners, Inc.
  • Ron Muhlenkamp - Muhlenkamp & Co., Inc.
  • Raul Valdez Perez - Vivisimo Inc.
  • Enzo Santilli - MarketSphere Consulting
  • Amy Veltri - Novel Geo-Env.
  • Steve Smith - Plus Consulting
  • Paul & Lisa Scarmazzi - Hawthorne Partners, Inc.
  • Laura Deklewa - Allegheny Construction Group
  • Dennis Lejeck - Black Knight Security
  • Janice McGee - The Empyrean Group
  • William G. (Gus) Pagonis - Genco
  • Joe Finney - Tire Centers, LLC


Accredited Programs:
BSBA in Accounting, BSBA in Economics, BSBA in Finance, BSBA in Management, BSBA in Marketing
Candidates for accreditation:
BSBA in Sustainable Management, MBA

Orvis receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Bruce Orvis, associate professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business, was honored Saturday as the 2013-14 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as part of the University’s annual Academic Honors Convocation.

SRU cited as a Best Regional University by U.S. News
Slippery Rock University has again been included in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges with a “Best Regional University - North” ranking.

SRU Alpha Kappa Psi honorary earns ‘Chapter of Year’ award
The Slippery Rock University chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Iota Upsilon, was named a “Chapter of the Year” award recipient for its accomplishments during the 2013-14 year.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed, professional business fraternity with more than 220 chapters on college campuses across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Delta Mu Delta outstanding student
Ms. Abby Schon, a member of the newly established business honorary, has been selected by the Delta Mu Delta central office as the regional outstanding student of business.



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 Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator

The School of Business

105 Eisenberg Building
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA. 16057

Phone: 724.738.4865
Fax: 724.738.2959

"Success Starts Here!"