As change-makers,trailblazers and trendsetters, Cal U alumni are making a difference intheir professions and their communities.
This fall the Office of Alumni Relations recognized a notablegroup of graduates – all younger than 40– for their wide-ranging achievements.
“We started ‘Under 40’ to recognize those Cal U alumniwho are making significant impacts in their field, in society and for theiralma mater early in their careers,” says Ryan Barnhart, director of AlumniRelations.
“We have a varied group of recipients, from NFL team captainsto entrepreneurs to award-winning educators and leaders of billion-dollarcompanies. This group of inaugural recipients represents thought leaders inconversations on the local, regional, national and international stages.”
Caris ’14 and Marshal ’09 Carper, of Canonsburg, Pa., haveremained connected to Cal U through the Career and ProfessionalDevelopment Center. She is a recruiter for WVU Medicine and he is an author,game designer and marketing expert.
“I’m thankful to all the Cal U professors who poured somuch into me,” Caris Carper says. “I hope to be able to pay that forward.”
“It’s humbling to be honored in the inaugural class – Igraduated with some exceptional people,” Marshal Carper adds.
Cody Elias ’12 is amultimedia producer for the OaklandAthletics of Major League Baseball.
“All the (Cal U) professors were great,” he says. “Imoved to (the state of) California six months after I graduated. I’m just 30years old, and this has been a chance to look back and reflect on how much mycareer has evolved.
“My company was so supportive of me coming back to Cal U,even though the A’s are in the middle of a playoff run!”
Caitlin Brown ’15 says Cal U has been part of her familyfor generations.
“My grandfather (Edward Stankovich) was a janitor here. And mymom (Catherine Stankovich Brown) and aunt (Susanne Stankovich) are bothgraduates,” says the adaptive exercise specialist, gym owner and Paralymiccoach from Virginia.
Dr. Carl Jay ’08, ’09 is a podiatrist in Texas who is about toopen a practice in Michigan.
“The professors in the sciencedepartment at Cal U were above and beyond,” he says. “I’ve been at biggeruniversities, and this school easily prepared me for the basics I needed toknow in medical school.”
University President GeraldineJones, herself a successful alumna, addressed the “Under 40” group at areception in their honor.
“Your accomplishments demonstrate the value of a Cal Udegree, and the role it has played in fulfilling your potential. As onegraduate to another, it’s great to
see the progress you have made.”