Robert Horrell '03, '07
Travel opened up a world of possibilities for alumnus Robert Horrell '03, '07, whose career path eventually led to the ski slopes of western Pennsylvania.
Horrell earned his bachelor's degree in international studies, then added a master's in legal studies through Cal U Global Online.
As an undergraduate, he traveled to Spain and Mexico - experiences that made a lasting impression.
"Travel opens you up to new perspectives. Now I have a deeper appreciation for people, cultures and cultural experiences."
At Cal U, Horrell was an active member of the International Club and worked in the Modern Languages Department. The late Dr. Iraldo Parascenzo, who taught Spanish 101, became a mentor and friend.
"His teaching had a profound impact on me," Horrell says. "Dr. Parascenzo had a charisma and passion for the Spanish language. He was an incredible teacher, and he brought the language to life."
After graduation, Horrell spent 10 years in corporate telecommunications before deciding it was time for a change.
"My volunteer service led me to the career of my dreams working in the outdoor hospitality industry," he explains.
Through his weekend work as a volunteer with the National Ski Patrol, he found an opportunity in the human resources department at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Now he's the safety and training manager for Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain ski areas.
He trains resort employees, ensures the safety of workers and guests, and promotes a positive guest experience.
"Every day is different on the mountain," he says. "One day I'm in the classroom onboarding new employees through our guest experience training, and the next day I'm engaging guests throughout the resort property to ensure we're exceeding their expectations.
"As a resort family, we're looking to ensure that when our guests visit the mountain, they are enjoying a personalized and unique experience."
By Kayla Kuntz, social media manager at Cal U