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Business Administration, minors in Accounting and Marketing

Senior Financial Analyst at Volvo CE Region Americas (North America, Latin America and Canada)

Shippensburg, Pa.

Additional Info:

  • Operations Production Intern at Volvo CE, Graduate Assistant at Shippensburg University
  • Education | Bachelor of Arts and Science, Waynesburg University, 2009
  • Master of Business Administration degree, Shippensburg University, 2010

“My experiences at Waynesburg University, both inside and outside of the classroom, coupled with the encouragement of the faculty and professors there, helped me to earn summer internships, and eventually a Graduate Assistantship at Shippensburg University, where I earned my MBA.  The two degrees, along with the foundation and encouragement received at Waynesburg, were critical in earning an analytical role at a Global Manufacturing and Sales company.”

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Ready to board a plane to serve on a mission trip in Guatemala, Zander Shashura received the news:  Bayer Corporation was interested in hiring him as an intern. At 3 a.m., standing in an airport, about to leave the country, the opportunity stood as proof of God’s faithfulness to the senior business management major.

Soon after he returned to U.S. soil, Shashura accepted a position with a subsidiary of the Bayer Group, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), in Pittsburgh. BMS is a world-leading materials provider and the leading producer of high-performance plastics in North America. With a global presence, BMS works to find solutions for the challenges of today’s world, focusing on the use of renewable energies.

As part of the controlling services department for BMS, Shashura’s tasks consisted largely of analyzing data, assisting the control team, attending daily business meetings and diagnosing and solving problems—all of which he practiced as a business major at Waynesburg University.

“Zander is successful because of his preparation,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of accounting. “He puts the time in before, during and after class that is necessary to allow him to comprehend and master material.  He approaches his work life with that same passion, making it impossible for people not to notice and respect him.”

In addition to being a hardworking student, as a scholar in the Stover Scholar Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Shashura has acquired the skills to set him apart as an honorable leader, both during his internship and in society.

“Zander is a distinguished scholar who always inspires others with his good cheer and fresh insights which invariably draw upon his deep Christian faith and his commitment to uphold the constitutional vision of America’s Founding Fathers,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “In the years ahead, he will undoubtedly become a strong ethical leader in the American business community.”

Due to his involvement in both class and scholarship, Shashura was more than prepared to start his journey this summer. Through his experience at Waynesburg and the Stover Program, Shashura felt confident conversing with top management at Bayer in a professional business setting.

The challenging aspects for the Fredericktown, Pa., native, encompassed learning the ins and outs of a large corporation.

“The most difficult parts for me were learning how all of the computer systems work, how Bayer does things and overcoming the many times I felt lost with what I was doing,” said Shashura. “These challenges were good, however, because they humbled me and made me a better problem solver.”

Through the experience, Shashura was given more than a chance to see the inner-workings of a global company and get his foot in the door. He was given the opportunity to see a glimpse into his future and know, with a little trust, things will always fall into place.

“This opportunity is a tremendous blessing to me and a reminder that God has everything under control,” said Shashura. “I simply need to trust in Him.”

Though he gives his gratitude to Professor Chicarelli, Dr. Stratton and the people he met and worked with at Bayer, his praises are firstly sent to God for choosing him to be the one to stand out for the position.

“I want to give all the glory to God for providing me with this opportunity,” said Shashura. “I know it was not because of myself or anything that I did— it was all Him and He deserves the glory for it all.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Internship-Picture.jpgRyan Condello, a senior business management major from Arlington, Texas, began preparing for his future in business as a student at Waynesburg University, but little did he know his newfound skills and knowledge would lead to something bigger than scoring well on exams during his undergraduate career.

During the academic year, Condello is active on campus as the acting vice president of the Investments Club and section leader for the Symphonic Band. And after the spring 2013 term concluded, he was ready to put his effort toward something equally fulfilling—a summer internship as a sales management intern for Sherwin Williams.

“Several aspects of the program appealed to me,” said Condello.  “The fact that it relates so closely to my major had a profound impact on my decision.”

Condello’s ambitious character, as described by Gordon McClung, professor of marketing at Waynesburg University, facilitated his transition into the position at the renowned paint company.

“Ryan is a very well rounded student with a personality and demeanor that works well for managing others,” said McClung. “These characteristics of Ryan's made him an ideal candidate for the Sherwin Williams internship program.  His strong work ethic served him well during his tenure as an intern, as demonstrated by the highly positive evaluations he received.”

During his internship, Condello spent 40 hours per week applying practice and theory to real-world situations, where he was able to have his voice heard by management.

“My favorite internship experience was being privileged enough to present my findings and recommendations on company email capture rate policies to members of upper management,” said Condello.

In addition, Condello had the privilege of learning new concepts he will later be able to apply to his own life and future career.

“The growth that I have seen from my experience with Sherwin Williams has been twofold,” said Condello.  “Firstly, I was able to learn exactly how a multinational corporation functions in a variety of areas.  Secondly, I gained a more vast understanding of what post-graduate life will incorporate.”

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For senior business management major Alexander Henry, interning at PNC Bank for the summer of 2013 meant having the chance to complete significant tasks for the benefit of the company, which was something he looked forward to every day.

“I decided to apply because I knew it would be an awesome resume builder, and I would get some great real world experience,” said Henry.

PNC is a company which offers a wide range of services for their customers, ranging anywhere from corporations, government entities, individuals, small businesses and more.

The Bridgeville, Pa., native worked 40 hours-a-week for the company June 12 through August 16 within the Finance Credit Reporting portion of PNC.

After applying online, Henry began the grueling interview process which consisted of three phone interviews and a fourth face-to-face interview in Pittsburgh, Pa., after which he acquired the title of Financial Analyst intern.

As a member of the Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket football team, president of the Investments Club and vice president of ENACTUS at Waynesburg, Henry understood the effort needed to persevere.

“Alex is a strong student with a commitment to excellence,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration at Waynesburg University. “What sets Alex apart is his ability to think logically and then follow up on his thoughts with strong research and critical thinking skills.”

Henry’s weekly tasks consisted of assisting financial reporting; creating workbooks to calculate the financial impact and TDRs by concession type variances’; creating a segment equity balance and preferred dividend forecast; creating numerous VLookup functions within Excel; and performing peer analysis.

Overall, Henry’s internship was what he expected and more, giving him an experience of a lifetime.

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