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Smithyman.jpgCarly Smithyman, 2013 Accounting 

Intermediate Financial Analyst at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Less than 18 months after graduating from Waynesburg University in 2013, Carly Smithyman’s life has flipped 180 degrees. Smithyman went from being a student and captain of two athletic teams on campus to a newlywed and full-time employee at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the country. Although the change was drastic, she has loved every minute of it. 

Smithyman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with minors in finance and management, is an intermediate financial analyst in a financial management rotational program at UPMC in Pittsburgh Pa. In the office, she writes a quarterly report to reflect UPMC’s fiscal year. Smithyman’s main task is to ensure that all UPMC physicians stay on track with their supply costs so they continue to meet targets and excel in their line of business. 

“This job is a great opportunity for me because it is an accelerated program that allows me to assume a management role in two years when it would typically take five,” said Smithyman.

She believes the business classes she completed at Waynesburg as well as the extra-curricular activities she was involved in helped pave the way to a successful first year as a graduate. Overall, her time at Waynesburg was a “very fortunate experience.”

“Having the opportunity to get involved in many activities along my journey at Waynesburg enabled me to solidify my current job in October of my senior year,” said Smithyman. “It was a great feeling to know that all of my hard work and determination paid off.”

 

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Picture1.jpgNicole Briggeman, 2010 Forensic Science 

Assistant district attorney at Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office in Asheville, N.C.

An average day at work for Nicole Briggeman begins with her looking through the district court calendar of Buncombe County, N.C., and examining what type of cases she will be handling that day. She then takes notes and prepares herself for any curveballs that might be thrown her way. 

As an assistant district attorney at Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office in Asheville, N.C., Briggeman handles misdemeanor and traffic cases where she negotiates pleas, dismisses cases and conducts trials. Briggeman said she encounters a variety of charges on a daily basis, such as individuals who drive while intoxicated, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and simple assaults. 

Briggeman graduated from Waynesburg University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. Looking back on her decision to choose Waynesburg University, she realized her alma mater has aided in her transition from college to her current job as assistant district attorney. 

“Waynesburg University prepared me for the workforce by showing me the value of having a small community that can support you,” said Briggeman. “Waynesburg has also helped me learn the important lesson that you can do anything and everything you put your mind to.”

Briggeman also holds a Juris Doctorate from Campbell University.

 

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Political Science

Second Lieutenant in the United States Army

Fort Bragg, N.C.

Additional Info:

  • Stover Scholar
  • Waynesburg University ROTC
  • Camp Cadre Leadership Development & Assessment Course
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2012

“Not many college grads can say they have had the same experiences as me. In these past four years, I have traveled to a foreign country, jumped out of airplanes, met with some of the highest ranking officials, became a United States Army Officer, made lifelong friends, completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and discovered more about myself than I could imagine. Waynesburg University was the right choice.”

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Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Engineer at Stanley Black & Decker

Baltimore, MD

Additional Info:

  • Exhibits Intern at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, 2013

“The diversity at Waynesburg University was the biggest benefit to me in my career; the music that I was able to do at WU really set me apart from others in my major. Being involved in symphonic band, choir, private lessons and jazz ensembles while completing a math degree... that's just not something I could have done anywhere else.”

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Forensic Science

Forensic Scientist with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation

London, Ohio

Additional Info:

  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2012

“Waynesburg University prepared me for my position as a forensic scientist most obviously by effectively tailoring the classes within the forensic science major to fit real-life forensic applications. But my professors at Waynesburg also fostered an environment that necessitated resourcefulness, ingenuity and personal struggle in my approach to problem solving. That environment equipped me with invaluable tools that I use every day.”

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