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Assistant Controller

As a Waynesburg University graduate, Laura Coss ('05, '12) was ecstatic for the opportunity to return to her alma mater to continue her career. Eight years later, Laura is now the Assistant Controller and is involved with many finance-related matters at WU. You can find Laura in the Business Office on the second floor of Miller Hall.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

Have I mentioned lately how much fun accounting is? I know I've found the best fit in a career for me because it's super exciting when things balance!

What's your most memorable WU moment?

Accepting my MBA degree, with my seven-month-old daughter looking on is my most memorable moment. That day allowed me to truly understand and reflect on where the value of my education and experiences at WU had taken me. It's always important to take in those moments and give thanks.

What makes WU a special place to work?

WU is different from other companies I've worked for because there is something very special about the sense of community that is so important to the working environment here at WU. I've worked with many people through the years here that have shown me the importance of helping each other and working toward a common goal.

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

I see multiple programs developing and new hands-on experiences so crucial to students' learning (like the Trading Room [in Hanna Hall]). I've watched Roberts Chapel being constructed each day outside of our windows and the renovation of Stewart Science Hall. It's very exciting to see the transformation of our institution and how much it is positively impacting the advancement of our students.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I find it interesting to be able to apply the knowledge developed as a WU student to my career now as a staff member of WU. (Shout out to Professor Bocchini for the straight-forward accounting basis!)

Interested in Laura's line of work? Learn more about our undergraduate business programs here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Josh-Dains_20150617-173735_1.jpgJoshuah Dains, a 2015 business management alumnus, is employed as a financial analyst at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, West Virginia.

As a company that is focused on providing the world’s 7 billion people with access to high-quality medicine, Dains said he is blessed to daily witness the passion of a group of people running a business that saves lives and provides jobs.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said. “I am able to use my education and apply it to my role as a financial analyst, knowing full well that the work I am doing is helping people across the globe.”

Dains responsibilities include running through a variety of scenarios and figuring out which propositions make the most business sense for the company, as well as analyzing historical data.

Although a large portion of his current success has come from lessons learned in the classroom, Dains said his undergraduate career was much more comprehensive.

“I feel as though my time prepared me very holistically,” he said. “I was able to receive a great education, but I also feel like my time at [Waynesburg University] was made exceptional by being able to be involved in a multitude of organizations.”

Dains said his involvement allowed him to develop people skills and learn how to work with individuals with conflicting views.

“I am able to rely on those past experiences. Whether at school or the workplace, people are everywhere. I feel like Waynesburg taught me how to handle all of these interactions and thrive in all environments,” he said.

Additionally, Dains participated in eight service trips during his time at Waynesburg University, adding even more dimension to his undergraduate experience. Teamwork, communication skills and growth in his faith are among the additional life lessons that Dains said he knows he will carry with him into the future.

“I now feel as though I can walk comfortably in my faith wherever I go, and much of that feeling can be credited to these trips,” he said.

Also contributing to Dains’ holistic experience is the value that Waynesburg University places on proficient and student-centered faculty members. Dains specifically credits Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing, for challenging him throughout his journey.

“He is able to connect with students in the classroom, posing questions that he knew we would soon face in the real world,” Dains said. “He also tested us out of the classroom, going the extra mile to help us with career advice and allowing us to learn from his experiences in the professional world.”

Although Dains holds a lengthy list of lessons and skills he’s gained from his undergraduate experience, he places more value on the one that has taken him some time to grasp.

“I feel that because of Waynesburg University, I have developed the passion for leading and helping others. Going into college, I did a decent amount of volunteer work, but I never really understood the full picture. I didn’t realize exactly why I was doing it, other than it sounded like the right thing to do, until I got to Waynesburg. I can now tie it in with my faith knowing that I can serve in an office setting just as much as at an orphanage,” he said. “Service to people is needed everywhere, and that is the biggest thing I’ve taken away from Waynesburg University.”

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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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