The Scott L. Carmona College of Business welcomes the newest cohort of the Vitito Global Leadership Institute. The ninth cohort of leaders began their journey in the Winter 2021 semester.
Joseph Bartels: Joseph is a Sophomore BPA Major, who will be adding Computer Science to his studies soon. Born and raised in Saginaw, Joseph likes to fish, hunt, play sports, and be with his family. He would like to work for a public accounting firm when he graduates. One experience that had the most impact on Joseph was volunteering with Mustard Seed, a homeless shelter for women and children in Saginaw.
Alana Brown: Alana is a junior BPA major. She also works as a student assistant at the Stevens Center for Family Business here at SVSU. Her primary leadership roles in the past have been as president of the student council and senior class at Portland St. Patrick High School. After growing up in a small town, she feels like SVSU has changed her outlook on life— “I now feel like I can accomplish anything I would like to.”
Sydney Czyz: Sydney is a sophomore majoring in accounting. Her goals have changed dramatically over time—at one point she thought she would be a math major at a private university. Going to college has had a dramatic impact on her life— “it opened my eyes and my mind in a way that I see the world differently.” When she graduates, she wants to pass the CPA and get a job at an accounting firm.
Samuel Johnson: Samuel is a junior pre-finance major. Samuel’s primary leadership experience is through his job at JC Penney, where he started as a sales associate and has been given more and more responsibilities. The experience that had the greatest impact on his life was entering the Great Lakes Bay Early College Program— “This experience taught me many new things about myself and showcased some amazing abilities I did not know I had.” One of Samuel’s goals is to mentor students who are new to college, to help make the experience less overwhelming.
Gabriella Locke: Gabriella is a junior majoring in pre-management. She is currently the president of the Mu Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, which has had a huge impact on her life: “I’ve been able to work with a variety of students who have inspired me and helped me become the leader that I am today.” Gabriella is also interested in entrepreneurship, and already has a great idea to start a small business that produces bandanas for dogs.
Sara Moos: Sara is a junior, majoring in general business with a minor in athletic coaching, and is also on the SVSU softball team. She was accepted to SVSU on both an academic and athletic scholarship. Her plan is to graduate Cum Laude and go on to earn a master’s degree in business administration. Afterwards, she would like to move to Mesa, Arizona and either open a gym or work in higher education.
Haley Nelson: Haley is a junior majoring in professional accountancy. At Sandusky High School, Haley was on the varsity basketball, softball, and volleyball teams, in addition to being the president of student council. Despite taking 19 credits this semester, and working 30 hours a week, Haley has set an impressive goal of maintaining her 4.0 GPA. Her main professional goal is to become a CPA within one year of graduation.
Nathan Piwowarski: Nathan is a junior majoring in accounting. His first experience with leadership was as a co-captain of the varsity track and field team in high school. He is currently a member of Delta Sigma Pi, where he is Vice President of fundraising. Nathan has already set multiple career goals, including becoming Chief Financial Officer of a company, being the head manager of the salary cap department of a professional sports team, and eventually opening a diner. He is also excited about the idea of traveling, to “experience different cultures and meet people from all walks of life.”
Abigail Smith: Abigail is a junior majoring in accounting, with minors in public administration and black studies. She is currently involved in several extracurricular activities, including Delta Sigma Pi and speaker of the Student Association. She is also president of the Residence Housing Association. Ideally, Abigail would like to work for a non-profit after college “as it is important to me that the work I do has a meaningful impact on others’ lives.”
Hannah Wickman: Hannah is a sophomore majoring in supply chain management. She decided to apply for the program after her Grandma talked to a former Vitito member at church who went on to work for Dow. Hannah has taken on many leadership roles through her church, including the leader of youth group, Vacation Bible School, and leading and teaching children’s classrooms on Sunday. After graduating in 2022, Hannah would like to pursue an MBA.
Scott L. Carmona College of Business
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