Valley News Recent Headlines
The Benefits of Engaging with the Greater LVC Network: Collin Straka ’14 and Steve Kurtz ’09
09.18.14 |
Collin Straka ’14 believes Lebanon Valley College is about opportunity. At The Valley, he took advantage of every experience he had time for—swim team, study abroad, on-campus employment, and internships. The culmination of these activities connected Straka to the greater LVC Global Network of faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.

“I gained more through the relationships I developed during these experiences, than anything I learned in the classroom,” Straka said.

His series of connections, beginning with Tim Flynn ’05, director of athletic communications, led to an on-campus internship in the Office of Marketing and Communications. There, he worked closely with Jasmine Bucher ’97 M’11, director of communications, who eventually referred Straka to Steve Kurtz ’09, an LVC graduate and technical recruiter for Mindteck Inc., a global product engineering and IT services company.

Kurtz, who was also very involved on campus during his time at The Valley, is committed to participating in the College’s professional network. He volunteers for the Advancement Office and serves on his reunion committee. “Lebanon Valley wasn’t just my home for four years; it’s my home for life,” he said. “Being able to participate and give to the College is a really nice feeling.”

When a new project left Kurtz in need of a project coordinator, he immediately looked to members of the LVC Global Network, including Jayanne Sevast ’01, director of alumni and parent engagement, and Shaylene Scheib ’07, assistant director of annual giving, to recommend a recent grad. “I knew what pool of candidates I would have before even reaching out,” Kurtz said. “My expectation level of what I wanted in a new hire, I knew I would get from LVC.”

Straka’s involvement with the LVC community prepared him with the skills Kurtz was searching for in a recruit, even though his major was not a perfect match. “Personality makes it,” Kurtz said. “I can teach anyone to do something, but it’s the interpersonal and one-on-one ability—the soft skills—that are a priority.”

Day to day, Straka and Kurtz work with consultants in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. “It’s all about the soft skills that I developed through my experiences, not the hard skills I studied in my major,” Straka said.

Following in Kurtz’s footsteps, Straka said, “In the future, I would definitely hire an LVC grad. I’m confident that LVC prepares people to take these kinds of positions.” For now, Straka encourages students at The Valley to make connections and “never say no to opportunities.”

As a new alumnus, Straka has joined Kurtz and other alumni, parents, and friends of the College in supporting these rigorous curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular opportunities by recently making his first gift to LVC. Recognizing that they have reaped the benefits of the LVC Global Network, Straka and Kurtz are committed to paying it forward and encourage others to support LVC students by visiting www.lvc.edu/supportlvc and making a gift to the Valley Fund today.


09.18.14
The Benefits of Engaging with the Greater LVC Network: Collin Straka ’14 and Steve Kurtz ’09
View Full Story

09.18.14
Andrew C. Hildebrand Named Among Top 25 Becker Instructors of 2014
View Full Story

09.18.14
Dr. James H. Broussard Honored with SHEAR Distinguished Service Award
View Full Story

09.17.14
New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Goodman to Present Reading at Lebanon Valley College
View Full Story

09.17.14
“DRAG” Part of LVC’s Colloquium Film Series on Sept. 22
View Full Story

09.17.14
Lebanon Valley College’s Friday Night Comedy Series Continues Sept. 19 with Comedian Louis Ramey
View Full Story

09.16.14
Washington Monthly Names Lebanon Valley College a “Best Bang for the Buck”
View Full Story

09.12.14
LVC’s Neighbors: The Allen Theatre and MJ’s Coffeehouse
View Full Story

09.11.14
Collaborating for Social Justice
View Full Story

09.11.14
Lebanon Valley College to hold International Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society Sept. 16 through 18
View Full Story

09.11.14
Working with the Lion Down the Road: Penn State Hershey Medical Center
View Full Story

09.11.14
Former Student Trustee and Board Partners on Mund College Center Renovations
View Full Story

09.11.14
Building Partnerships in the Spirit
View Full Story

09.11.14
Cultivating Worldwide Partnerships: The Center for Global Education
View Full Story

09.11.14
Lebanon Valley College Joins EPA’s Green Power Partnership
View Full Story

09.10.14
Lebanon Valley College welcomes Judge John E. Jones III as part of Constitution Day Sept. 17
View Full Story