Mercyhurst University honored distinguished alumni this month during its Reunion Weekend.
Six awards were given to former students. The university’s Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Field awards were given to 1988 graduate Eric Opron and 1986 graduate Matthew Whelan.
Opron earned his degree in hospitality management and currently serves as the assistant general manager of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.
Whelan previously served as an admissions counselor and admissions director at Mercyhurst and is considered an expert for enrollment management for universities and colleges on a national level.
Outstanding Young Alumni awards were granted to 2006 graduate Benjamin Bluemle and 2005 graduate John Egbert. Egbert studied finance at the university and has since worked with many investment firms. Currently he serves as the vice president of equity research at Stifel in New York.
Bluemle started his own real estate firm, Seaport Real Estate Group which has since become a leading firm in Savannah, Georgia. Bluemlem who has also been involved in fundraising for ALS research, played football for Mercyhurst.
The university’s Golden Gates Award was given to 1972 sociology graduate Patricia Schramm. She has worked as a counselor for troubled youth and was recognized by the Syracuse Diocese for her work in this area.
The university’s Sister Carolyn Herrmann Award was presented to Joseph NeCastro of the class of 1976. He retired as the chief development officer for the Scripps Network Interactive. He also serves as the vice chair of the university’s board of trustees.