Class of 2014 Prepared to Make a Difference

Class of 2014 Prepared to Make a Difference

by Brandon T. Bisceglia ‘14
UNH Today Contributing Writer

When political science major Zani Imetovski found out UNH was starting a chapter of Tau Sigma, the national honor society for transfer students, he saw it as an opportunity. Imetovski volunteered for a leadership position, and he became its first vice president in early 2012

It was one of many leadership opportunities the Seymour, Conn., native took advantage of at UNH. He would become president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association as a senior, which he said was his “greatest honor.”

Zani Imetovski '14

Imetovski’s efforts extended beyond campus. He volunteered on local political campaigns and ran for a position on the Board of Selectmen in Seymour, Conn. Even as he prepared for Commencement, he served Friday as a delegate to the state Democratic Convention.

“UNH has taught me professionalism and leadership and given me a solid education that I will draw upon when I graduate,” he said. “The people I have met and the friendships that I have formed have truly given me the confidence to go after my dreams.”

This summer, Imetovski is interning in Washington, D.C., in Senator Richard Blumenthal's office. In the fall, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in public administration or business.

“The question that we must always keep in mind is, What will history say about our generation long after we have gone?” he said as part of his Commencement address during the afternoon ceremony. “I hope they say we attempted even the most difficult challenges and chose a course no other generation took before, enabling us to accomplish what others could not. Remember that there is a bright future tomorrow, but we must be willing to pursue it.”

Kevin Henne, a mechanical engineering major with a minor in systems engineering, served as president of UNH’s Engineers Without Borders chapter since arriving on campus. He’s taken three trips to San Lucas, Ecuador, where he and his team helped design a water filtration system for the town.

Prior to this project, he said, all of the water came from mountain springs. The team conducted biological testing and found plenty of harmful substances in the drinking water, including E. coli.
“These experiences will help me in my future career, as they create a foundation for how I work with people, develop plans and make decisions,” he said.

Henne is currently pursuing positions as a design engineer or project engineer, with the aspiration to get his professional engineer license. He plans to complete an MBA program as well an engineering graduate program.

Brianna Losty, a forensic science and biology double major, completed an honors thesis that explored cardiomyopathy in pregnant women. At a recent showcase on campus, she shared her findings with renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee. She regularly spoke at accepted students days at the request of UNH faculty.

Losty plans to attend medical school and hopes to become a forensic pathologist.

“The challenging courses required for my majors covered a broad range of disciplines and were very diversified, allowing me to develop a well-rounded, strong science background and be able to be competitive with fellow graduates in the job market,” she said.

Chris Platz, a fire science major with a minor in criminal justice, said his career trajectory “took a left turn” after he came to UNH.

Platz was a member of the volunteer fire department in his hometown of Abington, Pa., and on track toward his goal of being an arson investigator when he met some other students who were part of Greek life. He joined, and became sergeant-at-arms on the Greek Council in his senior year.

That led him to apply for – and receive – a job as Greek adviser at Drexel University next year. He’ll be close enough to home to continue firefighting, too.

“I think students need to take advantage of all the opportunities UNH has to offer,” he said. “You never know what kinds of new prospects will open up to you.”

Courtney Collins, an electrical engineering major, was part of a student team that developed a concept for a solar-powered charging station for electronic devices as part of a senior design project. For two years, she served as an intern for Vineyard Power, a wind and solar power cooperative on Martha’s Vineyard.

“My time at UNH has prepared me for real-world, industry-related success,” said Collins, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering. “The internship requirement is great preparation for knowing what to expect when it comes to working in a real engineering setting.”

Another electrical engineering major, Van Cao, agreed that internships can be incredibly valuable. He spent time as an engineering assistant at Anton Bauer’s world headquarters in Shelton, Conn., and at Timex in Middlebury, Conn.

“If you’re a junior or a senior,” he said, “look for an internship as soon as possible. Companies will hire you if you’ve been there before.”

He’s now applying for permanent positions with some of the same companies. Eventually he’d like to get his master's degree and start his own engineering firm.

Cao also brought his experiences to the Center for Learning Resources at UNH, where he’s tutored struggling students for the last two years.

“I want to make a difference,” he said.

View more photos from Commencement.

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