As your Alumni Board President, I feel a deep sense of connection and commitment to our University. When I arrived on campus, I found opportunities to get involved around every corner. At the urging of a few fraternity brothers, I joined ROTC and began honing my leadership skills, which in turn were applied in numerous leadership roles on campus. It is in these positions that I learned the values of community service, giving back and paying it forward.
Majoring in Management Science at Lock Haven provided me with a solid background got my future positions in the U.S. Army and corporate America. Yet the greatest impact of my educational career is evident in my work during the past 16 years as a financial advisor and business owner of a growing firm, Paladin Financial Services, Inc. In the spring of 2017, I will continue to apply my fundraising skills as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man/Woman of the Year Campaign.
To this day, The Haven continues to provide opportunities for leadership. In a time when state funding presents challenges, the University is continuing to thrive and grow. But as the campus reinvents itself to meet current facilities needs, the culture and core values of Lock Haven University remain unchanged. It's a place where hard work is rewarded, both in the classroom and on the athletic field. It's an environment where faculty and coaches alike can focus on building character and mentoring student athletes to be exceptional; members of society.
Perhaps you don't feel as connected to the University as you once did. For more than 20 years, my connection to the university was minimal. But when I was approached to get involved and serve on the Alumni Board, it was almost like coming home. The experience of being reintroduced to our hardworking student body, the visionary campus leadership and our dedicated faculty has reinforced the value of alumni involvement.
I encourage you to come home to The Haven just as I have done. Get involved today and join us along a journey that is sure to provide opportunities for the entire Lock Haven University Community for years to come!
Christopher Raup '90
President, Alumni Association Board of Directors