What it's like to study Business at Centenary


Heather Spence ’00

Account Specialists BCD Meetings & Incentives

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Heather Spence ’00 came to Centenary to play for the Women’s Basketball team, but her accomplishments extended far beyond the court. “With the concentration in Sports Management, I had the opportunity to serve as an intern for the Newark Bears, helping the staff with game-day duties and activities. My internship provided me with knowledge of the professional sports industry and insight about what kinds of opportunities would be available to me once I had gotten my feet wet.”

A decade after graduation, Heather acknowledges that once college graduates enter the workforce, their specific goals are likely to change: “Over time, I realized that my passion was working as a meeting planner — it gives you the opportunity to network and interact with your clients face-to-face.” The business sense she honed at Centenary has served her well in her current position as an Account Specialist for BCD Meetings & Incentives, where her chief responsibilities include contracting, negotiating with venues, and planning all logistics for successful meetings. Her passion for the work has proved a strong asset: “In order to be successful, you must love what you do,” she remarks.

Spence appreciated Centenary’s small, intimate classes and cites administrator Lauretta Farrell as a Centenarian who helped to shape her career path. “She was a great motivator for me, especially when I was down on myself.” If you’re interested in applying to Centenary, Spence recommends “coming to campus for a visit and meeting with counselors ad professors to see if it’s the right place for you. While you’re here, be sure to learn about the many activities and clubs Centenary has to offer.”

Michael Medley ’10

Business graduate with concentration in sports management
Intern New York Giants

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Despite his affinity for his hometown Philadelphia Eagles Michael Medley ’10 says interning for the New York Giants has been a dream come true. “Working for a professional sports organization has been my goal and it is so exciting that I’m finally doing it,” says Michael.

Michael chose Centenary’s business program for a number of reasons. “The professors are very inspiring and passionate,” he explains. “If you are willing to go for something they really want to help you get there. They are here for us.” After completing his internship and graduation, Michael’s plans are to pursue a career in career in sports management. “I’m really excited to see what else is out there in my field.”

As a prospective business and sports management student, Michael was also impressed with the number of opportunities in his field. “Centenary has many connections to the sports management world and can give you the opportunities you need. It’s the school that can do the most for you,” he adds.

Michael is confident that he will be able to parlay his Centenary experience and New York Giants internship into a full-time position in sports management. “I’m really excited to see what else it out there in my field.”

Noel Leuzarder ’10

Accelerated MBA student
West Virginia University

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To say that Noel Leuzarder ’10 took advantage of all the opportunities a Centenary business education affords is a bit of an understatement.

During her undergraduate career Noel majored in Business Administration, completed concentrations in finance and marketing, made major presentations and traveled to Alaska, Singapore and Mexico to help struggling entrepreneurs develop sustainable business plans as part of the College’s global service initiative called the Powered of Possibility project. Noel, who logged more than 1,000 hours of service through project, describes the experience as life changing. “Seeing how this project had the potential to change people’s lives motivated me to want to go to all of these places,” she says.

She believes Centenary has prepared her well for her next chapter in life. Shortly after graduation, Noel began a 48-credit program at the College of ‘Business & Economics at West Virginia University and will earn her MBA in one year. Says Noel:  “Without Centenary, I would not be able to be as prepared as I am for an accelerated MBA program. The relationships I have built, the experiences I have had — I really would not have gotten that anywhere else.”


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