Student Spotlight Archive

Evan Manna

Evan Manna is a senior Management and Human Capital major with a two-piece sequence in International Business.  His sophomore year he was a Human Resources intern for a local State College company called HRI, inc. performing many basic HR functions for the organization.  This past summer, he was a Human Resources intern for a regional Northeastern grocery chain called Tops Friendly Markets.  Evan split time between their main distribution center and their corporate headquarters interviewing prospective candidates for positions within the company.

Some of his involvements here at Penn State include being the treasurer of the Smeal Human Capital Student Consultants, an organization that completes consulting projects for local State College businesses.  Also, he is the president of the Evans Scholars chapter at Penn State.  This is a national scholarship organization for deserving golf caddies across the nation.  He was elected as the chapter’s first president this year as they moved into their scholarship house on campus.

“The management major has given me many opportunities that I feel so blessed to have.  The professors in the program are all top notch and truly care about their students.  The whole department has made learning the material exciting by applying it to real world situations.  I feel that I am fully prepared to pursue a full-time career in Human Resource Management after graduation in May.”

Evan was recently featured in a Centre Daily Times article highlighting the Evans Scholar House.


Calista Kelso

Calista Kelso is a senior Management & Organizational Leadership major with a two-piece sequence in Sustainability. Her work experience has included a position with the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations as the Communications & Operations Intern. This past summer, she had the opportunity to work for WSP USA, INC., a global engineering consulting firm, as their Human Resources Intern. Some of her involvements at Penn State have included an internship with the Parents Program as well as a summer with Student Orientation and Transition Programs as a New Student Orientation leader. Additionally, she resided as the Director of Alumni Engagement for the Blue & White Society, the treasurer of Student Works at Penn State (SWAPS), and an independent consulting practicum as the Director of Corporate Innovation.

"The Management major has allowed me to expanded and delve deeper into my passion for leadership and strategy. The multiple facets of this program have enabled me to explore a wide variety of occupational industries; from consulting, human resources, communications, and marketing." After graduation, Calista hopes to pursue a full time career in management consulting.