Hometown: New Fairfield, Conn.
Major: Health Promotion Studies - Wellness Management
MINOR: Business Management
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies - Wellness Management
Internships: Worked for Diageo North America Inc. as a total rewards intern, a very riveting experience that has led to my current role and potential future career in corporate Human Resources
ACTIVITIES:field hockey all four years, captain junior and senior year; vice president of HPX Club junior year and president senior year; Hancock Student Leadership program; member of Student Athletic Advisory Committee
Honors and Awards: 3.4 GPA, Dean's List
There are many good reasons for a local resident to attend WestConn, but Shauna Morasco had a very personal and specific reason. "While WestConn is definitely affordable compared to other universities, my ultimate decision to attend came from the rebirth of the Field Hockey Team," she says.
And while she had her mind made up about where she wanted to attend college, what she wanted to study was another matter. "After two years majoring in finance, my passion for wellness led me to switch majors and pursue business as a minor," she explains. "I know that switching majors was a great decision due to the many opportunities that have opened up for me at my university as well as in my community and beyond. I work full time now for Diageo North America Inc. in Norwalk, Conn., as the resourcing coordinator for early careers in North America. Throughout college I worked as a receptionist for the Danbury Dental Group in Danbury, Conn."
Morasco says that professors were very helpful throughout her college experience, particularly those from the health promotion and exercise sciences department. "In addition, as part of the Hancock Student Leadership Program I was assigned Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Walter Bernstein as a mentor. He was a tremendous part of my last two semesters at WestConn. Not only did he support me throughout the process of the leadership project, he also provided me with guidance enabling me to be a more effective leader on campus."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Morasco says, "Hands down, field hockey. Athletics is so much a part of my life on and off the field that I created a workshop for female student athletes at WCSU to help motivate and support their career efforts. The most memorable experience for me was actually seeing the success of the workshop and the gratitude from the female athletes at WCSU.”
After graduation, Morasco plans to stay at Diageo North America or in the corporate world for the next five to 10 years. "In about two or three years I plan to go back to school for an MBA," she says. "I hope to bring aspects of wellness to any and all roles that I take on throughout my career."
Morasco’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Seek out opportunities and be open to change! As one of my favorite quotes says, 'Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.'”