Hometown: East Granby, Connecticut
Major: Management Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security Management
WCSU Degree: BBA in Management Information Systems
Activities: Secretary of Rotaract Club and a varsity baseball player. Part-time job as student manager for Facilities Scheduling and Promotion. Has attended numerous school events such as Broadway trips, school productions and on-campus events.
INTERNSHIPS: Interned with Simsbury American Legion Baseball doing various information systems tasks including managing team/zone websites and managing a database composed of player, parent and coach information.
Honors and Awards: Dean's List four times, overall GPA is 3.33 and major GPA is 3.85
Edward Lavoie originally decided to come to Western Connecticut State University because he was interested in the Biology program. "After my freshman year, I realized biology was not my path and was lucky enough to learn about the MIS program," he says. "I also liked the baseball program a lot, which was a large factor in my final decision to attend."
Lavoie decided to major in Management Information Systems his sophomore year. "I always had an interest in computers and technology, but I did not want to go down the Computer Science route. I had heard about the MIS program from a friend and after my first class, I knew it was a perfect fit."
As a collegiate baseball player, Lavoie found a mentor in his coach. "Coach Susi has been a mentor to me since the day I enrolled," Lavoie says. "He always looks out for his players and makes sure they are getting their work done in the classroom. Players are always expected to attend class even when they interfere with practice or game times. He has helped me achieve my current academic standing and contributed to my success on the field."
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Lavoie says, "Meeting my girlfriend, Donna Men. She has exposed me to so many great organizations and people around campus. She is the president of the Rotaract Club and brought the club back after it was inactive for a year. She also serves on SGA as a senator. She exposed me to world travel as she spent a semester studying in China. After graduation in May, we will be traveling to Cambodia for my first experience outside of North America."
Lavoie says he would like to join the workforce after graduation. "I am currently searching for a job in the databasing field or business analytics as they are fields I have studied and enjoyed while at WestConn."
Lavoie's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Join a club! I did not join a club until my first semester of my senior year and I regret it. Being in a club exposes students to so many resources around campus that I was not aware of before joining. I was also able to meet so many great people through my club and I took an active role in the community of WestConn."