Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Major: Financial Accounting
WCSU Degree: BBA in Accounting - Financial option
Activities: Tutored at the Learning Commons for one semester, tutor and mentor Danbury High School students through Pathways Danbury.
Honors and Awards: Dean's List all five semesters at WCSU, GPA has been consistently over 3.9
Bob Lavelle started at Manhattan College in 1969 on a New York State Regents Scholarship but dropped out after his first year. "I did part of a semester at Lehman college in 1970 or 1971," he says."I never finished my degree and always wanted to, so my wife suggested I go back to school, and I did!"
Lavelle said he headed back to college at Western because it was a short drive from his home and the Ancell School of Business had a good reputation. "I started on a business track way back in 1969, so figured I would finish what I started." He came to Western with about one year of previous college credits and took 15 credits of CLEP tests, which enabled him to complete his degree at Western in 2 1/2 years.
While many WCSU students can point to the faculty and staff who served as inspirations or mentors to them, Lavelle found himself stepping into that role for his much-younger classmates. "I think I have kind of mentored many of the younger students along the way," he says.
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Lavelle says, "Starting back in a classroom at 62 years old took adjusting to. I remember walking through White Hall one day that first semester and feeling so out of my element, thinking, 'what am I doing here?' That feeling went away after a few weeks."
Lavelle says his plans after graduation are: "I may consider grad school for an MBA. Still deciding."
Lavelle’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Network with your classmates, do your work and put in honest effort, and enjoy the process. Pay attention and enjoy the moments because it all whizzes by so quickly!"