John Ryan Wolff '13

When John Ryan Wolff applied for 30 summer internships, he wasn’t sure where he would end up. So when he received a call-back from Comcast Spectacor, a Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company, he was happy to work with the company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia 76ers and manages the Wells Fargo Center.

“It was four credits and unpaid,” said Wolff, a finance and management major at Lycoming College. He said he worked with the College’s faculty members to get his resume ready and hold mock interviews.

And his experiences outside the classroom have given his resume an impressive boost. He already has landed a job after graduation in May with Precision Castparts Corp., headquartered in Portland, Ore. The company creates aerospace and military parts for aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines.

A native of Morrisville, Pa., Wolff will be placed in Precision’s Finance Development Program, which is aimed at accelerating the growth of remarkable people into exceptional leaders steeped in financial management skills. The two-year, highly competitive training program is designed to teach program members the critical aspects of PCC’s business so that they can effectively influence the future direction of the company.

Wolff said he is excited about joining the company because the employees are goal-orientated and motivated for success.

“Lycoming College gave me an opportunity to have work experience on my resume, which is what many companies are looking for,” Wolff said. He has worked for Lycoming’s recreation and intramurals department since he was a freshman and is in his third year as a resident adviser. He was a member of the men’s basketball team for four years and served as the wilderness chair of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) his junior year. He also studied abroad in London for one summer.

“Working with local nonprofits in Dr. [Neil] Boyd’s management and organizational behavior class helped give me hands-on, practical experience,” Wolff said. He said his involvement with CAB helped him learn to organize events such as Fear Factor, a hiking trip, laser tag, and a skiing, snowboarding and tubing trip, along with other campus activities. He also helped create the first Warrior Extreme Challenge on campus.

“I like to bring new and innovative ideas to the College,” Wolff said. “I like putting on events that others can enjoy.”

Wolff said the idea for the Warrior Extreme Challenge required him to write a proposal for the event during Christmas break and present it to Kelly Henrie, director of recreation and intramurals at the College. Once approved, Wolff began designing the course, individual events and promotional material.

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