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Successful Students and Alumni

William Paterson students have the power to create change and advances in the world of finance, education, sports, biology, criminal justice and more. Our alumni are leaders in the arts, business, healthcare, sports, entertainment, the media, and education. They are public servants, artists, musicians, teachers, scientists, television personalities, authors, politicians, crime fighters and entrepreneurs. Their achievements reflect our commitment to preparing our graduates for success in their careers, communities, and lives.

Bria Barnes

Bria Barnes '15
At William Paterson, scholarship student Bria Barnes not only discovered a love for teaching, she also took the opportunity to become a published co-author even before she finished college. A double major in elementary education and English, Bria jumped at the chance to conduct ethnographic research on the town of Prospect Park with her faculty mentor and fellow students, resulting in a published book. Today, Bria is shaping young lives as an English teacher and the proceeds from her book are benefiting future William Paterson students by funding scholarships.

Sebastian Escobar

Sebastian Escobar '15
Sebastian Escobar discovered his passion for broadcast communication at William Paterson University. A trip to University Club Fair during freshman year led him to become a radio host and program director for WP 88.7 Brave New Radio. He then went on to win a national award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for “Best On-Air Personality.” Sebastian gained hands-on learning experience and benefited from working in William Paterson’s state-of-the-art facilities including the new HD television studios. Most importantly, he connected with faculty mentors who gave him the power to find his voice and build his vision for the future.

Danielle Nichols

Danielle Nichols '15
At William Paterson, Honors College student Danielle Nichols discovered that her love for the Great Outdoors could lead to exciting career possibilities. Working with her environmental science professors, Danielle participated in an internship at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson. She was later accepted into the National Park Service Academy, which led her to additional internships at Wind Cave National Park and Cape Cod National Seashore. With a sharp focus on her future gained through these real world opportunities, Danielle is now ready to study environmental law and pursue a career with the National Parks.

Denzel Bland

Denzel Bland '14
When Denzel Bland toured William Paterson’s Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales (RBI), he knew he had found his passion. He went on to hone his skills through the many opportunities presented to him through the professional sales program and its professors. Denzel was part of a team that earned first place in the RBI National Sales Challenge, in which he competed against top-ranking sales students from 39 universities around the country. He connected with executives from a wide range of corporations and, thanks to these networking opportunities, quickly landed a full-time job in corporate sales for a large company in California. Today, Denzel is seeking to help other young professionals by sharing with them the guidance he received from his professors at William Paterson.

Cindy Mota

Cindy Mota '12
Born in the Dominican Republic and the first of her family to attend college, Cindy Mota enrolled in the University's award-winning financial planning program, and discovered her passion for helping others plan their financial futures. She credits the demanding courses and hands-on learning she experienced at William Paterson with preparing her for her job at Vanguard, the largest mutual fund company in the country.

Katelin Loeffler

Katelin Loeffler '12
Passionate about becoming a teacher, Katelin Loeffler chose William Paterson for its unique integrated math and science elementary education program. Recognized with the New Jersey Outstanding Student Teacher Award, Katelin recognizes William Paterson for giving her the hands-on experience, knowledge and strength she needed to become an award-winning teacher.

Mike Zeoli

Mike Zeoli '13
Now a senior, Mike Zeoli has held an elite New York Giants internship since his sophomore year. A communication major with a media production focus, he credits the internship with enriching his classroom experience and aspires to land a job with the NFL after graduation. Through hands-on learning, William Paterson gives students like Mike the strength to find themselves in the middle of the action.

Liana Kabrel

Liana Kabrel '11
Liana Kabrel transferred to William Paterson University because of its unique animal behavior/physiology concentration within the University’s biology program. Today she is a wild animal keeper at the Bronx Zoo. The challenging and real-world education Liana received at William Paterson empowered her to focus her education to achieve her career goal.

German Decena

German Decena '13
First generation college student German Decena discovered a passion for criminal justice while studying sociology at William Paterson. To support his newfound interest, a professor helped him earn a Prosecutor's Office internship where he learned about the court system. After learning more in courses like Juvenile Delinquency and Criminology, German plans a career in law enforcement where he will use his knowledge and experience to empower others.

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