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Awards to Honor Three Outstanding Young Alumni
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Young Alumni Christmas PartyThe Seton Hall Young Alumni Club and Alumni Relations are proud to announce the recipients of the 2nd annual Young Alumni Impact Award, for service to Seton Hall, one's community or profession.

The Young Alumni Club seeks to establish programs and opportunities for graduates of the past ten years to stay connected to the University and to each other. In addition to hosting social and educational programming, the group seeks to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of recent graduates. The establishment of the Young Alumni Impact Award, to be presented annually, allows graduates to nominate their peers based on certain criteria.

More than 30 young graduates were nominated for this year’s award, which will be presented at the Young Alumni Christmas Dinner  on Saturday, January 25, at 6 p.m. Two recipients have been selected to receive this year’s honor. An additional award, the inaugural Young Alumni Humanitarian award, will also be presented.

Young Alumni Impact Award Recipients

Alexandra Maseko ‘13, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored for her dedicated volunteer efforts and achievements as a student athlete. Currently a graduate assistant for the Seton Hall women's basketball team and pursuing her graduate studies at Seton Hall, Alexandra competed all four years of her undergraduate time as a member of the women's basketball team, and often was an ambassador for the program both academically and in the community. She was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in her native Zimbabwe in 2012-2013, the second in Seton Hall basketball history. An honoree at the National Student-Athlete Day, Alexandra was recognized for her community service work including visits to St. Barnabas Medical Center, the East Orange Veterans Affairs Hospital and Walk for Team Walker events. She has also volunteered to read to elementary school students and to be a Prudential Center Field Trip host to explain the value of education and benefits of being a student-athlete. Carrying this passion for student-leadership through education, Alexandra recently began a shoe drive through which she collects basketball sneakers from the Seton Hall basketball team and distributes them to a developmental basketball team in an underprivileged community in her hometown in Zimbabwe. After graduation she was subsequently nominated to represent Seton Hall, the Big East, and the NCAA Division 1 as a nominee for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Alexandra was selected from 455 nominees from across the country as one of the Top 9 Finalists (the first in Seton Hall history) for the award that recognizes not only the athletic achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

Brad Kerstetter '12, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored for the impact he has made in the athletic community, both in a professional and volunteer capacity. During his time at Seton Hall, Brad played on the men’s soccer team for four years, contributing not only on the field but also in the classroom. He was named to the Big East Academic team multiple times and was a shining example of a student-athlete. In addition to being a stellar athlete, he was selected to join the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and remained a member from sophomore through senior year when he was elected to the position of treasurer. Brad helped SAA become the only organization on campus to achieve 100% giving to the Seton Hall Annual Fund, and also the first SAA treasurer to accomplish the “5 for 5” initiative to increase donations to the Annual Fund. Since graduating, Brad has continued his passion for soccer, volunteering as a coach of his former high school varsity team, and then professionally by being selected to join the Harrisburg Heat, a Professional Arena Soccer League team. He was also named head coach of a high school team, which he led to the district playoffs this fall. Besides his incredible work ethic, Brad makes an impact on his coaching and soccer career through the relationships he forms with his teammates and even more significantly, his players. His players look up to him and see him not only as a coach, but as a mentor and role model. He often takes extra time after practice to help his players one-on-one, and tries to make sure they are doing well not only on the soccer field but in the classroom and their personal lives as well. Brad has also made a significant impact on his local community. As a member of the Harrisburg Heat, Brad is a role model to the team’s fans. He read to a local school for “Read Across America Day” last spring, has volunteered to help train some of the local students, and ran a youth soccer camp.

Young Alumni Humanitarian Award Recipient

For the first time, the Young Alumni Club will present the Young Alumni Humanitarian Award at this year's Christmas Dinner.

Marcos Mendez '06, a graduate of the Stillman School of Business, will be honored for his selflessness and the sacrifice he made to help a fellow alumnus - a true embodiment of Seton Hall's core values. When fellow Pirate Kevin Losch was in dire need of a new kidney after a sudden and rare illness brought his life to a screeching halt, Marcos didn't hesitate. He immediately went to work researching the transplant process. Despite the risks and being told of the near impossibility of finding a match outside of Kevin's family, blood tests and several doctors' appointments showed that Marcos was miraculously a match. Marcos flew from his home in Texas to New York for surgery in late October, 2013. The transplant was a success and both Marcos and Kevin are recovering well. It's no exaggeration to say that Marcos gave the greatest gift of all- the gift of life.

Seton Hall congratulates these three outstanding alumni on being recognized by their peers with the Young Alumni Impact Award and Young Alumni Humanitarian Award.

Graduates of the past ten years can join Seton Hall in honoring Maseko, Kerstetter and Mendez at the Young Alumni Christmas Dinner. Tickets are available for purchase online »

For more information please contact:
Seth Moncrease Jr.
(973) 378-9863
seth.moncreasejr@shu.edu

 

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