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USM grad returns to alma mater

April 28, 2005

Bryan Schrepel likes seeing his alma mater from a different perspective as the public relations specialist for the University of Saint Mary. After graduating in December of 2003 with a degree in English and Marketing, becoming a faculty member contrasts his experience as a student at USM.

"I really feel like I've grown a lot since I've been at my position," Schrepel said. He started his job at USM last November. Schrepel had originally applied to work in the marketing department, but took his current job when USM created it.

Being a graduate of USM gives Schrepel an advantage when it comes to being able to relate to the students. Many of the students who are now upperclassmen are his peers. He said he knows a lot of the students but finds a way to balance his friendships with observing his role as a faculty member.

The familiarity Schrepel has with the faculty and its infrastructure has helped him to carry on the school's mission, one of his goals.

"I believe in the mission of helping people to reach their God-given potential," Schrepel said. "They really lived up to what they taught me on how to be successful in the real world."

While he was a student at USM, Schrepel had been the editor of the university's newspaper, "The Tabor," and served as the assistant sports editor for the Leavenworth Times. He said his experience in newspaper has helped him to see things from the reporters' perspective, a skill that he sees beneficial to his position.

"I'm grateful for my experiences with the newspapers," he said. "It helps me to be able to tell if they are doing it right."

Despite his prior experience, he is still learning about different aspects of journalism. He was featured in a television interview when USM received press coverage during the recent death of Pope John Paul II.

Schrepel finds his satisfaction has a purpose at USM.

"Now I feel I'm doing a service and doing my job to help the school succeed," he said.

Name: Bryan Schrepel

Occupation: Public relations specialist for the University of Saint Mary

Graduate of: Lansing High School, 1999; University of Saint Mary, 2003

Family: Father, Walt; mother, Patricia; sisters, Jackie Euler and Christine

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Thirteen years; I am from a military family, and we moved here when I was in sixth grade. We lived in on the East Coast before coming here.

What do you like about Lansing? The camaraderie - it has a small town flair with a big city attitude right down the street. It's 30 minutes from Overland Park, Barry Road or Lawrence. I like living here because of the low cost of living and because I'm near my family.

What do you like to do to relax? I like to exercise and work out.

What would surprise people about you? Being from a New York family, I'm a huge Yankees fan. Everyone usually scoffs at that, but the Yankees honestly are my favorite team. I love them all-the classics like Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio to current players like Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

What is the best advice you have ever received? No matter how difficult you have it, there is always someone who has it worse.

What organizations do you belong to? Delta Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Gamma Pi

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