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Welcome to the Family

Hosted by alumni in their homes, the Tepper School Summer Welcome Receptions occurred in 14 regions across the country, welcoming MBA summer interns, new graduates and newly admitted students to the Tepper School “alumni family.”

From Silicon Valley to Minneapolis to Boston, the Tepper School Summer Welcome Receptions offer a memorable seasonal highlight for students and alumni across the country. 

“The Tepper School Summer Welcome Receptions are hosted by alumni in their homes, providing an informal and personal atmosphere for alumni leaders to welcome Tepper School MBA summer interns, new graduates and newly admitted students to our alumni community,” explained John Sengenberger, executive director of alumni relations. 

“We want them to know that as part of the Tepper School, they are not just numbers in a large international organization, but rather members of the family.” 

John Robinson, MBA’03, and Monica Robinson, BA/MCS’97, MBA’03, enthusiastically support Sengenberger’s mission. John, vice president and director of development at PNC Financial Services and Monica, former senior marketing manager at Microsoft, hosted the Pittsburgh-area reception in their renovated home near campus, a barbecue with more than 50 attendees.

“The turnout is such a tribute to what John Sengenberger has done for the school and the alumni community,” noted Monica. “He’s created such an amazing network and momentum. It’s a theme we continue to hear from alumni across the country – and would like the students and new graduates to experience and participate in.”

The Robinsons relocated to Pittsburgh from Seattle, where with John serving as alumni chapter head, they organized numerous events for graduates in the local area. They hosted the recent summer reception despite the fact that their renovation was just-barely finished. 

“The grass was still growing,” laughed Monica. “But it benefits everybody to maintain this kind of strength in the Tepper School community. And it’s the younger crowd that needs to carry the torch forward.”

Robert Sechan, BS/TPR’92, MSIA’96, managing director at UBS Wealth Management in New York, feels strongly about giving back. He and his wife Jennifer hosted the Connecticut reception at their home in New Canaan. 

“I believe that Carnegie Mellon played an important role in breaking down some of the barriers that allowed me to achieve what I have,” said Sechan. “Through the reception, I wanted to raise awareness of my feelings for the school.”

Sechan, a long-time Tepper School supporter who often speaks to students at New York area events, was happy to address the group gathered for the reception. 

“If you're at this party," he told them, "we're all in fortunate places. Just like those who came before us, we need to give back to those who come after. I'm a big believer in the value of the skill set that Tepper provided me and I want to continue to contribute to the school so that others can have the same opportunity.”

Edward (Ted) Decker, MSIA’93, SVP Retail Finance at The HomeDepot, and his wife Catherine hosted a reception at their home in Atlanta. The more than 20 students and recent graduates had such a good time that Decker has since had lunch with a number of them.

“This was a great way to stay connected to such a vital institution and its current students and administration,” Decker pointed out. “I stay involved because Tepper remains an inspiration… the quality of the education and faculty are second to none.  Rarely does a day go by that I don’t leverage my Tepper experience.”

Stephen Feyer, MBA’15 and student alumni relations executive officer, was in Silicon Valley for the summer completing an internship with Anki, Inc., a consumer robotics company founded by three Carnegie Mellon Ph.D.’s. He appreciated both the large Silicon Valley event and more intimate San Francisco reception.

“It was a chance to interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to meet, including students from other areas, recent alumni, as well as alumni further out of school to get a sense of their career paths from Tepper to now,” he said. “I was very happy to meet several master’s of computational finance students, including some from the New York campus.”

And alumni like the Robinsons, Sechans and Deckers are happy to help.

“John and I love the Tepper School,” stressed Monica Robinson. “We enjoy being part of the momentum and energy that strengthens the alumni community, to create opportunities for students to meet people from different industries and different parts of the country, and really, the world. There are Tepper alumni everywhere.”