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.
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.
Amanda Clark '14
Amanda Clark came to William Paterson from a small town, unsure of her future career path. A double major in political science and history, she connected with University professors who not only challenged her, but also guided and inspired her to become a self-assured, high-achieving honors student. She enrolled in the University’s pre-law program and took advantage of William Paterson’s renowned study abroad program at Cambridge University. With her professors’ motivating guidance, Amanda gained confidence in her public speaking abilities and participated in the University’s Model U.N. Program and the Ghandian Forum. She also obtained an internship at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—an opportunity that influenced her plan to pursue a law degree with a specialization in social justice. Now enrolled in law school, Amanda looks forward to an amazing career and to making an impact on the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 '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 '13
At William Paterson, Mike Zeoli held an elite New York Giants internship starting his sophomore year. A graduate of the communication program with a media production focus, he credits the internship with enriching his classroom experience and preparing him to land a job with the NFL after college. Through hands-on learning, William Paterson gives students like Mike the strength to find themselves in the middle of the action.
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 '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