Alumni Profile: Loriann Kompare

Hometown: Clay, NY
Graduation Year: May 2012

Why did you choose to attend Morrisville? 

“I chose to attend Morrisville because my father is a 1983 graduate and my sister Jasmin, who graduated in ’11, had just started her sophomore year at MSC. It was becoming a family tradition, if you will, for my Dad’s daughters to attend MSC. The second reason I decided to attend Morrisville, and most important I believe, was because of the Director of Admissions at the time. I was a senior who had no idea what career path to start with. The Director took time out of his day to sit with my Dad and me to discuss programs and different avenues I could take at MSC. He had a way of asking certain questions that unveiled what my passions were. He discovered before I did what I would end up studying. I felt at home when I was at Morrisville that day. It was obvious after my conversation with the Director that the admissions representatives cared about me as a person. I was not just another number. I felt comfortable with my decision to attend Morrisville State College and knew I would be well on my way to a career in Hospitality.”

What did you do after leaving Morrisville? What are you doing now?

“After I left Morrisville I accepted a Sales Coordinator position at a national restaurant chain called Buca di Beppo, which is owned by Planet Hollywood. About a year later I moved back to CNY and accepted a Catering Convention Coordinator position with Turning Stone Resort Casino. Within three months I was promoted to Convention Services Manager.”

How did your education at Morrisville get you to where you are today?

“My education at Morrisville prepared me for the working world. While in college you will not learn everything you will need to know on the job, but it prepares you to handle everything you don’t know. My connections and networking while at Morrisville certainly had an impact on where I am today. I am at my current position because of my connections at Morrisville. My supervisor is a fellow MSC graduate and she kept in contact with her previous professor. Their relationship led to my knowledge of the open position. Networking is very important and should play an active role in everyday life.”

What do you like about your profession?

“I love being able to help people. My profession allows me to be around people every day, assisting with every aspect of their leisure or business activities. I enjoy working in the hospitality industry as it is always changing and there is certainly never a dull moment. The industry keeps my life busy and provides a great sense of satisfaction when events are successfully completed.”

What professor and/or staff member influenced you?

“Professor Kerry Beadle influenced the way I perceived the industry as well as provided me with the tools I needed to succeed. Mr. Beadle’s teaching style integrated a sense of self-learning; he was able to teach without anyone realizing they were being taught. The lessons that had the most impact on my experience weren’t taught from a text book. Mr. Beadle taught me how to learn. Upon leaving college the text book information was certainly a part of my job(s), but the other part of my job(s) was learning how to work in various environments in high stress situations. I learned how to take information, process it and use it intelligently.”

What was Morrisville like when you were attending?

“Morrisville was a small country town college when I was in school. The residence halls were being renovated and the second apartment was recently completed.”

What is your favorite memory of Morrisville?

“My favorite memory of Morrisville was living in the Commons. I lived with my sister and her boyfriend (now husband) lived downstairs. Every Friday night we would have a big dinner and invite all of our friends around campus. We got together and made enough food to last us the entire week!”

Were you involved in any clubs, organizations, activities or sports while at Morrisville?

“I was the president of Eta Sigma Delta, a hospitality honors society. I was also a member, and Vice President, of the International Food Service Executive Association (IFSEA).”

What is one interesting thing about you?

“Something unique about me…. I have 4 sisters. I grew up with all women in my family. Another unique thing…. I completed both my Associates and Bachelor’s degree in three years.”

What advice would you give current students?

“Learn everything and anything you can while in college. College is a time to grow into the person you want to become. Always be open to new experiences and different teaching styles. There are times when you won’t succeed, whether it is in a class or in a sport. Keep learning from mistakes that you make. Absorb and learn from all your experiences, the end result can be rewarding. College is the second chapter in everyone’s life; make all the memories you can.”