Alumni Profile: Alysha Jones

Hometown: Norwich, NY
Graduation Year: December 2013

Why did you choose to attend Morrisville?
“I was planning on going to the Norwich campus, but I decided I didn’t want to live at home anymore so I decided to visit the Morrisville campus and I really liked it.”

What activities have you been involved with on and off campus?
“I’m involved in IFSEA (International Food Service Executives Association) and I was part of the MSC student-run newspaper, The CHIMES. In both, the interaction you have with people on campus and off campus is great. They make you go further than you expected. When I started with The CHIMES, I never really wanted to interview people, but after a while I realized it was easier than I thought.”

What “fun fact” can you tell us about Morrisville that is not well known?
“In the seven years I’ve been here, they’ve had so many changes. All of the dorms have changed and buildings are being updated. The biggest change is the technology. It’s insane how much we have now. The fact that everyone has iPads is awesome. No other school that I know of does that for their students. It’s amazing how much they have been able to keep up with technology and go above and beyond other colleges.”

What MSC professor has influenced you? Why?
“I would say Professor Brian McDowell from the Journalism program. I can’t really choose one of the hospitality professors, they are all amazing in their own ways. All of the hospitality professors are awesome! Professor Joan Johnson pushes all of her students to go above and beyond. Professor Kerry Beadle teaches you without you even realizing that you are learning. Professor John Felton is always there for his students and his door is always open. Professor Anthony Lupino has this spirit to him that is so inspiring. Professor McDowell is the reason that I am still here, because he pushed me to be the best I could during my freshman year.

What has been your favorite campus event or activity?
“There are so many. All of the clubs have something different. There are clubs that put on dances, hold contests and there are so many different things that clubs come up with every year. They are little fun things that are free that many people don’t think about.”

What are your plans after college and/or your career goals?
“I’m not really sure yet where I want to go. I do want to stay in the restaurant business. I think I want to find something outside of New York, maybe somewhere a little bit warmer. I’m getting married, so I plan on finding a place to live with my fiancé and eventually getting my Masters or Ph.D. with hopes of becoming a professor.”

What advice would you give other students?
“Even when you want to have fun, you still have to put your studies first. When you work hard all day and during the week, you can go out and have fun on the weekends, knowing that you accomplished something. It’s also good to have a job to learn time management skills. Having a job will help you get your name out there and get started in your career when you graduate.”