Maureen “Libby” Lannon ’17 is the perfect example of someone who took full advantage of every aspect of the Ursinus experience. As a student, Lannon double-majored in business & economics and psychology and immersed herself in the many on-campus activities that make Ursinus such an extraordinary place.
She joined the women’s basketball team, was a Bonner Leader and completed research under the direction of Dr. Sue Lawrence, adjunct professor of psychology. She also lent her time as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations such as Best Buddies and Relay for Life. “All of these opportunities enabled me to develop strong relationships with my fellow peers, faculty and staff and the greater Collegeville community,” she says.
One of Lannon’s most life-changing extracurriculars was the Bonner Leader program, the mission of which is to transform the lives of students, the campus and local communities through service and leadership. She explains, “The program ended up being one of the most influential and rewarding experiences of my life. I reflect on my experiences from it every day.” Lannon continues, “Being a Bonner Leader was more than just a community service program—it provided a supportive and caring space to make a lasting mark on our local communities.”
The Bonner Leader program certainly taught Lannon the importance of giving back, something she continues to do both philanthropically and through volunteer work. In fact, she is considered an Ursinus “perfect donor,” which means that she has made a gift to the Annual Fund each year since her graduation. Furthermore, upon graduating to more recently, she was a member of Ursinus’s GOLD Council. Driven by an interest in staying involved with the alumni network and the greater campus community, Lannon collaborated with the advancement office to keep her fellow Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLDs) connected to their alma mater. She says, “It was my hope to find creative ways of engaging alumni with current students to have an impact on their college experience.”
Lannon’s passion for learning and drive for discovery have served her well in her current career. She works as an event planner for Vertex Inc., a provider of integrated tax technology solutions with an office in King of Prussia, Pa. She credits Ursinus’s career and postgraduate development office for helping her to discover her calling, and also believes that the UC experience uniquely prepared her for her future. Lannon says, “Ursinus taught me how to work in a team environment, which is crucial for the collaborative culture of my current company. With the active schedules many students at Ursinus keep, I learned how to time manage and prioritize certain activities which helps my productivity at work.”
Although she’s a recent graduate, Lannon’s poising herself for much success in the future and has a word of advice for her young peers. She says, “First, stay close to the connections you made while at Ursinus. Secondly, get involved to the fullest in whatever path you take after graduating. Networking, attending happy hours with fellow peers and joining professional groups will help you grow as a professional and individual.”