The next YSU Homecoming celebration will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Homecoming Parade - 2 p.m.
& Football Game -
4 p.m.



Good Luck Penguins!

2013 Homecoming King & Queen

Congratulations to this year's King & Queen, Tyler Brentley and Melissa Wasser! The winners were crowned at halftime of YSU's Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 19th vs. Western Illinois. Tyler is a Criminal Justice major and a member of F.L.Y. Guyz. He was nominated by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Melissa is a Political Science and Philosophy major and a member of University Scholars, Delta Zeta Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega, Student Government Association, Moot Court Association, Philosophy and Religious Studies Club, Clarence P. Gould Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key Honor Society. She was nominated by University Scholars, Delta Zeta Sorority, and Moot Court Association.

Check out our 2013 Homecoming Court Below!

2013 Homecoming Court
Court Photo

Tyler Brentley

Organization: F.L.Y. Guyz
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Political Science
Professional Goals: After graduation, I plan on working as a state trooper for 3 years
which will give me the adequate experience needed to ultimately become a special investigator for the CIA.
Personal Goals: I want to make a positive impact on as many people as I possibly can in my life. I will always remember where I came from and continue to give back to those who are less fortunate than myself.
Nominated By: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Emmanuel Nwabuogu

Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Major: Nursing
Professional Goals: My professional goal is to finish my undergraduate with a BSN,
moving onto graduate school in pursuit of an MSN and possibly DNP. I want to practice Nursing all over the world especially in third world countries. I am praying that God will use me to reach those with severe medical needs and create opportunities for The Gospel of Jesus Christ to heard.
Personal Goals: My personal goal is pursing to know more of Jesus Christ through serving people with my degree in Nursing in response to God's love, grace and truth.
Nominated By: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Torrian Pace

Organizations: Youngstown State Football, Student Athletic Advisory Committee,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Criminal Justice Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Emerging Leaders Program and Honors Program
Major: Criminal Justice - Legal Process
Professional Goals: To be employed by the Federal Government (FBI, CIA, etc.) and
possibly attend Law School. I would want to focus on working with missing or exploited children and teenagers. Eventually, I would like to become a child advocacy and motivational spokesman.
Personal Goals: I ultimately want to take one day at a time, improving myself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually each day. Though there will be some bumps, I have to remind myself to keep striving and fighting, not taking any day for granted because tomorrow is not promised to us. Lastly, always reminding myself of Philippians 4:13 and being patient on things in life my heart desires; standing firm and having faith.
Nominated By: Student Athletic Advisory Committee

Nick Pinardo

Organizations: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Hospitality Management Society and
Housing & Residence Life Desk Attendant
Major: Hospitality Management
Minor: Criminal Justice
Professional Goals: Continue to network with people to build rapport with future
colleagues to enhance my post collegiate experience. After graduation, I would like to pursue my dream of owning top industry night clubs and bars across the country.
Personal Goals: First, graduate with a 3.0 GPA, then have a starting job in the Hospitality field. Beyond college, I would like to live a happy and fulfilling life working in the hospitality industry and hope to pay off my student loans quickly!
Nominated By: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Delta Zeta Sorority and Alpha Omicron Pi

Luke Politsky

Organizations: Student Government Association, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, University Scholars, Student Nonprofit Leadership Organization, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
Major: Master of Business Administration
Professional Goals: To attain employment in higher education to help
students pursue their own passions.
Personal Goals: To raise a family near Youngstown, become more involved in a variety of community organizations, and help usher in more glory days for Youngstown and the surrounding communities.
Nominated By: Student Government Association, University Scholars and Student Nonprofit Leadership Organization

Maria Brockman

Organizations: Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Be The Change, American Marketing Association and Sigma Alpha Lambda
Major: Marketing
Professional Goals: I would like to become a marketing manager for a corporate firm and possibly break into the stock market or pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, I want to contribute to the innovation of marketing, sales and business to revamp customer relationships and redefine the meaning of customer service.
Personal Goals: To graduate in May 2014 followed by entering the graduate program at YSU to complete a Master of Business Administration. I would also like to travel and gain insight into international business and continue my involvement in serving campus and the community. In addition, I aspire to contribute heavily to Alpha Omicron Pi and the Greek Community. I would also like to strengthen the Greek Community for the future.
Nominated By: Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority

Symona Gregory

Organizations: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., University Courtyards - Community Assistant
Major: Early Childhood Education
Professional Goals: I would like to begin with teaching elementary school students. While doing so I plan to go to school and get my master's degree in Special Education to teach those students as well. Throughout my future teaching career I want to try and teach all grade levels while attempting to reach each students' needs.
Personal Goals: I want to become an educator inside and outside the classroom. I want to create youth programs to better students, keep them out of trouble and most importantly show them the love and attention they may or may not be receiving. I also would like to write my own book one day.
Nominated By: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Elizabeth Hornberger

Organizations: YSU Women's Basketball Team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Student Conduct Board
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Psychology
Professional Goals: Attend law school and become a lawyer, specializing in
International Human Rights Law.
Personal Goals: Win the Horizon League outright in 2013-2014 season and play in
the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament (March Madness), become a foster parent and remain close to my family the rest of my life, and to build my own house in the middle of nowhere. Nominated By: Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Carinda Mickens

Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Major: Social Work
Professional Goals: To use the Social Work profession to spread love
through the city of Youngstown and in the world, to add healing to broken hearts and
broken people.
Personal Goals: To share the love of Jesus Christ.
Nominated By: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Melissa Wasser

Organizations: University Scholars, Delta Zeta Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi,
Order of Omega, Student Government Association, Moot Court Association,
Philosophy and Religious Studies Club, Clarence P. Gould Honor Society,
National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key Honor Society
Majors: Political Science and Philosophy
Professional Goals: To graduate with my bachelors' degrees in Political Science and Philosophy in Spring 2014, to go to a top tier law school in California, and obtain my J.D. and my Ph.D. in Political Science or Philosophy.
Personal Goals: To work as a legal analyst for CNN, become a writer for
Saturday Night Live, and meet Amy Poehler and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Nominated By: University Scholars, Delta Zeta Sorority and Moot Court Association