Five business students named Beeghly Fellows at YSU


From the left, Beeghly Fellows Jessica Marando, Corey Patrick, Jerry Dugan, Fadi El Chammas and Alex McFarland.

Fadi El Chammas, Jerry Dugan, Jessica Marando, Alex McFarland and Corey Patrick, business students in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, have been selected as John D. Beeghly Fellows for the 2015 Fall Semester.

The John D. Beeghly Fellows program provides students with a paid fellowship working with the Ohio Small Business Development Center and the International Trade Assistance Center at YSU. Projects include marketing research, preparation of financial statements, export readiness studies, country research, business plan development, cash flow analysis, and sales forecast. Students gain valuable career-related work experience and are able to position themselves to be competitive in the job market upon graduation.

The program is made possible by an endowment established at the YSU Foundation by Beeghly’s wife and children. Beeghly was a lifelong resident and businessman in Youngstown and the son of area industrialist and philanthropist, Leon A. Beeghly. From 1967 until his death, Beeghly served as vice president and director of Standard Slag Co. and Stancorp, Inc., a holding company for industrial businesses.

“We are extremely grateful to the John D. Beeghly Family for making this generous investment in our business students,” said Betty Jo Licata, WCBA dean. “Providing our students with career-related experience contributes to the success of our regional businesses and the professional preparation of our students,”

This semester’s Fellows:

Fadi El Chammas of Poland is a senior international business management student with a marketing minor planning to graduate in Fall 2016. He has worked in the food industry for more than five years, providing customer service and gaining professional selling experience. Currently he is an intern at the Ohio Small Business Development Center and the International Trade Assistance Center where he is gaining experience in exporting.

Jerry Dugan of McDonald is a senior accounting major who recently completed a tax/audit internship with Novogradac and Company in Dover, Ohio. He is an active member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, where he helps mentor freshmen business majors and assists faculty members in planning events. He also volunteers with Junior Achievement to teach at local elementary schools about economics.

Jessica Marando of Hubbard is a senior marketing management major and accounting minor. She completed a marketing internship for Vapor Stockroom where she focused on social media and brand development. During her time with Vapor Stockroom she launched and promoted three new product lines as well as multiple house specific products. She is a member of Enactus, an entrepreneurial organization on campus, where she has served as public relations chair for the past two years.

Alex McFarland of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a senior business economics major. She recently completed a payroll associate internship at Future Systems Inc. McFarland is involved in the Economics Club and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She is completing her second semester as a Peer Tutor in Economics in the Center of Student Progress. She plans to attend graduate school at YSU for a master’s in Financial Economics and continue on as an Economic Development Advisor for the Peace Corp. in the Burkina Faso region.

Corey Patrick of Struthers is a senior finance and marketing double major, entrepreneurship minor. Corey recently completed a Financial Advisor Internship with Edward Jones Investments. He serves as the president of YSU Enactus, a student entrepreneurial organization on campus, WCBA Representative on the Student Government Association, WCBA Student Leadership Council, as well as head chair of Social Media and of Fundraising in Sigma Tau Gamma.