YSU Alumni Magazine

Spring 2019

Youngstown State University – a Magazine for Alumni and Friends, is published twice annually for YSU alumni, faculty and staff by the YSU Office of Marketing & Communications.

Parents Forum Youngstown

While it’s true kids don’t come with an instruction manual, parents in Youngstown will soon have an opportunity to learn new parenting strategies thanks to a partnership between YSU, Youngstown City Schools and Head Start. Read more

Youngstown, neighbors map out a plan for the future

After three years of listening, lobbying and logistics, an ambitious plan to transform the Fifth Avenue corridor through campus is moving forward, highlighted by a new driverless shuttle that will be among the few of its kind in the world. Read more

Students, community leaders walk streets to envision future

YSU is engaging students in the conversation about Youngstown’s future through a new course offered by the Honors College and the Department of Geography and Urban-Regional Studies. The Revitalizing Youngstown class, taught by former director of the YSU Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Hunter Morrison, teaches students to become citizen planners. Read more

Internet of Things

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, where everything from coffee makers, washing machines and jet engines to lamps, cars and heart monitors are connected via the Internet, is growing at an incredible pace. In fact, studies show that there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2020, approximately four for every human being on the planet. Read more

KSS offers personalized prescription for better health

"This course really sets us up for the real world. Working with someone who has set goals they want to achieve and seeing them reach those goals is a rewarding feeling. Knowing that I am helping someone have a healthy life makes me feel great.” – Elizabeth Recchia, Exercise Science major Read more

Our Faculty Marsha Huber

Happiness, Hope, HUBER

Marsha Huber isn’t a fan of the term, but also admits that it fits her to a tee: Scrappy. “My career has been a little all over the place,” admits Huber, YSU professor of Accounting. “But my overall goal is to keep moving forward, my students, my profession, and that means going with what grabs me at the time.” Read more

Prieto: Mathematician, Motivator, Mentor

When you ask Alicia Prieto Langarica, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, how she finds time to mentor dozens of students on research at any given time, her response is simple—she wishes she had time for more. Read more

McLean: Isle of Man "like Narnia for adults"

“It’s like Narnia for adults.” That’s how YSU students describe Associate Professor of Geology Colleen McLean's ancestral home of the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. Read more

Alumni Art Show Welcomes Artists Home

Alumni Art Show

YSU welcomed home nearly 90 alumni artists from around the country to showcase their work in the 2019 Alumni Exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art. The show featured Department of Art graduates and celebrated more than 70 years of arts education in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication. While every artist has a story to tell, we chose to introduce you to four talented individuals, each with a unique relationship with their art. We begin with a wife’s powerful tribute to the memory of her husband. Read more

Alumni Spotlight Laird

Susan D. Laird

“The more people who know about and understand what human trafficking really is…the better prepared we are as a community to deal with it. Because, it is here. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far.” Read more

Alumni Spotlight Ayoub

Abdou Ayoub

“I associate this side of the world as being home; there is more of a sense of home here than there. This is where my adult self was formed.” Read more

Alumni Spotlight Bissell

Nate Bissell

“I feel fortunate to have gone through the MBA program even though it took a little longer since I was juggling work and raising a family while working on my degree.” Read more


Puzzling Pros

They've been working crossword puzzles together for 25 years. Now, neighbors in a Boardman community have written their own puzzle to share with YSU alumni and readers of the YSU Magazine. Read more