A House Divided, Changed by Emporia State University
Alisha Lyon had a family split when it came to choosing a college after graduating from Hartford High School where she was a three-sport athlete, a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Letterman's Club, and senior class president.
You see, Lyon's father was a Kansas State graduate and her mother earned a degree from Emporia State University.
What to do?
Lyon chose to get her undergrad degree in hotel and restaurant management from K-State, graduating in 2011. She then made amends with mom by coming to Emporia State to get her MBA, a degree she finished in 2013.
"I loved Emporia State more than I ever thought I would," said Lyon, who touted her school involvement as helping her have the time of her life as a Hornet.
"When I began my Master's program at Emporia State," she added, "I was hired as the graduate adviser for Community Hornets, which was the best job I could have ever hoped for. I was able to make a difference and gain valuable and relevant experience. I was also the graduate adviser for Pottery with Pizzazz, which was quite a unique and challenging endeavor! I was the vice president of the Homecoming Committee in 2012 and I was a member of the MBA Association, a senator for the Graduate School for Associated Student Government, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary organization."
Her favorite memories of time as a student at Emporia State reflect and emphasize her evolving passion for helping others. Getting involved in the 2011 Big Event in Reading, Kan., and the 2012 Up til Dawn Letter sending party, as well as other Union Activities Council events and community service projects, definitely changed her life.
And now Lyon wants to help others change their lives.
After earning her MBA Lyon worked as a Technical Recruiter for TEKsystems, a subsidiary of Allegis Group, the largest private talent management firm in the world. She now works as the coordinator for graduate and career services in the Business Resource Center at the Emporia State University School of Business.
"I am passionate about lifelong learning and continuous self-improvement," said Lyon. "As the graduate and career services coordinator for the School of Business, I am able to live my passion by helping students continue their education through graduate school upon graduation, or resume their education after working in industry to gain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to reach their career potential. It also allows me to connect students with internship and employment opportunities that will help them launch their careers and set them on the path toward reaching their personal and professional goals."