For the love of YSU, dozens of alumni return to campus

For the love of YSU, dozens of alumni return to campus



Donna Mehalco enjoyed coming back to Youngstown State University for an alumni event Sunday because she got to spend the afternoon with one of her favorite people — her daughter, Kelly.

“It’s awesome,” said Donna, 53, of sharing alumni status with her daughter. “I love it here, and all three of my kids are now YSU graduates.”

Donna received an associate’s degree in business in 1980, while Kelly, 22, graduated fromYSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. The women, who live in Hubbard, were among some 50 YSU alumni who were at the university’s Alumni House for a special reception, and then attended a performance of “Rent” by the university’s theater department.

Jackie LeViseur, YSU alumni and events management director, said the university frequently holds such events to bring back graduates and show them what’s new on campus.

“Whether they haven’t been on campus for a week or a decade, things are always happening and changing around here,” LeViseur said. “We’re always looking for opportunities to welcome our alumni back.”

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