Dan Szajna 2000
Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and justice administration from WIU; Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) issued in 2011
Business Information: Senior Contract Coordinator – Strategic Procurement at the University of Illinois in Urbana - Champaign
Advice for Freshmen: My advice to incoming freshmen and new transfer students is to attend as many orientation and new student programs as you can as soon as you arrive on campus. There you will meet many others in the same position as you, wanting to make new friends and try new things. You will find some of these people you meet will end up being lifelong friends.
I also recommend that you take a moment and reflect on where your college career begins. Think about where you are in life, where you're hoping to go and what you would like to accomplish. Keep these thoughts in mind as you progress through your years at Western. By focusing on your goals and continuing to reevaluate them you are more likely to achieve them. After graduation and once you have established yourself in your field, remember that the opportunities that were afforded to you at Western were in large part due to the support of alumni and friends of the university which you will eventually become a part of.
Favorite WIU Memory: It was very exciting to be on the campus during WIU's 100th anniversary. The history behind the institution and the sheer number of individuals educated at Western was really evident during the ceremonies, presentations and interactions I had during this time.
I also have to give an "honorable mention" to my memories of time spent with friends at Lake Argyle. Camping trips or camp fires roasting marshmallows were always a great time!
Family/Hobbies: I am married the love of my life, Rebecca and we are very excited to be expecting our first daughter in December of 2014 (WIU class of 2036). Rebecca and I both work at the University of Illinois. When not working, you will find us participating in our softball, kickball, or bowling league. We also share a lot of our time with family and friends. More recently though, with the little one on her way, we’ve been focused on preparing for her arrival.