Lock Haven University international exchange student, Luna Tornabene, was given the opportunity to volunteer at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Tornabene is from partner school, Institut Des Hautes Etudes Des Communication Sociales (IHECS), in Brussels, Belgium, and is majoring in Communications and also studying Sport Management while she is on exchange.
Tornabene, whose father encouraged her passion for Formula 1 racing, was introduced to the opportunity to volunteer with Quintevents Management by other students in the LHU Sport Management program. This is a unique opportunity an international student to fully benefit from the experiential learning activities that the Sport Management program provides to students.
"We are proud that the volunteer opportunities we provide to our students allow them to compete for positions on the international stage," said Peter Campbell, professor and chair of the Sport Studies Department at LHU. "Luna is an excellent young professional and she will excel in her future professional career."
This opportunity allowed Tornabene to gain valuable hands-on experience in event operations and to make quality contacts and gain professional mentors in the field she can work with in the future. During the Grand Prix she checked customers' tickets to see if they had clearance to enter a restricted zone, as well as answered questions and provided transportation to and from the event. She impressed the organization so much that they talked to her about employment in their London office. Tornabene said she hasn't decided on her plans following graduation but is excited for the potential job opportunity and being involved with Formula 1 racing. She also is thinking of the possibility of attending graduate school after earning her Communication degree from IHECS.
"I am really glad I had this opportunity here during my exchange," Tornabene said. "I know it will definitely help me in my future career, and I cannot be happier."
Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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