Political Science Major Receives Point Park's Alumni Association President's Award Monday, May 21, 2012
Anthony Costulas was honored with the Alumni Association President's Award on April 27 at the annual Outstanding Student Awards. Costulas is pictured with Keith Paylo, dean of Student Affairs and dean of Students, (left) and Paul Hennigan, Ed.D., University president.
Meet Anthony Costulas
Hometown: Ellwood City, Pa.
Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Minor: Mass Communication
Graduated: May 2012
College Activities: President of United Student Government, General Manager of WPPJ Radio, Campus Life employee
How has Point Park University shaped who you are today?
I entered Point Park University as a student who had never been especially involved. My sophomore year I was able to get a job with the Office of Campus Life, and from there I developed a lot of the skills necessary to hold a full-time job. It was a great way to prepare for the "real world." I also decided to try activities such as student government and the radio station. These activities led me to gain skills that I'll use for the rest of my life.
What do you think makes the political science program at Point Park unique?
At Point Park University, you have a good combination of courses that deal with theory and courses that are very focused on the "real world approach." Within my courses I was able to study the various political philosophers one day, and the next day study different situations that were unfolding in the state capital. For example, I took two courses from Professor Paul Costa who also serves as a state representative in the Pennsylvania Legislature. During the budget crisis two years ago, every week in class we would get a play-by-play of what was going on in Harrisburg. It was an experience that ultimately helped influence my decision to attend graduate school to continue studying public policy.
What's next for you?
In the fall, I will be attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County to study public policy with a focus on urban development. Even though I'm excited for the move to Baltimore, it will be bittersweet to leave Pittsburgh and Point Park University.
What's your advice on how students can capitalize on their time at Point Park?
Take advantage of the size of this institution, get involved, and stay involved. There are so many incredible ways to participate outside of the classroom at Point Park. Often times you are able to pick up more from these experiences than you can in a classroom. What you do outside of the classroom is just as important as what you do within. Pick something that you enjoy and stay with it. I promise you that many doors will be opened up because of it.