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Keystone alums enjoying success as partners in leading creative firm

Reneé Lawter ’90 and James Valinski ’91
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Our Alumni

They believed. They belonged.

Keystone alumni are impressive for many reasons. Throughout the years our alumni have not only achieved recognition across the United States but are known for their accomplishments around the world. Business professionals, writers, educators, and many other graduates in numerous occupations have proven that the value of a Keystone education is indeed a recipe for success.

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Alumni of the year awards

2019 Alumni Awards

The Keystone College Alumni Association honored a group of distinguished alumni for their outstanding achievements during Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities. Pictured from left: Don Cadman ’77, Alumni Association president; Matthew Powell ’12, Young Alumnus of the Year; Don Jones ’73, Keystonian of the Year; Denny Coffinberger ’68, Keystonian of the Year; and Keystone College President Tracy Brundage, Ph.D. Not pictured: Charlotte Davis ’53, Distinguished Service to Keystone.


“I always felt like I really belonged. Keystone was a great fit for me. Everyone knows everyone else and it’s one big family.”

Christian English ’14 
Major: Business, Graphic Design

Christian is currently a Graphic Designer with Under Armor.

See why they love Keystone.

Don’t just take it from us, let our alumni do the talking!

“When I look at my life, I go back to Keystone as really providing the nuts and bolts for all the things that would come afterward. I received a great education, and I don’t just mean great business education, but an education in how to live life.”
Kirby Hickey ’65

“Keystone was the perfect place for me. The professors were like mentors, helping students to develop their talents. They spoke to you and not at you. When I left Keystone, I was really ready to meet challenges that I could not have faced before.”
Jeff Straughn ’87

“Being involved in a variety of activities at Keystone really helped me grow as a person and gain the confidence I needed. I’ve gained a better perspective on who I am and what I want to do with my life. Keystone has really helped me in many ways.”
Tara Gwilliam ’12

Where are they now?

Keystone alumni have done some wonderful things.

Now, one of the Founding Partners at the accounting firm of WithumSmith+Brown, PC, which is the 34th largest CPA firm in the country, Len Smith was inspired by his Keystone College professors to go into the accounting profession.
Len Smith '68

Accounting Major

Former member of the Keys Honorary Society, Mr. McGurrin now resides in Woodstock, England, and is retired from teaching the children of military personnel overseas.
Bob McGurrin '54

Major Biological Sciences

Alice Davis is currently the Administrative and Guidance Director for the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center. Her passion is making a difference in the lives of high school students and other adult learners.
Alice Davis '80

Liberal Arts Major

A former member of the Keystone Giants men’s tennis team, Scott Gower is now the Athletic Director for Scranton Preparatory School.
Scott Gower '06

Major Sport and Recreation Management

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