Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club recognizes achievement
WESTFIELD — At the May 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, members recognized Ryan Kalie, a Mercyhurst North East Oasis Program student who is graduating this month, for his achievement in the certificate area of hospitality. The honors were given to Kalie during a meeting held at The Parkview in Westfield. In addition to the Rotarians who were present, others in attendance included the honorees’ parents Daniel and Christine Kalie, his grandparents James and Brenda Ballas, and MNE Oasis Program Director Katie Huba.
Ryan Kalie entered the MNE Hospitality program in the Fall 2016 semester. His courses included introduction to hospitality management, introduction to event planning, serve safe — safety and sanitation, and housekeeping operations.
“It has been a wonderful experience watching Ryan exceed past what was expected of him as a Mercyhurst student. He works extremely hard by putting all of his energy into doing his best. Ryan has the spirit and commitment that any teacher looks for in a student,” Huba stated. “When working with others, Ryan goes beyond the call of duty to make sure everything is perfect, and he will not stop until the needs of the customers are met. It was an honor to have Ryan as a student at Mercyhurst. We are extremely proud of him, and we cannot wait to see what he does upon graduation.”
Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville Youth Services Chair Daniel Smith introduced the honoree and announced some highlights of his education, training, experiences and extracurricular activities. He presented Kalie with a “Certificate of High Achievement.” Janese Berkhouse, president-elect of this Rotary Club, gave Kalie a Rotary Club pen and congratulated him. Members and guests present then offered the honoree a jubilant standing ovation.
The MNE Oasis Program is a non-credit, one- to two-year proficiency based certificate program for students who have completed high school (ages 18 and older). It is designed to help students who are interested in pursuing additional academic and vocational training to develop skills that are necessary for gainful employment. Oasis currently offers four certificate areas in hospitality, culinary arts, business and early childhood program. Future additional certificate options under consideration include sports management and graphic design.
Prior to his acceptance into the Oasis Program, Kalie worked in the restaurant business for nine years. It was there that he decided to return to school in order to learn more about the management side of operations. During his interview, Kalie stated that it was his goal to obtain employment in the industry to continue providing great services to customers. He enjoys working alongside others and building a strong work environment. His goal, no matter what organization he works for, is to build relationships with customers, whether it’s their first time through the door or they are regulars every week.
Kalie participates in many extracurricular activities, including the Mercyhurst North East Lunch Series, planning and organizing multiple Mercyhurst Open House events, and helping with community organizations, such as Dave’s Diner and Iron Empire Clothing. He has been planning the MNE Oasis Program Class of 2017 graduation ceremony and is working hard to make sure the event is a memorable one for all students, family members, faculty and guests.
After his May graduation, Kalie will be participating in an internship with the Bayfront Sheraton in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he will be working with the event and culinary teams. Also, he will soon be sitting for his Serve Safe Certification exam through the Department of Health. He plans to apply for full-time employment in his field, and has as his goal a management position.
Kalie said, “I have really enjoyed my time in the Oasis Program. I have learned a lot of different and helpful things, and I have enjoyed meeting all of the new people, as well. My dream is to get a management position in a hotel or restaurant, such as Marriott or Sheraton.”
He gave credit to his family, friends and MNE staff by saying, “I want to thank my parents, grandparents, and all of my amazing family for the love and support they have shown me through my journey in college. Also, I want to thank my long-time friend Kayla Bonamino for supporting me on my decision to go back to school, as well as my friends Jim Wise and Sam Mancuso. I would like to thank MNE Oasis Program Director Katie Huba for all of the guidance and support she has shown me.”
The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville congratulates Ryan Kalie on his achievements and wishes him much continued success in his future endeavors. For more information about the MNE Oasis Program, contact Katie Huba at 814-725-6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.