Student Spotlights

Matt Munson

Matt Munson (Class of 2013)

Major:
Finance
Minor:
Marketing
Fun Fact:
Matt has been playing the guitar for nine years.

How did you end up coming to Niagara University?

I played junior college baseball and transferred to be on Niagara University’s team. This is my second year at NU and I am one of the pitchers, and have been named one of the four captains for the team this year. Prior to attending college, I was in the Navy where part of the time, my job was to play baseball.

That sounds interesting. Can you tell us about your experience in the Navy?

I am originally from Boise, Idaho. I joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in Seattle, Wash., on the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. I served four years, including one deployment and made the all-military baseball team. While in the military, I traveled to over 14 different countries including a diplomatic tour to play baseball in Central and South America. The idea behind this tour was to build relationships in these countries. Although we may not speak the same language, we can bond over baseball.

What was your job in the Navy when you were not playing baseball?

I was involved with supply chain and logistics. I focused on procurement and budgets. This is part of the reason I became interested in business. This gave me a lot of good experience that I think will be useful in my future career.

How was your experience in enrolling at NU coming from the military?

The Veterans Services Office at NU took care of everything for me. They were very helpful in handling my financial aid through the GI Bill so the experience was very easy for me.

What other activities are you involved with on campus?

I joined the finance club this past fall and I look forward to making a contribution to the club soon. I also have done volunteer work with the baseball team. Last year, we helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Niagara Falls and this Thanksgiving, we volunteered to deliver food to homes of families involved with the Special Olympics Committee.

Who has inspired you as a professor?

Professor Bohdan Pikas, professor of marketing, Professor John Overbeck, faculty fellow and professor of marketing, and Professor Edward Hutton, assistant professor of finance. They all have very different teaching styles. Professors Pikas and Overbeck stimulate critical thinking by discussing real world situations and they also have a great sense of humor. Professor Hutton does a great job of breaking down complicated topics so they are easily understood. He takes his time to explain items and you can tell that he really wants students to do well.

What are your future plans?

I think that being a finance major has given me a lot of options after graduation. I would like to find a job that incorporates both finance and marketing. I definitely want a job where I can work with people.

Do you have any advice for future NU students?

Procrastination is your worst enemy.