Business and Accounting Student Social

LHU Business and Accounting Freshman Learn About Making Connections

Ryan Scaife
Ryan Scaife, '10 Speaker
Moriah Hipple
Moriah Hipple, Student Moderator
Tyler Walstrom
Tyler Walstrom, '12 Speaker


Business Administration and Accounting students at Lock Haven University attended a semi-professional business social event in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center ballroom Wednesday November 20, 2013.  Students in the freshman only Introduction to Business class were provided the opportunity to meet and talk with peer student mentors, learn more about careers in business, and attend their first business professional presentation.

Upper division students understand the importance of having a student pal to help with being successful in achieving academic, personal and social success.  Liz Tilburg, a junior in the business program volunteered to serve as a role model and mentor to first year students. As she recalls, “I volunteered to be a peer mentor because I remember what it was like in my freshman year.  You wish you had someone closer to your own age and to help you understand how to maneuver through the ups and downs of college study.

A highlight of the evening included invited guest speakers Ryan Scaife, President of Game Changing Solutions and Tyler Walstrom, Artist/Owner of Rock and Ruthless Tattoo Parlor.  Having started their own businesses soon after graduation, they spoke to the students about the importance of making the best use of their time in the classroom to create professional meaning for their future. "Talent will only take you so far. Skill is developed through hours and hours of beating on your craft, and dedicating yourself to what you believe in. Running a business has its up's and down's, and although it is very rewarding you have to stay focused on what you do, and rely on what you have learned” cautioned Scaife.

Scaife and Walstrom emphasized that having a vision for the future and a passion for what they do provided the fuel for starting their own successful businesses now located in their hometown of Philipsburg, PA.

Ryan Scaife is a 2010 graduate of Lock Haven University.  His company, Game Changing Solutions is an award winning marketing design agency that serves a nationwide market.  In the area GCS provides, brand development, graphic design, advertising strategy, web development and other marketing programs for  such companies as Shortfuse Gas field Trucking (Butler, PA); Professional Gasfield (Clearfield, PA); Terra Works, Inc. (Clarion, PA); Little Pine Resources (Houston, Texas); Win Magazine (Newton, Iowa).  Game Changing Solutions is located at 1 N Front St #201, Philipsburg, PA 16866.

Tyler Walstrom is a 2012 graduate of the LHU business program.  He follows his passion for art and applies his personal style and creativity by offering custom artistic designs in the booming tattoo industry.  He has a long list of clients, and a long wait list of avid seekers of his body art.  So much so that he is not able to take on any new appointments until 2014! Rock and Ruthless is located at 200 North Second Street Suite #4​, Philipsburg, PA 16866.


Ryan and Tyler