(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon Department of Athletics hosted its annual Senior Dinner on Tuesday, March 6, as coaches and administrators honored the athletes for outstanding contributions to the athletics program and university community.
The program not only recognized the seniors for their contributions and commitment to sport and campus life, but included informative presentations about mentoring in the community and ensuring a strong financial future.
Leaving his thoughts and professional experience on the minds of Tartan seniors for the 10th year was industry expert and 1985 CMU graduate, Roger Roble. The former football student-athlete founded the wealth management firm Roble, Belko & Company in 2000 and made a presentation regarding the importance of personal financial planning.
Former head cross country and track and field coach Dario Donatelli also returned to the Senior Dinner this year. A Tartan athlete himself who graduated in 1981, Donatelli spent 28 years mentoring student-athletes on the running trails while they navigated life at Carnegie Mellon. He parlayed that passion into working with children through Big Brothers & Big Sisters and spoke to the senior class about what mentorship can do for others but also for themselves.
New to the program this year was former Carnegie Mellon Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy, who expounded on the financial planning information Roble laid out. Murphy, who has spent more than three decades at the university, provided students with the building blocks for their financial future.
Part of the athletics department’s Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program, the Senior Dinner is a chance to celebrate the impending graduates, as well as provide the senior athletes with practical information and tools for their post-college lives.
“It was great to hang out with my fellow seniors talking about our post-graduation plans while learning some valuable lessons on finance and how to spend our time,” said volleyball senior Eliza Donohue. “All the speakers were engaging and had helpful advice. Mr. Roble provided insight on investments as well as the importance of humility, honesty, and asking for help when you need it.”
Following the presentations, the three speakers answered a number of questions from the audience. The students took advantage of the chance to learn more about their financial futures.
Director of Athletics Josh Centor opened the program by expressing his gratitude to the seniors for the way they have represented the university.
“My world of college sports is defined by you – the best and the brightest who give everything they have to their passion for athletics, while excelling academically at one of the nation’s premier institutions,” Centor said. “Thank you for modeling what the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics ought to look like. Let me be clear, this is the pinnacle of college sports. This is the highest level. This is what it should be. You are what it should be.”