Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Julie Ferris
Position: Administrative Assistant
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"There were a couple of schools that I was looking at, but West Chester University sparked my interest the most. The campus is so beautiful; it’s a really nice place to go to school. Right now, I’m a management major looking to get my MBA through the 5-Year program that is offered here. I also have interest in possibly dual majoring in finance and minoring in either entrepreneurship or political science."
What professor has had the biggest impact on your time at WCU and why?
"My ethics teacher, Professor Joshua Mason, seems like a very interesting guy who is highly involved in the philosophy and ethics realm. It’s exciting how passionate he is about his field and how he wants to relay that passion to his students."
What is your favorite thing about WCU and/or CBPM?
"I like all of the opportunities that are offered at WCU and the entrepreneurial spirit of the CBPM."
What groups/organizations are you involved with on campus?
"I'm thinking about signing up for the Ski and Snowboard Club. They’re going on a trip to Canada this winter, which would be a lot of fun. I also have interest in the Pre-Law Society and the Political Science Club."
Have you had an internship? If so, where and what was that experience like?
"I haven’t had an internship per se, but have recently invented and obtained a provision patent for a product called the Power Rope, a phone charger lanyard. It’s a simple lanyard, but inside is a phone charger. You can easily snap open the lanyard to plug the one end into your computer or wall outlet and the other into your phone. The design has a pretty good hold, so it won’t just fall off of your neck and it comes in any color."
What made you come up with your idea for the Power Rope?
"As a sophomore in high school, I would see kids every day who were wearing lanyards. They had them hanging out of their pockets and around their necks to hold their keys. I also noticed that every time I would go somewhere, someone was always asking to borrow a phone charger. So, I combined something that you always have on you, your keys, with something that everyone is always in need of, a phone charger. And, the Power Rope was born."
Can you describe the process of creating the Power Rope?
"After I obtained my provisional patent in January of 2016, I tried selling just my idea, but realized I would need a prototype to show to people. So, I researched and found a prototype designer out of Allentown who came up with an original design. I then met with a rapid prototype manufacturing company who produced the final design via a 3-D printer. The cables, made by a company called Anker, are high quality and Apple certified."
What is the next step for the Power Rope?
"Since patents are extremely expensive, I’m focusing on the actual product itself by getting more orders placed and hearing feedback. I then need to get a mold made for mass production. After that, I hope to sell the lanyard to big companies such as schools who can use the product as a promotional item. If you are interested in learning more or helping to back this project, please visit my Kickstarter website."
Have you studied abroad? If so, to where? And how has that experience made an impact on your life?
"I definitely have interest in studying abroad. One location that peeked my curiosity at an orientation meeting was Australia!"
What do you plan to do after graduation?
"I want to be an entrepreneur. I hope to one day take over my dad’s business and expand on it to make it bigger and better."
What would you tell students considering CBPM?
"To those of you who are seniors in high school, I would recommend trying to make a name for yourself by getting involved in as many activities as possible. Also, I think it’s important to come up with a quality resume that lists everything that you’ve accomplished thus far.
To those of you who are freshman in college, be open to everything. Get out of your dorm room to explore and always be willing to try new things.
Overall, I definitely recommend WCU. It’s a beautiful campus with a great environment and good people who are always willing to help."
Where is your favorite place to eat on campus?
"It's hard to say, but I’m going to have to go with Sykes. Right above the campus store, there is a Chick-fil-A. You can’t beat that!"