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Alumni Spotlight: Keshama Horton, MSIR grad on Young Alumni Board

Alumni Spotlight

Keshama Horton

Keshama Horton, a 2009 Master of Science in Industrial Relations graduate from Nitro, W.Va., recently joined the WVU Young Alumni Advisory Board.

Keshama Horton

She graduated from WVU in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and moved to Dallas, Texas, and a job as a human resources representative for Frito Lay's Sales Operations for Texas. She was in charge of hiring new managers and performance management for 19 locations. She also organized a summer intern report as liaison between interns and the company, among other duties.

In 2010, she moved to Charlotte, N.C., and a position as staffing specialist for MISource.

While in Texas and now in North Carolina, Horton has been energetic in Alumni Association Chapters, a continuation of her WVU enthusiasm as a Mountaineer Maniacs member and executive board member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was also a WVU tour guide and helped hire other guides for the WVU Visitors Resource Center.

She loves the work she does, too. "I love that I get to interact with people on a daily basis and also help them," she said. "I am a very social and caring person, and know that I am helping people makes my job rewarding."

A Promise Scholar, she said her time at the College of Business and Economics prepared her well for the profession.

"As a staffing specialist, my master's degree from B&E in industrial relations taught me all of the key things that make employees happy, as well as how to deal with difficult situations when it comes to employees," she said. "Not only did my degree involve classes in staffing and how to find the people to fill a position, but I also had classes on employee relations and laws that taught me how to keep employees happy once they are hired."

All of this is not as easy as it might seem, however. Finding qualified people, doing interviews and making the correct choices can be daunting. "When you have so many qualified candidates and only one position open, it's hard knowing that someone is going to still be out of work, or unhappy at his or her current position," she commented.

Horton said many of her B&E professors helped her toward finding success in her career, but recalls one in particular. "Terry Rose is someone who stands out in my mind. He is a great professor with a lot of energy. He made class fun and was very honest with us when it came to things in the 'real world.' His advice fully prepared me for my future."

And she has some advice of her own for students at WVU today. "I would tell students to make sure that they not only enjoy their time at WVU, but also continue to stay involved once they leave the University. I think that many students don't realize how much the 'WVU Connection' can help them in their careers. Honestly, it's one of the most powerful tools out there."