dived into activities at Mercer. He was the manager of WMCC,
Mercer's student radio station, and acting president of Alpha
Theta Gamma, the school's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National
Junior College Honor Society. He graduated with honors and
was selected as student commencement speaker. He also won
the Dean's Award for student leadership.
after completing his associate degree, Yuhasz headed west
to Port Angeles, Washington, where he began his radio career
as an on-air personality while also working for CDR Consultants,
a construction dispute resolution firm. He continued to pursue
his passion for music in his off hours by establishing Yuhasz
Entertainment Group LLC, a talent scout agency. He also established
the WMCC Internet radio network, which helped MCCC alums like
himself reminisce about the glory days of the 1980s.
a decade later, Yuhasz decided to go back to school. He graduated
cum laude from Whitman College in 1999 with a B.A. in English
and a minor in comparative religion. He then went on to the
University Of Washington School Of Law on a full scholarship,
and graduated in 2002 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. His
doctoral dissertation was published by a major academic review.
Yuhasz took a job as a risk and claims specialist at Sound
Transit, the transportation agency that runs the bus and rail
systems for three counties in the Seattle area. (Sound Transit
is also involved in a multi-year project to build the area's
first commuter light rail system.) When his supervisor became
ill the following year, Yuhasz took over as risk manager.
later, Yuhasz got a call from the Human Resource Department
of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which had
found his resume online and wanted to offer him a job. Anxious
to return to his home state of New Jersey, Yuhasz accepted
the position of construction risk manager.
current job, Yuhasz supervises the Port Authority's contractor
insurance program, which involves marketing the company's
insurance plan, negotiating the premium, enrolling all contractors
and sub-contractors, and managing claims and litigation.
Looking back on all his experiences over the years, Yuhasz
believes Mercer played a pivotal role in helping him get his
life back on track and get his career going. "Without
Mercer I never would have thought I could later graduate from
a leading liberal arts college and law school," he said.
He notes that Mercer helped mold him into the person he has
become by giving him a safe place to experience risks. "I
realized that taking risks can have a much better outcome
than playing it safe and never trying to succeed in the first
He advises students not to be hampered by self-doubt. "Your
image of yourself will change as you grow older and more confident.
Use Mercer to strike out. Try enrolling in a class that intimidates
you. If you fail, the pain of failure is minimal. However,
if you succeed, a whole new world of possibilities may open
to you. That was my experience attending Mercer, and I'm forever
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