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Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009
 

Age: 31

Residence: Beaver

Family: Wife, Elisa; two pet Whippets, Ella and Porter

Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in music from Geneva in 2000

Occupation: Director of alumni relations at Geneva College in Beaver Falls

Background: Becze has worked for Geneva since July 2007. Previously, he was a corporate relations manager for the United Way of Allegheny County. In his spare time, Becze plays the trumpet as a member of Trinity Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece band.

Noteworthy: Becze was promoted in June from associate director of alumni relations to director. He is in charge of keeping more than 20,100 Geneva alumni connected to the college and its current students through mentoring programs, special alumni events and an alumni council.

Quote: "It's so exciting to be a part of the history, tradition and heritage of the alumni of Geneva College," he said. "It's really fun to promote our programs and get people engaged with our mission of Christian higher education."

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