Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

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Berdela, Jr., Glenn W. - Class of 2006


Glenn W. Berdela, Jr.
2nd Lieutenant, Unites States Marine Corps

Why I Do What I Do: I wanted to join an organization where I knew I would make a difference in the world and I wanted to help defend our country and way of life.

Birth Place: Livingston, NJ

High School: Pius X High School, 2002

High School Accomplishments: Four-year varsity baseball letter award winner

Higher Education: DeSales University, 2006. Dual Major in Accounting and MIT, Computer Science Minor

Higher Education Accomplishments:

  • Magna Cum Laude

  • William G. McGowan Scholarship Award Winner

  • The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

  • The Gregory W. Spinelli Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Studies

  • President, Kappa Xi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration

  • Member, Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society

  • Becker CPA Review Scholarship Award Winner and Campus Representative

  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award Winner

  • DeSales Merit Scholarship Award Winner

  • Dean's List - 4 Years

  • Traveled to Peru in Summer 2004 to support DeSales in engaging in a multi-cultural project to help foster regional competitiveness in the global economy.

  • FBI National Case Study Competition Finalist. In January 2005, we went to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. to present our case study to FBI senior management.

  • President, DeSales Accounting and Finance Club

  • Vice-President, DeSales Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)

  • Treasurer and Founding Member, DeSales Disc Golf Club

  • Third Degree Member, Knights of Columbus

Jobs Held In College:

  • Student Tax Preparer for the IRS VITA-DeSales Program

  • Peer Tutor, DeSales Academic Resource Center

  • Sacristan, DeSales Campus Ministry

  • Accounting Intern, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Documentation Assistant, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Hobbies: Lifting, Running, Biking, Baseball, Basketball, Disc Golf, Spending time with family and friends

Favorite Music: Rock and Alternative

Sports Personalities: Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly

Courses I Loved: Federal Income Taxation, Federal Tax Planning, Legal Environment of Business, Computer Hardware

Biggest Achievement: Accepting my commission as an officer and taking the oath of office in the United States Marine Corps.

Biggest Disappointment: Finishing second in the FBI National Case Study Competition.

Career Goals: Advance in the Marine Corps, Get Married and have a family.

Influential People: 
Dr. Chris Cocozza, Mr. Bill Dwyer, Dr. Tahereh Hojjat, Mr. Mike Hudock, and Mr. Al Sproule - These professors push their students to their limits and instill in them the tools to succeed for life after DeSales. These professors also helped to mold me and shape me into the person I am today.

Favorite Quote: "Opportunities are like sunrises; if you wait too long you will miss them."

Biggest Challenge: 
Earning the privilege to become an Officer of Marines.

Best Advice Received: My dad always told me to make and achieve your goals, and once they are attained, never be satisfied with where you are but always strive to go higher and accomplish that next level.

Advice I Would Give: Be a good person; a person with high character and strength. Have the moral courage to stand up for what you believe. Semper Fidelis- Always Faithful

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Believing in myself.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The professional and personal relationships that I made.

What I Miss Most About DeSales: Living in Height 8.

What I Miss Least About DeSales: Parking Tickets

Advice for Present DeSales Students: Enjoy your four years at DeSales. Trust me -- it goes by way to fast. Take advantage of your opportunities at DeSales and don't waste them. Get to know your professors. Work Hard and Have Fun.

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