Alumni Stories

PULSE Love Story: Chaska & Phil Yoder

“From the beginning, our relationship was fused with a love for exploring new places and finding beauty around us. “ 2014-2015 Alum Chaska Yoder shares the story of how she and her now-husband, Phil, met in school and grew their bond through the PULSE program. “Phil and I first met as students at Eastern Mennonite...
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PULSE Love Story: Ivy Keen & Pittsburgh

“Through our friendship, I fell more in love with Pittsburgh and its communities. Sometimes, all you need is a little push from a friend to open your eyes and really see what is around you. “ 2016-17 Alum Ivy Keen shares about falling in love with Pittsburgh during her time with PULSE and the adventures...
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PULSE Love Story: The 2010-2011 Stanton House

“Our group seemed to “click” as friends right away, and those friendships deepened over our year together. “ 2010-2011 alum Maggie Aupperlee shares the bond she formed with her seven Stanton housemates – Anna Wildermuth, Laura Harnish, Beth Glick, Alicia Donner, Elizabeth Brick, Andrea Yutzy, and Abbi Yoder. “Some of the best times we had...
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PULSE Love Story: Shayna Gleason & David Hogan

“The first year out of college was challenging for both of us, in different ways, but we took refuge in each other and in our friendships as we navigated the changes.” 2017-2018 alumni Shayna Gleason and David Hogan share the story of how they met and began a relationship through PULSE. “We met during PULSE...
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Alumni Story: Rebecca Dyck

Rebecca Dyck is a 2013-2014 PULSE alumnae, and joined PULSE for a second year in 2014-2015. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you? I decided...
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Alumni Story: Jenna Baron

Jenna Baron is a 2014-2015 PULSE alumnae. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you? I had only lived in Pittsburgh as a Pitt student, so...
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Alumni Story: Jodi Beyeler

Jodi Beyeler is a 2000-2001 PULSE alumnae. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you? I was really drawn to the rich combination PULSE offered of...
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Alumni Story: Abbie Adams

Abbie Adams is a 2013-2014 PULSE alumna, and participated for a second year in 2014-2015. In this interview she discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you? When I started to...
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Alumni Story: Brendan Erb

Brendan Erb is a 2014-2015 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.   What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you? I pursued PULSE because I was most excited about living...
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