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Alumni Spotlight March 2016

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Michele Deschu

Michele Deschu '01 & M'03

BS - Physical Education & 
MS - Applied Health Physiology
Seidel School

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY:
Physical Education/Health Physiology  

CURRENT EMPLOYER:
Perry Hall Animal Hospital

CURRENT OCCUPATION:
Practice Manager/Owner

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
I was an elementary physical education teacher in Baltimore City for 6 years and then transferred to the high school level where I taught anatomy and physiology and nursing classes as well as physical education for an additional 3 years. I also performed some freelance photography services from time to time and had always been interested in business and entrepreneurship. My wife is a veterinarian and we encountered a unique opportunity where we were able to purchase an existing veterinary practice close to our home. I remained teaching the first year we owned the practice, while also acting as the hospital manager and building a staff and client base that grew 100% in the first year. Its amazing how similar running a business and managing a staff is to coaching an athletic team. We focus on teamwork and high standards at our hospital and coaching, encouraging and leading our staff members to be the best they can at their positions, as well as creating cohesive team is my primary focus. I use a lot of sports and team references which they probably find pretty funny.

              
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
I learned the value of friendship, work ethic and teamwork.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Women's basketball, various intramurals.

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
Winning the Womens basketball CAC championship in 2000, bus rides to away games and team/individual sports classes in the physical education program.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I chose Salisbury for the educational reputation, the campus amenities, proximity (but not too close) to my hometown in NJ and the opportunity to play collegiate athletics.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Fun - I gained so many great friends and we had such fun and amazing times together, Great Food - loved the dining hall and Athletics - a lot of my life centered around athletics both on the court and in my program of study, physical education.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Beach. Any beach where I can relax, listen to the waves and have my dogs with me.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Owning a successful and growing business at the age of 31 and being able to work with my wife everyday.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I love home improvement projects and its' what I look forward to outside of work (besides the beach or pool).

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS:
Hiking, travel, outdoors, cycling, photography, love dogs, home improvements and building things.

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