Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Kevin Zelaya

By Stephanie Weaver  |  Photo courtesy of Kevin Zelaya, '15

Spotlight on

Kevin Zelaya


Baltimore, Maryland



Campus involvement

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) creative assistant, Student Government Association class senator, Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society, Green and Grey Society, Association of Latin American Students, Diversity Advisory Board.

I was also a Navigator for ALANA’s (African, Latino, Asian and Native American Services) Pre-Fall Multicultural Awareness Program.

Plans after graduation

After taking the CPA this summer, I will be working as a Core Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the fall.

How I chose my path

I am thankful to have had great mentors that helped me discern what career path I wanted to take. Chris Surot, ’13, and Mary Colleen Cawley, ‘14, played integral roles on my career decision. Both of them helped answer my questions, and even helped tutored me at times when I felt like I wasn’t apt for accounting. Loyola is filled with students who are great mentors, and I was blessed to have two amazing individuals that I could always lean on for some support.

Favorite Loyola memory

My sophomore year, I had the fortune of participating in “Encounter El Salvador,” a service trip to El Salvador through CCSJ,. As a Salvadoran-American, this trip gave me the opportunity to see my parents’ home country in a different light. This experience gave me a new perspective on and an even greater appreciation for my Loyola education. It was also a profoundly personal lesson that I would have never experienced inside a classroom.

The professor who had the biggest impact on me and why

Michael Runnels, hands down! Professor Runnels teaches the course, Legal Environment of Business, and his class is thought provoking to say the least. Runnels makes his students think of every possible angle in a case, and he challenges his students to think like lawyers. I never experienced anything else like it. Outside of the classroom, he is a very personable individual, who has great insight on almost any topic!

My strong truth/how the Jesuit college experience shaped me

For my final evaluation for my summer internship, my supervisor told me how “well-rounded” I was. I attribute every bit of the comment to my Loyola education. From Writing 101 to Corporate Taxation, my Loyola education has really helped me fill every gap, so that I can compete at any professional level. On top of educational diversity, I have also become socially aware through my Loyola experience. My service learning classes and my participation through the CCSJ have helped me become of aware of various social justice issues in this world.

Shout outs to…

The MAP Class of 2014You are all agents of change, and are the future of Loyola! I wish you all the best through the next three years!

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1 Comment

  • Posted by Carolyn Townsend | May 18, 2015

    I look forward to great things from you in the future. Only knowing you for a short time, it was a pleasure and honor to work with you. Wishing you the best.

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