Semeone Mundy, a student at Chatfield College’s Over-the-Rhine campus, has secured a competitive summer internship with Jenzabar, a worldwide company that specializes in software for the higher education industry. As a part of his internship program, Semeone will be taking an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego in May for Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting, or JAM, where he will have a chance to network with Jenzabar associates and other interns from colleges across the country, interested in the software field. The internship will also pay Semeone a competitive wage to work on campus this summer, maintaining Chatfield’s Student Information System, also known as SONIS, a product of Jenzabar.
Chatfield’s President, John P. Tafaro said, “We are very proud of Semeone and we know he will represent us well in California at the Jenzibar JAM Conference. Chatfield students, when given the opportunity, show that they are as smart, prepared, and capable as students from much larger and more well-known colleges and universities. Semeone is an impressive individual who has thrived at Chatfield, so we also know our school will benefit from the work he will be doing with SONIS software during his internship back home over the summer.”
Semeone has overcome many challenges to get to this point in school and in life. In December 2016, his family of six lost everything they owned in a tragic fire, but that didn’t derail his plans to pursue a college education. Semeone graduated from De Paul Cristo Rey High School in 2017 and began to search for colleges. Chatfield’s staff read about Semeone and his family’s tragic loss in the Cincinnati’s Enquirer Wish List series around Christmas time and immediately offered him a scholarship. Enrolling at Chatfield College in the fall of 2017, Semeone is currently studying liberal arts with a plan to pursue a career in graphic design. He also has a job as an administrative assistant for the college, completing tasks for admissions, helping at the front desk, and working on data entry.
Now in his last few semesters as a student, Semeone is thankful for the encouragement he received from Chatfield. “It’s a great school if you are looking for a supportive environment. It’s small, so you have a chance to connect with your instructors and peers. I was able to bring my GPA up, and that will help me when I start applying to four-year schools,” Semeone said.
He plans to graduate in December 2019 and will continue his education at a four-year school studying graphic design.
“I am glad I made Chatfield my first step, and I am proud of all the things I have been able to accomplish here,” Semeone said.