Besart Stavileci '12

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An international student from Kosovo, Besart embraced the Colonials culture completely. He was even elected class president, delivering a commencement address that his classmates talk about to this day. With a B.S. in actuarial science, Besart is realizing his dream as an actuarial analyst at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Boston, and he’s taken a leadership role in fundraising for his alma mater.

Besart had never set foot in the U.S. before applying to RMU, yet he made a smooth transition to American life. “I had been surrounded by people at Robert Morris who told me I could be anything I wanted to be, so I wanted to be class president,” Besart says. Some of his happiest times were spent organizing the annual international dinner and hanging out at RoMo’s with his friends and his mentor, Jim Vincent, associate professor of English and coordinator of the Rooney International Visiting Scholars Program. For his commencement address, he ordered 700 fortune cookies and enlisted his friends to help attach one under each seat. In his speech, he asked his classmates to look under their seats, where they found the cookies with the message, “Your dream is about to come true.”

Besart has stayed connected to RMU, and when he heard that his mentor had retired, Besart enlisted his former classmates and established the H. James Vincent Global Engagement Endowed Scholarship to support students who demonstrate financial need and are affiliated with organizations or initiatives that significantly contribute to a global perspective. Besart returns regularly to campus, sharing his experiences as a guest speaker in various classes. For example, in Business and Professional Communication, he discussed making an impression early on in one’s career, and in International Communication, he shared his experience as an international student in a U.S. college and in the corporate environment.

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