A native of Athens, Pennsylvania, Mackenzie Hafer is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Accounting at Mansfield University. Mackenzie is a junior at Mansfield. She intends to complete 150 undergraduate hours in order to pursue licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. After attending two leadership conferences held by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the largest accounting firm in the nation, Mackenzie has secured an internship for the summer of 2017. Mackenzie's ultimate goal is to use the knowledge gained from Mansfield University and her internship with PwC to work for a large corporation as an accountant.
During her high school career, Mackenzie earned the honor of being the Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. Mackenzie also received a Commendation of Merit from Governor Corbett for outstanding performance on the College Board SAT. Being named one of the nation's top 500 students in the Elks National Scholar Program was another prestigious award bestowed upon Mackenzie during her high school tenure.
While attending Mansfield, Mackenzie has participated in various activities both on- and off-campus. During her first year as a Mountie, Mackenzie received honors as the outstanding Business Major in her year-level. Additionally, Mackenzie became a member of the Student Government Association and the Committee on Finance. While serving on the Committee on Finance, Mackenzie helped redesign the budget process that student organizations must go through in order to receive funding. In addition, Mackenzie chaired the Inventory Committee on campus. Mackenzie is also an active member of the Enactus organization at Mansfield.
Additionally, Mackenzie volunteered with the local YMCA Kids' Triathlon, brought attention to the dangers of date/domestic violence by participating in a flag-placing ceremony on campus, and participated in the Relay for Life held at Mansfield. It is her full intention to continue to become involved in her home away from home while she attends Mansfield.
Mackenzie is also an active member in her home community. Serving as a volunteer teacher aide at Children's Place Preschool in Sayre, Pennsylvania, Mackenzie shares her love of learning and acts as a role model to the children. Mackenzie also provided babysitting services, at no charge, to victims of the flood that impacted the communities in her home area. Organizing and hosting an event to solicit funds to purchase pajamas and books to make bedtimes more comfortable for underprivileged children, which she entitled Pajama Party Palooza, was a rewarding experience which also combined skills necessary in her field of interest in Business Administration. Her membership in Wilawana United Methodist Church has allowed her to volunteer in Shoeboxes for Soldiers, Presents for Pets, and the Mitten Tree programs to collect needed goods for various groups. It is at her church that she also serves as offertory usher and provides musical selections on her flute.
As the Student Trustee at Mansfield, Mackenzie hopes to leave a lasting impact on campus. Her family legacy at Mansfield has created a love for the campus and the community. The sixth and final member of her family to attend Mansfield, Mackenzie wishes to spread her love for Mansfield as well as enhance the university and surrounding community.