Golden Opportunity: Keith Cassidy '09 Gives Back to Radio Station, Other Student Programming

1/10/2013

Keith Cassidy spends his days in a tasteful office park in Paramus, crunching and analyzing big data and working with supply-chain, design and other logistical and technical departments as a manager of global information technology at watchmaker Movado Group’s world headquarters.

Each night, he returns to Hoboken — still his home three years after graduating Stevens with dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering — and often to campus. Cassidy has remained closely connected with Stevens and its alumni association thanks to the seeds of friendships sown during his five years as a student.

That continued engagement has led him to give back generously and often, a spirit he hopes fellow recent alumni will emulate.

While at Stevens, Cassidy participated in the Cooperative Education Program, learning how very large companies like UPS and medium-sized firms like Movado (where he originally did systems work as a Co-op student) operate. He says Stevens prepared him exceptionally well for his eventual career.

“At Stevens, I learned how to learn,” recalls Cassidy. “If you’re taking eight different classes, you are learning how to deal with eight different bosses at once, just like in the real world. It was terrific training for the world of work.”

In appreciation, he remembers Stevens with generous annual contributions to scholarship programs, academic projects, and the enhancement of student life.

Some younger alumni gave to multiple needs. Cassidy, for example, helped support a Senior Design project, a device designed by Abhay Sempath ’11 and two others that helps visually impaired pedestrians walk without walking sticks. He also gave to the WCPR operating fund and the recently established WCPR Scholarship Fund — which Cassidy himself helped create and which, once fully endowed, will support annual scholarships to an undergraduate who has served as a member of the campus radio station and maintained academic performance.

The latter two gifts were a tip of the cap to the station where Cassidy himself toiled, first as a DJ working the board for his own Japanese music-themed program, later as systems administrator and, eventually, business manager.

“WCPR is a culture in and of itself, like a fraternity or sorority,” he says. “We had a lot of fun, but we also worked hard, and we still remain friends long after leaving Stevens because we will always have the station as a bond.”

Extracurricular activities such as WCPR provide applicable lessons for life, Cassidy believes, and he should know. Despite the demands of working and fulfilling the requirements of two degrees while putting in time at the radio station, Cassidy was also active in student government, clubs, and organizations. He played trombone in jazz, concert and pep bands and served on the boards of the campus anime (Japanese cartoon and animation) club and the Stute student newspaper, among other activities.

“If you were part of any sort of organization or club,” he stresses, “you can support it. If you remember how costly a university education can be, you can give to scholarships such as the WCPR Scholarship or the G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Scholarship to help others ease that financial burden. There’s always a way to give, no matter what size gift you wish to make.”