With his eyes set on one day serving his community through an elected office, Mark Pitifer ’18 is beginning his career in politics managing the Geneva office for Tom Reed for Congress.
As a Finger Lakes Field Representative, Pitifer is responsible for five counties in the Finger Lakes region, working with individuals in these communities to spread Reed’s message throughout the 23rd Congressional District. “Working for Congressman Reed is not only an opportunity to help students and the Geneva community, it is an opportunity to help our nation,” Pitifer says.
Pitifer attends meetings, files daily and weekly reports, and recruits volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors and work with him in the Geneva office. “One of the most exciting aspects of this experience is how I can provide internships for people who, like me, are super excited about politics,” Pitifer explains.
Recently, Pitifer was able to expand his political networking and knowledge by attending the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I’ve always wanted to be a part of a major political event like the Republican National Convention. It was a fantastic experience meeting members of Congress, governors, and news broadcasters. I will never forget my time spent at the RNC this year,” Pitifer says.
Pitifer credits members of the HWS community for their guidance during his experience at the Colleges, including President Mark D. Gearan, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Cerulli, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter ’86, P’15, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures Jinghao Zhou and former Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rodmon King. “HWS have played a huge part in helping me advance in this field,” Pitifer says.
On campus, Pitifer is currently 1st chair trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble. He previously served as president of the Hobart Class of 2018 and was a representative on the Committee on Standards and member of the Hobart golf team. He also on occasion works as assistant to Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68 on highlight video production and editing, the production of Hobart flyers, trophy cases and letters to the Statesmen Athletic Association, along with being an announcer for basketball and football, and once introduced the newest members of the Hobart Hall of Fame during a football game.
Pitifer is also a recipient of the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) endowed scholarship.