The motto “work hard play hard” fits Bill Hayward, a senior business administration major, who took this motto to heart and ran with it throughout his college career at UNK.
Hayward, from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, came to UNK with goals in mind and knew what he had to do to accomplish those goals. He knew he wanted to get away from Iowa, and decided Nebraska was a good fit for him.
“I wanted to come to Kearney and get out of Iowa because Kearney was a good fit for me, and I wanted to break out of my comfort zone, and see where I could go in life being in Kearney without knowing anyone,” Hayward said.
After making a visit and viewing some athletic events, Hayward felt that UNK would suit him well.
In addition to schoolwork, Hayward stayed very active, taking part in numerous activities. Hayward was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha,and last year was the president. He also participated in Beta Alpha Psi, student senate, the Chancellor’s Ambassador program, the Friends program, Beta Gamma Sigma and Order of Omega.
“Getting involved has made me a better person,” Hayward said. “It led me to many opportunities to get higher up in the positions that I’m shooting for." "You find out a lot about yourself when you step up and take a leadership role,” he said.
Tracy Lungrin, interim Greek life coordinator, said the Greek community will miss Bill’s leadership and role-modeling greatly. "Any meeting that Bill attended, he asked great questions that challenged our direction and was always one of the first leaders to give his opinion on issues that was logical and well thought out.”
“Strengths and weaknesses are what define a person, and when you find out what those are, you find out who you are,” Hayward said.
Hayward is looking forward to 2011. He has accepted a job with Deloitte & Touche working as a technical risk consultant. Hayward said he wouldn’t be starting this job until July 2011. Until then, he will be studying for CPA exams and working part time in accounting.