UPMC Health Plan
Manager of Medicare Brokerage Sales
Singer and Songwriter
CLASS OF 2003
Paul Luc is a man who leads two distinct careers. Exemplifying the liberal arts college graduate, he is both a manager of Medicare brokerage sales and a singer/songwriter who is beginning to emerge on the national music scene.
Drawn to Washington & Jefferson College because of its rich history, he applied for early acceptance and began what would become a very colorful college career.
Luc remembers entering Upperclass Hall as a freshman and initially being intimidated. But, after he settled in, he relaxed. “I started meeting all sorts of random and remarkable people, some of whom became the best friends I have to this day,” he recalls. Luc also encountered several remarkable professors who shaped his time at W&J. He counts professors Gregor, Pelizzon, Scott, and Shaughnessy as instructors who took a special interest in him and his talents. But Luc is especially grateful to Pelizzon, who taught him creative writing. “Dr. Pelizzon was one of the most brilliant people I have ever met,” he recalls.
After graduating with a degree in economics, Luc pursued his music interests and spent the next two years writing music, working part-time jobs, and performing in small clubs. To pay the bills, however, Luc called upon his background in economics and applied for a temporary position with UPMC Health Plan. Within two short years, he was promoted to a manager. Luc also continues to perform with his band, which recently released its first album, “The Shelly Street Anthems.”
Only five years after his graduation, Luc is aware of the impact that W&J had on his life. “The ideology of liberal arts is pervasive in my life,” he says. “My interests and pursuits are completely varied. At W&J, the subjects I studied ran the gamut from art to econometrics. Because I did not limit myself, I gained a broader view of life and an understanding of how disciplines are interconnected.”