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Humans of SVC

Colin McLaughlin

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Mon, May 22, 2017 @ 10:52 AM


When I first stepped onto campus on move-in-day in August of 2013, all I could think about was the life I was leaving behind in Pittsburgh and not about all of the amazing opportunities I had in front of me. Once I realized what getting involved on campus could do for me, my college experience changed for the better. I will never be able to express how thankful I am for all the opportunities I have had here at Saint Vincent College and my biggest piece of advice that I want to leave with current students and incoming freshmen is to get involved.  Find some way to get involved and find your family, whether it's a club on campus, a group of people in a residence hall hanging out or having lunch with some one new in the shack.  Find a way to get involved, because after I got involved I went from not enjoying college at all to wishing that my time here would never end.  With graduation a week a way, I do not regret a single day of my time here at Saint Vincent.  To the students returning in the fall, especially the upcoming senior class, never wish a day away because the time will fly by. Although your time here at Saint Vincent will go way faster than you want it to, always remember, Once a Bearcat, Always a Bearcat.

Colin McLaughlin C'17

Topics: Colin McLaughlin, always a bearcat, moving to college, colege experiences

Brian Niemiec

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 11:48 AM


My motivation in joining Student Government Association was to build my resume; I never would have imagined how much I would grow to love it. After years of getting more involved, SGA has really helped me become a better leader. Hosting SGA events offer experiences to meet new people. I hope to take these leadership skills with me on to whatever adventure comes after graduation!

Brian Niemiec C'17

Topics: getting involved at college, Brian Niemiec, Student Government Association, leadership in college

Katerine Luchini

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Mon, May 08, 2017 @ 08:58 AM


My senior year of high school I was trying to decide between Saint Vincent College and the University of Dayton. In the last few weeks of trying to decide I went to meet my birth father for the first time in a small town in Ohio. For dinner we went to a tiny restaurant and right after we were seated, the Saint Vincent Basketball team walked in and were seated next to us. As a big believer in signs, it is safe to say I walked out of that diner confident that Saint Vincent College was where I was meant to be. That decision has yet to let me down! During my time here I have met the most amazing people, traveled to incredible places and created lasting memories. I couldn't have been happier with my four years at this school and I look forward to what the future has in store for after graduation.

- Katerine Luchini
Class of 2017

Topics: Kate Luchini, travel abroad in college, saint vincent basketball, Katerine Luchini

Chilufya Mashambe

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, May 01, 2017 @ 03:18 PM


I knew from the moment I stepped foot onto Saint Vincent's campus, it was the college for me because it felt like home. There is a sense of community that cannot be replicated. The whole faculty is dedicated to the students' success and growth. Even the friends I have made push me to be the best person I can be. Four years later, I can definitely say that Saint Vincent is one of the greatest places on Earth with some of the best people around. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!

- Chilufya
Class of 2017

Topics: Community, Bearcat, Chilufya Mashambe, Student Success

Joan Smith

Posted by Alexander Byers on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

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One of the best parts of my Saint Vincent College experience to date has been the SAP Business One (SAP B1) program, run by Professor Robert Markley in the McKenna School. As a college freshman, my goal was to find a major that would allow me to land a “good” job upon graduation. Little did I know that with a major in the McKenna School, I was eligible to participate in the SAP B1 program. SAP B1 is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which means it is computer software that basically runs all functions of a business (financials, payroll, sales, purchasing, manufacturing, etc.) The SAP B1 program at Saint Vincent is the only program at any undergraduate college in the U.S. You apply during the spring of your sophomore year, and I was elated to be selected. After completing quizzes, exercises, a workshop and a conference visit over the past year, I have earned my internship for the summer in Scottsdale, Arizona, with MWA Forza Intelligence. I couldn't be more excited for my internship, or to see where else the SAP B1 program, along with the rest of my Saint Vincent College education, will take me.

- Joan
Class of 2018
Management Major

Topics: McKenna School, SAP B1, joan smith, SAP program, ERP system

Jennifer Iacaruso

Posted by Alexander Byers on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

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"Saint Vincent is more than just a school; it is a home.  The students, the professors, the campus; everything about it makes you feel at home.  I remember freshman year, sitting in my house with my parents on a break, explaining to them how excited I was to go back 'home' to SVC the next day.  It has been an amazing place to spend the last four years, and it will definitely be hard leaving here in May.  But I know that my 'home' will always be here for me to come back to because once you join, you'll always be a part of the SVC family."

- Jennifer, Class of 2017

Photographer: Patrick Coyle

Topics: Jennifer Iacaruso, saint vincent campus, saint vincent faculty, college home

Kyanna Williams-Pate

Posted by Alexander Byers on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

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"I feel really prepared to go into any field of biology after graduation and I’m especially proud of my senior research project. I was able to find an anemia model in zebrafish which can help women who are medically predisposed to sickle cell anemia and thinking about have a child. I found if you alter different nutritional factors that you can prevent sickling in that child. A big thank you to Br. Albert for helping me achieve my goal."

Class of 2017
Biology Major


Topics: kyanna williams-pate, senior research project, biology major, sickle cell anemia

April Goodman

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Mon, Apr 03, 2017 @ 01:24 PM


"Saint Vincent was a big part of my childhood. I took swimming lessons here, visited events on campus, my dad even made me a bed out of wood from a Saint Vincent tree.  I never thought it would be in my future; however, Saint Vincent is the only school I applied to and I couldn't imagine my life without the wonderful community people I am surrounded by every day."

- April
Class of 2018

Topics: april goodman, childhood at saint vincent, swimming lessons

Maria Dellera

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
maria-dellera-humans-of-SVC.jpgSaint Vincent College provides an environment that makes me excel in all aspects of my life, not just academically. The people here inspire me to be a better me because of their positive energy, as well as the kindness everyone on campus exudes. The professors help me to excel beyond my expectations. In addition, we have the technology and materials that help me to be more creative and explore different mediums. I am so thankful that I chose to go to SVC. The school embodies the same things I do: faith, people, academics and kindness.

Class of 2018

Topics: maria dellera, SVC campus, faith and academics

William Gonsowski

Posted by Thomas Fitzsimmons on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:55 PM
William-Gonsowski-Humans-of-SVC.jpgDuring my senior year of high school I felt that the primary need that had to be addressed in my college decision was furthering my cross country and track career. The proud tradition of the Saint Vincent team and the personal characters of the coaches and runners were primary factors in my decision. However, life does not always go as planned. Injuries and other factors have prevented my collegiate running career from reaching the potential I hoped for in high school. I am not bitter about this because I am fortunate to have found a home in SVC despite my decision being made on a program I am no longer a part of. The student body is warm and embracing. The faculty is passionate and cares about the individual achievement of the students. The culture of SVC is unlike anything I have ever experienced, and I am grateful for all of the relationships that I have developed in my time here.

Class of 2019 - double major in political science and communication

Topics: cross country, william gonsowski, SVC faculty, track

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Cristy Marsh is a sophomore communication major with a minor in photography. She is the Treasurer of Saint Vincent’s club MAD COMM, a staff photographer for the college’s paper The Review, and a student photographer for the communication and marketing office. Outside of school, Cristy’s family owns five horses and she barrel races competitively. Cristy is also in the midst of starting her own photography business “Cristy Mae Photography” and specializes in senior portraits.

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Colin McLaughlin is a senior Communication major at Saint Vincent College. He is the Chairperson of the Activities Programming Board and an Admissions Ambassador. Through Colin’s involvement at Saint Vincent College, he has learned the importance of the Benedictine value of Community and loves working to bring the campus together. Colin is very excited to be a part of the blog Humans of SVC as the Managing Editor! 

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