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Kyle Watson

Posted by Alexander Byers on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 09:40 AM
Kyle Watson

“Student Government Association, the Activities Program Board, Uniting All People, theatre productions, Fencing, Swing Dance, Pre-Allied Health and working with admissions are all things that I do on campus. Since coming to SVC, I felt a strong presence of community and care from everyone I meet on campus. It felt like a super-inviting atmosphere in which I was able to grow and go after the things that I love to pursue. I have personally grown and stepped up into leadership positions by being the class president of SGA and the president of U.A.P. through the support of not only the faculty and staff, but all of my friends on campus who push me to do my best. My work joining swing dance and the theatre department has also helped me to put myself in a new light, express myself and bring even more joy being a part of the SVC community. I know it sounds a little corny, but I really am happy to be aBearcat and welcome people home.”  - Kyle Watson C 21

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Kendra Smithbauer

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 02:06 PM

Kendra Smithbauer

“For as long as I can remember, music has always been one of the biggest aspects of my life. I started singing when I was 8 years old, and I just never stopped. I pursued music throughout middle and high school through multiple bands and theatre groups. It was very important that I pursued these same groups when I began my journey here at SVC. I had no idea within the first two weeks of my freshman year of college that I would meet a group such as The Company. A group full of creative, wonderful, talented and hilarious people. I found a place where I could be myself without fear of judgment. A place where I can become someone I’m not while still being myself. I never would have pictured myself adding a vocal performance minor at the beginning of my second semester. I have The Company, as well as the whole Saint Vincent music program, for helping me find my voice.”

Kendra Smithbauer, C’22

Photo by Yariana Pino Sanchez

Topics: Saint Vincent College, Humans of SVC, SVC, Humans of Saint Vincent, country music, saint vincent students, saint vincent community, small college, student, freshman, The Company

Kayla Schehr

Posted by Alexander Byers on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 01:17 PM

Kayla Schehr

"As I lay in bed those many nights and anticipated what Saint Vincent would have in store for me, I don’t think I would have ever imagined that I would find myself sitting in the back of a lecture hall every single Sunday night for seven semesters. I had been on the student council in high school, so the idea of SGA appealed to me. However, I did not realize the significant impact it would have on my college experience. SGA has given me something more than I could have ever imagined. This organization taught me how to voice my opinion confidently. It taught me how to make changes. It taught me how to be a strong leader. And it taught me how wonderful this school truly is."

Kayla Schehr, C'19 

 

Topics: Saint Vincent College, Humans of SVC, SVC, Humans of Saint Vincent, saint vincent students, saint vincent community, small college, student, homecoming, good employee, theory, freshman

Gianna Detore & Payton Knupp

Posted by Alexander Byers on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Gianna Detore and Payton Knupp

"We met at the start of second semester freshman year and lived in Pod 4F together. Payton transferred to SVC from another university and it was best friends at first sight. Gianna had instantly called her friends and told them to come meet us. From that day, our friendship grew into something we will cherish for a lifetime. During the fall of 2018, we will be studying abroad in various countries in Europe, as well as pursuing the same major. We are grateful for Saint Vincent and all the memories that have come along with our time here!"

Gianna Detore & Payton Knupp

 

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Brian Boosel

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 04:07 PM

Brian Boosel

“While in residence with the Vincentians in Paris, doing research for my dissertation in European History, I was introduced to Père Claude Lautissier, C.M., the archivist. (With European archivists, the more you get to know them, the more items they will trust you with.) It took months of conversations and frequent visits to the Archives at the motherhouse before one day, a new room was unlocked. The “Crown Jewels,” if you will. These were the letters of Vincent de Paul in his own handwriting. The first time Fr. Lautissier let me see the letters, he also brought out a long, thin piece of paper that was pressed between two panes of clear glass to preserve it. He said to me, “This, dear Brian, is what you have been looking for.” It was the treatise of Vincent de Paul against the Jansenists, simply titled, “Sur la Grâce,” or “On Grace.” It was exactly what I had been searching for the whole time in Paris. Père Lautissier handed it to me and I wept. Here was, a very human touch of Vincent de Paul. Handwritten on scraps of paper, a beautiful treatise against a heresy that was destroying French religion and society in the 17th century.“
 
Fr. Brian Boosel
 
Professor of history

 

Topics: Saint Vincent College, Humans of SVC, SVC, Humans of Saint Vincent, saint vincent community, small college, saint vincent professor, st. vincent professor, Vincent de Paul, history professor, Père Claude Lautissier

Alperen Aksehir

Posted by Alperen Aksehir on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 01:19 PM

Alperen Aksehir

"I always had an idea of getting my college education abroad. Somehow, I ended up in SVC all the way from Turkey. That could be nothing else but destiny. I gained real friends, which are the reason that I am at SVC. Going to college abroad taught me a lot of things, but the most beautiful thing I learned is to be grateful all the time. Bad things happen in our life and it happens for a reason. We learn from those bad memories. My small advice to SVC students is that they should not get upset about small things. They have their family, friends and enough money to go to college here."

Alperen Aksehir

Business Management

 

Topics: Saint Vincent College, Humans of SVC, SVC, Humans of Saint Vincent, college life, college experiences, saint vincent community, small college, Alperen Aksehir, international student

Ryan Carcia

Posted by Thomas Fitzsimmons on Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 03:34 PM

Ryan Carcia

"I never wanted to go to a small school; I had always pictured myself at a big school in the city. I had decided pretty early on that I wanted to go to Pitt, but then the day I was about to submit my deposit, something made me hold off and take a second look at Saint Vincent. I couldn't be happier that I did. 

Two things that really stick out for me are the class sizes that allow you to interact with your professors and just the overall family feeling that the entire community has. There's just so many great people here. By coming to Saint Vincent, I know that I've made the right choice and have made friends that will last a lifetime."

Ryan Carcia
Class of 2019
Computer Science Major 

 

Topics: college life, college experiences, saint vincent community, small college, ryan carcia

Maggie Nelson

Posted by Alexander Byers on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 08:56 AM

Maggie Nelson

"Coming to Saint Vincent was easily the best decision I've made in my life so far. Some of my favorite memories come from playing on the lacrosse team. It's never a dull moment with those girls. Last year on our Spring Break trip to Florida, we had the awesome opportunity to meet and play girls on a club team from Japan. It was so cool to meet girls from another country who shared the same love for lacrosse as us."

Maggie Nelson
Class of 2018

 

Topics: college life, college sports, women's lacrosse, playing lacrosse in college, maggie nelson

Kathleen and Br. Barnabas O'Reilly

Posted by Alexander Byers on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Kathleen and Brother Barnabas O'Reilly

"It's bittersweet to know we are the last of our siblings to be at Saint Vincent. We came here the same year as "freshmen" -- student and monk. Saint Vincent is our home. It is where our family has grown up together, and where we have found extended family. We owe it all to God and are grateful that we get to experience this time in our lives together at such a special place."

Br. Barnabas O'Reilly C'13 
Kathleen O'Reilly C'19

 

Topics: college life, college experiences, br. barnabas o'reilly, saint vincent community, kathleen o'reilly

Tunch Ilkin

Posted by Alexander Byers on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

Tunch Ilkin

“As a former Steeler, there is a lot of pressure at training camp. Coach Chuck Noll was known for his intense camps – it was hard – and we often practiced twice a day. However, everyone from the maintenance staff and those who serve the meals (just everyone) are the most gracious and hospitable people. They treat me better than I deserve. Saint Vincent exudes faith, family and football; you see the love of Christ. It’s great seeing all the monks and my friends. I love coming here.” 

Tunch Ilkin, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle

Topics: Saint Vincent events, Saint Vincent, college experiences, steelers training camp, pittsburgh steelers, dorm life, Tunch Ilkin

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Cristy Marsh

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

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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