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Humans of SVC

Ryan Carcia

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


"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

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"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


"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


“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

Sammie Coates

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

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“Training Camp at Saint Vincent reminds me of being back in college and living in a dorm room. I’m from a small town so being here also reminds me of home. There are great people all around campus including the helpers and staff who are nice, polite and take care of you — it makes camp a lot easier. It’s a great place to be and to walk around and clear your mind.” 

Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver

Topics: Saint Vincent events, Saint Vincent, college experiences, steelers training camp, pittsburgh steelers, dorm life, sammie coates

Taylor Millslagle

Posted by Alexander Byers on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 @ 09:26 AM


"Until I started playing rugby, I never legitimately realized I could do anything if I put my mind to it. I was hesitant to join the team, simply because I had a difficult time convincing myself that I was capable of partaking in such a physically and mentally demanding sport. Eventually, I mustered up enough courage to go to a practice, and ever since then, I never looked back. I have not only learned the skills that it takes to be a successful player, but the sport has supplied me with empowerment, confidence and discipline. My team is the most powerful group of girls I know, and I know I have found lifelong friends in them all. I can confidently say I am the happiest I've ever been, and I know my teammates, coaches and the sport itself has helped me achieve that, along with all of the other wonderful people I've met here.”

Taylor Millslagle, C’19

Topics: college life, college experiences, saint vincent students, team, Taylor Millslagle, rugby

Mariana Kuo and Leah Fertal

Posted by Alexander Byers on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

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"Saint Vincent continues to be a place that provides wonderful opportunities! I had a great first year here and am so excited to be working for the Steelers! Here we go Steelers!"

Mariana Kuo and Leah Fertal

Topics: college life, mariana kuo, college experiences, leah fertal, saint vincent students, steelers training camp

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

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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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