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Humans of SVC

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

Marion Emerson

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 02:26 PM
Humans-of-SVC-Marion-Emerson.jpgStudying abroad has taught me to appreciate the world that I live in. The world is so big, and we have the opportunity to dwell, enjoy, and explore everything it has to offer us. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad twice as a student of Saint Vincent College. Through both of my international traveling experiences (Mexico and Iceland) I have been blessed to gaze upon some of the beautiful wonders that God has placed in the world. I will be forever grateful to the people who helped and encouraged me to study aboard. Life is too short to limit ourselves, we deserve to be happy.

Russell Clark

Posted by Cindy Hoffman on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 02:29 PM

 Russell-Clark-Humans.jpgI'm Russell Clark, a communication major, class of 2019.  I’m actively involved in the Bearcat B.E.S.T. program. I got involved in the program by chance fall semester when I was looking for a work-study position. I work with the Bearcats every day and it is one the most rewarding and greatest things I have ever done in life. I am a job coach Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday I am a teaching aide. One of the greatest joys I get from working with the Bearcat B.E.S.T students is funny stories and things they share with me. They always find a way to make me smile.

Shawn Burick

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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“I gave 110% to the military and now I give 110% to my studies at Saint Vincent College. Please know that I have shown you my communications commitment to excellence.”
-Shawn Burick, communication major and 25-year U.S. Army combat veteran, during a presentation detailing his work with communication equipment on deployment. Shawn’s assignments took him around the world from the U.S. to combat missions in Korea, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.

Topics: communication, service, Alexander Byers, Shawn Burick, military, Army, veteran

Lou Tate

Posted by Thomas Fitzsimmons on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
“I’ve always had this dream to travel and explore the history of my faith. Saint Vincent has provided me the opportunity to go above and beyond those dreams, and make them a reality. I wasn’t really sure what to expect upon entering the Vatican, but when I went in, I was lost for words. Having Mass with the Pope, seeing thousands of people from all over the world in the same place and giving praise to God was more powerful than anything I could possibly imagine. This experience gave me so much reassurance that this world will never lose its faith in Jesus Christ.” 
-Lou Tate, junior, business management major

Topics: Italy, Pope Francis, Rome, Vatican City, Mass, Lou Tate

Olivia Cerniglia

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 12:00 PM


“As a little girl, I would attend Steelers Training Camp every summer with my family. It became a family tradition that I looked forward to as July transitioned to August. My family would ask me if I could see myself attending Saint Vincent College to pursue an education someday, and I had not given it much thought until it was time to make a game-time decision. I have always been a city girl at heart, but visited a number of large state institutions and smaller private colleges. The last school I decided to visit was Saint Vincent, and I knew in my heart that the search for a school was over. Well, that someday turned into today, where I have never questioned that game-time decision. If somebody had told that little girl that she would attend Saint Vincent when she grew up, she probably would not have believed it ... and now she could not be happier to be a Bearcat.”

-Olivia Cerniglia, C'19 

Topics: Steelers, Saint Vincent College, Olivia Cerniglia, training camp

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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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