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Brian Boosel

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

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“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

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

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

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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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