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SVC: The Full Package

Posted by Maura Snyder on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 @ 15:04 PM

Hi Neighbors! 

Maura here! I wanted to talk a little bit about my research experience at Saint Vincent. When I chose to be a psychology major, I knew that I would have to go to grad school if I wanted any of the cool psych jobs ;) But when I decided to go to a small liberal arts college, I had so many people tell me that I wouldn't get the same research experience that I would at a big university and this would leave me behind when it came time to apply for grad school.

Well, the time to apply to grad school is quickly approaching (I will start applying in the fall. Yikes!), and I am so happy to say that they were wrong. Last March, I presented my psychology research methods project at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference in Philadelphia (everyone in my Research Methods class was accepted to present at this conference)! Presenting at one conference is great for a resume, but little did I know that I would have the opportunity to present at two more conferences this year. Over spring break, I presented my psychology thesis at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference in New York City, and just last weekend I presented my senior Fred Rogers Scholars research project at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Conference in Baltimore. 

I went to EPA with 16 other psychology students and three psychology faculty. Going on this trip really brought all of us together as a psychology family. Getting to engage with your professors outside of the classroom makes them much less intimidating :) 

The trip to the ECA was just me, my research partner and fellow Fred Rogers Scholar Julianne Bartko, and our adviser Dr. Jessica Harvey. We were the first group from SVC to ever go to ECA, and we even came home with a very unexpected top poster award! I think this speaks volumes to the quality of research that can be done in a not-so-typical research environment :)

I am so glad that I chose to come to Saint Vincent. SVC provides a perfect union between the small college environment and a research university. Saint Vincent has allowed me to combine my interests in psychology and communication and really cater my classes and workload to reflect my interests in both fields. This is such a unique experience that I am so grateful for. I even had the opportunity to apply for an A.J. Palumbo research grant for both conferences. Because I got the Palumbo grant, all of my travel costs (excluding food) were covered. Saint Vincent is providing amazing experiences to its students and truly preparing them for post-grad life. 

Long story short, Saint Vincent is the full package. SVC provides individualized attention to its students not present at larger universities but it still provides that valuable research experience. 

Please enjoy some pictures from both conferences below! 

Thanks for reading! 



All 16 students and three faculty members who went to EPA 2016.


Me and my poster at EPA.

IMG_3252.jpgJules, Dr. Harvey and me at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.


Jules and me at our poster.


We weren't excited at all to win one of three top poster awards ;)


Topics: communication, Saint Vincent College, Fred Rogers Scholars, Maura Snyder, Psychology, research

A Night at the Symphony

Posted by Kaitlyn Thomas on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 16:03 PM


I sometimes listen to classical music when I study. My sister is a musician, and I attend her concerts here and there. But, I can’t recall a time where I’ve chosen to go to a professional concert outside of some class or other obligation. It’s not like I don’t enjoy music or its benefits; I’ve just never had a chance to go. That changed for me after the Honors Program took a trip to the Pittsburgh Symphony. 

When we arrived at Heinz Hall, our group was ushered in through several sets of ornate doors that led into a beautiful lobby. Grand columns surrounded us. Gold adornment was everywhere we looked. One of us made the comment that it looked like the grand staircase from the Titanic. The venue looked like it was out of a movie, which was ironic since the theater had been previously used as a movie theater before the Symphony claimed home to it.

IMG_2660.jpgOur tour guide showed us around the lobby, before taking us outside to a small courtyard. A sculpture was the centerpiece of the courtyard, with a fountain acting as part of its display. The city skyscrapers acted as backdrop, but seemed so far away because the courtyard was so peaceful. Even the sounds of the city: the cars, the buses, the people walking, seemed distant and quieter than they had all afternoon.

We were shown back inside and taken upstairs. There were two large chandeliers at the very top of the stairs. A small balcony took you a little closer to them. Intricate details were in every piece of the chandelier. Between some of the lights, she pointed out that there were faces: they appeared to guard over the whole theater. From our place at the top of the stairs we could see that there were more rooms to the lobby. There were more chandeliers and mirrors. Windows that looked like archways lined the perimeter. Every few feet there was another space to look down at the rest of the large room. Intricate gold lined the walls and the ceiling. The design looked almost like a cathedral.

By this point, we were starstruck by the beauty and elegance of the hall. We were taken to the balcony section and led inside. A bass player was practicing for that night’s performance. Even alone, it was beautiful music. Large lights lined the outside of a large circle on the ceiling. More gold decorations lined the walls. The largest gold pieces were above the box seats in the theater. They appeared almost like a throne above the boxes, but instead drew your attention toward the stage, instead of the people sitting in the boxes.


After several breathtaking minutes inside the hall, we were ushered out of the theater and into a hallway. The walls just before the hallway were covered in a pattern that almost looked like wallpaper, with displays showcasing the musicians we would hear in just 90 minutes. We were taken into one of the boxes. The stage felt so close; I felt like I could just reach out and touch it. Two musicians had begun practicing with the bass player I mentioned before. Together they sounded more incredible, and the sound was so rich from where we were sitting. The sides of the stage were lined with gold leaf decorations you could only see up close. We sat listening to the musicians for several moments, not wishing to leave. I didn’t think the hall could get any better from where we were sitting in those moments. I was wrong.


We moved through a hallway to the backstage of the theater. People were rushing around, and musicians were preparing backstage. There was an opening where the musicians entered that we couldn’t help looking through. Looking at the entirety of the hall was another experience in and of itself. I couldn’t imagine looking at that view every week and still being able to play. The ambiance from the backstage seemed to filter the view of the venue perfectly. Lights highlighted some of the decorations on the base of the balcony that we hadn’t been able to see previously. The intricacy of the handiwork was evident from the instant we saw it.

IMG_2684.jpgWe walked through several other parts of the backstage. Artifacts from old shows were all around. Even Stormtroopers were there, leaned up against a wall in painting form. Our tour guide told us about the other places we didn’t have time to see: a library of music, practice rooms and a rehearsal space. I could only imagine what they looked like.

As we neared the end of our tour, we were taken to a lower level. The bathroom had a lobby that held old memorabilia and a fireplace. I suddenly felt a little out of place, being in a bathroom that had a lobby. Despite being in a lower level that was beneath the theater, the level of decoration had not decreased. There were fewer gold pieces, but the architecture was no less beautiful. It felt just as intricate and detailed.  

We moved into another room and met one of the musicians, the principal piccolo player for the symphony. She spoke about music as though it were another one of her limbs. Another arm, another leg. She was more than passionate about her craft. The smile on her face when she spoke about the love she had for her job and playing was infectious. She told us about the birth of her daughter in which she and her husband (who also plays for the symphony) scrambled to get their new daughter a passport so that they could bring her to an overseas concert a few weeks later. The concert was one that the Pope would be in attendance for, so they were especially interested in making it for the concert. After several more stories and another 20 minutes, she needed to leave us in order to prepare for the concert. We explored for a few minutes before settling in our seats.


The music started. It was a shorter piece, with a guest musician, award-winning violinist James Ehnes. The music felt like it had only gone on for a brief minute or so before it ended. Mr. Ehnes gave a fantastic solo at the end. The music was mesmerizing; my eyes never left the stage. The music swept me away. The next piece, a concerto, was much longer. But, even after 40 minutes of music, it felt like no time had passed. I felt completely at peace while they played. Everything was in sync. The movement of the bows, the brass trumpets.

A few times I pulled myself away from the stage; it was fascinating to see how everyone else was just as enthralled as I was. Someone was moving along to the music, moving as much as one could when stuck in his or her seat. Others moved their hands to the rhythm. Others just stared, clearly engaged, but unable to move. Every time the music ended, people throughout the theater would jump up from their seats to give a standing ovation. Each time I felt too stunned by the magnificence of the music to immediately stand up. There were several people like that. It was like a heartbeat ... the people that would jump up immediately followed a second later by everyone else in the theater. The pulse of the performance seemed to resonate long after the music was over … both at intermission and at the end of the night. The music keeps each moment vivid in my memory. Even our tour of the concert hall is backdropped by the music that was played. I’m so blessed to have had an opportunity like this, and I can’t wait until I can hear the symphony again.

Topics: music, honors program, Kaitlyn Thomas, symphony, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh Symphony

Observation Inspiration: Education at SVC

Posted by Mallory Truckenmiller on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

As a freshman at SVC, I’m a bit of a newbie to the education program and wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from the classes I’ve encountered so far. I knew that because I want to be a high school English and/or Spanish teacher that I was going to start observing middle school and high school classrooms during my field classes, but I never expected how amazing it was going to be!

For those who want to teach, classroom observations can be so unexpectedly awesome. It’s exciting to actually get into the classroom and study the techniques and energies of many different teachers; it’s like you’re collecting little gems of ideas for your future classroom based on what you like and don’t like in the teachers you meet.

Before observations, many people I knew (and maybe even myself) had fooled themselves into thinking they already knew what kind of teaching methods they liked or didn’t like because, hey, we’ve already been watching teachers for the past 12+ years of our lives, right? Nope! It’s surprising how different it is in a high school or middle school classroom when you’re no longer the student.

When I’m in a classroom, I’m not focused on what the teacher is trying to get the students to learn but rather how they’re teaching and how the students respond to their unique methods. It can be a completely eye-opening experience if you allow yourself to be excited by the task of creating yourself as a teacher. I love it! I love seeing passionate teachers and excited students, and I love interacting with both of them.

Now I’m going to be just a little bit cheesy and quote the man behind the Muppets, Jim Henson: “[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” Right now that’s what I’m doing. I’m finding in those classrooms the skills that I want to be a part of me as a teacher; I am building myself. You first have to know what kind of teacher you are before you step into a classroom to teach, and that’s why every class you observe is essential to your growth as a teacher. Right now, I’m not completely sure what kind of teacher I am, but the good news is that I have three more years here to figure it out.


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Topics: Education, Jim Henson, Mallory Truckenmiller, Student Teaching

Exploring the Fred Rogers Exhibit

Posted by Maura Snyder on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Hello Neighbors!

We wanted to tell you about one of the best hidden gems of Saint Vincent - the exhibit at the Fred Rogers Center! It tells the story of Mr. Rogers’ life from the small town boy in Latrobe to becoming one of the most iconic television hosts.  The exhibit moves through Fred's life by showing artifacts and stories relevant to each phase of his life.  There is also a section where you can write a letter to Mr. Rogers. You can see the original puppets, trolley, some sweaters and Daniel Striped Tiger's clock.  There are even some of the original written compositions written by Fred himself.  Also, have fun with the interactive wall of guest stars that contains a picture and a short biography of each star.  The next time you are at the Rogers Center, stop and take a look at the exhibit to learn more about everyone's favorite neighbor!  We hope to see you in our neighborhood soon!

Adam and Maura



Maura's favorite quote and the guest star wall!!!


Some homemade sweaters!


Everyone's favorite residents of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.


The Neighborhood Trolley!


Daniel Tiger's Clock!

Topics: fred rogers, fred rogers center, Maura Snyder, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Adam Burgh, Daniel Tiger

Sixth-Grade Lunch Duty

Posted by Morgan Stout on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 16:02 PM

So, I got to cover 6th-grade lunch today (mind you I don’t know any of these kids because I’ve never covered this lunch before), and this happened:

f3c4920ae29ef204c2f139c6d990ce2cb1e8e4549126373de5684d847bf5402c.jpgA small sixth-grade girl comes bounding, literally bounding, up to me. She’s got a cold sore in the left corner of her mouth, and her arms are just a little too long to fit her torso. They flop at her sides as she runs like she meant to glue her arms in their entirety to her sides, then ran out of glue after finishing just the upper parts. But her eyes were the brightest in the whole cafeteria, and the light made them sparkle just as she jumps and lands in front of me and excitedly asks, “What’s your name?”

Confused, I say, “My first name? That's a secret!”

She cocks her head to the side and matter-of-factly says, “No! Your last name!” As if there was no other name I could possibly have.

“Oh!” I laugh. “I’m Miss Stout! What's your name?”

With even more excitement, she proudly exclaims, “I’m Katie!”

Smiling, I say, “Oh! Hello, Katie! It’s very nice to meet you.”

And then, awkward silence. Katie stares intently at me for a minute, finally saying, “You’re really pretty!” 

Startled, I manage to blurt out, “Why, thank you, Katie! You’ve just made my day!”

And then my co-op, who had been standing next to me this whole time shyly says, “Katie, you've never told me that I'm pretty,” and then feigns a frown.

Katie takes a moment to contemplate this, again cocking her head to the side. Then, she straightens up, smiles and reaches out and pats my co-op on the arm. “You look nice.”

Katie then bounds off to get her pepperoni roll without another word.

Topics: English, Morgan Stout, Lunch Duty, Student Teaching

Cliques on Campus?

Posted by Nicole Sierra Wilson on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

In movies, there are always different groups of cliques that are portrayed. In most cases, there would be the jocks, the nerds, the cheerleaders, the preps, the Goths or even the foreign exchange students all sitting together excluding anyone who doesn't fit the criteria of the group. These same types of cliques can often be seen in high school cafeterias. 
One of the things I thought of when coming to college, was if there was going to be the same type of cliques. I'm in my sophomore year here and I haven't noticed any form of a clique. Besides seeing teammates hanging out or eating dinner together in the caf (one of our dining areas here), there's always a mix of people together! Every time I go to the caf, I see different kinds of friends enjoying each other's company. I think, one of the best parts about SVC is the fact that we can all be super different, but we can still learn from each other. 
They say that college is always going to be different than high school. Yes, the work is harder and yes, the atmosphere is very different. But for me, I thought I would always be with people who are the same as me. Whether it was being with people who acted the same way I did or being with people who enjoyed doing the same things I do, I just always assumed that was the way it was going to be and those are the types of people who I would always be with. In some cases, I find myself being with people who are the total opposite of me and I love it. 
At SVC, it doesn't matter if you're super athletic, love chess, act in musicals or like to sew, there's always going to be a place for you. 


Topics: Campus Life, Sierra WIlson, Cliques, Diversity, SVC, Fitting In

Of Sledding and Rut-dwelling

Posted by Nathan DelMaramo on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 16:01 PM

I don't remember the last time I went sledding. Or rather, I don't remember the last time I went sledding before this past Saturday. Covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, the many slopes of Saint Vincent's campus provide ideal spots for this winter activity. While the heavy snowfall has had a huge impact on the Northeast this past weekend, I would say that Saint Vincent is quite fortunate to have received it without the biting winds that often cut through campus and through even the thickest winter coats.

I've been getting back into the groove of things here at Saint Vincent this semester, which is certainly a good thing. But, like with any good thing, even familiarity can reach the point of excess. As much as I love all of my classes this semester, there comes with academic responsibility a certain routine that develops over time that tries to consistently organize class, work, meals, etc. If students aren't careful, they can easily find themselves in a rut, worn into the ground by their own two feet.

Saint Vincent College - Winter Storm JonasI am a rut-dweller myself. It doesn't take long for me to find the most efficient routes to my classrooms, the best times for me to do my schoolwork (in the most efficient order, no less), and the most convenient ways to fit in that meal I skipped earlier in exchange for some extra sleep. To top it all off, I'm not easily prompted to do things that deviate too much from my routine.

I am incredibly grateful for the weekend's fresh coat of snow precisely because of how inflexible my routine can be. The cold weather provided me with an opportunity to refresh myself by sharing excitement with some friends. And while my fingers may have gone a little numb, the experience left me feeling quite warm.

Students built an altar out of snow for a roadside massThe weather is a great source of opportunity because we can't control it. We can only say, "Okay, here's what we've been given," and then decide how to respond to it. So when you're a group of Catholics on a bus and you're given enough snow to leave you stuck on the turnpike for more than twenty hours, you respond to that snow by making an altar out of it and having Mass on the side of the road (photo credit to Marielle Lafaro, Tweeted by Michelle Ahrens).

What might appear like madness to some people was no doubt an incredibly significant experience to others. It was an opportunity to express courage and even joy. What is bad weather to those whose happiness comes from something greater than their circumstances?

When we take these opportunities to go sledding, or to have Mass on the side of the road, our routines are broken and we are temporarily taken out of our ruts. And we sometimes find that, upon returning to them, something is different. The things we do daily may seem less monotonous and instead more substantial, more beautiful, more significant. I can only imagine what everyday life might look like now to the people who had Mass in the snow.

As the semester goes on, and I continue to work myself into my routine, I hope that I can find those opportunities to grow and to refresh my outlook. I hope the same for all of my fellow students. Through those "out-of-rut" experiences, we can come to appreciate our routine-based lifestyles a little bit more. They are just as important to our everyday lives as the routines themselves.



Topics: Saint Vincent College, Nathan DelMaramo, Breaking Routines, Winter, Sledding, Catholic

A Transfer’s Guide to Saint Vincent College: Part 1

Posted by Amanda MacMurtrie on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Not a day goes by without learning something new. Transfer students know this all too well.

I was blessed to have transferred to Saint Vincent this past fall. But from dorm living and late-night study sessions, to monk sightings and homesickness, there’s a lot to get used to at SVC.

As we settle in for spring, I would like to share a few lessons I’ve learned for a successful, peaceful and exciting semester from one new student to another.

  1. Ask questions! It seems like a little thing, but it’s tough not to feel foolish asking questions all day long. But questions like, “How do I get food in the Shack,” and, “Are there any bathrooms in Alfred?” are important to ask! You can make life a lot easier for yourself by giving up a little pride, making friends with strangers and asking questions!
  2. Be understanding with yourself. Especially if you’re coming from another college where you knew the ropes, it’s easy to be hard on yourself for not knowing how to do something simple or for failing that quiz or feeling awkward in conversation, but really, it’s O.K.! It will be hard. It can be stressful. It might be lonely. But remember – you’re making a transition. Cut yourself some slack when you need it, take care of your body and your mind.
  3. Revel in the little things. Like knowing where all your classes are without checking your schedule or learning how to work the toaster. (Go ahead and laugh, but the cafeteria’s toaster is unlike any you’ve seen before.) It’s a beautiful thing to feel victorious once you’ve mastered the perfect lunch combo, or found the perfect route from the library to Sebastian’s Garden. There are lots of opportunities for simple moments of beauty or fun - stop by the practice rooms in the music hallway and mess around on the piano or just sit and people-watch in Carey. These aren’t big things, but they can add up to some priceless experiences.
  4. You are Benedictine. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, every student has a place at Saint Vincent to grow and learn and live within the Benedictine community. Saint Benedict’s Rule was designed to be universal, to move beyond monastery walls and impact the individual right where he or she is. This is something I’ve learned and come to love. Whether it’s the history of the monks, the spiritual hallmarks or the friendly brothers you encounter on a daily basis, there are so many benefits to going to school on monastery grounds. There’s an atmosphere here that is unlike any other, and you have a place here.
  5. Take your time finding your community. Anywhere you go, there will be tight groups particular to a certain interest. Ski club, Frisbee team or the entire biology major - every good school will have groups that will help you deepen your passions and skills. Saint Vincent is no exception. I’ve found that SVC has a strong bond of community influenced by the monastery next door. It might take a few weeks or even a full semester, but you will find a place. (Without sounding like a Hallmark card,) I encourage you to find a niche where you can be comfortable and truly thrive amid the unique personalities and beautiful people here at Saint Vincent College.

 I still have so much to learn, but these five lessons were hard-won last semester and I am sure they will carry me through the next few weeks. Whether you’re a freshman or a transfer student, I hope you find your place here at SVC!

Happy Tuesday!


Topics: Community, Saint Vincent College, How To, Benedictine, Transfer, Amanda MacMurtrie

New Year, New You?

Posted by Hailey Umbaugh on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 16:01 PM

For many, the dawn of the New Year shines with a bright and hopeful light. The New Year is time to herald in the new beginnings, new challenges, and new hopes, while kicking yesteryear’s bummers to the curb (and don’t cha come back no more, no more).


And as usual, the beginning of a New Year also is accompanied by the creation of New Year’s resolutions. According to the article, “Why We Don’t Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions” about 50% of us attempt some kind of resolution; the most popular being to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking and to get better control of our finances.
Someone might question then, if resolutions are so popular (especially those listed above), why do so many people fail to keep their resolutions? Here is what I gathered from the article:
  • We aren’t ready to change. It’s New Year’s Eve. Inspired by the evening’s rosy glow of promise and excitement, you have told everyone who cares to listen (and even a few who don’t) about your New Year’s Resolution, and how you are going to make big changes in your life (starting tomorrow, of course). Full of hope you watch the ball drop, exchange some celebratory smooches with your fellow partygoers and finally find your way to your bed in the early hours of the morning. However once you wake up, the dewy (and potentially impulsive) promise of change you made last night sounds less than appealing…Maybe next year?
  • We get sucked into the “False Hope Syndrome.” As a culture, we tend to want things on demand. We have little time and (generally) even less patience. This deficiency can affect how realistic our resolutions are. Now, I’m not saying that every resolution that we have ever or will ever conceive will fall into this category, but some of the resolutions we make tend to look better on paper. Making a resolution to work out five hours a day like the pros while trying to balance other life demands like work, school, relationships and the human need to goof off once in a while? To move to a new state in two weeks? To lose 70 pounds in two months? For your sake, health and sanity, you might want to revisit the drawing board.
  • We meet our resolution…and still aren’t happy. This idea can be counterintuitive to what we usually think when we imagine conquering our resolutions. So your New Year’s resolution was to lose 40 pounds in 4 months, and you did it. Congratulations! Most likely, you are on your way to a healthier body and lifestyle. And yet…you are still left wanting. You thought by now you would be more confident and that your personal, social and work life would whip themselves into shape just like you have…but nothing has changed. This feeling of dissatisfaction can be harmful, especially to our motivation to keep making progress. When making resolutions, make sure to address the core of the issues you want to change. Is it really the weight that is bothering you, or is it just a cover for something else (a lousy job, unsatisfying major, etc.)? Be honest with yourself.
  • We are too specific. Many of you probably read this header and asked yourself, “What does that even mean?” This idea can be hard to wrap your head around, as we are often pushed in many facets of our life (in classes, at work, when giving directions, etc.) to be as specific as possible. Yet, when we are too strict in how much of something we want, or how long we have until we reach that want, we often open ourselves up to things like cheating or inflexibility. So when crafting your goal, try to think more broadly, such as focusing on an area of your life instead of a specific part of that area.
Now, I don’t want you walking away from this post thinking, “Well, that’s it, my resolution is doomed from the start!” That is definitely not my intention. These are just some factors to consider when trying to make a change in this New Year, as it can be tough to get/keep motivated (my list of uncompleted resolutions is a lot longer than my completed ones!). So go ahead, make a resolution of getting into college/grad school, getting good grades, attending more than one meeting of that interesting club (I should consider this...), etc. Just remember one of the most important features not mentioned above: don't give up!
What are my New Year’s resolutions, you may (or, more likely, not) be wondering? I am resolving to try something new. And I’m already starting to work on that, as I have never had or been part of a blog before (first post down! Not too bad, I hope?). Good luck to all of you who are also working on your resolutions! You can do it!
Hope and Happiness,

P.S. If you would like to read the article I cited in this post, you can find it here:

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Topics: Psychology, New Year's Resolutions, Hailey Umbaugh

Allow me to introduce myself...

Posted by Morgan Stout on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @ 13:01 PM

Hi there! My name is Morgan. I'm a senior English education major at Saint Vincent (I'll be graduating in May!), and I'll be blogging here for the spring semester! 

I wanted to create this post as a quick hello and to tell whoever reads my blogs a little bit about me. Since you seem like a nice person, I'll give you the SparkNotes version:

potential_short_hair.jpg-I am a huge English nerd (don't look now, but I'm probably silently correcting your grammar). 

-I love mac and cheese more than I should. 

-I'm addicted to buying books. And shoes. And clothes. And makeup. 

-Hobbies include: singing (kind of okayishly), tap dancing, writing, reading, being an overachiever, daydreaming, and poking around the interwebs. 

More to come...


Topics: Education, Senior, English, Morgan Stout, Introduction

About this Blog

On this blog, current students write about everyday life on the campus of Saint Vincent College, a private, liberal arts college located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

About the Authors


Maura Snyder is a junior psychology major, children’s studies minor at Saint Vincent College. A 2013 graduate of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA, Maura came to Saint Vincent with the hopes of studying children’s media. Maura has accomplished this goal through her work with the Fred Rogers Scholars and Incubator 143. Maura is expected to graduate in December 2016, and hopes to continue her education in a Ph.D. program for Child Development. Maura wants to one day work in the children’s media field to help create beneficial media for children.


Adam Burgh is a junior History major with a minor in secondary education. He graduated from Canon-McMillan High School in 2013. At Saint Vincent, he is a research assistant at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media while being a Fred Rogers Scholar. He also serves as a history tutor for the History Department. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with friends and learning as much history as possible!


Morgan Stout is a senior English education major excited (but insanely nervous!) to graduate in May. She is currently student teaching in the Ligonier Valley School District and hopes to one day pursue her doctorate in English and teach at the college level. Morgan enjoys mac and cheese, Game of Thronesand silently correcting your grammar.


Hailey Umbaugh is a junior psychology major with a minor in math. She is a member of the Fred Rogers Scholar and the president of Saint Vincent’s Active Minds chapter, and hopes to begin applying to clinical psychology PhD programs in the fall. When not busy with her school work, Hailey enjoys writing, crafting, and getting lost in books. 


Amanda MacMurtrie transferred to Saint Vincent as a sophomore studying English with a minor in Theology. Transferring to a new school is not the easiest thing in the world, but she is steadily finding a home on this beautiful Benedictine campus. Between enjoying life in community, balancing books for fun and books for class, and finding little corners of beauty, Amanda is discovering a few joys of life at Saint Vincent College.


Nathan DelMaramo is a sophomore philosophy major hoping to grow spiritually and intellectually during his time at Saint Vincent. He works as a camp counselor during the summer, which is the best job he could ever ask for. When not camp counseling or participating in philosophic discussions, Nathan distracts himself by attempting to play the acoustic guitar, playing video games and occasionally breaking out his sketch pad. He hopes that one day he will become the best person he can be.


Sierra Wilson is a sophomore Communication major, management minor at SVC. She graduated from Woodland Hills high school in Pittsburgh, PA in 2014. Currently, Sierra writes for the SVC newsletter and is a part of the Orientation Committee and MADCOMM club here on campus. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for public relations. Her dream job in the future would be to work as a Public Relations specialist for celebrities.


Mallory Truckenmiller is an English and Spanish Education major at Saint Vincent College. She participates in the Education Club, Respect Life Club, and a Language Exchange Program. She is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. In addition, she also enjoys music and plays the flute and piano for local musicals and her church. She is excited to be attending school at SVC and can’t wait to become a teacher.  

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