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Honors student talks Einstein with Dr. Mitchell Wayne

Posted by Joseph Marcinik on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 10:10 AM

Recently, I attended Dr. Wayne’s presentation on Einstein within the Hesburgh Lecture Series. The topics spanned various disciplines that Einstein helped to progress, prominently the theories of relativity and the photoelectric effect. Before the lecture, I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Dr. Wayne through a meal. At the meal, we discussed discoveries in astrophysics (e.g. the Big Bang) and some of his research in particle physics. He has utilized data from particle accelerators to progress in his field. We also talked about other, non-physics topics such as the media's role in politics.

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Topics: Hesburgh Lecture, Einstein, Dr. Mitchell Wayne, Joseph Marcinik, physics

Thai food and fun with the Honors Program

Posted by Gina Valotta on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Friday night, students in Dr. McMahon’s Honors Systematic Theology I and Dr. Sharbaugh’s Honors First Theology classes gathered for a night of food, fellowship and culture. 

We traveled to Squirrel Hill to eat dinner at Curry on Murray, a Thai restaurant on Murray Avenue.  For some, it was a first-time experience trying Thai cuisine.  We tried dumplings and crab rangoon, and most ordered the classic Pad Thai dish for dinner. We enjoyed an evening getting to know our fellow classmates and professors outside of the classroom while eating delicious food.

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Topics: Student Life, Saint Vincent College, honors program, SVC, Waffalonia, Thai food, friends

A Transfer’s Guide to SVC: Part 2

Posted by Amanda MacMurtrie on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 16:09 PM

If you made it through freshman year and you’re gearing up for Round 2, welcome back!
If you’re setting foot on campus this fall as a seasoned veteran, I salute you.
And if you’re a senior, I’ve got nothing but love and respect for you.

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Topics: Campus Life, Campus Ministry, Saint Vincent College, Transfer, Amanda MacMurtrie, SVC, friends

Campus Full of Kids

Posted by Adrianna Workman on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 @ 12:08 PM

Believe it or not, summer at Saint Vincent College is not just for summer classes, business hours and Steelers Training Camp. Starting in May and running through June and July we have a slew of children’s camps ranging from sports to religion. We regularly host camps that include lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, soccer, youth groups, challenge camp and crossroads. These camps are each attended by anywhere from approximately 30–200 children who are ready to experience life on a college campus. Younger children might come just to enjoy their certain activity, while older kids may be considering Saint Vincent as a future home. No matter the camp or the reason, Event and Conference Services makes sure that these kids have a safe, fun learning experience that they can be excited to tell their friends about when they get home.

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Topics: Campus Life, sports camps, summer camps, youth groups, Adrianna Workman, Summer

A Fantasy Come True

Posted by Adrianna Workman on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 12:07 PM

As you may know, Saint Vincent College is home to The Pittsburgh Steelers and has been since 1966, thanks to Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney. Not only do we host Steelers Training Camp every year, but Men’s Fantasy Camp and Women’s Training Camp as well. These camps are a lot of fun for anyone who is a Steelers fan. Men and women get the opportunity to go through training camp similar to what the Steelers go through on the exact fields they use. Former players and coaches make appearances, the participants grow to become friends, they get a great workout and experience a day in the life of a Steeler. Event and Conference Services recently coordinated the men’s camp, while the women have their turn at the beginning of August.

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Topics: Steelers, Pittsburgh, Event and Conference Services, Women's Training Camp, Adrianna Workman, Men's Fantasy Camp

Working for Event and Conference Services

Posted by Adrianna Workman on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

Being that this is my very first blog, it took me some time to figure out where to start and where to go once I did start. After a few tries and complete blanks, I will start here… 

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Topics: internship, Event and Conference Services, New Evangelization, Adrianna Workman, Summer

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.

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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. 

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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!

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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!

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

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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.


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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.

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