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SVC Means Serving the Community

Posted by Sadie Stresky on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 @ 16:12 PM


In honor of #GivingTuesday, I wanted to take a few minutes to write about my experiences giving back to the community during my time at Saint Vincent.
A great thing about SVC is that EVERYONE gives back at some point! You don’t have to be in a club specifically geared toward community service, because if you’re involved in a club, a sport, or even a class, you bet you’ll have a chance to lend a hand.

Each year in Br. Mark’s art classes, for example, he takes his students to a local senior care home for an afternoon of sketching the residents’ faces. It’s a lesson in drawing fundamentals, but more importantly, it’s a chance to be a friend to senior citizens – some of which rarely receive visitors of their own. I had the chance to go with my drawing class a few years ago, and I’m glad I did! The residents were so appreciative of our visit (and were very polite even when our drawings didn’t quite look like them…). The students enjoyed it, too.

I’ll always remember my semester-long service-learning project in Dr. McMahon’s First Theology class, the service activities we planned in Alpha Phi Omega, and everything in-between.  Each was a rewarding experience in its own, unique way.


Sporting my first creation for a club that made hats for cancer patients

Now that I’m out of school, it’s even easier to see that giving back is woven into Saint Vincent’s core. I like knowing I can still make a difference in small ways by offering career advice to current students and picking up when Phonathon calls. I want students to have the same opportunities I was fortunate enough to have at SVC!

How do you like to give back?

Topics: alumni advice, Sadie Stresky, community service

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Jessica Kennedy

My name is Jessica Kennedy. I graduated from SVC in 2012 with a dual major in accounting and business management with a minor in international business. While at SVC I was on the swim team as well as being involved in SGA and SAAC. I am currently the Assistant Director of Business Affairs at the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, where I reside with my dog, Zoey. I also own my own photography company, KennedyPhotographyCo, where i display and sell my prints on Etsy. I still swim and have also taken up running and have ran over six half marathons in the last three years. 

Elizabeth Sosko

My name is Elizabeth Susko, and I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College (mathematics major with a secondary education certification). After Saint Vincent, I moved away and became a high school Math teacher in the Northern VA area. I couldnt imagine being where I am today and I hold some of that journey to being a Bearcat.  Cant wait to share my daily adult life (post-undergrad) experiences with you!

Megan DePrimio

Hello there! My name is Megan DePrimio, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College (communication major and English minor). I also have a master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After grad school, I became an athletics marketing intern at the University of Notre Dame and I now work in Development. Every day I am amazed at the path I have been on since I was a young Bearcat. Even the planner in me couldn’t have forecasted this journey! Happy to be here. 


Allyson Lambert graduated from Saint Vincent in December 2013 with a degree in finance. She currently works in the Financial Leadership Development (FLD) Program at PPG Industries in Reno, Nevada.