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A Season of Change




Sources of Inspiration

On Prayer

Important Classes

Waiting to Be a Leader

Popular Culture and Research

Why I Love to Teach

Learning and Trumpet Improvisation

New Year’s Resolutions

Ebenezer Scrooge: A Case Study in Immoral Management

Interactions During COVID-19

Chilling Stories of Saint Vincent College for Halloween

Myths about Operational Excellence

Reflections on an Early Start to the Semester

Who Do You Trust?

Ready To Rule: What Makes A Good Leader?

Top Reasons Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Pursue Your Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence at Saint Vincent College

Lenten Reflections During COVID-19

The Goodness of People

Recognizing Performance Helps Keep Gotham City Safe

Operational Excellence in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe

Santa Claus Practices Operational Excellence

What Keeps You Here

Follow Your Passion

Lifelong Learning

The Summer of A Touring Musician

Self-Efficacy and “The Little Engine That Could”

The Importance of Liberal Arts Education

Miracles in the Workplace

Problem Solving: Start at the Source

Writing “The Generation Myth:” Concerns of an Author

Teamwork, Collective Memory and Jethro Tull

The Research Process

Finding Balance to Decrease Stress

The Importance of Theory

What Makes a Good Employee?

What Makes a Good Manager?

Learning through the “Movie Club” Approach

Experiencing Different Cultures

Decision-Making and Complexity

Jurassic World and Real-World Organizations Face Constant Ethical Dilemmas

Don’t Know What Career You Want? That’s Okay!

Taking Tests

Recommended Books

Linking Class to Life

The Joys of Research

The Truth about Servant Leadership

Citizenship Behaviors Benefit You, Me and Us

Why Organizational Culture is Important

The Role of Experts

The Importance of Heroes

Sailing the Seven Seas of Management

Combating Workplace Drama

Why Work: Money or Vocation?

The Challenges of Being an Introvert

Three Paradoxes of Organizational Leadership

Teamwork in Your Life and in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Understanding the Context of Leadership – Advice from Classic Country and Jazz Musicians

Forget Social Media … Get Connected with a Professional Organization

Goals Can Guide Your Career in the Direction You Want

My Favorite Time of Year

All Is One

Can Creating Space for Relaxation, Reflection and Mindfulness Help You Become More Productive?

The Key to Workplace Success

A Summer Sky Full of Planets

Will Recent College Graduates Face Intergenerational Warfare at Work?

The Saint Vincent Approach to Graduate Business Education - What is Operational Excellence?

The Saint Vincent Approach to Graduate Business Education - Why Do We Offer an MSMOE?

The Use of Popular Culture in Business Education

Fear, Courage and The Walking Dead

Are my students ready to save the tiger?

Star Wars - The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Doing Fly Like a Bird

Do You Believe in Alien Megastructures?

Harvest Moon Lunar Eclipse – Sunday, September 27th

Laudato Si' and Me (and US)

How to Find a Woodpecker Nest

Spring means it's time to go mist netting

Remembering Laura Wilkinson

Open books, Open nets, Forward Directions

Is Fasting A Thing of the Past?

Flying like a Bird Underwater

My guest speaker is named Dr. Fish but she cares for birds. Go figure.

Why Blue Jays play with their food.

Serving others while on sabbatical

Epiphany Party

I Called it Woodpecker Underwear

I highly recommend this student...

A professor's turn to get evaluated

A Sabbatical to Study Woodpeckers

Pittsburgh Dad | Digital Culture

Should we be like Doubting Thomas?

On St. Benedict and Bees

On Breaks and Vacations

Faith and Reason Epiphany Party

The Monastery Run Improvement Project Video Project

Communication Careers | Tessa Winkler

Communication Careers | Jared Bundy

Training Camp Preparations | Media Events

Follow-up on Eddie Coughlan

My Year in Video

Application Deadline this Friday!

Early Literacy Quick Clips | Video Production

Bearcat on the Street 3.0 | Advanced Multimedia Production

Communication Careers | Eddie Coughlan

College Credit for our Summer Program

Films in our Catholic College Summer Program

An Introduction to Screenwriting | The Steeltown Writers' Pitch

Fasting Empties Us So That We May Be Filled More Abundantly

Whatsoever Things are True

Wimmer Scholarship | Media Events

Introducing the 2013 Faith and Reason Summer Program

Viral Videos | Intermediate Multimedia Design

About the Authors

Michelle Gil-Montero is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Saint Vincent College. She runs the visiting writers series on campus, oversees the student literary magazine, and serves as guru to aspiring poets on campus. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2007, and she has been on the Saint Vincent faculty since that year. She is an active poet and literary translator from Spanish. She is spending part of the 2016-17 school year travelling to Argentina on a Howard Foundation fellowship and Fulbright grant. 

Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January 2008. Dr. Smetanka has taught courses in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Geology as well as interdisciplinary seminars. He has published scientific research articles in physics and astrophysics journals, numerous conference proceedings and also works in science education reform and the interaction between science, technology and theology.

Jim Kellam is an associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and our resident ornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and is taking this semester as a sabbatical. What does that mean? He'll explain in his blog posts.

Dr. Michael J. Urick is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Dr. Urick teaches courses related to organizational behavior, human resources, culture, leadership, diversity, conflict, supply chain, operations and research methods. Professionally, Urick serves on the board of the Institute for Supply Management (Pittsburgh) and belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS. For fun, Urick enjoys music and, since 1998, has led and performed with Neon Swing X-perience, a jazz band that has released multiple albums and toured portions of the US. He enjoys watching movies, is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and also likes to fence.

David Safin, C'00, has been a lecturer in the communication department since the Fall of 2003, and has served in a variety of administrative roles since the summer of 2004. Currently, he teaches multimedia in the communication department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Michael Krom received his Doctorate in philosophy at Emory University in 2007 and is currently the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Vincent. He has authored a book on religion and politics and continues to publish works in Catholic moral and political thought. Dr. Krom also directs the Faith and Reason summer program every summer. 

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