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May 2016
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Class Agents Needed

Are you in the graduate years ending in 6 or 1s? (2016, 2011, 2006 etc.) If you are, and would like to help plan your class reunion as part of this year's Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend, please contact Shawn Gouch by email or call 724-805-2568. Your help is appreciated!
Greetings, Bearcat Community!

Our 13,500 plus alumni play a significant role in the rich history and heritage of Saint Vincent allow our community to spotlight our time and attention into developing a brighter future. 

We revel in you and your accomplishments, as well as those of our "alumni-to-be." In the upcoming weeks, the Class of 2016 takes the steps necessary to venture into this world. Saint Vincent College has provided opportunities for them to expand their capacity and to create the results they truly desire. The dedication, motivation, education and abilities our students have nurtured over the past four years at SVC that will propel them into successful careers and lives outside of Saint Vincent. No matter where life takes you, there will always be a place for you here at Saint Vincent College.

The Alumni Office has also been busy planning events for this summer! On June 3, our 59th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Outing is a great opportunity to take advantage of beautiful weather with your fellow Bearcats! For the Prepsters, the Prep Alumni Picnic will take place on June 11 at Pleasure Acres Farm! Also, baseball season is upon us, G.O.L.D. members, Bearcat Nation is heading to PNC Park on July 26 to catch the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Seattle Mariners! 

Keep your eyes on the up-coming eNewsletter for more information about these and yet to be scheduled events. 

Until next time,

Director of Alumni Relations

Kevin Barnett, Kristine Wurst, C'07, Dante Hurst and John Wojtila, C'07 attended the Washington, D.C. event on Monday, April 25, 2016  at the University Club.    
On April 24, Fr. Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B. hosted alumni and friends for a Mass and brunch at Saint Benedict Parish in Baltimore, Maryland.
Alumni and Friends Golf Event
Please join us for the Saint Vincent College Alumni
and Friends Golf Outing on Friday, June 3, 2016. We're
back at Champion Lake and the Latrobe Elks Club.  The event's $95 per person  registration includes 18 holes of golf, greens and  cart fees, a commemorative gift, dinner, beverages  and more. Contact the Alumni Office for more information at 724-805-2568.

Thursday, May 5;  3-5 p.m.
SVC Baseball vs. University of Pittsburgh Greensburg (PA)
Athletic Fields -Baseball Field
Thursday, May 5; 10:30 a.m.
Life Series Event 
Saint Vincent College, Fred M. Rogers Center
Saturday, May 7 
Friday, May 13; All day event
SVC Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field 
Allegheny College (PA)
Saturday, May 14; 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Alumni Council Meeting
Placid Hall Foundations Room
Friday, May 20; 6-9 p.m.
History Dinner Theater
Fred M. Rogers Center Banquet Room A/B
Friday, May 27; 8-10 p.m.
Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center
Friday, June 3; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Alumni and Friends Golf Outing
Latrobe Elks Golf Club and Champion Lakes Resort


Friday, July 8
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala
Sept. 23-25 
2016 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Sports Shorts



Second Annual Stand by Steve Stanton Golf Classic will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Lulu Country Club in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  This event honors the memory of Stephen P. Stanton, C'13, and raises money for the Stephen P. Stanton Memorial Foundation. Steve was an incredible musician, he was an arts adminstration major at SVC and part of the Singers group. The foundation raises money for high school students who have a passion for the musical arts. For more information click here.
Alumni Quick Hits
Click here for:  Transcript / To update address / Award Nomination Form / Alumni Grant
Click here: for SVC Review Student Newspaper
Click here for: Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics 
and Computing Newsletter
Click here for: School of Humanities and Fine Arts Newsletter
Click here for: Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government  Newsletter

Click here for: School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education Newsletter
Click here: Alumni Grant Recommendation Form


Help Students Find Summer Internships and Graduates Find Jobs!

Do you know about summer internships or jobs? Is your company hiring? If you or your company offer summer internships or you know of job openings that would help new graduates, or if you would like to recruit on campus, please contact the Career Center director, Courtney Baum, or call 724-805-2070.

In the News
Saint Vincent College Breaks Ground on $4.5M Science Hall
The $4.5 million James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall will be on the west side of the Dupré Science Pavilion on the college campus near Latrobe and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2017. Read More in TribLive.
Saint Vincent's Gallery, Concert Series Director Savors Arts Immersion
Ann Holmes of Cook Township could be described as a modern-day Renaissance woman. Read More in TribLive.
Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Celebrates 225 Years
From modest beginnings as a simple log structure to its current status as the centerpiece of the Saint Vincent College campus, the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish celebrated a 225th anniversary celebration. Read More in TribLive.

The Parish celebrated on Saturday April 30 with a special 225 anniversary Mass with Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia presiding and preaching the homily. Mass was followed by a community wide anniversary dinner in the Robert S. Carey Center.  Bishop Edward C. Malesic, JCL o f Greensburg offered remarks.
Campus Happenings
Helena M. Shoplik Named 2016 Winner of SVC President's Award  
Helena M. Shoplik, a  psychology major and  children's studies minor from Pittsburgh, has been named the 42nd annual winner of the President's Award, Saint Vincent College's highest student honor, presented to the member of the graduating class who best embodies what the Catholic Benedictine, liberal arts college  values in its students - outstanding academic achievement  student leadership and community service.   Read More.  
William R. Thomas, C'00 Speaks at Honors Convocation

William R. Thomas, C'00, center, a Saint Vincent College graduate who is executive director of advisory services for Ernst and Young and a former community activist in Pittsburgh, was the main speaker at the annual spring honors convocation. Read More.
SVC Honors Dr. Michael Urick, C'04, with Quentin Schaut Faculty Award 
Dr. Michael Urick, C'04, assistant professor of  management and director of the  master of science in management: operational excellence (MSMOE) program in the Saint Vincent College  Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, was honored with the presentation of the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award at the Saint Vincent College Spring Honors Convocation on April 20 in Saint Vincent Basilica.  Read More.
Dr. Vernica Ent Honored with the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award
Dr. Veronica Ent Honored with Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award
Dr. Veronica I. Ent , associate professor and chairperson of  education  and graduate program director in the Saint Vincent College  School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education , was honored with the presentation of the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award at the Saint Vincent College spring Honors Convocation.
Read More.
Longtime Saint Vincent Employee
Larry Hendrick, center, director of the facilities management office, was honored with a Saint Vincent College Student Government Association Award at the college's spring honors convocation. Read More.
SVC English Professor Wins Howard Foundation Fellowship  
Michelle Gil-Montero, associate professor of  English at Saint Vincent College in the  School of Humanities and Fine Arts, is one of nine recipients of a $33,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation. The fellowships are awarded for the 2016-17 academic year in the fields of literary translation, literary study and creative nonfiction. Gil-Montero will use the grant to continue her project on the first translation of poetry by Argentine writer J. C. Bustriazo Ortiz. Established in 1952 at Brown University, the Howard Foundation annually awards approximately 10 fellowships to early and mid-career recipients who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. The fellowships provide artists and scholars in the creative arts and critical studies with time to complete their work.
Transit of Mercury
There will be an observation of the transit of Mercury (Mercury passing directly between the Earth and the Sun) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Monday, May 9 (weather-permitting).  A few telescopes will be set up to watch the silhouette of Mercury (small black dot) move across the disk of the Sun. Since Mercury orbits the Sun every 88 days, there are plenty of opportunities for transits. However, because an exact alignment doesn't happen each time, it is typically 10 years between transits. The next time a transit like this will be visible from Latrobe will be 2032.
Saint Vincent College Easter Ball a Big Success
On behalf of the student scholarship awardees, thank you to everyone who attended, donated to and volunteered for the Saint Vincent College Easter Ball held on Saturday, April 2, 2016!  It was an evening of food, friends and fun supporting the Father Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B., Scholarship Fund. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Summer Theatre Gala Co-Chairs Announced

Artistic director Greggory Brandt, right, greets Karl and Carmen Eisaman, who will serve as chairpersons for the 27th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala on Friday, July 8. A festive evening of gourmet food, fellowship and professional theatre are planned, featuring   COLE: An Entertainment Based on the Words and Music of Cole Porter . R & L Development Company and First Commonwealth Bank will again be the presenting co-sponsors. Tickets are $125 per person. All proceeds benefit the Theatre Program at Saint Vincent. To receive an invitation or obtain further details, phone 724-805-2901.
Megan Matich

Megan Matich

On April 16, three Phonathon students were awarded the Paul A. Murray, Jr. Telethon Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes three accomplished student callers in the Saint Vincent College Phonathon. The Scholarship was created in the name of the late Paul A. Murray, Jr., P'46, C'50. Each year, the awards are presented by Paul's son and daughter, Jay P. Murray, III, C'79, and Christine Praksti.

For the 2016/2017 academic years, Jessica Radicic, a sophomore Psychology major, Elizabeth Ross, a junior Biology major and Charlyne Adams, junior Criminology major were awarded the Paul A. Murray, Jr. Scholarship. 

The Scholarship dinner was attended by (left to right) Joe Rubino, C'50, Michael Praksti, Christine Praksti, Jessica Radicic, C 18, Emily Keiser, C'14, Charlyne Adams, C 17, Elizabeth Ross, C 17, and Jay P. Murray, III, C'79. 
Bendel's Corner

Have you ever had a meeting with someone anticipating a particular result that was completely turned around midway through the conversation?  Well, recently I chatted with one of our alumni at lunch expecting no more than a recall of his history as a student and love of Saint Vincent. This individual was certainly not wealthy, but as the exchange moved forward it was clear that he had more on his mind than recalling his days at the college. Because of the opportunity given to him to attend by the Benedictines, he humbly and graciously presented me with a modest gift to the General Scholarship Fund. 
A conversation that began with one possible outcome led to a gift that could just possibly transform the life of a current student at the college. If you believe that only large gifts can make a difference in the lives of our students, note that gifts of any size can likewise be meaningful.
If you would like to talk about your legacy gift to the college, don't hesitate to call me.  There is some young man or woman whose life may be altered forever by that thoughtful moment. 

Thanks for the consideration!  If you haven't yet, please take time to visit our  planned giving page .

Thanks for all you do!