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Mike Hustava
Communication Major
Class of 2012

I am a Communication major and a Business Marketing minor. Aside from my academic pursuits, I am in my fourth season as a first baseman for the Saint Vincent baseball team. When I’m not in class or at practice, I work as a Student Assistant in the Sports Information Department here at the college. My roles include everything from writing game stories for the school’s website to serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Saint Vincent webcasts. I am also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies.

My favorite thing about the college is the close-knit, supportive community. Everyone from the professors to the staff to the monks wants to see the students succeed in whatever we are pursuing. I love the small class sizes and that our professors know the students by name and develop relationships with us. It’s reassuring to know that any problem we may have, be it in or out of class, our teachers will do anything they can to help us succeed, and that has made my college experience that much better. 

I have had the privilege of being taught by a number of remarkable professors in my four years at Saint Vincent. If I had to pick one professor who I would consider the most influential, it would be Dr. Aupperle. I had him for Protestant Traditions, and he is a person who has seen a lot of different things in his lifetime and shares his experiences with the class. Dr. Aupperle tells it like it is, to use an old cliché, and the life lessons he shared with the class were just as valuable as the course material itself. 

My favorite class would have to be Sports Marketing with Dr. Cline. The class was offered for the first time last fall, and I was very glad I took it. Everything we did was relevant to our sports world today and provided valuable insights into some of the business aspects of sports. I’ve had Dr. Cline for a few other classes and his teaching style and his extensive background made this class, along with the others, a very enjoyable and informative experience.  

As a freshman, things may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you are living on your own for the first time. After the first few days, though, you will be able to settle into a routine and things will be a little bit easier. Also, it is really important to get involved on campus. Whether it is a sport, a club, or a work study position, being involved allows you to meet new people and make a lot of new friends. I really didn’t know anyone when I came to college and, through baseball and my other activities, I have a close group of friends who I am excited to have a relationship with long after we graduate. Overall, just enjoy the time you have here. It seems like just yesterday when I moved into Benny freshman year and now I am only a few months away from graduating. These four years were extremely fast but I would not trade them for anything because Saint Vincent has been a fantastic experience. Enjoy It and Have Fun!