LATROBE, PA – Alaina Dorazio, a junior biology major and native of Derry, Pennsylvania, has been reelected to the position of vice president of the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board for 2021.
A graduate of Derry Area High School, Dorazio will now hold the position of Executive Board vice president for a second consecutive year. Though her first term in office was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, she remains passionate about the importance of SGA and is determined to be an advocate for the Saint Vincent College student body.
“My first year as vice president definitely didn’t go the way I expected it to,” she said. “In spite of everything, I worked as hard as I could to listen to and provide for the students of Saint Vincent. I decided to pursue this position again because I’m very passionate about the work that SGA does, and I love working with students to enhance campus life.”
Along with her role in SGA, Dorazio is also vice president of Saint Vincent’s American Medical Student Association, a member of both the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society, serves as a work-study student in the Liberatore Human Anatomy Laboratory and will work as a teaching assistant for Fr. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology, during the spring 2021 semester.
During her college search, Dorazio was struck by the close-knit atmosphere of the Saint Vincent community, while she was also impressed with the success and experiences of students in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.
“The first thing I noticed about Saint Vincent was the family atmosphere,” she recalled. “I loved the sense of community and togetherness while touring Saint Vincent. I was also very drawn to the science program, and I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather be.”
During her second term in office, Dorazio hopes to be able to help her fellow students continue to successfully navigate through all of the ever-changing circumstances posed by the pandemic.
“Now that we’ve begun adjusting and continue to become more knowledgeable about our current situation and how it affects the students and campus life,” she said, “my biggest goal is to be able to provide Bearcat Nation items and host events in any capacity I can. For the executive board and SGA as a whole, I want to see us continuing the great work and service examples set by the previous executive board and senators.”
Dorazio, who plans to attend medical school following her graduation from SVC, is the daughter of Joseph and Judi Dorazio of Derry and has two siblings, Ava and Jarrett. She is an active member of the Latrobe United Methodist Church.