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Students, Faculty Recognized at Spring Honors Convocation

by Public Relations | May 06, 2021

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LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College presented awards to faculty and students at the virtual Spring Honors Convocation, recorded May 5 in the historic Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.

Michael B. Downey, C'04, principal and vice president of Avison Young Commercial Real Estate's Pittsburgh office, served as commencement speaker. 

Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Saint Vincent College president, presented Mary R. Anand with the President’s Award, the College’s highest student honor, awarded to the member of the graduating class who best embodies the college’s Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college’s values – outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service.

Finalists for the President’s Award included Michael J. Cella, biology major from Pittsburgh (15221); Shae S. Robson, accounting major from Natrona Heights; Julia C. Snyder, English and communication double major from Murrysville; and Moira J. Sullivan, anthropology major from Waldorf, Maryland.

Honored faculty included Dr. Sarah E. Daly, assistant professor of criminology, law and society, who was presented the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, and Thomas D. Octave, associate professor of music, who received the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award.

Kaitlin E. Repp, junior politics major from Gettysburg, was the recipient of the 1968 Fr. Ronald R. Gorka Scholarship.

Student Government Association (SGA) Senior Awards were presented to Kyle X. Wilson of Essex, Maryland; Matthew W. Evans of New Brighton; Mary T. Popp of Arnold, Maryland; Olivia P. Williams of Altoona; and Madeline M. Mutinelli of Greenville. The 2021 SGA Administrator Award was presented to Marisa R. Carlson, assistant dean of studies, while Dr. Jerome Foss, associate professor of politics, was presented with the SGA Faculty Award. Junior biology major Robert Gigliotti, president of SGA, presented the SGA Awards.

Awards for Academic Excellence in the Major Field of Study, recognizing the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in each undergraduate program of study, were given to the following students:

  • Shae S. Robson of Natrona Heights, accounting
  • Moira J. Sullivan of Waldorf, Maryland, anthropology
  • Madison J. Starliper of Chambersburg, art education
  • Thomas A. Syphan of New Florence, biochemistry
  • Michael C. Kardos of Vandergrift, biology
  • Kevin Martin of Canonsburg, business economics
  • Nicholas J. Driscoll of Greensburg, chemistry
  • Elizabeth A. McCormick of Clarksburg, West Virginia, communication
  • Lynn-Marie Vaughan of Beltsville, Maryland, computer science
  • Thomas P. Franey of Bloomingdale, Ohio, criminology, law and society
  • Boehm of Lebanon, cybersecurity
  • Shaye E. Beeman of Somerset, digital art and media
  • Rebekah J. Reist of McKeesport, early childhood education
  • Nicholas S. Srnka of Erie, economics
  • Steven M. Patterson of Butler economics and mathematics
  • Hannah P. Rudy of Ligonier, engineering
  • Julia C. Snyder of Murrysville, English
  • Andrew Scott of Greensburg, environmental science
  • Nicolas G. Williams of Weedville, finance
  • Hannah L. Devine of North East, graphic design
  • Catherine E. Votovich of Woodbridge, Virginia, history and the Student Educator Award for students pursuing a secondary certification
  • Gage M. Smith of Mount Pleasant, information technology
  • Carlee T. Kilgus of Bridgeville, integrated science
  • Alexandra M. Gerstel of Greensburg, international business
  • Maria R. Hood of Luxor, liberal arts
  • Shelley M. Ohler of Greensburg, management
  • Bradley E. Bair of Leola, marketing
  • Caleb D. Bouch of Mechanicsville, Maryland, mathematics/engineering
  • Stephanie A. Cribbs of Irwin, mathematics
  • Nicholas T. Pietrusinski of Monroeville, music
  • Connor R. Thropp of Irwin, physics
  • Jonathan G. Meilaender of Houghton, New York, politics
  • Mary T. Popp of Arnold, Maryland, psychological science
  • Samantha Y. Blevins of Claymont, Delaware, sociology
  • Caroline A. Rooney of Bethel Park, special education
  • Connie G. DiFrancesco of Greensburg, studio art
  • Matthew W. Evans of New Brighton, theology.

Graduate students honored with the Award for Academic Excellence in their Major Field of Study include:

  • Samantha R. Zourelias of Apollo, counselor education
  • Madalyn R. Spittler of Annapolis, Maryland, curriculum and instruction
  • Josymir S. Dieppa of Greensburg, instructional design and technology
  • Courtney W. Patterson of McKeesport, Management: Operational Excellence
  • Alexandra P. Astle of Latrobe, special education. 

The following students have received A.J. Palumbo Student Research Endowment Fund Awards:

  • Jared D. Ackerman of North Huntingdon
  • Mary F. Andreola of Pittsburgh (15236)
  • Alyssa M. Baker of Pittsburgh (15235)
  • Sydney E. Ball of Pittsford, New York
  • Grant S. Bartlow of Mount Pleasant
  • Joshua M. Boland of Pittsburgh (15239)
  • Caitlin A. Bridge of Ligonier
  • Michael J. Cella of Pittsburgh (15221)
  • Sarah E. Centore of Canonsburg
  • Erin R. Choby of Patton
  • Madelyn E. Cornman of Cadogan
  • Phillip A. Costa of Monroeville
  • Nicollae A. Crawford of North Apollo
  • Jacob D. DeSchepper of Ligonier
  • Lauren E. Diamond of Smithfield
  • Liam P. Dixon of O’Fallon, Illinois
  • Juliana C. Donaldson of Windsor Mill, Maryland
  • Alaina J. Dorazio of Derry
  • Lauren N. Dvorchak of Hastings
  • Lauren E. Galbraith of Greensburg
  • Savanah J. Gerstnecker of Volant
  • Jessica A. Gibson of North Huntingdon
  • Robert A. Gigliotti of Pittsburgh (15205)
  • Baylin M. Graham of Fenelton
  • Kolby S. Hanan of Lemont Furnace
  • Adam J. Harbert of Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Taylor L. Hatchet of Reisterstown, Maryland
  • Madison N. Hill of New Kensington
  • Margaret G. Hines of Pittsburgh (15236)
  • Briana A. Huff of Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • Bruce M. Johnson of Warren, Ohio
  • Michael C. Kardos of Vandergrift
  • Lucas R. Kearns of Turtle Creek
  • Rachel A. Keller of Saint Marys
  • William B. Keough of Alexandria, Virginia
  • Andrew R. Klein of Ligonier
  • Catherine A. Kwiat of New Castle
  • Natalie M. Lamagna of Murrysville
  • Zoe E. Leasock of Somerset
  • Grace A. Leonard of Greensburg
  • Isabelle M. Machado of Latrobe
  • Sarah E. Maidment of Avella
  • John M. Martin of Canonsburg
  • Courtney E. Mattucci of Delmont
  • Devon B. McCarty of Hancock, Maryland
  • Benjamin J. Menarchek of Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Adam T. Meneses of Pomona, California
  • Graham W. Merlin of Pittsburgh (15239)
  • Scott L. Meyers of Greensburg
  • Hannah G. Miller of DuBois
  • Sara L. Mills of Strasburg
  • Isabella K. Molinaro of Pittsburgh (15241)
  • Shane J. Moran of Indiana
  • Casey L. Moyer of Robinson
  • Zachary R. North of Bridgeville
  • Madison T. Nuttall of West Newton
  • Andrea N. Pancurak of Monroeville
  • Bertalan P. Papp of Budapest, Hungary
  • Justin M. Paul of Street, Maryland
  • Conrad D. Pearson of Eighty Four
  • Mary E. Person of Latrobe
  • Gabriella M. Petruccelli of Greensburg
  • Noah E. Plappert of Spring, Texas
  • Jennae R. Popelas of Latrobe
  • Mary T. Popp of Arnold, Maryland
  • Evan J. Portman of Export
  • Julie M. Reichert of Lancaster
  • Christopher W. Risnear of Jeannette
  • Emily P. Rohm of Lemont Furnace
  • Joseph T. Rudzinski of Lancaster
  • Rachael M. Schiafone of Ridgway
  • Kaitlyn C. Schiffer of Carlisle
  • Hannah E. Severein of Lancaster
  • Georgia Sherry of Northern Cambria
  • Sofia N. Sicignano of Clinton, Connecticut
  • Abbigail A. Stipcak of Latrobe
  • Moira J. Sullivan of Waldorf, Maryland
  • Connor R. Thropp of Irwin
  • Kelsey M. Tobin of Greensburg
  • Taylor V. Tritapoe of Knoxville, Maryland
  • Abigail G. Uhrinek of Natrona Heights
  • Stephanie Weinskovich of Duquesne
  • Olivia Zulisky of Greensburg.


PHOTO: The 2021 President's Award Finalists. Front, from left to right: Julia Snyder, Moira Sullivan. Back, from left to right: Shae Robson, Mary Anand, Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., and Michael Cella.


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