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Saint Vincent is proud to serve our 12,500 alumni in a variety of ways, from welcoming alumni back to campus, to meeting them at a variety of special events, to cultivating future alumni-our students.


Take time to visit the website, become a fan of our official Facebook page at , our Twitter page at or our Instagram page at to stay up-to-date with the events we have planned for you. 

Whether you graduated more than 50 or 5 years ago, it’s our hope you will find our site informative. Our goal is to keep the format simple and announce upcoming events, as well as provide information and photo galleries on events that have already taken place. Please explore, and share your thoughts and ideas with us and most importantly come back often!

It is no surprise why Saint Vincent continues to move forward in a positive direction, it is a result of you – our Alumni.

If you would like to get in touch with the alumni office, email or call at 724-805-2568.

Shawn Gouch

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Alumni of Distinction and Recent Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Awards

On Friday, Oct. 5, Saint Vincent College will kick-off its Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend festivities by honoring eight individuals with the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Award and one individual with the 2018 Recent Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award. Both awards are among the highest levels of recognition for Saint Vincent alumni.

Each year, Saint Vincent College recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of our institution. This honor illustrates the great Benedictine values of the academic experience and increases the pride alumni, students, staff and faculty have for Saint Vincent College.

The Alumni of Distinction Awardees are selected annually by the Saint Vincent Alumni Council Selection Committee and the awards are presented to alumni with significant contributions to their school, community and/or country in areas including:

  • Professional achievement
  • Church/religious involvement
  • Community/civic involvement
  • Educational achievements
  • Honors or awards
  • Leadership positions
  • Ethical/humanitarian efforts
  • Personal/family accomplishments

The 2018 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients are: Mrs. Jolene H. Bogner, C’88, Atty. Kevin J. Coakley, C’68, Reverend Kevin J. Dominik, S’88, Dr. Peter C. Juliano, C’63, Dr. Frank W. Mocek, C’83, Mr James B. Pieffer C’83, and Dr. Michael A. Polechko, C’68.

The Recent Alumnus Achievement award is given to an alumnus or alumna of the College with accomplishments of significant importance at the early stages - less than 15 years – of his or her career.  The 2018 Recent Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award recipient is Mr. Lloyd M. Cheatom, C’09, C’13.

A full weekend of Homecoming activities is planned in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs Fall Family Weekend. The complete schedule is available at All registrations will be accepted either online or by calling the Event and Conference Services Reservation Line at 724-805-2177.

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From alumni who recently graduated to those who have celebrated their “golden anniversary”, your alumni office staff are here to help keep you informed and involved in ways that are meaningful to you!

Connect with other alums. We sponsor gatherings in various areas throughout the year. Let us know if you’d like to host or help us organize an alumni event, serve on the Alumni Council, to help our students get meaningful internships. To become one of our ambassadors for your location, email

It’s YOUR Homecoming! If you would like to be a class agent, help organize your class reunion, or get involved in the activities each fall, we’d love to hear from you!

Know someone who deserves recognition? Contact us to nominate a deserving alum for an Alumni of Distinction Award, the Prep Hall of Fame, or the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Do you live outside of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region? Help us recruit students from your area. Get involved with admission activities for prospective students and their parents.

Is something new and exciting happening in your life? Send us your news to be published in The Saint Vincent Magazine's Alumni News Section.

Have you moved? Use our site to update your address or change your name.

These are just a few ways we serve our alumni. If we can help you in these or in any other way, please let us know.

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Alumni from the classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011 were recently invited to nominate one of our current faculty members for an excellence in teaching award. We are especially interested in recognizing those faculty members who were important in the development of your professional or personal life. Alumni have a particularly good vantage point to identify those exemplary professors.

Two generous benefactors, the late Tom and Tina Thoburn, established an endowment to annually recognize a Saint Vincent College faculty member with an award for teaching excellence. Based on the nominations we receive from alumni like you, a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff will select the recipient of this year’s Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award. We will present the award during Founders’ Day Convocation in November.

Alumni Spotlightsalumni-spotlights
Amanda Jaber
Amanda Jaber

Pharmacy Student
Class of 2011
"Take the opportunity to succeed at SVC seriously, but don't forget to have fun as well."

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    I graduated from SVC in three years, and now I am attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After obtaining my PharmD, I hope to pursue a residency and practice as a Clinical Pharmacist. I am from Beaver County, only a little more than an hour away from SVC, but I currently live in Oakland, Pennsylvania.

    My favorite things about SVC socially would have to be all of the activities that were constantly at our disposal. There was so much to do; I never found myself bored. Another really great part about the social life at SVC is that because it is so small, you get to know people on a really personal basis. Some of the relationships I have forged in my time there will be with me for the rest of my life. Academically, I couldn’t be happier that I chose St. Vincent. The high level of instruction that I received in my time there not only taught me how to think critically and problem solve, but also prepared me for the next step more than I could have ever imagined. I owe St. Vincent for the success that I am having now in my graduate program.

    All of the homecoming festivities were always very fun as a student. One of the coolest things to witness and be a part of was the building of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. I spent countless hours in both the old and new buildings, and it was fascinating to see the change. Now science students at SVC finally have the top-notch facility to match the education that they are receiving.

    The biggest tip that I have for freshman would be for them to take the opportunity to succeed at SVC seriously, but don’t forget to have fun as well. The time is gone before you know it!

James D. Bendel

Class of 1960
“The Benedictine Mission has been a strong part of my life. There is no question that ‘the journey through life to the ultimate end’ should be a focus for all of us.”

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    Graduating from high school, there were only two choices for college in my view, either the Naval Academy or Saint Vincent.

    Although Annapolis never became the focus of my undergraduate life, by graduating from Saint Vincent and then going on to Newport, Rhode Island, for Officer Candidate School, I ended up with the “best of both worlds.”

    After four years of active duty in the Navy, and then twenty-five more in the Navy Reserve, that “avocation” ended as I retired from the Navy as a Captain.  Saint Vincent, then the Navy, quite an acceptable compromise.

    After teaching English and coaching basketball and baseball at Serra Catholic for two years, and receiving a MAT from Pitt, I returned to the college to work in the Development Office.  Interesting that at my “advanced age” I am back for my third and final time in the same department, one that is now called Institutional Advancement.  Same mission, however: encouraging alumni and friends to support the college!

    A significant portion of my undulating career occurred when, by chance, I became the CEO of Adelphoi Village, a role that placed me in that agency for over thirty years.  You may have heard of that program, but I clearly remember when in its infancy there were just a few troubled youth under their care, and not well-known in the child care field.

    Oh, and somewhere along the way I developed an enjoyment and challenge of playing tennis, and on three separate occasions, coached either the men’s or women’s tennis teams.  And, know that I still “think” that I can play the game!

    Today, I am blessed in having a wonderful loving wife, along with five children (four of whom are adopted), and seven grandchildren. 

    The Benedictine Mission has been  a strong part of my life.  There is no question that “the journey through life to the ultimate end” should be a focus for all of us.  And, I would say that there a three statements that we should all remember as we travel that path.

    1. “Don’t ever take yourself too seriously, and
    2. “There is no limit to what can be done if you don’t care who gets the credit,” and
    3. "Have fun” in everything that you do!
Thad and Bethany Pajak
Dr.Thad and Bethany Pajak 

Alumni and Donors
“I came in with a fairly average skill set, but I was able to get involved in so many activities at Saint Vincent that made me a dynamic person. It really became a launching pad.” - Thad Pajak

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    Both Bethany and Thad Pajak felt more than prepared for medical school by their educational experiences at Saint Vincent College.

    “From a technical standpoint, Saint Vincent physiology was more difficult than medical school physiology,” said Thad, a 2007 graduate of the biology program who earned a doctor of osteopathy degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    “We had seen the material from a medical school level; it was review,” he said, crediting program director Dr. James Barnett for setting a high standard. “The hardest thing I ever did was to take his classes. Someone who puts you through that challenge, you never forget.”

    Thad Pajak is now an active-duty soldier and family physician in his final year of residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Columbus, Ga.

    “There was a whole dynamic there that prepared me, especially as a family doctor, to look at the big picture,” he said, explaining that his patients are complex people who may have medical problems that are complicated by family, situational or cultural issues. “We really thought about the whole person. Knowing about philosophy and religion and people’s cultures has made a big difference.”

    Thad Pajak not the only doctor in the family: At Saint Vincent, he met his wife, then Bethany Evans, also a biology major and 2007 graduate who subsequently earned her DO at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Bethany Pajak is in general practice in occupational medicine, caring for work-related injuries.

    She shares her husband’s enthusiasm for the academic challenge Saint Vincent offers:  “Saint Vincent provided me with a very strong foundation in the natural sciences. I felt very prepared for the type and amount work medical school demanded.”

    Even today, she recollects her classes as she works. “As a practicing physician, I still find myself recalling my core knowledge base, which in particular the biology professors instilled in me. Whether listening to a patient’s heart, or writing a prescription – I can still hear the voices of those professors and it seems like just yesterday I was sitting in class.”

    Both have fond memories of classes with professors outside their major.

    Bethany said chemistry professor Dr. Matthew Fisher, who knew of her desire to provide medical care to those most in need, gave her a book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” tracing the story of a Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Paul Farmer, who created a foundation to better serve patients in Third-World countries with modern medicine.

    “Dr. Farmer became an idol of sorts. His work was the fire that kept me focused during the four long years of medical school,” she said, adding that three years and several medical mission trips after receiving the book as a gift, she had the pleasure of meeting Farmer in person. “It was an unforgettable experience and a reaffirmation of career choice. I even had him sign my white coat. I owe it all to Dr. Fisher!”

    While he was a biology major, Thad “minored in cross country,” and counts his coach Dr. Andrew Herr as an influential mentor in many areas of life outside the classroom. He also particularly remembers taking Environmental Ethics with Dr. Gene Torisky, who set “an expectation that you had read the material and come prepared to engage in the conversation.” For the final oral exam, the professor made a pot of coffee and held a two-hour dialogue on the material, “not as professor and student but colleague to colleague,” an experience he considers rare for undergraduates.

    Both took part in service trips with Campus Ministry. “Some may say Saint Vincent is a small college, but I was able to see the world,” Bethany said. Thad added that after he completes his military service, they’d like to return to the area and invite SVC students to join in medical mission trips with them.

    The couple have chosen to give back to SVC, in particular supporting athletics. “Saint Vincent is really a place where academics and athletics can sculpt you into a well-rounded individual without feeling like you are giving up a true passion,” Bethany said.

    Campus activities were also important: “I came in with a fairly average skill set, but I was able to get involved in so many activities at Saint Vincent that made me a dynamic person,” Thad said. “It really became a launching pad.”

    Both would recommend their alma mater to current high-school students, though Thad added a warning: “It does take a certain kind of person, to understand there is never going to be an easy class. It’s for people who are up for a challenge … not for the faint of heart.”