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 www.facebook.com/svcbearcatalum , our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/SVCBEARCAT or our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/svcalumni/ 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 sites 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.

Our Servicesour-services

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.

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.

Thoburn Awardthoburn-award

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!

Dr. Philip Masciantonio
Dr. Philip Masciantonio

Alumnus
Class of 1950
Lifelong love for church, family, sports and spaghetti!

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    As Dr. Philip X. Masciantonio, C’50, D’83, talks about his life, it is obvious that he loves many things – his church, his family, sports and, of course, spaghetti! But one thing stands out – his beloved alma mater, Saint Vincent College. 

    Growing up in a traditional Italian Catholic family with three siblings in the small Westmoreland County town of Jeannette, one of his earliest memories is his hard working parents. His father, Frank, was a laborer in the local glass factory and his mother, Mary (Cima), was always at home taking care of the family – and making spaghetti. 

    “We didn’t even think about going to college,” he noted. “I thought I was going to work in the glass factory, too.” But, then the late Fr. Edmund Cuneo, O.S.B. from Saint Vincent entered the picture. “Fr Edmund used to come to Jeannette to say Mass at Ascension Church. He would talk about Saint Vincent and how they were going to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1946.” 

    “Tuition was only about $150 in those days but even that was out of our range,” he admitted. “It turned out that I was offered a full scholarship to play football for Saint Vincent by first-year coach Bap Manzini who was re-starting the team after World War II.” 

    Masciantonio played football and studied chemistry and did well in both. He greatly enjoyed all of his courses at Saint Vincent, especially those taught by chemistry chair Dr. Daniel Nolan, and a host of Benedictines including Fr. Bertin Emling, Fr. Mark Kistner, Fr. Edmund Cuneo, Fr. Fintan Shoniker, Fr. Owen Roth, Fr. Paulinus Selle, Fr. Armand-Jean Baldwin, Fr. Bernard Brinker, and Frs. Roland and Clement Heid. “Fr. Edmund in particular was always interested in how I was doing,” he recalled. “But all of them had continuous concern to make sure I got my studies done and for my well-being. They taught me that you had to lead a good life and pray daily – and not be afraid to take on challenges to do a good job.” 

    After graduating from Saint Vincent with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with honors, he went to work in a testing laboratory before moving to National Roll and Foundry and later the Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical Company while also studying toward a master of science degree in organic chemistry at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University). He continued his studies at Carnegie Tech and earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry before joining U.S. Steel at their laboratory research center where he worked in coke and coal chemicals development. He enjoyed a series of promotions before being named vice president of environmental affairs, an important leadership position in national and international environmental affairs including the International Iron and Steel Institute, International Chamber of Commerce Environmental Bureau and various national committees related to the environment. 

    Throughout his career, he depended on the support of his family. He and his late wife, Dolores “Dee”, were married just after he graduated from Saint Vincent. They had five children – Michael, Daniel, Judy, Francis and Christopher. Both Michael and Christopher graduated from Saint Vincent. Francis’s son, Philip, played varsity basketball and football and graduated from Saint Vincent in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. Christopher’s daughter, Jillian, is currently a senior biology major at Saint Vincent who plans to graduate in May 2014. 

    Dee, who died in 2011, enjoyed training, showing and breeding horses and was the owner and operator of Briarfield Equestrian Center in Penn Township, a 100-acre farm and boarding stable where he still lives near to Judy and Christopher’s families who continue to operate the center and share the work. Masciantonio salvaged some bricks from the remains of the Old Chapel after the fire at Saint Vincent in 1963 and incorporated them into the horse stables, to physically and symbolically connect his home to SVC forever. 

    While his wife’s passion was horses, his was always sports – playing, coaching and watching. In addition to playing football and other sports in college, Masciantonio was a volunteer coach of midget basketball and football teams in Jeannette. An avid Pirates and Steelers fan, he also attends all of the Saint Vincent Bearcat football home games. He was among the alumni leaders who helped to get the program restarted in 2007 after a hiatus of 45 years. 

    A past president of the Saint Vincent Alumni Council, he has served on virtually every committee over the years and continues to be an active participant in alumni events and activities. He describes Saint Vincent as “his second home” and “a place you could always count on, a place I have always been proud to be associated with.” He was honored by Saint Vincent with an honorary doctor of science degree, an alumni of distinction award and a letterman of distinction hall of fame award. 

    Because of his lifelong attachment to Saint Vincent, Masciantonio has always been motivated to give back financially. He has been a consistent and generous donor as a member of the Heritage Society. It also led him to volunteer to chair the annual fundraising campaign for the Heritage Society where he will communicate his encouragement to other alumni and ask them to consider what Saint Vincent has meant in their lives. 

    He is a faithful member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Jeannette where he has been active on numerous church committees and organizations including the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. 

    Still active and in excellent health, he will celebrate his birthday in March and looks forward to a long life and many more years with his families in Jeannette and at Saint Vincent. 

Thad and Bethany Pajak
Drs. 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.”