Students Complete Spring Break Study in Iceland

by Public Relations | Mar 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

SVC students faculty complete spring break study in Iceland

Twenty-two Saint Vincent College students completed a study tour of Iceland during spring break March 4-11.

They studied the geology and environmental science of Iceland as part of two different science courses, one for STEM majors and the other for students fulfilling the core natural science requirement.

In addition to scaling the Solheimajokull glacier along the south coast of Iceland, the group studied the tectonic processes shaping the island, soil conservation initiatives, geothermal heating and electricity generation and agriculture processes that allow tomatoes to be farmed throughout the year in the Arctic and fish to be caught and shipped to United States markets within 48 hours.

The students included Kevin Augustine, a junior marketing major from Latrobe; Alexandra Bauer, a senior physics major from Pittsburgh (15224); James Bregenser, a junior history major from Pittsburgh (15241); Amy Buckley, a sophomore psychology major from Lebanon; Nathan DelMaramo, a junior philosophy major from Greenville; Marion Emerson, a sophomore English major from Clarksburg, West Virginia; James Farnan, a senior engineering major from New Paris; Alyssa Johnstone, a freshman psychology major from Patton; Alexander Krieger, a junior economics major from Pittsburgh (15243); Nicholas Lee, a sophomore marketing major from North Huntingdon; Cristy Marsh, a sophomore communication major from Latrobe; Pat McGee, a senior biology major from New Holland; Kelsey Neiffer, a freshman environmental chemistry major from Emmaus; Matthew Oleyar, a senior biology major from Derry; Evan Patterson, a senior computer science major from Scenery Hill; Leah Poponick, a senior management major from Latrobe; Nathan Rakaczky, a junior English major from West Mifflin; Mary Reich, a junior international business major from Columbia; Jeremy Springer, a freshman corporate finance major from Ligonier; Amanda Thayer, a senior communications major from Grand Valley; Adam Tran, a senior organic biology major from Mystic, Connecticut; and Sarah Wallerstedt, a senior biology major from Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, and Dr. Caryl L.  Fish, associate professor of chemistry and director of the environmental science program, accompanied the group.


Photo: The Saint Vincent College student group gathered at the top of the Solheimajokull glacier along the south coast of Iceland for this photo. Front row, from left, are Matthew Oleyar, Adam Tran, Kevin Augustine, Pat McGee and Sarah Wallerstedt. Middle row, James Farnan, Nathan DelMaramo, Mary Reich, Dr. Caryl Fish, Amanda Thayer, Kelsey Neiffer, Alyssa Johnstone, Marion Emerson, Amy Buckley, Jeremy Springer, Leah Poponick and Alexandra Bauer. Back row, James Bregenser, Nathan Rakaczky, Evan Patterson, Alexander Krieger, Dr. John Smetanka, Nicholas Lee and Cristy Marsh.


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