Five Finalists for 43rd Annual President's Award Announced

by Public Relations | Apr 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

Saint Vincent College announced that five seniors have been named finalists for the 43rd annual President’s Award, the College’s highest student honor, presented to the member of the graduating class who best embodies what the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college values in its students – outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service.

College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., will present the award at the spring Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Vincent Basilica.

The finalists are James D. Farnan of New Paris, an engineering science major and biotechnology, biology and mathematics minor; Alexandra G. Lahoud of McLean, Virginia, a theology and psychology double major; Peter S. Reiter of Hagerstown, Maryland, a computing and information science and management double major; Maura N. Snyder of Murrysville, a psychology major and children’s studies and communication minor; and Marla G. Turk of Leroy, Ohio, a mathematics and economics double major and finance minor.

James D. Farnan

James D. FarnanJames D. (Jimmy) Farnan is a 2013 graduate of Chestnut Ridge Senior High School and the son of David and Lisa Farnan. A member of Alpha Chi, Beta Beta Beta, Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma, he has been a member of the Dean’s List, Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll and the NCAA All-Academic Athlete. He served as an ambassador for the office of admission, as a teaching assistant for the biology and environmental science departments and as a prefect in Saint Benedict Hall. A four-year member of the varsity track and cross country teams, he was the PAC 3,000 meter men’s steeplechase champion in 2016, named to the PAC All-Conference Second Team in 2014 and 2016 and the PAC All-Conference Third Team in 2015. He plans to attend The Pennsylvania State University for a dual title program, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Biogeochemistry. He is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bedford.

Alexandra G. Lahoud

Alexandra G. LahoudAlexandra G. Lahoud organized and hosted a seminar on domestic abuse and intimate partner violence and coordinated two theology of the body information sessions. A member of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for theology, she is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Dean’s List. She completed internships with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and with Saint Vincent Basilica Parish. A volunteer note taker, she is a student assistant to the dean of the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts and a tutor for the theology department. Daughter of Joseph and Melissa Lahoud, she is a 2013 graduate of Trinity School at Meadow View, Falls Church, Virginia, and a member of Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean. She will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Peter S. Reiter

Peter S. ReiterPeter S. Reiter is a 2013 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, Maryland. He served as president of the Student Government Association Executive Board for two years, was a prefect in Rooney Hall for two years and worked as a student assistant in the office of campus life. He is a senior cohort member of the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program, a member of the Dean’s List and was named to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Son of John and Catherine Reiter, he is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown. After graduation, he will be working for HM Health Solutions, Pittsburgh, as part of their Emerging Leaders Program.

Maura N. Snyder

Maura N. SnyderMaura N. Snyder has served as a member of the Orientation Committee and was an Orientation Leader in 2015. A Fred Rogers Scholar, she initiated the monthly Sky Above Mister Rogers Neighborhood planetarium show activities and organized Fred Fest celebrations. A member of the Psychology Club, she is also a member and senior adviser of Alpha Lambda Delta and a recipient of the national council’s Joanne J. Trow Scholarship. She is also a member of Alpha Chi, Dean’s List, Psychology Scholars Program and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She was a presenter at the 2015 and 2016 Eastern Psychological Association Conference and winner of the top poster in the undergraduate session in 2016. She is a 2013 graduate of Franklin Regional High School. Daughter of Mark and Mary Snyder, she is a member of Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph.D. in communication science.

Marla G. Turk

Marla TurkMarla G. Turk has been active at Saint Vincent in the Finance Club (president 2015-16, student adviser 2016-17), Alpha Lambda Delta (treasurer 2015-16), Women in Business, Operational Excellence Club and Math Club. She has been honored as a Fred Rogers Scholar and membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi, Delta Mu Delta, Dean’s List and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She has participated in the Academic Conference three times and served as a student assistant and tutor in the mathematics department, a Collaborative Learning Program facilitator for calculus and a research assistant for finance. She has completed Operational Excellence Global Experience trips to China, Ireland and Spain. A 2014 graduate of Riverside High School, Painesville Township, Ohio, she is the daughter of Jim and Loreen Turk. She participated in varsity swimming during her freshman and senior years. After graduation, she will be working at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. in the Quant Development Program in Pittsburgh.


Photos: James D. Farnan, Alexandra G. Lahoud, Peter S. Reiter, Maura N. Snyder, Marla G. Turk


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