Nov. 30, 2017
Justin Hoffman, a sophomore at Saint Vincent College majoring in biology, has been elected president of the Student Government Association Executive Board for 2018.
Hoffman has been involved in student government since he started his college career, having served as vice president of his freshman class and as a sophomore class senator.
Hoffman said he sought the position to serve the student body. “I know it sounds cliché, but it is fully honest,” he commented. “When first coming to Saint Vincent, it was an easy way to meet people. Well, let’s just say it took off like a train. I first met the senate, which opened their arms for me. Being able to speak about real issues people have and fix them? Remarkable. So, when the position became open, I asked myself, why not me?”
What does he want to accomplish as an SGA officer? “I would like to see more opportunities with the student body to engage their thoughts and ideas with the senate,” he predicted. “This will allow more issues and ideas to be assessed, which the Student Government thrives on. Saint Vincent College is open and encourages engagement, and that is what SGA is and will be moving forward.”
He is active in extracurricular activities with The Company, the college’s student-run theatre organization, and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). He has been a consistent member of the Dean’s List for two years. He also serves as a work/study assistant in the library and in the biology lab.
He said he was attracted to enroll at Saint Vincent because of its size and the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. “After going to a very large high school, I was not very interested in going to a very large college,” he explained. “I wanted a small but powerful community. I believed this campus shined when I visited and saw many of the students socializing and just overall being friendly with each other. Also, just look at the science center. What is not to love about that building and faculty?”
After he completes his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2020, he plans to enter the medical field and pursue a career in pediatric neurology.
Hoffman, son of Greg and Cindy Hoffman of North Huntingdon, is a graduate of Norwin High School. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in North Huntingdon.
Photo: Justin Hoffman
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