LATROBE, PA – Fans attending the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday, Aug. 17, can expect to see a pair of Saint Vincent College faculty members on the big stage.
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, Thomas Octave, associate professor of music, will sing the “Star Spangled Banner,” while Dr. Terrance Smith, an assistant professor of management and head men’s basketball coach, will be honored for his military career as part of the Steelers ATI Salute to Heroes Program, which features local active and veteran military members who are making an impact in the community.
Octave holds many roles in overseeing the music department at Saint Vincent. In addition to teaching courses in voice, music appreciation and opera, he conducts the SVC Singers and serves as the musical consultant to the archabbot. Octave also conducted the pit orchestra during Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s July production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” In addition to his extensive work at Saint Vincent, Octave is the music director of Saint Maria Goretti Parish in Pittsburgh, the Diocesan Choir of Greensburg, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and MAESTRI. Additionally, he serves as a director of both the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra and the Westmoreland Choral Society. This will mark the fourth time that Octave will sing the National Anthem for a Steelers at Heinz Field.
Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in management in Saint Vincent’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government and serves as executive director of its Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence. A 2005 graduate of Saint Vincent, Smith served in the military for 12 years, reaching the rank of chief warrant officer 2. He served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a number of honors, including a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Combat Stars. Named the head men’s basketball coach in May, Smith was a two-time NAIA All-America selection during his time at Saint Vincent and is the second all-time leading scorer in the team’s history.
Saint Vincent College has hosted the Steelers annual training camp for 54 consecutive years, making it the second-longest-serving training camp site among National Football League teams.
PHOTO 1: Thomas Octave, associate professor of music at Saint Vincent College.
PHOTO 2: Dr. Terrance Smith, assistant professor of management and head men’s basketball coach at Saint Vincent College.
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