Saint Vincent College
|Saint Vincent College|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic (Benedictines)|
|Chancellor||Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., B.A. M.Div., Ph.D.|
|President||Br Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D.|
|Academic staff||221 (2011)|
|Location||Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 200+ acres|
|Tuition + Fees||$28,270 (tuition and required fees 2011-1012)|
|Colors||Blue and Silver (academic)
Green and Gold (athletic)
|Sports||baseball, soccer, cross country, golf, lacrosse, basketball, tennis, ice hockey, swimming; soccer, cross country, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, basketball, softball, tennis|
|Nickname||Bearcats, Lady Bearcats|
Saint Vincent College is a four-year, coeducational, Roman Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college located about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1846 by Boniface Wimmer, a monk from Bavaria, Germany. It was the first Benedictine monastery in the United States. It is operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
Saint Vincent Archabbey and College was founded in 1846 by Boniface Wimmer, a monk from Metten Abbey in Bavaria. On April 18, 1870, the Pennsylvania state legislature incorporated the school. Saint Vincent College became coeducational in 1983. In 1996, the college, along with the archabbey, seminary, and parish, observed the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Mission statement 
Saint Vincent College is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of the Benedictine monasticism, and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning, Its mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education for men and women to enable them to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life. The programs, activities, and encounters that make up student life at Saint Vincent College encourage the intellectual gifts, professional aptitudes and personal aspirations of students to mature harmoniously.
Saint Vincent is organized into four schools; each includes a number of departments and major and minor programs offering undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as special programs and public service outreach activities. Each school has its own Dean who works closely with students, faculty and prospective students and a Council of Advisors composed of representatives of business, industry, and academia to advise and direct policy and programs.
The four schools are:
Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government 
Formed in 2001, the current Dean is Gary Quinlivan, B.A., Ph.D. It includes the departments and programs of Accounting, Economics, Business Education, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Politics, and Public Policy.
Alex G. McKenna was a leading industrialist, civic leader, and philanthropist. He was the past chairman, president and chief executive officer, and a founding general partner of Kennametal Inc., a global corporation headquartered in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Throughout his life he promoted the principles of free market economics, limited constitutional government and traditional civic values.
School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education 
The school was formed in 2004, and the current Dean is Mary Beth Spore, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. It includes the departments of Communication, Education, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology. The departments share in common a concern with how people develop and interact in a wide range of settings as well as a commitment to the approaches common to the social sciences. Programs in the school share a commitment to active and experiential learning and to student research. Associated with the school are the Saint Vincent College Drug and Alcohol Prevention Projects and the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media.
School of Humanities and Fine Arts 
Formed in 2004, the current Dean is Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., B.A. M.Div., M.A., Ph.D., F.R. Hist. S. It contains the departments and programs of English, Fine Arts (Art and Music), History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, and Theology. The Saint Vincent Gallery and the College's Stage and Theatre programs are also part of the School.
The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing 
Formed in 2004, the current dean is Dr. Stephen M. Jodis. It includes the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Mathematics, and Physics. Majors are also offered in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, and Environmental Science. Teacher certification may be obtained in biology, chemistry, environmental education, mathematics and physics. Cooperative programs with other institutions of higher education enable students to pursue degrees in engineering, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant.
The college offers a five-year cooperative liberal arts and engineering program. Students spend three years at St. Vincent, fulfilling core requirements and prerequistes for an engineering major, then two years at the engineering college. Upon completion of coursework and recommendation by the Mathematics Department, students are guaranteed acceptance at Penn State University. The college also has agreements with the University of Pittsburgh and The Catholic University of America. Under this program, the student receives a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Vincent and a Bachelor of Science degree from the engineering college.
Herbert W. Boyer is a recipient of the 1990 National Medal of Science, and co-recipient of the 1996 Lemelson-MIT Prize and a co-founder of Genentech. He served as Vice President of Genentech from 1976 through his retirement in 1991.
St. Vincent has intercollegiate teams in football, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, women's field hockey, swimming, and tennis. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). They compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, at the Division III level. The school also offers men's ice hockey as a club sport.
The men's teams are known as the Bearcats and the women's as the Lady Bearcats. The athletic colors are green and gold.
Pittsburgh Steelers training camp 
Since 1966, the college has served as the training camp host of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rooney Hall, completed in 1995, is a residence hall which is used by the Steelers during their stay on campus each summer. It is named in honor of the Steelers' founder, Arthur J. Rooney Sr.. The Steelers regularly attract tens of thousands of fans to training camp and the Rooney family in conjunction with the College administration have vowed to keep with tradition and always have the camp open and free to the public.
The site of camp, Chuck Noll Field, is one of the most storied in the NFL and NCAA with Peter King of SI.com describing it as: ". . . I love the place. It's the perfect training-camp setting, looking out over the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands in west-central Pennsylvania, an hour east of Pittsburgh. On a misty or foggy morning, standing atop the hill at the college, you feel like you're in Scotland. Classic, wonderful slice of Americana. If you can visit one training camp, this is the one to see."
Other sports 
The main athletic center is the Robert S. Carey Student Center. It was formerly known as Sportsman's Hall, after the original name of St. Vincent Parish, and Kennedy Hall, after President John F. Kennedy, who received an honorary degree of law on February 4, 1958. It contains the gymnasium, swimming pool, student union and fitness center.
In 2011, the Lady Bearcat basketball team, led by All-American Brittany Sedlock, became the first team in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division-III postseason since the school made the move from the NAIA. Ranked among the top-20 nationally throughout the season, the Lady Bearcats were defeated in their opening-round National Tournament game by Greensboro College. The women's basketball team overcame a major tragedy during the 2010-11 season, with the Christmas Day 2010 death of Kristen Zawacki (1958-2010), the lone women's basketball coach in the program's 25-year history. Zawacki, also the school's Associate Athletic Director, won over 500 games in her career. She was succeeded by assistant coach Jimmy Petruska, who was named interim coach immediately following her death, before being officially named the team's head coach on April 27, 2011.
Residence life 
Housing on campus is available in six residence halls for approximately 1,280 students. First year students under the age of 21 and living more than 50 miles from Saint Vincent College are required to reside on campus.
Saint Benedict Hall serves as the center for the first-year student population. Upperclassmen are housed in Bonaventure Hall, Gerard Hall, Wimmer Hall, Rooney Hall and Aurelius Hall. Housing in most residence halls in single sex by floor. Aurelius is the oldest dorm, built in 1923. Wimmer Hall was built in 1952. Gerard and Bonaventure, better known as "Gerry" and "Bonny" to students, were built in 1963. Rooney Hall and Saint Benedict Hall opened at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Within each residence hall, each area is led by at least one student resident adviser. At Saint Vincent, they are known as prefects. Each hall is supervised by a residence hall director and assistant residence hall directors.
Current President 
On July 1, 2010, Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., began his service as the 17th President of Saint Vincent College. Brother Norman formerly served as Executive Vice president of Saint Vincent College from 2002 until June 30, 2010. He served as Dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing. Prior to 2002, Brother Norman acted in the capacity of Provost of Saint Vincent College.
Brother Norman was officially inaugurated as the 17th President of Saint Vincent College on October 11, 2010.
List of College presidents 
- Rt. Rev. Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. (1871–1887)
- Rt. Rev. Andrew Hintenach, O.S.B. (1887–1892)
- Rt. Rev. Leander Schnerr, O.S.B. (1892–1920)
- Rt. Rev. Aurelius Stehle, O.S.B. (1920–1930)
- Rt. Rev. Alfred Koch, O.S.B. (1930–1950)
- Rt. Rev. Denis Strittmatter, O.S.B. (1950–1955)
- Rev. Quentin Schaut, O.S.B. (1955–1962)
- Rev. Maximilian Duman, O.S.B. (1962–1963)
- Rev. Maynard Brennan, O.S.B. (1963–1968)
- Rev. Fintan R. Shoniker, O.S.B. (1968–1971)
- Rev. Cecil G. Diethrich, O.S.B. (1971–1982)
- Rev. Augustine Flood, O.S.B. (1982–1985)
- Rev. John F. Murtha, O.S.B. (1985–1995)
- Rev. Martin R. Bartel, O.S.B. (1995–2000)
- James F. Will (2000–2006)
- Jim Towey (2006–2010)
- Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B. (2010- )
Commencement Speakers 
The 2004 speaker was Congressman Tim Murphy of the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
President George W. Bush spoke at the spring commencement ceremony in 2007. Then-President Towey had previously served as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 to 2006.
The 2008 speaker was Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 2010, the commencement speaker was Manfred Honeck, director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, the commencement speaker was Attorney Bruce Antkowiak.
Conflict with faculty 
Jim Towey, former President of the college, faced some difficulties in his relationships with faculty members at St. Vincent. In April 2008, he attributed much of the dissension to a clash of cultures with the predominantly Benedictine faculty, who were not accustomed to rapid change, and to the fact that he was "new to academia". In early 2008 a letter to the school board, signed by three-quarters of the school's tenured faculty, said that Towey had created "an unparalleled crisis", accusing Towey of "sanitizing the self-study portion of the school's re-accreditation effort and displaying heavy-handed tactics in the search for an academic vice president," when he hired an untenured academic dean. Mr. Towey completed his service to Saint Vincent College in 2010.
Towey critic Fr. Mark Gruber investigated for child pornography and found guilty 
In November 2009 reports emerged that a popular faculty member who opposed Towey's reforms at Saint Vincent's, Father Mark Gruber, was accused by the college administration of sexual misconduct. Although local police investigated and chose not to bring child pornography charges, Catholic Church officials ended up charging Gruber with canonical crimes. In response, Gruber brought a defamation lawsuit against college and archabbey officials, but in late 2010 Gruber dropped his suit. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki (Fr. Gruber's Benedictine superior) stated that during a deposition Gruber "finally had to confront his egregious misconduct." An attorney for the college has stated that Gruber admitted under oath that he created pornographic materials on a college computer, including "grossly inappropriate depictions of himself", and that when Father Gruber was confronted with pornographic photographs during the deposition he admitted creating and e-mailing the images. On July 2, 2012, Catholic Church officials issued a final decision in the matter confirming that "Rev. Gruber has been found guilty of the delicts (canonical crimes) of possession of child pornography; production of materials which gravely injure good morals; abuse of the Sacrament of Confession (but not a violation of the sacramental seal); and defamation of a legitimate superior." The punishment issued ends Gruber's public ministry, forbids him to have contact with minors, and requires him to live the remainder of his life in prayer and penance outside of St. Vincent Archabbey in a religious community to be determined by the Church. Gruber maintains he is innocent.
Saint Vincent Parish was founded in 1790. It was the first Catholic parish in Pennsylvania west of the Allegheny Mountains. Father Theodore Brouwers, O.F.M., purchased 300 acres (121 ha) of land called "Sportsmen's Hall Tract." A church was built and dedicated on July 19, 1835. It was named after St. Vincent de Paul because July 19 is his feast day.
The cornerstone of the basilica was laid in 1892, and the consecration took place on August 24, 1905. The basilica was completely restored in 1996, as part of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the college.
Each year, on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, the Saint Vincent Community celebrates Founders Day, honoring all those who founded the college and have been a part of its community since its inception. The day features Honors Convocation (held in the Archabbey Basilica), a candle-lit turkey dinner in the gym, Zambelli fireworks and the campus light-up, featuring lighted arches in Melvin Platz.
The Saint Vincent College fight song, "Forward, Saint Vincent," was approved by the college's student government in 1996 and was written by Jen Waldmann, Heather Fields, and Chris Rodkey.
Notable alumni 
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- Herbert W. Boyer, Founder and Director, Genentech
- John J. Degnan, Vice Chairman, The Chubb Corporation
- Daniel Hugh Kelly, Actor (Hardcastle & McCormick, Cujo, Ryan's Hope)
- Adam Maida, Cardinal Archbishop of Detroit
- Frank E. Resnik (1928–1995), CEO (1984–89) and Chairman (1989–91), Phillip Morris USA
- S. S. Van Dine
See also 
- Rodgers, Ann (2010-01-28). "St. Vincent College names new president". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- Postcard from camp: Steelers, Peter King 08-20-2010.
- "Sedlock named All-America". Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Bearcats' season ends with loss to Greensboro". Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- Tribune-Review. "St. Vincent mourns ... together". Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Remembering Coach Zawacki". Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- NCAA, News. "User ID/Password required". Retrieved 29 May 2011.[dead link]
- Rodgers, Ann (2010-01-28). "St. Vincent College names new president". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
- Maynard Brennan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2 May 2007, Mr. President: This place is not your place - St. Vincent College should not host a leader who has exhibited values antithetical to its mission.
- U.S. News & World Report, 13 February 1994, How to Pull the Levers: A man of the House and the money he spends.
- BusinessWeek, St. Vincent College, accessed 26 December 2009.
- "President Addresses 2007 Saint Vincent Graduates". KDKA-TV. May 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- Garazik, Richard "St. Vincent faculty quietly revolts", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 3, 2008. Archived by WebCite
- Lederman, Doug. "Too Catholic, Even for Many Monks". Inside Higher Ed, Apr 22, 2008. Archived by WebCite.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2 April 2008, St. Vincent's president a lightning rod for criticism
- Michael D. Yates, CounterPunch, 25 December 2009, Fear and Loathing at St. Vincent College
- Inside Higher Ed, 30 November 2009, Protecting a Punished Professor
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