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    • Donut Heaven - Spring 2018

      Every semester during finals week, the Student Government Association sponsors their signature event, Donut Heaven. This long-standing tradition has been in place for over 30 years.  

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    • CSOR Director Published by Harvard Business Review

      Dr. Edward Timmons' article, entitled "More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That's Good For Some Workers, But Not Always For Consumers", highlights the effects of occupational licensing.

      Read the article

    • New Music From Fine Arts Chair Jim Donovan

      Instructor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department releases a new album. Learn how the music came together and how you can experience the new songs. 

      Read the Interview

    • Allie Cummings: A Toy Story

      Occupational Therapy Sophomore Allie Cummings, tells us about her experience as a Toy Ambassador at Saint Francis University's Toy Lending Library.

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    • Chelsea Esken is Going Places

      Chelsea Esken, Master of Occupational Therapy (2017), works as a Traveling Occupational Therapist. Learn how the OT Program prepared her for this incredible journey.

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    • Daring to Dream Out Loud

      From the island of Haiti to the pine-covered mountains of Loretto, it has been a long, but fortuitous journey for 2016 grad Wadler Fleurina, MPAS, PA-C, MB (ASCP). 

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    • Up, Up, and Away

      Armed with tenacity and an entrepreneurial spirit, Kathi Landreth Leiden ’86 is soaring high as the founder and president of Zephyr, the leading national helium supplier. 

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    • On Becoming That Someone

      The following story was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Saint Francis Magazine, but its message still resonates with the students, faculty and staff. To "Become That Someone" is a theme that remains relevant today, and every day. 

      The Story Behind the Motto

    • Eppard Scholar

      Triple major Elise Dumouchelle is the recipient of the 2017 Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship.

      Read about her internship

    • Robert's Story

      From a young age, Rob enjoyed building and “inventing” things from various craft supplies or Lego pieces. He knew he'd have a future in the STEM field.

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    • Meet Samantha Baldwin

      At  the age of 17, Samantha (Milosh) Baldwin never would have believed someone if they told her that by age 26 she’d have a license to operate a nuclear power plant.

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    • Inspired by Space Invaders

      It was computer programming courses in high school where he created video games reminiscent of Space Invaders that peaked 2016 graduate, Dillon Brown’s interest in Computer Science.

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    • Singing to her own tune

      Sydney Petro loves to sing for special events, but upon her graduation in 2018, she has even bigger plans to become an event planner in Pittsburgh, using her marketing degree to help along the way.

      Read her story

    • Best Seat in the House

      Aimed toward middle school readers, the story centers on two brothers separated by age and distance who, in the wake of a family tragedy, attempt to reconnect through the game of baseball. 

      Read about Craig's first novel

    • A day in the trauma unit

      "I can be seeing a new trauma and doing all sorts of procedures like chest tubes, central lines or suturing. Next I can be taking care of our inpatients or seeing how our discharged patients are doing in clinic. There’s never a dull moment," said Karly Link, PA-C '14.

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    • Protests, Parties and Politics

      From interning with Fox News Radio and attending parties with delegates to participating in protests, Amanda Schiavo and Harry Olafsen gained a wealth of experience to guide their futures as they interned at the National Conventions.

      Read about their internships

    • Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ruben Mamani joins Environmental Engineering

      The Saint Francis University School of Science, Environmental Engineering Program, and Center for Watershed Research & Service is pleased to welcome Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ruben Mamani from Bolivia to campus.

      Get to know Dr. Mamani

    • College to the Cleveland Clinic

      Elisha Fleig, Class of 2013, shares how her double major in Physician Assistant Science and Spanish prepared her to land her dream job as a PA-C at the Cleveland Clinic Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

      Read Elisha's story

    • Healing Arts

      2016 physical therapy graduate Danielle MacMurtrie melds a passion of anatomy  and healing with a love of art.

      Danielle MacMurtrie Profile

    • Giving homeless a FareStart

      What do Seattle's "most socially responsible crouton" and Saint Francis University have in common? Bill Adamucci (Economics '66), that's what.

      Bill Adamucci Profile

    • A mother's inspiration

      Six years ago, Jen Cyktor’s mother passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today, Jen works as a physician assistant in the Cancer Center at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.

      Read Jen's story

    • Already reaching higher, striving to go far

      Desmend, an incoming freshman in the petroleum and natural gas engineering program, is no stranger to Saint Francis University. Participating in the University’s Upward Bound Program, he was one of only 1,000 scholarship recipients, out of 53,000 applicants across the U.S. 

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    • More than just numbers

      For the past five decades Sam Ranaudo has been helping families plan for and enjoy their futures. As a chartered financial consultant, he takes pride in knowing that his advice has put generations of families through school; has prepared couples for retirement; and has provided for families in some of their most dismal times.

      Read Sam's story

    • He's a brainiac...

      Neurosurgeon Dr. James Burke still remembers the first time he saw a human brain in person. Even today, after countless surgeries, he still finds the experience of seeing and operating on a brain “surreal.”

      Get inside James' brain

    • Eyeing the Goal: Pablo Medina

      Pablo Medina came to Saint Francis University from Mexico City, Mexico to play Division I Soccer and now is on the cusp of leaving it as a young investment banker executive with Bank of America – Merrill Lynch. 

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    • Going Global

      Entering Saint Francis University as a middle childhood education major, Beth Wheeler never even dreamed about studying abroad, but one little bite from the travel bug and her life changed forever.

      Follow on Beth's journey

    • On a Mission

      During her time at Saint Francis University, alumna Leah Kessler was heavily involved in clubs and activities. Now, she is spending time on mission trips, serving as a representative for Bausch + Lomb, where she currently works. 

      Alumni Profile Leah Kessler

    • Tragedy to Triumph

      Her mother was riding her bike when she was struck from behind by a drunk driver, killing her instantly. Alumna and doctoral student Paige Butler is turning the tragedy into a triumph, hoping no one has to go through the kind of pain and loss she has been through. 

      Read more about Paige's triumph

    • On the (crime) scene

      Eight-year-old Dallas Mosier wants to be a forensic scientist when she grows up. Fast forward 14 years, and you will find her still in full pursuit of her dreams. 

      Alumni Profile Dallas Mosier

    • Riding the Ed Tech wave

      Tim Fish  merged his love of education and technology into a career that has including everything from co-authoring a book on technology leadership to helping his district raise money through a platform designed to evaluate teachers now used in more than 100 districts.

      Read Tim's story

    • Kitten care prompts future career

      Taking care of animals was something that always appealed to Leah (Christ) Trout. Growing up on her parents’ farm the menagerie that surrounded her included goats, cats, cows, pigs, and sheep. She enjoyed caring for all of them.  

      Meet Leah Trout