What have you been up to since graduation?
I got a job in Madison, Wisconsin programming for an Electronic Medical Record vendor.
Why did you choose your program of study at Saint Francis?
One time I was browsing the internet and I found a whole page full of bad math jokes (What's purple and commutes? An Abelian grape!) and I pledged not to rest until I understood them all. I'd say I was about 80% successful.
What projects or service learning experiences did you participate in?
Only the required hours for Faith and Franciscanism; I spent them at the Dorothy Day Center folding clothes and shoveling walks and such.
What were your experiences with your faculty?
I found all of the ones I had cause to interact with to be marvelous in their own eccentric ways.
What were your experiences with the equipment/facilities?
Limited, unless the cafeteria is a facility, in which case they certainly got the job done.
What are your favorite memories from campus?
Running my Dungeons and Dragons game in the basement of Amici, memorizing lines in the basement of the museum, making beef jerky in the basement of the Honors House... Huh. I guess all my best memories are about basements.
When you are out with friends what story do you tell about your college days?
As with many of the people who experienced Kenny Resinski's shows from the inside, all my best stories are Theatre stories. Some of them are even fit for polite company.
In what ways did your Saint Francis experience shape your career/life?
When I arrived at SFU, I had a page full of jokes and a major. When I left, I had a direction. While correlation doesn't imply causation, the possibility cannot be ruled out.
What advice do you have for our current students?
Do more. My only real regret in four years was not making the effort to become involved in the campus community. Even if community involvement isn't your cuppa, and what you do is always with the same small group of friends, find an excuse not to stay in your room on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The homework (or let's be perfectly honest, the internet) will always be there when you get back. Go on an adventure, before winter comes.
How would you characterize your department’s personality?
The Mathematics department was, above all else, incredibly friendly. Every professor I had was quick to display a kindness and an interest in my learning, from Dr. Remillard to Dr. LaBuz and everyone in between. If the Maths department was friendly, however, Computer Science was downright jolly. Dr. Wetklow and Mr. Lamertina were hardly ever without a smile, and both had a sense of humour belying their technical field of study.
Why should a prospective student consider Saint Francis and your program of study?
Anyone who is filtering their college choices based on the strength of their Mathematics and Computer Science programs would almost certainly stop well before SFU on the list. Similarly, anyone who is undecided in their major at SFU could certainly choose one which is less difficult. The Saint Francis Maths and Computer Science department is for those prospectives who know what sort of future they would like and are looking not for prestige from their degree, but for the ineffable, the je ne sais quoi of the college experience which is unique to both student and study.