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Celebrating Our Students  

“Celebrating Our Students” is an initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Services to recognize students who are ambassadors of the Seton Hall mission, who are engaged in campus activities, and who contribute to the quality of student life through community service, clubs and organizations, academic achievement, Athletics, DOVE and other university groups. After the banners hang in the University Center for several months, they are moved to the college to which the student belongs and are hung in a prime location for continued viewing.

Nominations are requested from Deans and Associate Deans of all colleges and are reviewed by a selection committee chaired by the Vice President of Student Services.

Francesca Lucia Laracca

Francesca Laracca (Celebrated Fall 2014)

Speech Language Pathology
School of Health and Medical Sciences

As president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholar, a student ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services, and chair of the Scholar Buddies tutoring program, Francesca Laracca embodies Seton Hall University's commitment to servant leadership. She hopes to inspire others to rise to their full potential and succeed.

  • 1. What are you doing now?

    I am in my first year of my Master's Degree here at Seton Hall. I'm studying Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Health and Medical Sciences. I'm also working as a graduate assistant with Project Acceleration in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    2. What is a favorite memory so far of your time at Seton Hall?

    I've has so many memories here, it's hard to pick just one! I would have to say my favorite was when I heard my name called at the academic award ceremony and received the highest honors of Summa Cum Laude upon graduating last May. The look on my family's faces were priceless. It proved that all my hard work and efforts were worth-while. I will always smile at that truly special memory.

    3. Who has been a role model for you at Seton Hall?

    A true role model for me since my freshman year has been Omayra Arocho (Assistant Dean of College of Education and Human Services). She has always encouraged me to do my best and take the path less traveled. Omayra inspires me to be and do better not just in school but in life. I look up to her as a professional and also a dear friend.

    4. What is your favorite book?

    My favorite book is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

  • 5. What are your career goals?

    As of right now, I hope to work in a school as a speech therapist to get my career started, but after a few years open my own private practice. I would like to have enough experience and wisdom before branching off on my own to practice speech-language therapy. Working with other professionals like occupational and physical therapists in my own practice would be ideal to really help clients with all of their therapy needs. The beauty of speech therapy is that there are so many directions and options for careers.

    6. What is your favorite movie?

    My favorite movie is Forrest Gump. It's a classic.

    7. If you could be on a cover of a magazine or website - what would it be?

    I would choose to be on the cover of Elle Decoration since one my favorite things to do in my free time decorate homes. Interior design has always been a hobby of mine.

    8. You love Seton Hall because…

    It's given me the tools I'll need to accomplish my goals both in academic and personal endeavors.

    9. Best advice you can give a younger student…

    When faced with difficult decisions or hard time, always trust your gut, it's never wrong.

    10. Your favorite color is…

    Green.

Sean Kip

Sean Kip (Celebrated Spring 2015)

Junior, Business Management
Stillman School of Business

Sean Kip has found success both in the classroom and on the cross-country course, maintaining a strong GPA while participating in a Division I BIG EAST sport. As tireless off campus as he is at Seton Hall, Sean has spent countless hours over the past few years volunteering with the Marist Brothers in Esopus, New York.

  • 1. What are you doing now?

    Pursuing my degree in marketing. Looking for a summer internship within the field of marketing .

    2. What is a favorite memory so far of your time at Seton Hall?

    Being able to live off-campus with a great group of guys I have for teammates. Has been an amazing experience for us.

    3. Who has been a role model for you at Seton Hall?

    Ryan Westman (Academic Adviser for Student Athletes). Has always been someone I felt comfortable speaking to since the day I got to Seton Hall. I see numerous awesome traits in Ryan every time I go and speak with him.

    4. What is your favorite book?

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    5. What are your career goals?

    Social Media Marketer for a professional sports team

  • 6. What is your favorite movie?

    Rocky 4

    7. If you could be on a cover of a magazine or website - what would it be?

    ESPN The Magazine

    8. You love Seton Hall because…

    It has introduced me to people who I would consider great friends of mine

    9. Best advice you can give a younger student…

    Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I've always felt I have learned the most when I am not very comfortable

    10. Your favorite color is…

    Orange.

Yvonne Pruitt

Yvonne Pruitt (Celebrated Fall 2015)

Sophomore, Theatre Studies
College of Communication and The Arts

An enthusiastic and talented student, Yvonne Pruitt inspires first-year students as a peer adviser and provides leadership to her fellow theatre majors through the University's student-led Theatre Council. Having performed on stage at SOPAC and in Seton Hall's Theatre-in-the-Round as a freshman, Yvonne spent the summer in England and Ireland as part of the college's Theatre-in-London course.

  • 1. What are you doing now?

    I'm currently rehearsing for Seton Hall University's production of The Women of Lockerbie. I was also recently hired as a voiceover artist for Riverside Digital Productions. I work as a Peer Adviser in Freshman Studies, am involved with the Theatre Council, and Potential New Member of Alpha Phi Omega. Outside of work and extracurricular activities, I am taking six classes, three of which are geared toward my major.

    2. What is a favorite memory so far of your time at Seton Hall?

    I think I have two that stand out the most. The first would have to be rehearsals for Radium Girls in the fall of my freshman year. We had so much fun doing that show and I met and met some of my closest friends here at Seton Hall. The second memory would have to be PA Training. I didn't know that I was missing something in my life until I became a PA. During training and the Pirate Adventures, I felt like I found my place at Seton Hall aside from theatre. I just remember being truly happy and the feeling of fulfillment and purpose. It was amazing.

    3. Who has been a role model for you at Seton Hall?

    I do not have a specific role model here at Seton Hall. I see qualities in many of the people I interact with on a daily basis and I try to emulate those qualities and skills. It takes a village and I try to learn from mine..

    4. What is your favorite book?

    A book that I've always remembered and learned something from was The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It taught me that everything happens for a reason. Every choice you make has a bigger outcome that you can even imagine.

  • 5. What are your career goals?

    My career goal is to be an actress. Before I started applying to college, I wanted to study Psychology. I found human behavior and the mind fascinating and I thought I would love to explore that. I knew I loved acting but I did not think that I could make a profession out of it, so I planned to minor in it. But my then director and now close friend told me that if I wanted to act, I had to be fully committed. It was all or nothing and I had to decide if I loved it enough to risk it. The feeling I get when I act is indescribable. So I took the risk.

    6. What is your favorite movie?

    My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner.."

    7. If you could be on a cover of a magazine or website - what would it be?

    Forbes

    8. You love Seton Hall because…

    It's home.

    9. Best advice you can give a younger student…

    Encourage yourself. You'll have enough people discouraging and shooting you down, do not be one of them. "I am the master of my fate, I am the master of my soul." Always remember that.

    10. Your favorite color is…

    Blue and Purple.

1. What are you doing now?

I am in my first year of my Master’s Degree here at Seton Hall. I’m studying Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Health and Medical Sciences. I’m also working as a graduate assistant with Project Acceleration in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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