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Catholic Studies Graduates and Study Abroad Alum Continue on to Prestigious Programs
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As the Class of 2012 graduates from Seton Hall University and embarks upon the next step in their professional and personal journeys, the Center for Catholic Studies would like to highlight two Catholic Studies graduates and a Catholic Studies Study Abroad alumnus whose notable accomplishments and future endeavors will lead them in exciting and prestigious directions.

Catholic Studies students and study abroad program alumni; Nicole Longobardo, Luca Battaglia, John Barron, Jana Soska, Joseph Pastino, and Amanda Genabith
Students of Center for Catholic Studies
Luca Battaglia, receiving a B.A. in Classical Studies and Catholic Theology with a Minor in Catholic Studies, is a Lilly Graduate Fellow and will pursue a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Joseph Pastino, receiving a B.A. in Catholic Studies, will pursue an M.A. from Seton Hall University. Andrew Presti, receiving an M.A. in History and former Catholic Studies Oxford Study Abroad 2011 participant, will pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.

About the Students

Luca Battaglia
“I am graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Classical Studies and Catholic Theology and a minor in Catholic Studies. In the fall, I will begin my studies at The Catholic University of America pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy, and I have been awarded a fellowship from the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program that will prepare me to pursue an academic career.

Catholic Studies has served as a bridge connecting my two fields of study, and has brought me into contact with the Catholic intellectual tradition through authors such as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, Christopher Dawson, and G.K. Chesterton. This contact with the Catholic intellectual tradition became a very concrete experience for me when I participated in the Catholic Studies study abroad trip to Oxford. At Oxford, we were immersed in the historical, literary and artistic foundations of Christian culture, and this experience left me with a profound sense of the impact of Catholic Christianity on the world and on all aspects of our culture. As I graduate and prepare to begin my studies at Catholic University, I will always treasure the experience I have had in Catholic Studies at Seton Hall, an experience that will remain with me and continue to influence me throughout my life.”

Joseph Pastino
“As graduation rapidly approaches, and I complete my Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies, I am preparing for the next chapter of my life. I am happy to announce that I will be returning to Seton Hall in the fall to begin my graduate studies. I am pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. My career ambitions include working in public service, particularly in social justice. My goal immediately following graduate school is to gain entry-level experience working for humanitarian nonprofit organization, a state or federal politician, or for a university, in either a service learning or government relations position. Long-term goals include reaching an executive-level position in my field, continuing my education in the pursuit of a doctoral degree, and starting my own nonprofit organization that focuses on poverty alleviation in partnership with the United States government, humanitarian agencies, intergovernmental organizations and colleges and universities throughout the United States.

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to Msgr. Richard Liddy and the entire Catholic Studies staff for all of their support and advice throughout my time at Seton Hall. I have enjoyed my experience with the Center for Catholic Studies and all of the opportunities it has given me.”

Andrew Presti
“I came to Seton Hall in 2009... as a transfer student, in fact. I remember falling in love with the campus after having visited during an open house. Three years later, I find myself taking for granted how beautiful the Green is as it changes throughout the seasons. But I guess we're all changing along with it. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History from Seton Hall in 2011, and my Master of Arts in History from Seton Hall in 2012.

As a graduate student, I focused mainly on 19th-century German intellectual history. In my final year of study here at Seton Hall, I chose to write my Master's thesis on the life and thought of German historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler (1880-1936). I am continuing my studies on Spengler at the University of Cambridge, starting this October. I will be entering their Ph.D. program in Modern and Medieval Languages (German) and working under the supervision of the Department of German and Dutch.

Thinking back, I chose Seton Hall because of its remarkable professors, to whom I owe so much. In the hustle and bustle of university life, I think it's very easy to lose sight of how important these men and women truly are. If you let them, they will open your mind up to whole new avenues of thought. It's the greatest of gifts, in my opinion. I visited Oxford with the Catholic Studies Program, and it certainly had a profound influence on my decision to apply for study in England and I encourage other students to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Stepping foot into another country, and actually being there for yourself, is truly the first step in pursuing a study abroad. It opened the door for me and I hope it does the same for others.”

Congratulations to these students, and to all members of the Seton Hall graduating class of 2012.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. To that end, it sponsors an undergraduate degree program for students, focusing on interdisciplinary studies, with opportunities for community, service, scholarship and foreign study. The Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics, and their publications. The Center offers study and research, as well as an ongoing program on faith and culture, social justice, business and the economy, for audiences world-wide.

For more information please contact:
Sarah Adlis
(973) 275-2175


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