Stillman graduate Frank Joseph DeVito had a bittersweet beginning at
Seton Hall University. His father, Seton Hall graduate and avid Pirates
basketball fan, Frank Daniel DeVito, died two weeks before classes
began. His expectations – bonding with his father over basketball and
life at The Hall – were dashed. However, their shared passion for the
sport would soon point Frank Joseph in a new direction where he would
find mentors, support, and a true blue home.
A Pirate from birth, Frank Joseph’s family virtually bleeds blue. He
was born to two Seton Hall alumni, Frank and Josephine, after whom he
is named. One of his sisters is also a graduate. Josephine DeVito is a
College of Nursing professor. Frank Joseph recalls traveling to campus
with his mother on his days off from middle school to enjoy the green
and absorb the Catholic spirituality that is evident on campus.
“All of my life, I attended Catholic school,” said Frank Joseph. “I was able to expand upon my core Christian values.”
During this difficult time in his life, Frank Joseph also benefited
by having “two moms” on campus, his own whom he would meet for lunch in
the dining hall or get a bite to eat at Dunkin Donuts, and College of
Nursing Dean Phyllis Hansell, whom Frank Joseph calls a “second mom.”
He says Hansell was always ready and available to lend a helping hand
whenever he needed it.
This strong support system coupled with his love for the basketball
team provided Frank Joseph with the way to lift the emotional weight of
his father’s passing.
He found a new home, a true blue home, in the Seton Hall basketball
program. He traveled with the team as a manager, and received mentoring
from Men’s Basketball coaches Kevin Willard and Ryan Whalen.
“Over the last four years, Frank was a tremendous asset to our
program, given the unrelenting work ethic and high level of energy he
displayed on a daily basis,” said Willard. “Frank’s leadership skills
and commitment to success will enable him to thrive in his professional
career as well.”
With two degrees under his belt, a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and
Management, Frank Joseph currently works at National Securities in
Middletown, N.J. He is also studying for the Series 7 Exam to become a
licensed stockbroker and hopes one day to start his own business.
“I try not to be too hesitant about anything,” said Frank Joseph. “Rather, I try to be confident in all aspects of life.”
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