Saint Vincent College students have access to new opportunities in the natural science, English and modern languages departments, namely a human anatomy lab and a small press as recent additions to the academic programs.
The Liberatore Human Anatomy Lab is located in the James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall, which was dedicated in November of 2017.
Casey Kalp, junior integrated science major and assistant for the lab, believes that the lab is especially helpful for students who want to go into the medical field.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity to expose them to that early,” Kalp said. “The lab really helps simulate […] what you have to be able to handle.”
One of the opportunities offered by the lab is the ability to view surgical demonstrations. Gregory Bisignani, MD, orthopedic surgeon, demonstrated a knee replacement in the lab on Oct. 17. According to Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, the demonstration was the second of six surgical demonstrations that are scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year. Surgical demonstrations are open to all students, most of whom will view the demonstration via a live feed in the classroom above the lab.
The Boyer School is also offering new courses in the lab, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Human Dissection Lab Experience, according to Krista Jobe, the lab manager.
“Students will be able to advance their studies of human anatomy through dissection of a cadaver,” Jobe said.
New opportunities also exist for students who are interested in literary translation and publishing. Working in partnership, the modern language and English departments established Eulalia Books, a small press that publishes literature in translation.
Michelle Gil-Montero, associate professor of English and editor at Eulalia Books, said that students interested in several different topics would benefit from the press.
“Students interested in learning about how poetry gets published, or how books make it from one language and culture into another, or even just the nuts and bolts of making books, might be interested in getting involved,” Gil-Montero said.
Students can get involved by interning with Eulalia to learn about all aspects of the publishing process. Eulalia hires three interns per year.
Finally, the English department is also offering a Small Press Publishing course for the first time in the fall of 2019 which “will involve students in some of the hands-on work of publishing,” Gil-Montero said.
Gil-Montero stated that Eulalia might provide even more opportunities in the future for students in a wide variety of disciplines, such as sales and education. As the program unfolds, students can look forward to a more unique academic experience.