Student Council Academic Year 2019-2020

The Student Council at St. Vladimir's encourages student participation in campus life and facilitates communication in the seminary community. Associate Dean for Student Affairs Fr. David Mezynski is the advisor for the Student Council, and also acts as liaison between the Student Council and the Faculty Council. Additionally, the Council encourages outreach through designated projects, charities, and causes.

Officers

Faculty Advisor Fr. David Mezynski
President Raymond Davison
Secretary Steven Roberts
Treasurer Dn. Peter Runyon

Class Representatives

3rd-year Seminarians Raymond Davidson & Royce Mathew
2nd-year Seminarians Dn. Peter Runyon & Keith Morris
1st-year Seminarians Steven Roberts & Thomas Troop


Student Interest Groups,

Student Leaders, & Faculty Sponsors

St. Herman's Society

Student Leader Aaron Rutz / Faculty Sponsor Professor Tracy Davis Gustilo
The St. Herman Society for Orthodox Ecology is the Student Interest Group that seeks to encourage environmental stewardship. The group has sponsored campus beautification days and tree-planting ceremonies, as well as public lectures by notable ecologists, and the observance of the Orthodox Christian New Year, with its traditional theme of creation care.

Events

  • The St. Herman's Society is sponsoring the campus tradition of planting a tree on September 1. The Indiction, or Church New Year, coming Sept 1 is traditionally also part of the agricultural cycle and is an auspicious time for tree planting/garden blessing as autumn approaches. Fr. Chad Hatfield will lead the service down in the field next to Scarsdale Road at 4 p.m.  Planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. on the Germack Porch. All are invited. If interested in helping harvest and grow the community garden and other nature-related activities, please attend or let us know you are interested.
  • On Thursday, October 3, at 12:15 p.m. Seminary Professor Dr. Tracy Gustillo will be presenting on her trip over the summer to the ecological summit in Turkey at the invitation of His All-Holiness Bartholomew, patriarch of Constantinople. The presentation will be in the solarium.

St. Ambrose Society

Student Leader Fr. Symeon Halsell / Staff Sponsor Fr. Ignatius Green
The St. Ambrose Society is the Seminary's pro life Student Interest Group. The group seeks to raise awareness about the Church's teachings in the face of the many challenges of the modern world. The Church is "pro life" in the broadest sense of the word, and the group insists upon the sanctity and infinite worth of human life from conception to death, and affirms the life-giving sacramental bond of marriage between man and woman as an icon of Christ and his Church. The group seeks to promote and obey the Church's teachings by hosting seminars and lectures on vital pro life issues. Group members also seek to provide a prayerful witness each semester by praying outside a local Planned Parenthood organization, and annually by participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Events

  • The Society will host Emily Wilkinson and Veronica Ruby Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. They will come speak to us about re-founding Orthodox Christians for Life. They will share their experiences of restarting this charitable organization and the resources they are beginning to implement.
  • St. Ambrose Society will begin participation in the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign by praying the Paraklesis service every Wednesday starting September 25 until October 30, 2019. We will meet after Vespers outside Three Hierarchs Chapel to organize ourselves and carpool down together. We will pray and seek the Theotokos intercessions on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood in White Plains.

St. Innocent Mission Society

Student Leader John ThetfordFaculty Sponsor Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President
The St. Innocent Mission Society exists to promote awareness and involvement in Christian mission and evangelism. Taking into account Jesus' call to his apostles to be witnesses locally, regionally, and internationally (Acts 1:8), the society seeks opportunities in these dimensions to love our fellow human being made in the image of God and to promote the edification and growth of Christ's Church.

Events

  • The St. Innocent Mission Society will host Seminary Alumnus Jesse Brandow, an OCMC Missionary in Guatemala, during the Midday Meal on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 12:15 p.m. Jesse will speak about his ministry in the Guatemala mission field. 

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM)  

Student Leader Mitchell Morfas / Faculty Sponsor
OISM stands for the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement. It was founded in the 1960's and revived in 2003. OISM typically meets twice a year at a different seminary and seeks to foster prayer, fellowship, and cooperation among seminarians of the Orthodox Church. It is of tremendous value for the future leaders of the Church to meet and engage each other, and learn from one another in order to better serve the Church.

Events

  • On Thursday, September 12, OISM will be having its first meeting to discuss the upcoming retreat at St. Tikhon's from November 1-3. The meeting will take place in the solarium at 1 p.m. We will also talk briefly about the mission of OISM and what you can expect from the weekend.
  • OSIM Conference, "Christ: Beauty Incarnate": November 1-3, 2019, St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, St. Tikhons Rd, South Canaan, PA 18459

 St. Moses Society

Student Leader Daniel Bein / Faculty Sponsor Professor Peter C. Bouteneff
Taking the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black as its inspiration, the StMoses Society is a Student Interest Group that endeavors to foster meaningful

Events

  •  Prayers (bi-weekly): Every other Wednesday at 1 p.m., starting September 4, St Mark Coptic Chapel; The St. Moses Society would like to invite all who would like to participate in prayers of reconciliation in the Coptic chapel here on campus. These prayer sessions are opportunities for all who are present to participate; this is not something that is just for the members of St. Moses Society or even lead by the members. The prayer is that this becomes a group effort and becomes a part of our lives here on campus.

St. Demetrios Society

Student Leader Theodore Werthmuller / Faculty Sponsor Professor Harrison Russin

"The goal of the St. Demetrios Fitness and Fellowship Society is to create a platform in which our community can come together in fellowship and maintain a healthy lifestyle, aiding in the formation we strive to achieve here. This society creates an opportunity for regular physical activity on a more communal level so that, in addition to the soul and mind “workouts” we get through the seminary classes, personal prayer, and chapel life, we may maintain our physical health as well.  Through this, our efficiency and quality of work as well as our spiritual lives should also grow." —Seminarian Theodore Werthmuller

The St. Demetrios Society is comprised of small interest groups that meet regularly for various physical activities. The small groups and their coordinators are listed below.  Please contact the coordinator of any group/s that you may be interested in for meeting times and further information.

Small Interest Group                              Coordinator

  • Basketball                                            Ted Werthmuller
  • Running                                                Dn. Charles Youngblood
  • Tennis                                                    Dn. Jake Jacob
  • Spikeball                                               Phillip Ritchey
  • Soccer                                                    Fr. Georgi Tskitishvili
  • Step Competition                                Mitch Morfas
  • Calisthenics (Group Workouts)      Ted Werthmuller

Events

  • Meeting: Thursday, September 5, 2019, 1 p.m. in the Germack Solarium