Student Council Academic Year 2018-2019

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.


Faculty Advisor Fr. David Mezynski
President Daniel Bein
Secretary Zachariah Mandell
Treasurer Jake Jacob

Class Representatives

3rd-year Seminarians Angelo Niqula & Jake Jacob
2nd-year Seminarians Daniel Bein & Zachariah Mandell
1st-year Seminarians Miroslav Miljevic & Charles Youngblood

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.


  • Ecclesiastical New Year Event featuring Fr. Michael Oleksa, Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Meeting Wednesday, September 12, 7 p.m., Germack porch; "Our hope is to consider, in light of Fr. Michael Oleksa's inspiring talk, how to continue to grow into a theologically grounded vision of our Orthodox Christian relationship to and stewardship of the natural world. Of particular interest will be continuing and expanding the efforts of growing vegetables in our new SVOTS garden and the composting initiative begun at the end of the last academic year. We'll also consider further ideas for the new year to beautify campus and work to actively participate in the cycle of creation."  Aaron Rutz

St. Ambrose Society

Student Leader Dn. 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.


  • Meeting: Monday, September 24, after the Midday meal, Germack building; During this first meeting of the semester, we will focus on electing officers and present a brief overview of opportunities for the St. Ambrose Society to gather foremost for prayer. If time allows we will begin to ask what the society would like to focus on this year toward a pro-life project and ministry.
  • 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil: Outside White Plains Planned Parenthood, 175 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10607; St. Ambrose Society will be participating in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in White Plains as we have in years past, standing with an icon of Our Mother on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood facility and praying the Paraklesis service. Everyone is invited to come and pray with us as we seek the Theotokos's intercessions for these little ones and their mothers. We are setting aside the following days and times:
    • Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

    We will meet in front of Germack at 6:30 p.m. each time to carpool.

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.


  • Meeting Tuesday, September 4, 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Seminar Room; "We hope to have some of the members of the SVOTS mission team that went to Uganda share about their experiences, and will also discuss potential speakers we can bring to campus to help us engage better with missions, parish ministry, and evangelism. In addition, we can discuss preparing meals for St. Bart's soup kitchen, a worthy task that we will likely continue to do this year." — John Thetford

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM)  

Student Leader  / 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.

 St. Moses Society

Student Leader Anthony Davis / 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 conversation on race in the Orthodox Church today.

“I led our initial meeting for 2017  focused around the scriptural verse, Matthew 28:18–20, in which Jesus directs his disciples to go forth to all other nations, baptizing them and teaching them. I reminded society members that we are supposed to reach out not only to people who look like ourselves; we’re supposed to reach out to everyone. Also, we’re going to build our ministry on prayer, especially prayer to some of the African saints; we hope to schedule Akathist services to ask intercession of holy fathers and mothers like St. Moses the Black and St. Mary of Egypt. Additionally, we hope to minister in facilities like Emmaus House of Harlem, rubbing shoulders with people from black communities, and introducing them to the Orthodox faith.”—Seminarian Anthony Davis


  • Meeting: Wednesday, September 5, 1 p.m, Solarium of the Germack building; The St. Moses the Black Society will hold its first meeting of the year, which should last no more than 45 minutes, to discuss the mission of the society and possible community involvement and elect leaders for this academic school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Anthony Davis.
  •  Prayers (bi-weekly): Every other Wednesday at 1 p.m., starting September 19, 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 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                                                Dcn Symeon Halsell
  • Tennis                                                   Dcn Jake Jacob
  • Spikeball                                              Ted Werthmuller
  • "Mind Sports" (e.g., Chess)              Harrison Russin
  • Soccer                                                   Djorge Tomic
  • Insanity/P90x Workouts                 Ted Werthmuller


  • Lawn Games and Get Together: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3 p.m.; "On behalf of the St. Demetrios Society, I'd like to invite everyone out to the lawn prior to the Chili Cookoff.  We'll get out some of the lawn games, a football, a soccer ball, kan jam, cornhole, etc. to kickstart the first of many St. Demetrios Society activities.  This will be a great way to get outside while it's still bearable and build up an appetite for the Chili Cookoff." —Theodore Werthmuller