August 12, 2013
High school counselors from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin
America learned about the considerable advantages of a St. John's
University education this summer when they visited the Queens, NY,
campus as part of the annual Metro New York International Counselor
During their half-day at St. John’s, the counselors toured the
entire campus after attending presentations by top students and Robert
Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., Provost. Chaperoned by Clare
Vickery, an Assistant Director in the Office of Admission, the
visitors hailed from Brazil, Turkey, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan,
South Africa and several other countries.
The annual event, created in 2009 by eight metropolitan
universities—including St. John's—provides an opportunity for
counselors from around the world to personally experience the wide
choice of college campuses, facilities and programs available in
the New York City region.
In addition to St. John’s, participating schools include Long
Island University (C.W. Post and Brooklyn campuses), Pace
University, Fordham University, Farleigh Dickinson University and
Eugene Lang College.
In his welcoming remarks, Mangione discussed the importance of
the University's Vincentian
heritage. "We're a Catholic institution, and very proud of
that," he stressed. "We're equally proud that an extremely large
number of our students are not Catholic, because that diversity
enhances who we are."
As a Vincentian institution, Mangione explained, St. John's is
as committed to spurring the social change necessary to end the
cycle of poverty as it is to serving those less fortunate. "We want
to do the research and the purposeful activities that will make an
important difference not only in our city but throughout the
world," he said.
Sheri Neal, from the American School in Japan, attested to the
value of the campus tours, saying that after visiting an
institution, she feels more confident about recommending it. "St.
John's is beautiful,” she commented. “The residential piece is so
important. When my kids envision a metropolitan campus, they think
of a series of buildings on a city street. International students
and their parents don't want that. They want grass, trees and
Having visited, Neal appreciates the University’s setting and
amenities. "St. John's is the perfect distance from New York City,”
she said. “The kids don't have the distraction of taking classes in
the middle of the city. The Queens campus has the best of both
worlds. Students can travel to the city but are here for classes."
She was also impressed by Mangione's heartfelt remarks. "He really
embodies the University," she observed.
Addressing the visitors, current students attested to their
positive experience at St. John’s. Tamara Terzian ’15CPS told the
gathering that she chose the University because of its commitment
to Catholic values and the high percentage of graduates who find
jobs in their field. "I love how everyone is so focused on
service,” she said. “I knew I'd be meeting a different caliber of
Before bidding farewell to the visitors, Mangione attested, "The
stories our outstanding admissions counselors tell you are true
stories. I am a four-time alumnus, and I wouldn't want to be
anywhere else. I can't describe adequately what makes this a great
institution, but it's primarily in here,” he said, gesturing to his
heart. “That's the magic of this place."