New Videos Spotlight SFC Students & Faculty

30 Second & 5 Minutes Videos to Run During ESPN3 Games & Online

They come from New York City and around the world; St. Francis College students and faculty who work together for the common goal of improving themselves and the world around them.

Nurses, financial analysts, future lawyers and teachers; these are the recent graduates and current students who tell their story in new videos produced by St. Francis. The 30 second and 5 minute videos are available on the College's website The 30 second video will also appear during basketball games airing on ESPN3 beginning with this Saturday's contests at 1:00 and 4:00pm.

"It's a challenge to tell the story of St. Francis College in such a short format, but we did our best to pack it all in," said President Miguel Martinez-Saenz. "Everywhere we look, we see students achieving their dreams; our faculty right there beside them, guiding, mentoring, showing them what's possible. These videos show the world what we do every day."

Coming from The Bronx, Adama was sure she wanted to go to law school. She wasn't sure about Brooklyn though, until she visited and found a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood with a community that supported her every step of the way. Now she attends Brooklyn Law School.

Marcus transferred to St. Francis for the athletic and academic opportunities, parlaying a scholarship for swimming with access to the biggest and best corporations into a dream career. Right after graduation, he begins working full-time at J.P. Morgan Chase.

After seeing a taste of what St. Francis College has to offer, the next step is to bring prospective students and their families to campus to meet these people and others in person. Open House is scheduled for April 22.

Meet the Students and Faculty

Adama '16 – When Adama's family came to New York from Sierra Leone, they instilled a strong dedication to education. Adama took that to heart and set a goal of becoming a lawyer. From her first day at St. Francis College, she stayed focused on that goal but also branched out academically. A Political Science major with a minor in Communication Arts who commuted from from The Bronx, Adama worked several jobs while attending College and after graduation continued studying in earnest for the LSAT. Her hard work paid off and she is now studying law at Brooklyn Law School.

Alexander '18 – Alexander wanted to get off Staten Island for college, but he still wanted that small-town community atmosphere that he grew up with. St. Francis College fit the bill perfectly and helped him focus on his career dreams. Now, as President of the Student Government Association and with experience working with people in his community Alex has a strong desire to make a difference in people's lives. He currently holds an internship at a law firm in downtown Brooklyn; supporting criminal defense attorneys from arraignment through trial and sentencing. His next stop is law school with a future goal of working in government.

Annais '18– Annais transferred to St. Francis College to take advantage of the small class sizes and affordability. At St. Francis she's found the personal attention and community she wanted. A Math major with an Economics minor and a 4.0 GPA, Annais is also the school record holder in Women's Track & Field for the 5k indoor and 10k outdoor events, and was a finalist for NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master's Degree in teaching, with a focus on secondary mathematics.

Arianna '19 – Arianna jumped right in to co-curricular activities at St. Francis College. In her first year, she joined a number of organizations and even founded a new club, the local chapter of Girl Up: A United Nations Foundation, which helps girls living in developing countries. Now, she oversees more than 40 student clubs as Speaker of Sacor (Student Activities Counsel of Representatives). Last summer she spent 10 days in Greece on the Philoxenia Program College Trip, where she met with government officials and visited archeological and cultural sites. Even with all her responsibilities and a double major in Economics (Public Policy) and Political Science, Arianna maintains a 4.0 GPA and hopes to attend law school and open her own business. She now runs her own travel, fitness, and wellness site, (@uncovermore on Instagram).

Dillon '17 – Dillon was part of the first class of undergraduate students to graduate from the four year Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. And like the vast majority of his classmates, he passed the NCLEX Nursing Certification Exam. He's now working full-time as a nurse at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. His classmates have gotten job across the city at hospitals and institutions including; NYU, Maimonides Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Services, and several others.

Marcus '18 - Marcus came to St. Francis College from Brazil to study Economics with a concentration in Finance. He used his skills as a swimmer to earn a scholarship that afforded him the opportunity. He served as Captain of the Men's Swimming & Diving team and holds several College records at various distances. Marcus interned last summer at J.P.Morgan Chase and will begin working there full time upon graduation.

Romello '19 – Romello is a Sociology major from Brooklyn. Attending St. Francis was made possible by a generous scholarship and Romello works hard to show his appreciation and pay it forward. He is known around campus for the hours he spends helping his fellow students at events, and by working in various offices. It was a natural progression for him to become Vice President of the Student Government Organization. His ultimate goal is to become a guidance counselor or therapist and serve as a role model for the young people in his neighborhood.


Chemistry Professor Gerard Davidson believes in a collaborative, student-centered approach to learning. He uses the flipped classroom model where students come to class to master the work they studied at home. He is then able to guide them as they work alone and in groups on their road to educational discovery.

Psychology Professor Marisa T. Cohen takes a hands on approach to teaching, offering her students the opportunity to conduct research on their own and as part of the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab (, which she co-founded with Professor Karen Wilson.

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St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


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