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Alum of the Month: Victor Republicano '09
Victor Republicano, a member of the graduating Class of 2009, was the guest speaker at this year’s Senior Presentation Assembly and our most recent Alum of the Month. As Special Assistant to the President at Santa Clara University, Victor continues to instill aspects of SJND’s mission in his daily life, including leadership and service.
In his speech to this year’s graduating class - which includes brothers David and James Republicano - he reflected back on the past 25 years his family has been a part of the Saint Joseph Notre Dame community and impactful student experiences, including participating in Junior Retreat as well as being a member of the Link Crew. Both experiences, he explained, are times in which he witnessed the “unity in our diversity” and in turn taught him the lesson of compassion, which he carries with him today.
Concluding his speech, he reminds the Class of 2018 that at this time, they are not leaving SJND, rather, “you are bringing SJND with you, wherever you go, to whomever you encounter.”
Alumni Q&A with Victor Republicano '09
What activities were you involved with at SJND?
Mostly baseball (all four years), Link Crew with Ms. Guevara, newspaper and yearbook with Mr. McKee and Ms. Micheli, and CLT (I was a retreat leader). And actually, one of the cool things I did was what was called the Mission Effectiveness Committee, in which we helped rewrite the mission statement. It was a temporary group formed by Mr. Chiu and Mr. Williams.
If you had to choose one highlight from your SJND experience, what would it be?
When our baseball team made NCS playoffs our senior year because it was the first time baseball had made it in a long time. We ended up losing our first game but it was fun being there.
Are there any particular SJND experiences that stand out in helping prepare or guide you to where you are today?
Definitely newspaper, and being a newspaper editor. Ms. Micheli and Mr. McKee ran that. A lot of what I’m doing today has to do with the lessons they taught me, whether it be being very particular with what you are writing, or visually, being very conscientious of what you are presenting or how you are framing it, even something like how a page looks or how it is laid out.
The leadership aspects I learned with Ms. Guevara are also huge. Welcoming new students and being an ambassador for the school is something I’ve gotten to do [at Santa Clara University] too. And in general, just everything involving Mr. Lippi; everything he said was golden. Also, AP U.S. History with Ms. Monserrat, she was an amazing source, and even morality class with Mr. Shelton.
As Special Assistant to the President at Santa Clara University (Father Michael Engh, S.J.), you have a very unique job; what is a typical day at work like?
It changes every day. Some days are a lot of just sitting down and writing remarks and talking points while working on speeches for upcoming events. It might come up that there is an event that someone wants Father Engh to be at, so it’s figuring out the logistics. It’s a lot of asking questions: Why do you want him there? What is the goal of having him there? What do they want him to talk about? And how can he enhance the experience for everyone there?
So some days, it’s a lot of sitting down and writing, but some days, it’s a lot of phone calls with other people to coordinate events, or meeting with student groups, athletics or alumni on upcoming events or projects that they want to involve Father Engh in. Essentially, [my role is] being the person to handle all the questions so that I can report back to my bosses and keep them briefed on what is going on.
What is one piece of advice you have for the graduating Class of 2018?
Stay open to new opportunities; you never know when a new opportunity could be knocking on your door. The job I have now literally came to be from two customers I was serving at a restaurant in Chicago. We ended up having a mutual connection - next thing I know, I end up moving across the country for this job. You never know who you are interacting with or who you can strike up an interesting conversation with. Just be open to possibilities, even when you might think, “Oh I’d never move across the country for that” or “I’d never do this.” Give thought to every opportunity; I think you’d be surprised at what could come.