Matt Phillips '14

June 30, 2015

Major: BiologyMatt Phillips '14

Minor: Sustainability Studies

Current Residence: Chicago, IL

What are you doing now?

I work for The Urban Canopy, a small but complex food distribution and farming company in the heart of the South Side of Chicago. The urban Canopy’s mission is to create a sustainable and equitable food system in Chicago. I serve as a manager for the Outdoor Farm branch and for our CSA branch. I also work several farmers markets through the summer and winter in the city.

Why did you choose SJC?

I chose SJC to be a part of the Cross Country and Track & Field program, as well as to stay close to home.

As a student, what was your experience like at SJC?

At SJC, I was able to develop tight-knit and long-lasting relationships with my fellow athletes (from many different sports), students, and professors. I was also able to push myself and test my limits - physically and mentally.

What experiences did you appreciate most in the Department of Biology?

In the Department of Biology, I enjoyed getting an education in each of the scientific disciplines - chemistry, physics, biology, genetics, calculus, etc., all in a very small classroom setting.

How were the faculty members in the Department of Biology helpful to you?

The professors in the Department of Biology were constantly providing the students with opportunities to do field work with weekly labs and voluntary field trips in the spring and the fall. They really go the extra mile for students who show a lot of initiative in the department.

How did the Core Program prepare you for employment?

Throughout each of my four years, the Core Program taught me how to interact with completely different groups of people in a healthy way. This kind of experience offered me the chance to grow and learn as a person, not just a student.

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  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.