Steven Quella '14

December 19, 2013

Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, WIQuella with Coy

High School: Sevastopol High School

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Job After Graduation: Steve started his new job as Software Engineer on May 27, 2014 at Pinnacle Partners, in the custom software solutions division (Pinnacle IT Solutions), located in Indianapolis. His responsibilities are to work on custom software and web solutions for clients, primarily in C# and ASP.NET using the MVC framework. When asked how SJC prepared him for this job, Steve said, "The programming languages and methodologies that I will be using at my new job are things I did not study in the Dept. of Computer Science. The main way SJC helped was to teach me how to learn new things quickly and effectively to adapt to changing aspects in the world of software and help my career."

Real-life Experience: As a result of the investigations he and other students did in a Computer Science class on Web Real-Time Communication (webRTC), Steve will be one of a group of representatives of Saint Joseph’s College when he attends this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON), the premier gathering of the open source community, in Portland in July. 

The group will present their findings oaspects of Web Real-Time Communication (webRTC). webRTC allows a browser to conduct audio, video, and screen sharing with another browser without the need for a server to act as a middleman. webRTC includes such applications as Google Hangouts and a few other very new products. Read the story about this. 

Clubs & Activities

Men's Soccer, Freshman STEM Program Mentor, Senior Lab Monitor

Choosing SJC

I chose SJC because I am from a small town and a small high school, and I prefer to have that atmosphere. I chose the College over others because I felt like I could have a close-knit group of friends and good relationships with my professors.  

Quella with CoyThe Core Program

The Core Program is useful in gaining a better understanding of other people’s perspectives, while also building a foundation of knowledge in many areas. The Core Program covers areas of study outside of my majors, such as history, literature, science, and philosophy. Core is not only helping me gain expertise in my majors, but a wide range of knowledge in many areas.

Personal Attention from Faculty

The Computer Science faculty, Brian Capouch and Jennifer Coy, are very helpful and give personal attention when you need help. They literally give students 24-hour assistance if we have questions. With their lessons, they almost always give a relation to outside applications and keep up with the latest topics in the field of Computer Science, helping the Computer Science majors be well prepared for our future jobs.


Faith & Service

Quella with BT

I am not a Catholic, but I still feel that there is an urge to explore one's own faith at SJC. From my perspective, the study of Christianity is not for conversion, but for the comparison of how faith can be viewed. This teaching has helped me shape my own beliefs. 

Leadership & Hands-on Experience

I did an internship on campus in the Computer Center and was able to get real-world experience in technical support and web application development. In addition to this, I am a mentor for the Freshman STEM Program, where I help freshmen STEM majors become better students and explore research opportunities. Because this is a new program, these research opportunities are also exciting to me.  Quella in lab

Plans for the Future

I plan to find a job related to my studies in Computer Science, focusing on software development or system administration.

 

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  • 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. 

  • Mentorship

    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.

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Mentorship

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

  • High Quality Academics

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

     

  • Leadership

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

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.