Saint Francis University Establishes Program to Support Pre-Med Students in Memory of Passionate Scientist and Scholar
Loretto, PA (07/11/2022) — Saint Francis University and the Erevelles family jointly announce the naming of the Joseph Erevelles Biology Pre-Medicine Program. Through this named program, University students will be able to receive enhanced support as they pursue placement in medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, and related schools. The Joseph Erevelles Biology Pre-Medicine Program is the first-named program in the University's School of STEAM.
Joseph Erevelles, who passed away on October 12, 2020, was the son of Drs. Christine (Koneski) and Winston Erevelles. He had a passion for science and service, and his family and friends believe that he would have changed the world. Christine graduated from Saint Francis in 1986 with a BS degree in Biology Pre-Medicine. She earned her M.D. degree at Temple University School of Medicine, practices as an emergency physician, and currently serves as the system medical director in the Baptist System in San Antonio, Texas. Winston is Dean Emeritus of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary's University in Texas.
The Erevelles family gathered at Saint Francis University on Sunday, June 19, 2022, with University representatives to announce the naming of the program and associated gifts. The Joseph Erevelles Biology Pre-Medicine Program will provide financial support to students as they prepare and register for medical school admissions tests, pay application fees for medical schools, and travel to interviews. In addition, students may also use portions of the endowment for undergraduate research opportunities, annual achievement awards, travel/participation expenses for students at professional meetings, and other relevant expenses.
Dr. Peter Skoner, Dean of the School of STEAM, shared, "I am thankful to the Erevelles family for providing the first-named program in the School of STEAM at Saint Francis University. The Biology Pre-Medicine Program has a long history at the University, with outstanding and successful graduates, including Dr. Christine Erevelles. The program is a prime example of quality health and medical programs at Saint Francis that continue to produce individuals ready to serve the medical needs of our nation for years to come." Dr. Skoner noted that the gifts have the potential to attract, support, and encourage Biology Pre-Medicine students for years to come.
Dr. Christine Erevelles, Class of '86, spoke about the academic preparation, essential science background, problem-solving ability, confidence, and personal attention she received at Saint Francis. She pointed out that it was the encouragement of Dr. Wayne Takacs, Professor Emeritus of Biology, that put her on the path to medical school. Therefore it seemed very fitting that the Joseph Erevelles Biology Pre-Medicine Program would provide that same extra support and encouragement to Saint Francis Biology Pre-Medicine students as they pursue their goals in the medical field.
The Joseph Erevelles Biology Pre-Medicine program provides a strong science background and career experiences that prepare students for practice as a physician, optometrist, dentist, veterinarian, or other medical professionals. Over the past ten years, students completing program requirements at Saint Francis have had a 90% acceptance rate into medical and professional schools. For information about the program, please visit the website francis.edu/biology.
Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States. Its mission is to help students grow into compassionate, successful professionals through a culture of generosity, respect, discovery, and joy.