Pirate’s Eye Podcast

Seton Hall boasts more than 100,000 living alumni. In this podcast, we chat with some of those proud Pirates about their latest accomplishments and career paths. We have our Pirate’s Eye on what great alumni minds can do.

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Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

In celebration of National Volunteer Month in April, we flipped the script on our podcast host, Viannca Velez '10. Take a listen as our Assistant Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement, Aaron Smith, puts the Pirate Eye on Viannca.
Hailing from Jersey City, NJ, Viannca is a communications strategist with over 13 years of experience. As Director of Communications for New York City’s Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Viannca leads the creation and implementation of the organization’s marketing, public relations and mass communication strategy. Her communications experience includes her career beginnings as a video journalist for Fi0S1 News on Long Island, NY, in-studio tech work at the sports television channel SNY, and digital media management for NGL Media (now NGL Collective). Viannca developed into a communications strategist within the nonprofit sector through her years of working in the advancement departments of Marist High School and Seton Hall University. At each institution, she created and led campaigns that used video storytelling, social media and niche segmentation to successfully increase community engagement and individual donations. 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vianncavelezLinkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/vianncav

Friday Mar 01, 2024

For over a decade, Claudia has dedicated her career to paying it forward by helping college students transform their struggles into success stories. She is a proud first-generation graduate and Educational Opportunity Program alumna. After receiving extensive support from her college counselors at Seton Hall University, she was inspired to pursue a career in higher education. She then earned a master's degree in counseling from Montclair State University and has held various roles in higher education, honing her skills in academic advising and career development. Currently, Claudia serves as the Alumni Director for America Needs You (ANY), a professional development non-profit that empowers first-generation college students through intensive career development and transformative mentorship. In her current role, she oversees national programming and career advancement opportunities for ANY’s growing network of over 2,000 alumni.
Viannca Vélez '10, Host
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vianncavelez
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/vianncav
Claudia Guevara-Olivier '12, Guest
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Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

December is such a magical time at Seton Hall and within the Seton Hall community, so who better to have on the show as we are in the thick of the Christmas season than Seton Hall’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Father Colin Kay. 
Father Colin imparts with us so many nuggets of wisdom, his belief about why the spirit of Christmas comes so alive within the Seton Hall community, and also shares his own Seton Hall journey that dates back to his childhood! 
Take a listen to the December 2023 episode with Father Colin Kay!

Friday Nov 17, 2023

With this season’s tipoff, we’ve scored the inside scoop on all things SHU basketball and the buzz word of the year: NIL. Our host Viannca Velez ’10 sits down with SHU alum and Athletic Director Bryan Felt ’97, to uncover his journey from student to AD, insights on the upcoming season, the Men’s Basketball Practice Facility, and how Name Image & Likeness is impacting all of D1 athletics.
Learn more about the Seton Hall University Practice Facility: https://www.shu.edu/investing-in-our-future/basketball-practice-facility.html
Support NIL with Onward Setonia: https://www.onwardsetonia.com
Connect with our Host: IG: @vianncavelez
Want to recommend our next guest? Email alumni@shu.edu. 

Sunday Sep 24, 2023

In this episode, our host Viannca Velez sits down with Victor Gomez '17, manager of the Seton Hall Esports team. The team is celebrating their 10th Anniversary, and their Rocket League took home a BIG EAST Conference Championship title this past season. 

Wednesday May 03, 2023

In this episode, our host Viannca Velez sits down with Devin Mcguire '16, a professional baritone, conductor and music educator. Devin shares with us his journey to becoming a musical artist and the ways in which being a transfer and commuter student during his days at Seton Hall shaped his college experience. 

Monday Mar 20, 2023

As a producer and talent scout with over 25 years of experience, Bob Sumner '84 is responsible for discovering and facilitating the careers of many comedians such as Bernie Mac, Bill Bellamy, Mo’Nique, Chris Tucker, Dave Chapelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and many more. Sumner graduated from Seton Hall with a degree in Communications. During his time on campus, his career in entertainment was inspired by his heavy involvement in WSOU. Sumner hosted a Friday Night radio showed called Mellow Madness, which became as popular in its time slot as the major radio shows in the tri state area. Since graduating, he has worked at the multinational record label, Def Jam Recordings (1989) and in 1992, he co-founded and helped to lunch HBO’s Def Comedy Jam alongside Russell Simmons. This show went on to change the landscape of urban comedy forever. He is also a curator of Comedy at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Some of his most recent work has been through Laff Mobb Enterprises, LLC, which is responsible for multiple TV specials and series.
Learn more about Bob Sumner's current work and upcoming projects
Laff Mobb - https://www.laffmobb.com/tour
Apollo Theatre Residency - https://www.apollotheater.org/event/apollo-comedy-club-5-4-23/
Instagram: @bob.sumner
Facebook   (https://www.facebook.com/groups/106734906318/?ref=share&mibextid=NSMWBT)
Bob Sumner Presents LLC Entertainment Group 
Connect with and learn more about our host Viannca Velez '10:
Instagram: @vianncavelez 
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/vianncav

Friday Dec 09, 2022

Noting that "there is no shortage of Christmas events at Seton Hall University" and that "festivities abound and students will ring in the Christmas cheer," Best College Reviews recognized Seton Hall as the best college in America for "Holiday Events." But have you ever wondered how we got here? In this very festive episode, Viannca sits down with Alan Delozier, Humanities Librarian, to discuss the history of Christmas here at Seton Hall! 
Learn more about Christmas at the Hall and don't forget to follow Viannca @vianncavelez and connect with her on LinkedIn! 

Wednesday Nov 30, 2022

In our most recent episode, Viannca sits down with Cathleen Davey Corbett '83, the founder of Seton Hall's alumni gala, Many Are One! To learn more about Many Are One, visit www.shu.edu/alumni. Be sure to follow our hostest with the mostest, Viannca Velez '10 at @vianncavelez and on LinkedIn!

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Tela Wittig '19 is a New York City based software developer and Founder of Represent, a software company focused on connecting people with their elected representatives and providing for increased transparency in government at every level. Tela built Represent over the past year and launched it nationally in April 2022. She graduated from Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy with a B.S. in 2019. Tela is a proud Pirate and President of the Young Alumni Council where she works to engage and grow the Seton Hall Young Alumni community. 
Connect with Tela!
Find out more about Tela’s company, Represent!
Download Represent on the App Store!
And follow Represent on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
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