the Path to Success
Santino L. Galizio
Published as an
online supplement to Krónika
Santino Galizio, born August
28, 1987, is the son of Isabelle Kis Galizio. Isabelle is the daughter
of Ferenc Kis who is on the Board of the Hungarian Association. Santino
is an example of a young man on the path to success.
Galizio attended the well-known Incarnate Word Academy grade school in
Parma Heights, OH and upon graduating continued on to St. Ignatius High
School, Cleveland, OH. On entering St. Ignatius High School he received
the “Ignatian Scholars Award.”
Ignatius, Santino immersed himself in ‘service’ programs and projects.
During his sophomore year he resurrected a
program that was defunct. He asked the Service Director to allow him to
turn the Program around. With the assistance of his friends the Program
became extremely successful and Santino was leader of the Program from
sophomore year until senior graduation.
As a result of all of his hours of service,
he was awarded the St. Peter Claver Service Award upon graduation.
awarded the “Ignatius Scholarship” upon entering Canisius College,
Buffalo, NY, in 2005.
This was a 4 year annual renewable
freshman he joined the College’s Little Theater Group where he performed
in all their Shakespearian productions, as well as other shows.
his performances, he also assisted with stage crew.
In his junior year he was elected to the
Board as Treasurer, and senior year as President.
spring of 2008, Dr. John D. Occhipinti, PhD, professor and Department
Chair Director of the European Studies Program nominated Santino to
represent Canisius as a delegate to the annual Naval Academy Foreign
Students are nominated from their
respective universities as outstanding undergraduates to meet and
discuss major contemporary issues as selected by the NAFAC Leadership.
In 2008 the students were required to write
papers on issues addressing selected various Latin American topics.
Santino’s topic was ‘Cuban – U.S.
In the spring
of 2009, Santino co-authored a paper with Dr. Jonathan M. DiCicco, Ph.D.
titled, “One Plus One Equals Three: The Effect of Third Party Wars on
Their paper was selected by the New York
State Political Association to be presented at their annual conference
held in New York City.
Dr. DiCicco selected Santino through the
highly competitive Canisius Earning Excellence Program, known as CEEP.
Students are chosen by professors to assist
them in research, writings, and experiments in various fields throughout
As a student in
the History Honors Program, Santino was required to complete a Senior
Honors Thesis and present his findings to a review panel comprised of
professors and students. The thesis was titled, “South Ossetia:
Georgia’s Kosovo?” and detailed the historical similarities between the
Kosovo war and the conflict in South Ossetia.
In May of
2009, Santino graduated Magna cum Laude, earning a Bachelor of Arts
Degree, majoring in International Relations, History, European Studies,
and Modern Languages – Spanish, with Honors in History.
He received the International Relations
Academic Excellence Award for graduating with the highest GPA among
candidates for that major.
was inducted into 4 honor societies: Alpha Sigma Nu – National Jesuit
Honor Society; Pi Sigma Alpha – National Political Science Honor
Society; Phi Alpha Theta – History Honor Society; and Sigma Delta Pi –
National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
seeking employment as he prepares to take the GRE ‘Graduate Record Exam’
to enter graduate school.
He is taking this time off to decide
whether he will first pursue a Masters in Linguistics followed by a Ph.D.
in History, or the reverse.
Once he has made this decision he will
begin his search for a university that will best match his needs.
His hope is to attain a full scholarship
and teaching assistant’s position while completing his studies.
The final goal is a professorship, where he
can inspire other students, while continuing his own education in the
world of academia, which he loves so much.