Vladimir St. Surin '04 M'07
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
M.S., Communication and Information Systems
(Currently enrolled in D.Sc. program)
Family: Vladimir is half of a Colonial Couple with Eva Matthews St. Surin '03 M'07; they have a 4-year-old son, Darcy, and a baby daughter, Kennedy.
Home: Born in Brooklyn of Haitian roots (he's named after a Haitian soccer player), Vladimir and his family now live in Clinton, just west of campus.
Work: Director of student life and athletics at Community College of Allegheny County.
Favorite RMU Memory: Meeting Eva when they were both getting their master's degrees is first, though being voted Homecoming King as a senior is up there too. But it's all good: "My experience at Robert Morris was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me. When you're from Brooklyn, you're exposed to a lot — violence, not a lot of good things. Being recruited by Robert Morris to play football and getting me out of my comfort zone allowed me to grow as a person and as a man.
"But going from Brooklyn to Moon Township was extreme culture shock. I remember the first time one of my teammates said, 'You want to get some pop?' I said, 'No, I don't do that — we get tested for that.' He said, 'No, they sell it in the vending machine!'"
Proudest Achievement: "Being a father, because the power of love can heal all wounds. It was because of my son that my mother was able to smile again, and so was I." The boy is named after Vladimir's brother, who also played for the Colonials but was murdered in Brooklyn in 2008 only hours before he was to get on a plane to visit Vladimir.
Why He Stays Connected: "The thing I love most when I come back is I get to see all the people who helped me to get to where I am in life — friends, faculty, coaches — and I get to tell them thank you."