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Monday, August 25, 2014  

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The O’Connell Athletic Center Labor Day Weekend Hours

Friday, August 29: 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 30: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 31: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, September 1: CLOSED

Contact: Mary L. Cooper, administrative assistant/membership coordinator at 860.231.5419 or


USJ Online Calendar

Faculty and staff are reminded to submit department events to the USJ online calendar by visiting and clicking on the Submit Event button at the top of the calendar.

If you have any questions please contact Kathie Kentfield, web site coordinator, at or 860.231.5482.


I Write Your Name: The Amistad Center @ USJ

Part II: June 26 - August 31

I Write Your Name will be exhibited at the Art Gallery in three installments during 2014 while The Amistad Center's galleries at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art are closed for renovation.

All three installments feature selections from the Amistad Center's collection of art, artifacts, and popular culture objects that "document the experience, expressions, and history of people of African descent." They were chosen to highlight some of the Center's recent acquisitions. I Write Your Name also supports the School of Humanities and Social Sciences' 2014-15 academic year theme of "Peace."

For more information, check out the link below:



Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The USJ community will celebrate the start of the 2014-2015 academic year with a traditional ceremony of Convocation in The Connor Chapel of Our Lady followed by a university-wide picnic. This event is for all USJ faculty, staff and students.

Contact: Office of the Provost at 860.231.5229


Thook: The Story of Food

Wednesday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.

As part of the 2014-2015 theme on Peace and Human Rights, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in collaboration with the Department of English and Theater and the Office of International Studies is partnering with HartBeat Ensemble to bring The Indian Ensemble's new production, Thook (Spit), to the University of Saint Joseph from Bangalore, India.

Thook (Spit) was one of 9 plays commissioned by SchauSpielHaus Hamburg from companies around the world for a project entitled, Hunger For Trade. Thook (Spit) explores issues of food trade, food security and hunger, through four powerful stories, ranging from the documentary to the satirical.

Open to the Public. No admission charge.

For details, please contact


Gizmo Guys

The University of Saint Joseph presents an afternoon of family entertainment with comedy juggling act, Gizmo Guys. The performance will take place on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium of the Bruyette Athenaeum.

The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker, have amazed audiences around the world with their original routines, quick-witted verbal repartee, and world-class juggling skills. Their unique act has been featured on television, in international juggling competitions, and at top circus schools.

Tickets, which are $20-adults, $15-seniors, and $10- youth, are available online or at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555.


TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on September 16, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Provost Conference Room, Mercy Hall, main campus.

Schedule an appointment: Call the TIAA-CREF office in Hamden, 866.842.2051 X252403

Contact: Lisa Peruccio, benefits coordinator at or at 860.231.5509


3rd Annual Latino Community Research Lecture

The 3rd annual Latino Community Research Lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room. This is a rich professional development opportunity that highlights Latino culture.

This year’s lecture will feature Juan Carlos Rueda and Jose Luis Sierra from Interamerican University in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. They will discuss their book Tocando Fondo (Spanish for “Hitting the Bottom” or “Hitting Rock Bottom”). This book highlights stories of the current economic conditions in Puerto Rico and how this impact people in their daily lives.

Some of the topics addressed in the book (which might be nicely tied to your graduate coursework) includes but is not limited to: migration to the United States, unemployment, youth culture, informal economy, poverty, isolation, gender roles, diversity, prejudice, resiliency, and mental health. As was the case for past lectures, their book will be available for sale and signing.

Contact: Madeline Perez, assistant professor of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at or 860.231.5394






........Student News

Want to work in Admissions? #IWILL

Admissions is still hiring student workers!

Share your USJ experiences with incoming students and welcome guests to campus by joining the Admissions Team this 2014-2015 school year! Whether you want to find a work study job, wish to pursue a career in Admissions, or just want the experience becoming a campus tour or telecounseling expert, Admissions has something for you! There are still available positions for our student team:

· Student Ambassador/Office Assistant
· Telecounselor
· Telecounselor Manager
· Counselor Assistant

Check out the job description, hours, and all other important information by logging on to MYUSJ and selecting the Admissions Student Worker Application Packet under the Student Life tab.

Questions? Contact Samantha Wasef, senior admissions counselor, at 860.231.5307.


Student Teaching Spring 2015

There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for Spring 2015 student teaching applicants on September 3, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in McDonough 200.

Application deadline is September 15, 2014, by 4:00 p.m. Access applications by logging into MyUSJ, School of Education, Student Teaching.

If you have any questions please contact Veronica Hills, assistant to the director of Student Teaching, at or 860. 231.5782.


Phonathon Associate Positions Available

The USJ Phonathon program is looking for 10 new Phonathon Associates

.As a phonathon associate you will work with other members to call USJ alumni and friends to update personal information, to reconnect them to the University as well as secure gifts for the USJ annual fund. Skills that an associate needs and will develop throughout the semester are strong communication skills, outgoing, hard working, friendly, reliable, and able to represent the University in a positive manner.

There are some great benefits that you will receive working as a Phonathon associate including ideal work hours, incentives such as prizes, snacks, end of semester parties, resume building skills, and opportunity to network by conversing with alumni in various professions across the United States.

This position is 6 to 12 hours a week, and conveniently located on campus. The hours at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and Sundays 3:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (minimum of working 2 days a week).

Contact: Kathryn DaSilva, at


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