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Tuesday, December 16, 2014  

.......Community News

SYC Winter Coat Drive

Monday, December 1 - Thursday, December 18

SYC is collecting children’s, women’s and men’s winter coats.  French Cleaners will clean the coats and distribute them to social service organizations throughout the Greater Hartford area. Coats can be dropped off each day 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. between Monday, December 1 - Thursday, December 18.

Contact: Sue O'Donnell, coordinator/Labratory School, School For Young Children, at 860.231.5561 or



USJ Welcomes New Staff

University of Saint Joseph welcomes a new staff member to the community.:

Charles Malsan Jr., campus safety officer, Campus Safety

Contact: Na-Tasha Bryan, human resources specialist, at or 860.231.6740



Blue Jay Athletics


Friday, January 2 at 5:30 p.m. / USJ against Westfield State

Thursday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. / USJ against Eastern Connecticut State University

Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. / USJ against Lasell

Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Saint Joseph's (ME)

Tuesday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Anna Maria



Saturday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. / USJ against Eastern Connecticut State University

Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Plymouth State


Contact: Deb Fiske at or 860.231.5423



Hoffman Auditorium Upcoming Events


December 18 at 6:30 p.m.
December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
December 20 at 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
December 21 at 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Join Ballet Theatre Company for its 13th annual production of this holiday classic!

Tickets are available through BTC. Click here to visit their website!



Art Gallery Exhibitions and Events


Afternoon at the Gallery

Thursday, December 18| 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 4:00 p.m. for an intimate discussion of the works on display in the Art Gallery. Open to the public.

For more information contact the Art Gallery at or 860.231.5743.


O’Connell Center Holiday Hours

Tuesday, December 23:                   6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24:                                  CLOSED
Thursday, December 25:                                       CLOSED
Wednesday, December 31:                                   CLOSED
Thursday, January 1:                                              CLOSED
Friday January 2:                              6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 26 – Tuesday, December 30
Thursday, Friday & Monday:           6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday:                                            10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday:                                              12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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


November/December Recreation Calendar

Check out the calendar below to know about all the O'Connell Athletic Center has to offer!

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



Martin Luther King Ceremony

Please mark your calendars now for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Ceremony on Wednesday, January 21, at 12:00 p.m. in Connor Chapel.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Maccarone Brophy, Planning Committee Chairperson, at 860.231.5273 or


Holiday Break Message from the President

I am writing to let you know that once again we have decided to extend the Christmas/New Year break beyond those days offered as part of the University of Saint Joseph benefit plan. I hope this gift will provide the opportunity for you to spend extra time with family and friends.

The University will close for the holidays at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. The University will resume operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. (The standard holidays of December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1 will be applied to that period, with an additional three paid days being provided to complete the break.)

There are certain departments that must remain staffed during the holidays in order to provide essential services. Directors of these departments should develop a schedule of the employees who will be working and share the information with their supervisors, as well as notify Campus Safety of the work schedule and arrange for access to specific buildings that may be required.

Any non-exempt employees (hourly staff) who are required to work while the University is closed will receive holiday pay based on their regular schedule, plus regular pay for the hours worked. Exempt employees (salaried staff) who are required to work during this period may receive alternative time off as agreed upon with their supervisor. This alternative time, however, must be used prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2015.

I wish all of you the very best during the holiday season.


USJ's Weather Procedure

The University’s communication plan for cancellations and closings, as well as the policies that apply in these circumstances, are contained in this memo. It is important that you review the information and that you are aware of the multiple communications channels that will be used to broadcast information to you about the status of day, evening and online classes. Please note: Evening classes are defined as any class that begins at 4:00 p.m. or after.


· The USJ Alert System is one of the primary ways we will communicate with you about the status of day, evening and online classes. If you are not registered to receive a USJ alert, please visit: to register. Once registered, you will receive emergency text messages via your cell phone or e-mail address that you identified in your account setup.

Special note to students: Some parents have expressed interest in signing up for the USJ Alert system. Parents may do so by visiting to register.

· The University’s institutional Facebook page is another opportunity to communicate with you. Information about the status of day, evening, and online classes will be posted to:

· The University website,, will contain information about the status of day, evening, and online classes. Please check the site for weather and emergency information.

· The University’s main line, 860.232.4571, will be updated with information about the status of day, evening and online classes. A message of “The University is closed,” “The University will open at ___ a.m.” or “The University will close at ___ p.m.” will pertain to all faculty, students and staff other than those deemed “essential” (Public Safety, Facilities), and as deemed by respective supervisors for weather-related incidents.

· Please do not call Public Safety or other departments on campus for this information. We will make every effort to update the University main line and website about any change in operational status as soon as possible. For example, overnight storm decisions will be posted by 6:00 a.m.

The University of Saint Joseph also notifies local radio and television stations of its decisions to cancel or close. Since the media outlets take information based on their own automated menu of options, sometimes their announcements may seem unclear or in conflict with another announcement you have seen or heard. Again, call 860.232.4571 or for official information.

Please be advised that the University, the Gengras Center, and the School for Young Children make announcements independent of each other. Employees of the University should not make plans according to decisions of the laboratory schools and vice versa.

The School of Pharmacy will follow the direction of the main campus. Should the School of Pharmacy status differ from the main campus, the School of Pharmacy emergency messages will be distinctive and will be issued via the USJ Alert System, the website, and Facebook.

The off-campus Master’s in Education sites (K-12) follow the direction of the school system where the class is located. Students participating in online classes should follow the postings on the University website,

· “The University is Closed” means that students, faculty, and staff (other than those deemed “essential staff” for weather-related incidents) should not report.

· “The University Will Open at ___ a.m.” Late opening messages pertain to all students, faculty and non-essential staff. When arriving at the University, plan for activities and classes to happen at the regularly scheduled times. Activities and classes that would have happened prior to opening are cancelled that day. The Carol Autorino Center staff will notify ticket holders about its events when a decision has been made.

· “The University Will Close at ___ p.m.” Early closing messages pertain to all students, faculty and non-essential staff. Classes and all other campus activities are cancelled. The Carol Autorino Center staff will notify ticket holders about its events when a decision has been made.

If an early closing is determined in the middle of a work day, this information will be broadcast via campus-wide e-mail, USJ Alert, Facebook, and the website. The main phone line will be updated accordingly.

All employees in the following departments are considered “essential staff” by the University: Public Safety and Facilities. Designated employees in other departments may also be considered “essential staff;” employees designated “essential staff” will be notified of this designation by appropriate department management.

Any non-exempt (hourly) employees who are required to work while the University is closed will receive their regular scheduled hours pay, plus pay for the hours worked. Exempt (salaried) employees who are required to work during this period may receive compensatory time as agreed upon with their supervisor. This compensatory time, however, must be used prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2015.


When operations are officially closed due to emergency conditions, the time off from scheduled work will be paid. Salaried exempt staff will be paid their standard base pay, and hourly non-exempt staff will be paid for the regular, non-overtime hours they were scheduled to work but were unable to work due to the official closing. In order to be paid under this policy, an employee must arrive at work at the official delayed opening time and/or work until the official early closing time. If they do not do so, they will only be paid for the actual hours worked, with other time being taken as vacation time, or unpaid if the employee is not eligible for paid vacation time.

If an employee is on paid leave on a day when the University is closed or has a delayed opening or early closing, that employee will be charged for a full leave day.

If you do not feel safe coming to work given road conditions in your area or otherwise cannot come in on a
day when the University is open, you should notify your supervisor as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of the work day. In these situations, employees are required to take accrued personal or vacation hours for an absence of a full day. If you will arrive late when the University opens normally at 8:30 a.m., or feel you must leave early when the University remains open, exempt staff may make up hours they miss, or apply accrued personal or vacation time. Non-exempt staff members are required to take a vacation or personal day (if available) or to have their pay reduced by the hours not worked (if no vacation or personal time is available.) Employees who are not eligible for vacation will be unpaid if they are unable to work as scheduled due to weather conditions. Sick days are not to be used for this purpose. Should you have additional questions related to this, please contact Human Resources for more information.

The safety of all members of the USJ Community is always the first priority as we make these decisions. We also understand that it is vital to our students and their families that we keep regular operations running as smoothly and consistently as possible. Thank you for all that you contribute to the University of Saint Joseph; good health and safe driving in the months ahead!

Contact: Laura Sheehan, associate vice president of Marketing, Media, and Communications at







........Student News

USJ Softball Team Hartford Wolf Pack Fundraiser

The USJ softball team is hosting a fundraiser with the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.

A portion of the proceeeds go to the USJ softball team, so come out and join the Harford Wolf Pack, USJ, and the greater Hartford community for a night of exciting AHL hockey.

Tickets sales start today, Friday, December 12 and close on Sunday, January 18:

Adults: $20.00

Children (aged 2-12): $15.00

For more information, contact Sarah Miller'15 at


USJ Admissions Wants YOU!

Student Hosts Needed in the Undergraduate Admissions Office:

Want to give back to your school? Love meeting new students? Then host a prospective student for a few hours during the day on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Hosts will bring prospective students to pre-selected classes, have lunch in the café, and participate in a special activity. All current USJ students are invited to be a host.

In addition, all hosts will be invited to a trip to SIX FLAGS in the spring.

If you have any questions or would like to host, please contact Kim Bornstein at or at 860.231.5786.


CAE Tutoring Schedule

Welcome back to returning students and hello to new students! The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) staff would like to remind you that there are content and writing tutors available to support your academic success ­ all you have to do is make an appointment. 

Our hours for the fall are as follows:
Monday-Thursday:  9:00 a.m. ­ 8:00 p.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please call 860.231.5514, e-mail us at, or stop by the 2nd floor of the Pope Pius XII Library to make an appointment.  We look forward to working with you!



Survey From the CAE

We want to hear what you have to say! Click on the link below to take our short survey about your experiences at the CAE this semester and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card! We truly value your feedback, so we appreciate your participation.

Good luck with finals and enjoy your winter break!

Contact: Libby Begin, program manager/CAE, at 860.231.5677 or




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