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Monday, February 2, 2015  

.......Community News


USJ Welcomes New Staff

University of Saint Joseph welcomes the following new faculty and staff members to the community: 

Benedetta Colletti, professional content tutor, Center for Academic Excellence
Vivian Nabeta, M.A., administrative assistant, Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice and Department of Nutrition and Public Health

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



Blue Jay Athletics


Monday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. / USJ against Anna Maria
Saturday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Simmons
Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. / USJ against Albertus Magnus
Saturday, February 21 at  1:00 p.m. / USJ against Rivier

Contact: Deb Fiske at or 860.231.5423



Hoffman Auditorium Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.

America's "miracle worker" story, told on the page, on stage, and in film, is presented in dance! Created by American dance legend Ann Reinking, winner of two Tony Awards for her stage direction, and award winning choreographer Melissa Thodos, a new story ballet and other works performed by Thodos Dance Chicago!

"The dancing is lilting and infectious, glossed with a warm evocation of the past, and old-fashioned storytelling art not often seen in choreography today," -Chicago Tribune

Ticket: $28 Adults | $22 Seniors | $16 Youth | $22 USJ Faculty & Staff | Free for USJ Students

Click here to buy them now!


February 7 at 7:30 p.m.
February 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Introducing new pieces choreographed by students and Figments alumni and featuring the premiere of Finding Peace, an exciting new work created by the full ensemble.

Tickets: $15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $10 Youth | $5 for USJ Students, Faculty & Staff
Call 860.684.3532 or visit to purchase them now!


February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

New early evening curtain time! The traditional visit from Duquesne University's acclaimed dance troupe with a 75 year heritage features Middle European dances and costumes from over 15 different countries!

Tickets: $30 Adults | $25 Seniors | $15 Youth | Free for USJ Students
Click here to buy them now!


March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Veterans of the television appearances on Comedy Central and The View, the Ladies of Laughter redefine the feminine mystique! LoL is about providing funny women the opportunity to showcase their unique styles of humor. Their performance will feature four comediennes including the latest comedy competition champion!

Tickets: $25 General Public | Free for USJ Students
Click here to buy them now!



Art Gallery Exhibitions and Events



January 15 – June 8, 2015

In 2010 ICI launched PROJECT 35, a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection has been presented simultaneously in more than 30 venues around the globe, inspiring discourse in places as varied as Berlin, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; Los Angeles, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Skopje, Macedonia; West Hartford, Connecticut; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tirana, Albania. Following the widespread popularity and success of Project 35, ICI has collaborated with 35 more international curators to produce Project 35 Volume 2.

ICI again draws from its extensive network of curators to trace the complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners and the variety of approaches they use to make video. A new selection of 35 curators from 6 continents each chose one work for this compilation of the latest approaches to the medium.



Is Your Thyroid in Check?

Have you been feeling tired, gaining weight or just the opposite? it may be your thyroid. Come to an informational tabling event to learn more information about the thyroid, how it functions, learn to check your own thyroid and get free . You may also win a prize!!!

Date: Friday February 6
Time:11:00 am- 1:00 p.m.
Location: McGovern Lounge

Contact: Stacy Lalor'15, team leader/Women of Wellness, at



TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on February 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Business Office 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


National Girls and Women in Sports Day

The Athletic Department is hosting the Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event on Saturday, February 14. Beginning at 9 a.m., all girls ages 8-14 are welcome to attend free clinics given by USJ coaches and student-athletesat the O'Connell Center on the USJ campus.

Contact: Deb Fiske, associate athletic director, at 860.231.5423,



Voices of Praise Gospel Choir Concert

Friday, February 27

Voices of Praise Gospel Choir presents "God is in Control." Performances include Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, College Choirs, Church Choirs, Poetry reading, dancing and much more! There will be giveaways and surprises. Come on out, it will be a grand time!

Door opens at 6:30 p.m. and the events start at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free for USJ Students and $5.00 General Admission

Contact: Stacy Lalor'15, president/Voices of Praise, at



MSW Open Houses

Come and explore our new Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and talk to faculty about our innovative curriculum. These events are open to all.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - Welcome
5:30 p.m. - MSW Program Presentation


Stanley F. Battle, MSW Program Director
Anthony De Jesús, Director, Field Education
Robert G. Madden, Chair, Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice
Watch for more open house announcements coming soon.


Contact: Erika Egan at or 860.231.5264



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 visit 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


Online Calendar

Please remember to submit 2015 events to the USJ online calendar at

If you have any questions about the calendar contact Kathie Kentfield, web site coordinator,


Spring 2015 Mass Schedule

Our regular Sunday 6:00 p.m. Masses will begin on Sunday, January 25. That’s right—starting Sunday, January 25, we will celebrate Mass in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. After Mass, all are welcome to enjoy a free meal, play a game, and make new friends.

(Due to University holidays/closings, we will NOT have a 6: 00 p.m. Sunday Mass on March 15 & 22, or on April 5).

Contact: Kate Stratton, director of USJ Campus Ministry, at



USJ Community Meditation Group

USJ staff and faculty are starting a meditation group open to all community members. The group will meet every Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Lynch 218.

For more information, contact Agnes Curry, professor of philosophy at or Nancy Billias, chair/department of philosophy, at



Taxability of Graduate Employee Tuition Waivers

Graduate Employee Tuition Waivers are taxable to the extent they exceed $5,250 a year.  If you receive more than $5,250 in Graduate Employee Tuition Waivers for terms that fall in calendar 2015 (Spring, Summer and Fall 2015), USJ is required to withhold income taxes on the taxable portion.  Because of the way the timing works, the withholding requirement may not become effective until the fall and then may be substantial. 

To learn about the option USJ offers to have this withholding spread out over the year, see the document “Graduate Tuition Waiver Tax Recording Request,” which is available on MyUSJ at Human Resources and Payroll / Documents and Forms / Tuition Waiver Forms.  If you have any questions contact Les Meyer, assistant controller at or 860.231.5414) or Diana Chudy, accounting specialist at or 860.231.5550.

Contact: Les Meyer, assistant controller,, 860-231-5414



Woof Wednesdays

Therapy Dogs will be coming to McGovern Hall Lounge every Wednesday from12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. throughout the spring semester.

Come pet, give a belly rub, or just hang out with a certified therapy dog!

Contact: Meredith L. Yuhas, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, director, Counseling and Wellness Center, at 860.231.5366 or


Weekly Zentangle® Practice

Tangle Tuesdays
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. McGovern 2nd Floor Conference Room

All are welcome!

Tangle Tuesdays are the best way to maintain your meditative tangle practice, just like weekly yoga. You will receive an attendance card and for every 10 classes you will earn a special Zentangle gift. Promotions are running all year long and from year to year.  Each week we will have a special theme. You are also welcome to come and tangle on your own.

Prerequisite: You must have attended a Basic Zentangle class.

Please bring your basics kit (pen and pencil) and other supplies every week. All other materials for that week will be provided to the first 12 attendees. Various tangles will be taught each week.

For more information contact: CZT Meredith Yuhas, at or 860.231.5366

There is also a separate Saturday Retreat on Saturday, February, 21, 2015. *This is an off campus retreat that requires preregistration to attend*


20     Square One
27     Ben Kwok Design

3       RAZ - Random Act of Zentangle
10     Black Tiles
17     Tan Zendala with Color
21     Sat. Tangle Retreat Trip
          (10am-3pm*** see below)
24     Tote Bag

3        Small Illuminated Letter
10      Mardi Gras Masks
17      BREAK – No meeting
24       Organic Zandala
31      Tangle Speak

7        Wood Box
14      Black Zendala
21      ACT Swap
28      Ensemble


The Workshop Dance Fitness Class

The Workshop Dance Fitness Class starts on Wednesday, January 21. Please note, this class will now be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the O’Connell Athletic Center Dance Studio. Free to all students and staff with fitness center card (contact Debbie Fiske at or visit the center).

The Workshop™ is an original dance fitness program fusing Hip Hop, Ragga, R&B and Pop styles with Cardio, Body Conditioning and Toning. Created by Maurice (Reese) Clark, a dance fitness instructor and choreographer, the program is aimed at providing an intense dance, cardio and body conditioning workout for total body wellness while allowing participants to explore various artistic and authentic dance styles. The program is for all-levels, teens and adults. Dance experience not required. Come try it out.

For more info on the class, email






........Student News

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, as well as be entered into a weekly raffle. The more times you host, the more raffle tickets you receive. Gift cards will be to Moe’s, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Mooyah etc.

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








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