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Monday, November 23, 2015  

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USJ Welcomes New Staff Members

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

Raelene Asselin, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Shawn McMahon, maintenance specialist, Facilities
Erica Paré, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Melissa Rousseau, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center

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








Blue Jay Athletics 



Women's Basketball
St. Joseph (Conn.)
Worcester St.
7:00 PM @ Anna Maria College

Women's Basketball
St. Joseph (Conn.)
Wesleyan (Conn.)
2:00 PM

Women's Basketball
St. Joseph (Conn.)
Eastern Conn. St.
7:00 PM


Swimming & Diving
GNAC Championships
10 a.m.

Swimming & Diving
GNAC Championships
10 a.m.

Swimming & Diving
Plymouth State
1 p.m.

Swimming & Diving
Eastern Conn. State Univ.
6 p.m.

For more information, contact Bill Cardarelli, athletic director, at 860.231.5246 or
















Upcoming Events, Women of Wellness


Woof Wednesdays

Stress relief isn't just for midterms and finals anymore.

A certified therapy dog will be visiting McGovern Lounge every Wednesday from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. all semester. Come pet, smile, or just hang out.

For more information contact Mary Perleoni  at or 860.231.5530




Meditation Mondays 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. The promotion runs 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.

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.

Prerequisite -  MUST have attended a Basic Zentangle class.


Fall 2015

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in McGovern, 2nd Floor, Conference Room.


23 Playing with Bijou
30 Tangle Tees


7 Holiday Tangle

Contact: Meredith Yuhas, Ph.D., director of the Counseling and Wellness Center, at








Upcoming Events, Admissions


Academic Year 2015-2016

Date Event
9-Mar-16 Transfer and Transform (5:30 p.m. start time, Crystal Room)
1-Apr-16 Overnighter Program (4:00 p.m. through the evening, all of campus)
  President’s Reception (approximate start time 4:00 p.m.)
2-Apr-16 First Year and Transfer Spring Open House (6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; all of campus)
13-Apr-16 Nursing Event- Transfer and Adult Learner Program (5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Bruyette Reception)
27-Apr-16 Transfer and Adult Learner Accepted Students Reception (5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Crystal Room)
18-May-16 Transfer and Transform (5:30 p.m. start time, Crystal Room) 
20-Jul-16 Transfer and Transform (5:30 p.m. start time, Crystal Room)

Contact: Undergraduate admissions at or 860.231.5216.








Interpretations Literary Magazine - Submission Period is Open

Submit your poetry, short stories, and art pieces to The submission period closes on Monday, December 7.

Contact: Nikki Byrne, senior editor, at or Catherine Hoyser, Ph.D., professor of English/director of Women's Studies, at









Winter Weather is Coming: Sign Up for the USJ Alert System to Receive Text/E-Mail Messages

If you haven’t signed up for the USJ Alert System, please do so now. This is a primary means of communication for weather-related delays and other emergencies. To sign up, visit: to register. Once registered, you will receive emergency text messages via your cell phone or e-mail address.

Note: if you signed up last year, you will receive a message 30 days prior to the account expiration date. Please follow instructions to extend services for the current year.











USJ Bookstore Hours – Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

Tuesday, November 24:                                                                9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25:                                                          9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29:                Closed

For more information, contact Tim Galligan, bookstore manager, at 860.233.2349 or







The O'Connell Center – Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

Wednesday, November 25:                           6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 26:                              CLOSED
Friday, November 27:                                   CLOSED
Saturday, November 28:                              10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.







Pope Pius XII Library Hours – Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

Tuesday, November 24:                                                                  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, November 25:                                                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        
Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27:                      Closed
Saturday, November 28:                                                                 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 29:                                                                    2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

 For more information, contact Linda Geffner, director of The Pope Pius XII Library, at 860.231.5208 or







Office Hours with President Rhona C. Free

President Rhona C. Free will be holding open office hours on Tuesday, December 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the President’s Office, Room 1, Mercy Hall (at the far end of the hallway). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop in (or sign up) for a 15-minute appointment with the President during this time.

Contact: Ruth C. Foxman, executive assistant to the President/secretary to the Board of Trustees at or 860.231.5221








Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

President Rhona Free invites you to the first annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the McGovern Quad Patio. Hot chocolate will be served!

No need to RSVP.

Contact: Kelley Streeter Hill, director of Special Events at








Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Saint Joseph has distinguished itself in a variety of ways, particularly through its many alumni who have made outstanding contributions within their professional fields, respective communities, and in their family lives. Nominations are being collected through Friday, November 30 for Distinguished Alumni Award.

If you know a graduate of USJ who has achieved distinction at the University or in the community, consider nominating them for one of the following awards.

Do you have a professor who has made a difference in your education? Nominate a professor for the Winifred E. Coleman Service award.

The Mary Rosa McDonough AwardAwarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who has achieved distinction in their professional field or has provided outstanding service to the University or their local community

The Catherine McAuley AwardAwarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who graduated no more than 15 years ago and has demonstrated leadership and service to the community

The Mary DeLourdes Kenny AwardAwarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinctions in the field of education

Sister Fay O’Brien School of Education Award:  Awarded to an alumna/us who is a graduate of the School of Education and has promoted the growth of the whole person in a caring environment.  This individual also encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society while serving the mission of the School of Education

The Maria Ancilla Sullivan AwardAwarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinction through some form of artistic expression

The Mary Consuela Mulcahy AwardAwarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinction in the field of science or technology

Winifred E. Coleman Service AwardAwarded to an individual or organization who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the University of Saint Joseph and represents the University’s Core Values

The Nightingale Award:  Awarded to an alumna/us in the fields of nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and dietetics or gerontology who has demonstrated leadership in field of health science

The Business and Entrepreneurial Award:  Awarded to an alumna/us with a talent for seeing opportunities and developing those into successful businesses or organizations.  This individual has demonstrated the ability to cultivate a positive and successful image

The Pamela Trotman Reid Service Award:  Awarded to an individual who has exemplary commitment, service and philanthropic support to University of Saint Joseph.  This award recognizes an alumna/us or friend who has transformed the University through financial support


Click here or go to to nominate a classmate!

Questions or comments? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 860.231.5364. 










Festival of Lights Choir Rehearsals

Invitation from Dr. Ezequiel Menendez:

Sing for the Festival of Lights: Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends of USJ are invited to be part of the Festival of Lights Choir. No audition needed.

Rehearsals: December 2 & December 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Performance: December 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Ezequiel Melendez, director/Music, at






Join the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty for Food and Fellowship

Interested in the Liberal Arts?
Want to learn more about the Mercy Mission?

  • Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, Lynch Hall Seminar Room 122: Hosted by Dr. Raman and Dr. Callahan
  • Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, Lynch Hall Seminar Room 122: Hosted by Dr. Whitney and Dr. Zelinsky

Come for a free meal and conversation. All are welcome regardless of program of study.

Let’s talk about how we can put the Mercy Mission to work, meeting, not only societal, but also student needs. When we know that many people are struggling to meet basic needs- food, gas money, a place to live; how can we make a difference? Let's live the Mercy Mission and work towards solutions.

Please RSVP to Ann Egan at three days before the event.






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