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Monday, February 1, 2016  

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Promotions and New Employees

University of Saint Joseph welcomes the following new employees to the community: 

Shoba Chalasani, Applications Analyst (information technology analyst), Information Technology
Julie Choffel, M.F.A., professional tutor, Center for Academic Excellence
Greg Klebart, Applications Analyst (information technology analyst), Information Technology



Evan Bieber, teacher, The Gengras Center
Jaclyn Piscitelli, associate director, Athletics
Gerard Gagliardi, assistant director, applications support, Information Technology
Clint Ferreira, information technology analyst, Information Technology
Lisa Sandstrom, director, clinical experiences, School of Education


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






































Blue Jay Athletics 



Feb 02, 7:00 PM
at Trinity (Conn.)

Feb 06, 1:00 PM
Emmanuel (Mass.)



Feb 12
New England Championships

Feb 13
New England Championships

Feb 14
New England Championships



The O’Connell Center Facility Hours for Spring 2016     

Fitness Center:  

Monday - Thursday

6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Gym:                             See front desk for gym hours                  

Indoor Track:               Same hours as the fitness center

Pool:                             See separate pool schedule

Please note that these hours are subject to change without prior notice.



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








































Upcoming Events, Hoffman Auditorium



Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Intercutting rarely-seen archival footage from over 100 sources and nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with astounding private glimpses of Baldwin.






Sunday, March 13, 2016
1:30 p.m. Irish Brunch and Guinness Bar
2:30 p.m. Concert

Ringrose, Freeman & Friends, Featuring All-Ireland Champion John Whelan, playing traditional Irish music of the hearth and pub – plus dancers from the Griffith Irish Dance Academy! Come early for an Irish Brunch and a Guinness.

Tickets are $28 adults / $25 seniors / $15 students






Saturday, April 16, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 2:00 p.m.

The Odyssey draws upon the works of Romare Bearden, Gil Scott­ Heron, and Homer to depict a veteran’s journey home. Exit 12, a nationally celebrated military veteran dance company, will perform this work-in-progress after a week-long developmental residency at USJ.

Tickets are $20 adults / $17 seniors / FREE for veterans and students






Friday, April 22, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Cambodian refugee Sokeo Ros takes us on his journey from Asia to America, from housing projects to artistic projects, culminating in an epic return to the Cambodian village his family was driven from in the 1970's.

Tickets are $20 adults / $17 seniors / $12 students







Friday, April 23, 2016 7:30 p.m.

An evening showcasing work choreographed and performed by students and guest artists. Directed by Susan Murphy, USJ Dane Ensemble adviser.

Tickets are $12 adults / $10 seniors / $5 students








Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Allison Orr, Forklift Dance Works

A documentary about a unique partnership between an Austin arts organization and the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department, featuring 24 employees and 16 large sanitation vehicles. “The Trash Dance is one of the most unique and inspirational productions I have seen.” ~Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison



















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)
6-Apr-16 Nursing Event- Transfer and Adult Learner Program (5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Crystal Room)
27-Apr-16 Transfer and Adult Learner Accepted Students Reception (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crystal Room)
18-May-16 Transfer and Transform (5:45 p.m. start time, Crystal Room) 
20-Jul-16 Transfer and Transform (5:45 p.m. start time, Crystal Room)

Contact: Undergraduate admissions at or 860.231.5216.



























Campus of Compassion Initiative

As part of the Campus of Compassion initiative, a weekly meditation session will take place every Friday at noon in Lynch 118. No experience necessary and the invitation is always open.

Contact: Agnes Curry, professor of Philosophy, at or Nancy Billias, chair, department of Philosophy, at













































Annual Spring Open House

Mark your calendars! This year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting their annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 2, 2016. We are anticipating an eventful day full of USJ spirit. The outline of our day is as follows:

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: President’s Welcome
9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with faculty and campus tours

We hope to see you there!


Contact: Undergraduate admissions at or 860.231.5216.

































Planning for President Free's Inauguration

The logistics for Dr. Free’s inauguration are now being finalized, and we are looking forward to a wonderful event.

You will soon receive full information about the activities that will take place on Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15. Please note that on the day of the Inauguration ceremony – Friday, April 15 – there will be no classes at either campus from 12:00–4:00 p.m., so that members of the USJ community can attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.

Faculty, administrators, and others involved in the procession will receive additional instructions on where and when to line up in academic attire.

Contact: Maggie Pinney, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Inauguration Co-Chair, at and Elizabeth Vozzola, professor of Psychology , Inauguration Co-Chair at







































True Beauty Celebration

Friday, February 26 at 6:15 p.m. in the Art Gallery, and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium

The True Beauty Celebration is an event that celebrates beauty.  It’s a night filled with people embracing who they are through singing, poems, spoken word, art, and includes a fashion show. 

There is more:

  • First 100 people get a free t-shirt
  • True Beauty is running a social media contest- post a picture/selfie of what true beauty means to you on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #TrueBeauty16. The winner will be announced at the end of the show.

Contact: Melina Dezhbod'18 at














































2016 Continuing Education Credits

Friday, February 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 in the Crystal Room,1st floor, Mercy Hall

Working with Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth and their Families

Using case presentation, video, and group discussion, this training will cover basic terms and vocabulary, concepts of gender identity & expression, decisions to transition (or not), overview of social and/or medical transitions, intersections of race and class, and the unique challenges facing gender-diverse and transgender youth and their families, and strategies to facilitate family acceptance and optimal emotional and social development of these youth.

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:
1. Define terms and concepts relevant to transgender and genderqueer identities
2. Discuss the development of transgender identity and the process of transitioning
3. Identify the unique needs of transgender and gender nonconforming youth
4. Explore strategies for supporting families of transgender youth

Elijah C. Nealy, Ph.D., M.Div., LCSW is as Assistant Professor in the MSW program, Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT. Dr. Nealy joined the USJ faculty after teaching at Columbia University for several years.
An openly identified transgender man, Dr. Nealy brings significant clinical, programmatic, and advocacy experience in work with trans and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, and adults. He has maintained a clinical practice with trans youth and their families for the past 8 years in both Manhattan and Westchester County, NY. Widely regarded as a dynamic speaker, Dr. Nealy provides regular trainings and consultation around work with transgender and gender-variant children, youth, and adults.
Ordained with Metropolitan Community Churches, Dr. Nealy has served as both a local church pastor and as regional coordinator for MCC congregations in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He is the proud father of three amazing young people.

Cost: $40.00
Students: $20.00, Free to USJ social work students

3 hours of social work CEC's available

Contact: or 860.231.5320









































TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on February 16, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Mercy Hall Conference Room 338, main campus.

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

Contact: Lisa Peruccio, Benefits Administrator at or at 860.231.5509








































Spring 2016 Portfolio Submission Deadlines

Portfolio submission deadlines:

  • Seniors (DOG May, August, & December 2016): Monday, February 1 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Student Teachers and Unpassed Seniors: Monday, March 7 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Juniors (DOG 2017) and Unpassed Student Teachers: Monday, April 4 by 4:00 p.m.
  • Sophomores (DOG 2018): Information on submission time frame and new submission procedures to be available soon

Contact: Ronni Breiter, writing portfolio assistant, at























Weekly Zentangle® Practice

4:00-5:00 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. Promotion 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.

26 Basics refresher

2 Patterned Paper
9 Travel Mug
16 Kindness week – Bookmarks
23 Alcohol Inks


1 Tangled Rocks
8 Black tiles with colored pencil
15 BREAK no meeting
22 Tangled Jewelry
29 Dr. Seuss Garden

5 Opus Tile (part 1)
12 Opus Tile (part 2)
19 Pop Zendala
26 Dreamcatcher Zendala

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.

Contact: CZT Meredith Yuhas, at or 860.231.5366







Student Affairs Student Leadership Information

Information Session

  • Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Faculty Dining Room)
  • Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. (McGovern Lounge)
  • Monday, February 15 at 12:15 p.m. (Faculty Dining Room)

The following Leadership Positions are available for the 2016-2017 school year:

Commuter Mentor
Diversity Peer Educators &  Team Leader
First Year Seminar Peer Mentor
Orientation Leader
Resident Assistant
SOFO (Sophomore Focus) Resident Peer Mentor
S.O.A.R. (Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Residents) Peer Mentor
Summer Resident Assistant
Summer Bridge Program Peer Mentor
Student Affairs Special Projects Intern
S.L.S (Student Leaders in Service)
W.O.W. (Women of Wellness) Peer Health Educator & Team Leader

All applicants must attend one information session for detailed position descriptions and to receive an application.

Contact: Tracy M. Lake, assistant dean of Student Affairs/ Student Leadership Development at 860.231.5447

























Queenes Companye Auditions

Queenes Companye is holding auditions for an all female production of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare.

: The Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
When: Tuesday, February 2 at 7:45 p.m. and callbacks will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.
No experience necessary, actors will be required to do a cold reading from the script.

Contact: Jennifer Lonergan'16 at for more information.























Spring 2016 Student Programming & Events Council (S.P.E.C.) Events


Event & Location



Magician Ben Seidman, Hoffman Auditorium

7:00 p.m.


Musician Jeff LeBlanc, McGovern Lounge

8:00 p.m.


Trail Mix Bar, McGovern Lounge                          

1:00 p.m.


Comedian Alex Stone, McGovern Lounge

8:00 p.m.


Garden Globes, McGovern Lounge

1:00 p.m.


Musician Lee DeWyze, McGovern

8:00 p.m.


Trip to Providence, RI, $$

10:00 a.m.


Bingo, McGovern Café

8:00 p.m.


Cell Phone Wars, Hoffman Auditorium

8:00 p.m.


Air Brush Extravaganza, McGovern Lounge

1:00 p.m.


Quad Party, McGovern



Trip to NYC

9:00 a.m.


Late Night Bingo, McGovern Café

9:30 p.m.


Munchie Truck


$$ Fee Required: Please go to Student Affairs, 2nd floor, McGovern

Contact: Ginny Doxsey, director of Student Involvement & Orientation Programs, at or 860.231.5411













2016 Prom Drive

The BRAVE Girls Leadership Club will be holding a drive to collect prom necessities for girls for their high school proms.

Date: Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: McGovern Lounge

Wondering what to bring? The drive will be collecting dresses(all types), shoes, jewelry, handbags, and cosmetics.

Sponsored by BRAVE Girls Leadership INC.

Contact: Luz Holmes’17 at










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