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Monday, October 20, 2014  

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Pamela Trotman Reid to Retire as USJ President at Conclusion of Academic Year

Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., today announced her plans to retire as President of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) upon the completion of her contract and the current 2014-2015 academic year.

"I truly enjoyed and will forever cherish my time with the students, faculty, trustees, alumni, staff and friends of the University of Saint Joseph and members of the Greater Hartford community. Now I want to develop my other interests as well as spend more time, while I have the health and energy, with my family, including my children and grandchildren, who are spread out across the United States," said Dr. Reid. "I am confident that making this announcement at this time gives the University the ability to find the right person to keep the momentum going at this great institution."

For more about Dr. Reid's announcement:


Pay It Forward Scholarship

Pay it Forward at USJ — Receive a $5,000 scholarship today!
At the University of Saint Joseph, we believe that what we do in life matters — to ourselves, each other, and our world. Committing to a cause, volunteering your time, or helping someone in need — these behaviors make a tangible difference.

We value your commitment to service — so much so that we will give a $5,000 scholarship to those who apply to our Pay it Forward program and fulfill the criteria below.

The rules are simple, the application is easy… so complete your part in 15 minutes or less. Let’s celebrate those who make the world a better place!

Start Now

  • Complete an application by December 1, 2014
  • Post to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account about a recent community service project, volunteer activity, or way in which you made a positive difference in someone’s life — tell us what, where, & when.
  • Tag USJCT and be sure to use the hashtag: #PayitForwardUSJCT.
  • Your $5,000 scholarship will be applied toward tuition upon acceptance to USJ.

Note: If you have already been accepted to USJ and received a financial aid award of $15,000 or more, you are eligible for a $1,000 Pay it Forward scholarship.

Make a Difference, Make a Leader
Is community service part of your life? If so, you may be eligible to win a full or partial tuition award through our Make a Difference, Make a Leader Scholarship. (link to


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Lunch and Learn Session

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Office of Information Technology is doing its part to make sure the USJ community is informed about the importance of keeping yourself safe from cybercrime. Check out Microsoft’s Security and Safety Center for tips on how to recognize phishing emails:

We will be holding another lunch and learn session on the topic of Phishing Emails in the Crystal Room next week. Please try to stop by. Those who attended our sessions on strong passwords will tell you that they were very informative and eye-opening. See the attached flyer for more details.

Date: Wednesday October 22nd
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Room

Contact: Joe Gleason, director of Information Technology/CIO, at



Jay's Nest Promotion

Jay's Nest October Promotion

Sign a cash receipt and place it in the contest container to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card on any purchase of $8.00 or more.

Winner will be announced on Friday, October 31.

Contact: Peggy Gadomski, director of operations/catering, at or 860.231.5496 


Presidential Search Meetings for Faculty & Staff

As the University of Saint Joseph begins the search for a new president, our search firm ­ RH Perry & Associates (RHPA) ­ is seeking to learn more about us in order to find candidates who will be a great fit for our institution.  Search consultants Jean Scott and Matt Kilcoyne will be coming to campus on Monday, October 20, and Tuesday, October 21. Their schedule includes open sessions for faculty and staff, at which you can share your ideas about what qualities USJ should seek in its next president. 

Here is the schedule for those meetings ­ all sessions will take place in the Second Floor Reception Room, Bruyette Athenaeum. 

Open Sessions for Faculty

  • Monday, October 20, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 21, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Open Sessions for Staff

  • Monday, October 20, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

More information about the search will be forthcoming shortly, but I wanted to give you an early notice of these opportunities to contribute your thoughts to the presidential search.

Contact: Ruth Foxman, executive administrative assistant to the President, at or 860.231.5221.



Blue Jay Athletics



Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 3:30 p.m.

USJ Blue Jays soccer match against Rivier College


Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.

USJ Blue Jays soccer match against Johnson & Wales University


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball match against Pine Manor College


Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

Volleyball match against Emmanuel College and Johnson and Wales University



Hoffman Auditoriam Upcoming Events



October 24 & 25 at 7:00 p.m.

This annual Festival features performances by ATTAK dance company, CCSU, dancEnlight, Dimensional Dance, Exit 12 Dance Company, Full Force Dance Theatre, The NADINE Project, NVCC, TNMOT AZTRO, USJ and special guest: Boston tap dance artist, Ryan Casey.

Tickets: $20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $5 Youth | $15 USJ Faculty & Staff | Free for USJ Students



October 30 at 5:30 p.m.

The Mental Health Association of Connecticut will be on campus at the end of October presenting Wes Moore, Executive Producer and host of the PBS series Coming Back, challenges our returning veterans face. Coming Back is a three episode series, which tells the story of Wes Moore's search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Moore's journey takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, establish new identities, and for many find a new mission. Wes Moore is a New York Times best-selling author and former Army combat veteran paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Tickets: $50 General Public | $25 Students | $25 Veterans



October 31 at 8:00 p.m.
November 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Two one act operas: "Gianni Schicchi" (premiered 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera) by Giacomo Puccini and "Signor Deluso" (premiered 1974 at Wolf Trap) by Thomas Pasatieri.

For ticket information visit or call 1.888.71TICKETS

Tickets Available Online:


November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Bated Breath Theatre Company presents a gripping, beautiful and eye opening exploration of the struggle for civil rights through song. Join us in the USJ Art Gallery at 7:00 p.m .for a guided tour of the Amistad Exhibition.

$20 All Tickets


Art Gallery Exhibitions, September 13 – December 14, 2014


Organized in conjunction with USJ’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ academic year theme of Peace and Human Rights, War/Peace presents sixteen twentieth-century works on paper depicting the period 1914-1945: World War I, the interwar years, and World War II. Artists represented in this exhibition include Kerr Eby, Georges Rouault, Käthe Kollwitz, Muirhead Bone, and others.


I Write Your Name, Part III: The Amistad Center @ USJ

This exhibition is the third and largest installment of works from the Amistad Center for Art & Culture that is being shown at the Art Gallery, USJ while The Amistad Center’s galleries at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art are closed for renovation. The Amistad Center’s collection of art, artifacts, and popular culture objects document the experience, expressions, and history of people of African descent.



The Holocaust Experience: Past and Present

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:00-8:30 p.m. | Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
Ruth Fishman, Holocaust Survivor
Lisa Fishman, Voices of Hope

Dr. Avinoam Patt, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Associate Director of Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford

Learn about the Holocaust from testimonies of survivors and scholars and reflect on genocide and human rights abuses in our world today.  Have we learned anything?

Sponsor: Department of History and Society, Honors Program, Office of International Programs and Studies, Jewish Community Relations Council

Contact: Ann Egan, executive assistant, at or 860.231.5797



Active Learning Series: Brain-based Learning

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | McDonough Hall, Room 214

This workshop will explore the relationship between cognitive function, pedagogy, and learning outcomes. In short, it will delve into what occurs in your students' brains during education.

Contact: Steven Pearlman
Phone: 860.231.5472



TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees at the School of Pharmacy on  October 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 1st floor room 101.

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


Interested in Learning About Public Health?

Interested in hearing about jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in Public Health? Come to a panel discussion with public health professionals.

Tuesday, October 28
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bruyette 2nd floor Reception Room
Refreshments will be served

All are welcome!
RSVP to Jocelyn Perez at to let us know you’re coming.


Nourishing Faith in Our Lives

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall

Please join us for an interactive panel discussion, exploring faith and its lived expression.

The goal is to promote dialogue on issues surrounding our faith.  We will discuss how faith IS alive today, both in our very own community and in our world. 

The panel is comprised of:

  • Kerry Robinson, H ’11, Executive Director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
  • Sister Mary Ellen Murphy, RSM,’50, DAA ’75, H ’12, Ph.D. (Trustee Emerita)
  • Arianna Battista, ‘16
  • Sister Judith Carey, RSM, M ’72, H ’91 Ph.D. (Trustee)

We look forward to welcoming you to an engaging and inspiring evening. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

To register:   Keri Stevens, or 860.231.5291.

Contact: Sarah Blanchard, leadership giving officer, at or 860.231. 5355



USJ Welcomes New Staff

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

Kimberly Albert, accounting specialist (accounts payable), Controller’s Office
Jordan Barile, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Kyle Bush, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Devika Choudhuri, Ph.D., professor, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Andrea Courtemanche, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Brian Kuhrt, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Andrea Leschak, Pharm.D., assistant professor, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Susan Lester, M.A., assistant professor, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Renee Sherrell, M.A., assistant professor, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
Laura Turner, M.S., assistant professor, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies
David Webb, network administrator (information technology coordinator), Information Technology

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



Open Class Session of  Latina Women and Their Worlds

Sponsored by Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice, Institute for Latino Community Practice, and the Office of Admissions

Exploring the Latino Cultural Tradition of the Quinceañera Celebration

Monday, November 3, 2014   
6:45 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall

Guest Speaker:  Lynnette Colón, M¹09

Madeline Pérez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work and Latino Community Practice and Director of the Institute of Latino Community Practice, is hosting an open session of her class for prospective students
SOCW 206.01, Latina Women and Their Worlds

Come experience USJ and a course that honors the diversity of Latinos.

Contact: Vivian Garibay-Presa, graduate assistant, Institute for Latino Community Practice (LCP), at



12th Annual Spanish Language Film Festival

2014-2015 Peace and Human Rights Events

 All Films are in Spanish with English Subtitles

(Spain, 1999)
Directed by José Luis Cuerda, Remarks by Dr. Rachel Payne, University of Saint Joseph

Hoffman Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4

USJ Students, Faculty and Staff Free; Guest Students $8; Seniors $8; General Public $10.
This event has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860-231-5555
Purchase tickets online:  http://tickets.



Dietetic Internship Open House

The Dietetic Internship will host its annual  Open House on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Reception Room, Bruyette Athenaeum.

An overview of the internship program including a panel discussion from current interns will be presented.   Bring questions and meet the Internship faculty.

 Please RSVP attendance to Libby Tenison, director Dietetic internship at



Leadership in a Diverse Society 

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Crystal L. Hoyt, PhD on Leadership in a Diverse Society
Wilde Auditorium, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

Social scientists are uncovering how human thoughts and feelings that occur outside of conscious awareness influence perception, judgment, and action.  This fundamental understanding is critical for developing leaders for it is unconscious attitudes and biases that undermine best efforts for inclusion.  In this talk, researcher Crystal Hoyt will share findings about stereotyping, hidden prejudices, and how leaders can be more mindful in their approach to diversity.

About the speaker: Crystal Hoyt completed her doctorate in social psychology at UC Santa Barbara and is currently an associate professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on both the experiences and the perceptions of identity threatened individuals.  She examines the role of beliefs, such as self-efficacy, implicit theories, and political ideologies, in the experiences and the perceptions of women and minorities in leadership or STEM fields, or the overweight.  She has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters and her research has appeared in journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Inquiry, and Leadership Quarterly. She has co-edited two books: Leadership at the Crossroads: Leadership and Psychology and For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership.

Register Now - There is no charge; however, registration is required. Three ways to register:
Phone: 860.768.5590

Registrants will receive an email reminder in early November that will include information on parking and provide directions to Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus.



Distinguished Alumni Awards

Do you know an alumna that exemplifies ALL that the University of Saint Joseph offers?
Nominate a classmate today for one of these 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards:

  • The Mary Rosa McDonough Award
  • The Catherine McAuley Award
  • The Mary DeLourdes Kenny Award
  • The Sr. Fay O’Brien School of Education Alumni Award
  • The Maria Ancilla Sullivan Award
  • The Mary Consuela Mulcahy Award
  • Winifred E. Coleman Service Award

Award criteria and nominating forms can be found online at
Nomination Deadline is Sunday, November 16, 2014

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of alumni volunteers and members of the USJ community.
Nominators will be notified of the final results.

Questions? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 860.231.5323.




October 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



Office of Information Technology Helpdesk Changes

We are in the process of making changes in the OIT Helpdesk with the intention of serving you better.  Oliver Priesnitz¹s position has been reclassified to Helpdesk Coordinator.  Oliver will be answering the Helpdesk phone, entering and monitoring service requests, and coordinating the activities of our Helpdesk Analysts.  Those of you who have worked with Oliver know that he has a strong work ethic and commitment to providing quality service and he will undoubtedly bring professionalism and a customer service attitude to the front line of the Helpdesk.  Our current student workers will be transitioned to other duties within the Helpdesk.

Andrew Vernon is our Helpdesk Manager; he supervises Oliver and our Helpdesk Analysts.  Andrew will be your escalation point for issues requiring immediate attention.

In the past, our student workers would schedule appointments in your Outlook calendar for a Helpdesk Analyst to come out and work on your service request.  We will no longer be taking this approach, as we feel it¹s been causing delays in the timeliness of service requests being completed.  We will be implementing a queue system where Helpdesk Analysts, along with coordination from Oliver, will be pulling service requests as they come in, working to complete them, and moving on to the next service request.  We feel this approach will allow us to handle more requests and close them quicker than we are currently.

We have already begun this transition and hope to have an improved service request process by the end of the month, ultimately providing better service to the University.  Over the rest of the academic year we will continue to evaluate our helpdesk process and propose improvements to our service model.



Office of Marketing, Media, and Communications Redefines Focus

The Office of Marketing, Media, and Communications has re-defined its focus in order to better support the University’s marketing strategy. Please visit the Marketing & Communications section of MyUSJ for an outline of services provided:

For further questions, contact Laura Sheehan at






........Student News




Paid Positions in the Office of Marketing and Communications

Four student writers wanted to contribute to a new USJ-affiliated “girl power” blog. Positions paid. Duties include research, writing, and weekly editorial board meetings. If you are interested in applying for the position, please email a resume and writing sample by Friday, October 31.

For more information and to apply, contact: Laura Sheehan, associate vice president of marketing, media, and communications, at:

Two student writers/content creators wanted for USJ social media platform. Special projects, including “Life at USJ,” on different social media platforms. If you are interested in applying for the position, please email a resume and writing sample by Friday, October 31.

For more information and to apply, contact: Caitlin Fitzgerald, coordinator/digital media at



Do You Want to be an Academic Leader at USJ?

Are you interested in being on the fast-track to becoming a tutor at the Center for Academic Excellence? Come to an information session about LEAP: Leading with Excellence in Academics Program

Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00pm in Lynch 118
Wednesday, October 29th at 12:00pm in Lynch 118

Lunch is provided!

Questions? Contact Libby Begin in the CAE:


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!










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