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Monday, October 27, 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


Public Health Information from USJ

As the CDC continues to monitor and respond to the recent Ebola concerns, please be assured that the University is remaining informed through local, state, and federal health authorities. Currently there are no University-sponsored trips where students or faculty are coming to campus from the affected areas. In addition, there are no University-sponsored study abroad trips in the affected areas. Any students that require medical care at Student Health Services are being properly screened for travel history and symptoms of concern. The University has no reason to believe that our campus community has any heightened reason for alarm.

There are a number of myths surrounding the Ebola virus, including the idea that it is an airborne virus. Please remember that Ebola virus is not airborne. It is a virus transmitted by direct contact with someone who has the Ebola virus or direct contact with that person’s bodily fluids such as blood, urine, sweat, feces, saliva, etc.

Even more important to remember is that we are entering the season for other illnesses such as the flu. Last year, the flu was responsible for about 30,000 deaths, so focusing on ways to stop the transmission of any virus should be everyone’s concern. Methods to prevent infection remain important. They include:

proper hand washing
covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
clean and disinfect surfaces or objects regularly.

Maintain good healthy practices like getting plenty of sleep, eating well for maximum nutrition, drinking plenty of water, and increasing your physical activity to help your immune system resist infections.

The USJ is committed to ensuring the health and wellness of our community and will keep you updated regarding information about both the Ebola and flu virus.



Bon Appetit's Halloween Lunch

Sample Bon Appetit's "Fright and Bite" menu from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  on Friday,  October 31, 2014 in the Cafe.

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 


USJ Welcomes New Staff

University of Saint Joseph welcomes new faculty and staff members to the community. Please note that corrections have been made from last week. Accurate titles and departments are listed below for our new community members:

Kristine Douglin, registration assistant, Registrar’s Office
Mallory Kottas, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center

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



Blue Jay Athletics


Saturday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against. Mount Holyoke

Saturday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Western Connecticut State Universtiy




Hoffman Auditoriam Upcoming Events



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



November 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Dvorak: Hussite Overture | Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet | Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"
Jonathan Brennand, Music Director 

For ticket information visit or call 800.975.FVSO


Art Gallery Exhibitions and Events


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.


September 24 – December 20, 2014

Pan American Modernism

Developed by the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, Pan American Modernism showcases more than 70 important works of art, many of which have not been previously exhibited. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media works, and works on paper that represent the Lowe’s diverse, multi-cultural holdings.  Several influential Pan American artists are represented, including Joaquín Torres-García, Fernando Botero, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Diego Rivera, Eduardo Abela, Romare Bearden, Lee Krasner, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Robert Motherwell, Gordon Matta-Clark, Amelia Peláez, Man Ray, Ben Shahn, and Edward Weston among many others. 



Afternoon at the Gallery

Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 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.


Purchase Party

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Help the Art Gallery choose a work by an African-American artist to purchase for the permanent collection. Everyone is invited to join us for a champagne and dessert reception but only Art Gallery members can vote  for the new acquisition.

For more information about Art Gallery exhibitions and events, contact Rochelle. L. R. Oakley at or 860.231.5743.


Fine Arts Friday

Friday, October 31, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | McGovern Hall, Patio

Enjoy Fine Arts Friday with a Shakespeare reading from Laura Sheehan, associate vice president of Marketing, Media, and Communications.

Contact:The Office of Students Affairs at



Priority Enrollment for 2015-2016 at SYC

Priority Enrollment for the School for Young Children for the 2015-2016 school year is now open! 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day programs for ages 3-4. Half-day and full-day options. Past SYC families, current SYC families, and USJ employees may apply between now and Friday, November 14. On Monday, November 17, enrollment opens to the general public.

Full-Time USJ employees receive a 20% discount on tuition and part-time employees receive a 10% discount. Applications and tour information can be accessed on our website at Spaces still available for this current school year as well.

Contact: Keisha Santos at 860.231.5564 or to apply today.


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.

The following departments are considered “essential” by the University: Public Safety and Facilities.

Certain departments must remain staffed during the inclement weather in order to provide essential services. 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 work during this period may received 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, 2014.

Staff – (other than those employees in Public Safety and Facilities, deemed “essential” staff members for these purposes) – will operate under these guidelines:
· When the University is CLOSED: Exempt and non-exempt staff will be paid as if they had worked their regularly scheduled work hours. If an employee has scheduled a vacation or reported a sick day and the University happens to close, the day will be charged as a vacation or sick day.

· When the University OPENS LATE: Exempt and non-exempt staff who report to work at the designated time that the University opens and work through the day will be paid as if they had worked their regularly scheduled work hours for the day.

· When the University CLOSES EARLY: Exempt staff and non-exempt staff who report to work at their usual starting time and work until the University’s designated early closing time will be paid as if they had worked their regularly scheduled work hours.

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, exempt staff should take previously earned 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 is required to make up hours they miss. 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 available.) 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


From Ebola to Obesity: Public Health in Action

Interested in learning more about the new Public Health degree at USJ? Come hear from public health professionals about the exciting and important field of public health.

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



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.


WE-FIT Lunch & Learn Program - Nutrition - Eating for the Prevention of Disease

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | McGovern Hall, FDR

USJ Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the WE-FIT Lunch and Learn Program, "Nutrition - Eating for the Prevention of Disease" hosted by Christina Alevras, Instructor of Biology, School of Health & Natural Sciences. WE-FIT will pay half the cost of lunch at Café Bon Appétit for any employee attending the Lunch & Learn session. If planning to buy lunch, please arrive at 11:45 a.m. to beat the crowd and be timely for the meeting starting at noon.

Contact: Deborah L. Spencer at


Chapel Bells Mass

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 12:00pm |The Connor Chapel of Our Lady

USJ has the tradition of remembering deceased alumni and friends at the Chapel Bells Mass. This special liturgy will be held in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady at 12:05. During the mass, the chapel bells will be rung in memory of those who have passed away during the past year.

Lunch will follow in the McGovern Dining Hall.

Contact: Rita Bayer, coordinator/stewardship at or 860.231.5462


Dietetic Internship Open House- Saturday, November 8

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


World War I Centenary: Roundtable Discussion of Rebecca West's book The Return of the Soldier

Peace and Human Rights Events Series

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm |Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

Participants: Dr. Dennis Barone, Dr. Kevin Callahan, Dr. Elizabeth Vozzola, Dr. Mark Zelinsky (moderator)

Sponsors: Department of English, Department of History and Society

Open to the public.

Contact: Dr. Mark Zelinsky 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 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 students 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 Session:

Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00 p.m. 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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