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Monday, March 2, 2015  

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USJ Welcomes New Staff

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

Monique Gordon, teaching assistant/licensed practical nurse, The Gengras Center
Amy Woodman, professional tutor, Center for Academic Excellence

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





Hoffman Auditorium Upcoming Events

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!



March 7 at 8:00 p.m.

The program will include Shumann: Overture to Bride of Messina; Beethoven: Violin Concerto, D major with Michelle Painter, soloist; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

For tickets and information, call 800.975.FVSO




March 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Our 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration with traditional Irish music of the hearth and pub, and featuring vocalist/guitarist Danny Ringrose, fiddler Jeanne Freeman, John Whelan (7 Time all-Ireland accordion champ), Michael Cooney (all-Ireland piper & whistle champ), Janine Randall (piano)! Plus dancers from the Griffith Irish Dance Academy!

Tickets: $27 Adults | $22 Seniors | $12 Youth | $22 USJ Faculty & Staff | Free for USJ Students

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March 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher | Directed by Ian Belknap | Performed by The Acting Company
"The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States." - The New York Times

Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlin and Mark Twain himself (as Hank) come tumbling your way in this satirical tale. Wander with Twain as he travels from the 19th Century to 6th Century England's medieval times through the eyes of Hank Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself transported back to the time of legendary King Arthur. Hank astonishes the Middle Age with heroic fireworks, modern medicine and electricity. These tricks from the future initially advance and improve King Arthur's Court but society ultimately struggles to evolve 1300 years into the future. Mark Twain's satirical romp exposes the foibles and fortes of both ages, leading audiences to question and laugh at themselves and the principles of the 21st century.

Tickets: $30 Adults | $25 MTH&M Members | $20 Youth | $20 USJ Students

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March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences since 1973 with the spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT expresses the harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko, creating new dimensions in Asian American movement and music!

Tickets: $25 Adults | $20 Seniors | $15 Youth | $20 USJ Faculty & Staff | Free for USJ Students

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Art Gallery Exhibitions and Events


Afternoon at the Gallery

Join the Art Gallery on the first and third Thursday 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.

For more information contact Rochelle Oakley, Collections manager/registrar, at 860.231.5743.




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.







USJ Celebrates Women’s History Month

To commemorate Women’s History Month in March, the University will host a series of programs reflecting this year’s academic theme of world peace and human rights. All events are open to the public.


March 3: A film screening of Private Violence, a HBO documentary about intimate partner violence, followed by a panel discussion, will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Crystal Room of Mercy Hall. The screening is also sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. Free.

March 5: The 2015 Munger Lecture, entitled “On ‘Greening,’ Growth, and the Great Commandment,” will be presented by Karen Eifler, Ph.D., professor of Education and co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland in Portland, Maine. The lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Crystal Room of Mercy Hall. Free.

March 6:  “Ladies of Laughter, Funny and Fabulous Tour” with Jane Condon, Robin Fox, and Alycia Cooper will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hoffman Auditorium in the Bruyette Athenaeum. Tickets, which are available online ( or via the Frances Driscoll box office (860.231.5555), are $25.

March 6: Catherine Hoyser, Ph.D., professor of English and director of Women’s Studies, and Carol Shaw Austad, Ph.D., professor of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University, will present “Lifestyle Self-Authoring: An Introductory Workshop,” from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Reception Room in the Bruyette Athenaeum. Free.

March 9: Fatma Wahdan Antar, professor of Economics at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Conn. will present “Misconceptions about Women in Islam” from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Crystal Room of Mercy Hall. The presentation is in celebration of Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, to commemorate International Women's Day (March 8). The presentation is sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs and the Women’s Studies Program. Free.

April 1: A poetry reading featuring Gabrielle Calvocoressi, author of Apocalyptic Swing and The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Crystal Room of Mercy Hall. The reading is sponsored by the Peter Brazeau Poetry Fund, Honors Program, and Women’s Studies Program.

For more information about USJ’s Women’s History Month programs, contact Catherine Hoyser, Ph.D., at 860.231.5294 or




Youth Dance Program at USJ

Youth dance classes will start in the dance studio in the O'Connell Athletic Center. Registration for the spring session begins Sunday, March 1 (Summer Dance Intensive begins the week of July 6). The classes offered are:

Ballet I and Jazz I Combo Class 9:00 a.m. (ages 6-10)
Ballet II Ages (ages 10-16)
Jazz Dance Technique (ages 12-18)

For more information contact: Susan Murphy, director of Dance, at 860.232.7848 or



Join Phenomenal Women

The phenomenal women group is a psycho-educational group that addresses female body image.

Once a month, we meet and challenge the notion that our worth is based on somebody else's idea of what is beautiful, and have fun in the process!

Contact: Mary Perleoni'16, at 860.231.5530 or





13th Annual Keefe-Bruyette Symposium on Investigations and Inquiry in Math and Science for Young Children


The School for Young Children at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will host its 13th annual Keefe-Bruyette Symposium on Investigations and Inquiry in Math and Science for Young Children on Monday, March 16, 2015. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. (registration followed by the keynote address at 9:00 a.m.) in the Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium, located on the University’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue.

Focused on math and science teaching for young children, the day-long symposium draws early childhood educators from throughout the northeast who participate in workshops led by their peers. This year’s featured keynote speaker is Cindy Hoisington, M.Ed., an early childhood science educator at Education Development Center, Inc. and the science advisor for the PBS show, Curious George. Hoisington’s keynote address, “Why Science in Early Childhood Settings?” will evaluate the ways in which young children benefit from science experiences, as well as examine positions endorsed by the National Science Teachers’ Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

In addition to the keynote address, participants at the Keefe-Bruyette Symposium select a morning and afternoon workshop from an expansive menu. Topics include: Promoting Language through Science; Teaching Math and Science through Storytelling; Using Outdoor Nature Play to Enhance Math and Science Skills; and more. Registration is required and is available at (link here).

The price of the morning session, which includes Cindy Hoisington’s keynote address, a morning workshop, and lunch is $65. The afternoon session, which includes lunch, an afternoon workshop, and a tour of the School for Young Children is $65. Full-day price is $80; full-time students pay a discounted fee of $50.

For more information, contact Sue O’Donnell, laboratory school coordinator, at 860.231.5561 or


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




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*


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










........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.




Graduate Assistant for The Office of Institutional Research and Planning Needed

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is seeking a graduate assistant to work the remainder of the spring semester.

Job Description: Manage data collection and timely completion of external surveys, reports, and questionnaires, research/update information for our competitor, peer, and aspirant institutions, research statistics to support University initiatives, analyze data related to retention, and update, edit, and proof University Fact Book.

Email your resume to Luis Moyano, director of Graduate Academic Services at




Senior Packages on Sale

Attention Seniors! Throughout the month of March, between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in McGovern Hall Lounge, senior packages will be on sale. Stop by the table to purchase your package!

For more information contact Katie DaSilva, coordinator of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, at 860.231.5364 or














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