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Tuesday, December 13, 2016  

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Promotions and New Employees

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

Chelsea Echevarria, gallery attendant, Art Gallery
Shantel Fraser, administrative assistant, The School for Young Children
Ashley Gleason, campus safety officer, Campus Safety
Angie Quintero-Ares, administrative assistant, Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice, School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Diana Sousa, MBA, Director, Marketing and Communications
Jaquann Starks, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center

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


















Upcoming Events, Art Museum

ongoing through December 18, 2016

Surveying contemporary Japanese printmakers working in a wide range of techniques, including color woodblocks, etchings, mezzotints, lithographs, and screenprints, HANGA NOW highlights the artists’ diversity, creativity, and sensitivity to materials. Prints in this exhibition range from abstract to representational, but share the reverence for materials and exquisite craftsmanship that characterizes Japanese art from all periods. Many of the artists – even those who adopt an abstract style – treat such traditional Japanese themes as nature and the four seasons. Although the primary focus of HANGA NOW is on prints executed in the last 25 years (1990 – 2015), it also includes works by the generation of artists who studied with or were influenced by the first masters of ssaku hanga. Major artists in the exhibition include TAMEKANE Yoshikatsu, IWAMI Reika, SHINODA Toko, IMAMURA Yoshio, NAKAZAWA Shin’ichi, and HAMANISHI Katsunori. HANGA NOW is supported in part by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the IFPDA Foundation, the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund, and Toshiko Uchino.












Upcoming Events, Hoffman Auditorium



Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Ballet Theatre Company presents its 15th annual production of "The Nutcracker," December 15-December 18. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (60 and over), and $20 for children (12 and under) and can be purchased from the Ballet Theatre Company.

Learn more.

Contact: Ballet Theatre Company or 860.570.0440





American Roots Festival

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Jimmy & Lorraine is a meditation on the American Political climate of the late 50's and 60's through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry.

Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy & Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America's history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever changing multicultural society.

Purchase tickets.





American Roots Festival

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Through the creation of Point of Interest, Xavier is venturing further into a mature space for hip hop dance.

The piece follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form. Xavier's goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form.

Purchase tickets.




American Roots Festival

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

In this new project commissioned by Duke Performances, acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters.

From 1936-1942 Waters documented over 118 towns in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee in a collection he called "Movies of Local People." Waters traveled from town to town, filming people going about their lives in the small town South, then worked with local movie theaters to screen his silent shorts inviting his subjects for a wholly novel experience--to see themselves on the silver screen alongside Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, and the Hollywood stars of the time.

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American Roots Festival

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

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American Roots Festival

Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

General Admission: $25, Seniors & Alumni: $20, Students: $15

Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 12 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone's family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman's return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.

Purchase tickets.











Fall 2016 Tour Schedule, Admissions


10:00 a.m. Information Session and Campus Tour for First Year Students


2:00 p.m. Information Session and Campus Tour for First Year Students


4:30 p.m. Information Session and Campus Tour for anyone interested in USJ


3:00 p.m. Information Session and Campus Tour for First Year Students


10: 00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.  Information Session for Transfer Students

Select Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. are also available, please contact Alyssa King, M.Ed., assistant director of Admissions Operations and Communications, at 860.231.5862 or with questions.





















Bon Appetit Holiday Hours

Late Night
Late Night Closing Monday, December 12, 2016
Open January 17, 2017

Jay Nest
Closing December 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Open January 17, 2017

Closing Saturday, December 17, 2016
Brunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jay’s Nest Open for Lunch Daily Specials and Grab & Go
December 19, 2016 – December 22, 2016
January 3, 2017 – January 6, 2017  
January 9, 2017  - January 3 2017
Lunch 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Richard Frost, general manager, at or 860.231.5359













Mindfulness Meditation

Friday, December 16, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lynch Hall, Room 218

This event will take place every Friday in Lynch Seminar Room 218 from Noon to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Contact: Nancy Billias or Agnes Curry, at or











Save the Date: Moving the Dream Forward

The Connor Chapel of Our Lady
Monday, January 23

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern CT State University

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Tyrone Black, Director of Student Advancement at Wooster School

Sponsored by the University of Saint Joseph Diversity Committee. For more information, please contact Michele Maccarone Brophy, Planning Committee Chairperson at 860.231.5273 or













TIAA Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on December 15, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mercy Hall, Business Office Conference Room main campus.

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

Contact: Lisa Peruccio, Benefits Administrator at 860.231.5509 or














A Message from Facilities: Winter Safety

Despite the best efforts of our terrific Facilities team, winter weather in New England often means slippery footing. USJ reminds all community members to exercise caution when snow or ice are on the ground.

· Wear appropriate footwear — no high heels or smooth-soled shoes.
· Focus on your footing. Watch where you walk. Concentrate on getting from point A to point B safely.
· Walk like a penguin. Use short, slow steps.
· Don’t use your cell phone while walking from the parking lot or on stairs.
· Use handrails on stairways and don’t rush.
· Be aware of changes in walking surfaces. Many falls are caused when people don’t realize they’re leaving non- slippery surfaces for slippery ones.
· Free up your hands. Use a carrying case with a shoulder strap for laptops and files.
· Step down and not out when getting out of a vehicle. Swing both legs out. Place both feet on the ground and use hands for support.
· Step down off curbs, not out. Landing on your heel first instead of flat footed can cause a fall.
· Use authorized paths. If it’s not clear of snow, don’t use it. No shortcuts.
· Report unsafe conditions to Facilities (860.231.5401, and/or Public Safety (860.231.5222,

If, despite all precautions, you fall and injure yourself due to weather conditions, please utilize the appropriate reporting procedure:

· Students: Notify Public Safety immediately.
· Employees: Notify Public Safety immediately, and submit a First Report of Injury form to Human Resources within 1 work day. Workers Compensation information and the First Report of Injury form are available on MyUSJ/Employee/Human Resources and Payroll/Benefits.

Contact: Steve Sturdevant, manager of Operations, at or 860.231.5757.



















CIC Tuition Exchange Program Reminder

Full-time benefits eligible employees who wish to apply for the Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP) should complete the application form as soon as possible and submit to Human Resources. The application form is available on MyUSJ/Employee/Human Resources and Payroll/Documents and Forms. A list of participating institutions is available at

In order to qualify for the CIC-TEP, a USJ employee must be designated as a full-time employee for benefits purposes and have been a full-time benefited employee for at least one continuous year immediately prior to the date of application.

The CIC-TEP allows us to export an unlimited number of students to other participating CIC member institutions. CIC-TEP scholarships, if approved, are for up to eight consecutive semesters. Authorization from the University of Saint Joseph does not guarantee an award or the value of an award from the host/importing institution. CIC-TEP member institutions may limit the number of tuition waivers they will grant in a given year. Awards are within the complete discretion of the host/importing institution, and cover tuition only. Student applicants are required to submit all financial aid awards (e.g., pell and state scholarships) to the host/importing institution.

Contact: Deborah Spencer, director of Human Resources at or 860.231.5390









Holiday Publication Schedule

Today's issue of Campus Update is the last weekly e-newsletter that will be published prior to the holiday break.

Campus Update will resume its regular Monday publication schedule starting on January 9, 2017.

Contact: Caitlin Fitzgerald, Communications Coordinator, at 860.231.5334 or




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is published weekly by the Office of Marketing, Media, and Communications.
Please send your news to by Thursday noon
if you want it in the next Monday's edition.

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