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Tuesday, September 20, 2016  

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Promotions and New Employees

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

Elizabeth Allen, M.S.W., visiting assistant professor, Social Work, School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Elizabeth Anderson, teaching assistant, The School for Young Children
Katherine Benettieri, M.S., speech and language pathologist, The Gengras Center
Molly Dever, M.S., director, Admissions
Meghan Dunn, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Gabrielle Giangreco, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Elyse Hatch, teacher, The Gengras Center
Benjamin Horowitz, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Sarah Lessard, M.S., coordinator of behavioral analytic services, The Gengras Center
Kristin Lipinski, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Courtney Melanson, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Amelinda Picard, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Victoria Pisano, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Jacob Rosario, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Samuel Siegel, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Kenneth Trestman, technical auditorium manager, Carol Autorino Center
Amanda Upchurch, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Kaley Watras, teaching assistant, The Gengras Center
Amy Zolnik, M.A., coordinator of student accessibility services, Center for Academic Excellence

Ann Egan, executive administrative assistant, School of Graduate and Professional Studies/School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Elizabeth Marone, communications coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Anita Sladyk, administrative assistant, School of Humanities and Social Sciences/Admissions


Contact: Na-Tasha Bryan, human resources specialist, at 860.231.6740 or nbryan@usj.edu










Upcoming Events, Hoffman Auditorium


Blurring the lines between hip-hop and theater, addiction, religion and the law in a timely exploration of the criminal justice system

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

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

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak's most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop dramatic performance. A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak's own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors - both internal and external - that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.

Written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite
Musical accompaniment by Dion Decibles
Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sean San Jose

Purchase tickets.



This touching puppet-theater performance explores the rich creative potential of people living with dementia.

Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum, Hoffman Auditorium

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

D-Generation explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their world, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members.

Stories created by: The Residents of Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation using Timeslips, (a collective creative story telling model developed by Anne Basing).

Purchase tickets.















Upcoming Events, Art Museum


Sept. 23-Dec. 18, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 5:30-7:30 p.m.
PRINTMAKER DEMONSTRATION: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 1-3:00 p.m.

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. These contemporary artists are successors to Japan’s early 20th century ssaku hanga (creative print) movement. Inspired by the Western approach to original prints in which the artist executes every stage – from design of the image and preparation and inking of the matrix to final printing on paper in a limited edition – this movement diverged from the traditional process of creating ukiyo-e prints and 20th-century shin-hanga (new print) works, which involved collaboration among separate designers, block carvers, printers, and publishers.

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.

In conjunction with HANGA NOW, artist TAMEKANE Yoshikatsu will visit from Japan on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 to demonstrate printing techniques, including shading with water-based inks (bokashi), application of metallic leaf, and embossing, all of which he uses in his own work. This demonstration is supported in part by Emi Asano. The Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph will also host a Family Day with exhibition-related activities for children and adults on Oct. 16, 2016 from 1-3:00 p.m., as well as two Gallery Talks – one on Oct. 6 and another on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Concurrent with HANGA NOW, the Fairfield University Art Museum (formerly Bellarmine Museum of Art) will present Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz from Sept. 29 – Dec. 16, 2016 with an opening reception on Sept. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Additionally, the Bush-Holley Historic Site (Greenwich Historical Society) will feature An Eye to the East: The Influence of Japan from Oct. 12, 2016 – Feb. 26, 2017, an exhibition about the influence of Japanese art and culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with special emphasis on the Cos Cob art colony. Both exhibitions are accompanied by lectures and other events. For more information, visit www.fairfield.edu/museum and www.greenwichhistory.org.

















Annual Fall Open House

Mark your calendars! This year the Office of Admissions is hosting their annual Fall Open House on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The outline of our day is as follows:

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

We hope to see you there!

Contact: Eileen Horan, Admissions Counselor, ehoran@usj.edu at or 860.231.5786























Book Signing and Reception,"Called to be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity"

Book Signing and Reception

Tuesday September 20, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mercy Hall, Crystal Room, First Floor

Benjamin T. Peters, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology and Director of the Honors Program, will hold a talk and book signing on his most recent publication, Called to be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity. In his book, Dr. Peters explores the influence that Fr. John Hugo and his retreat had on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. Dorothy Day's retreat notebooks have been transcribed and are included in the book's Appendix.

Dr. Peters has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Dayton and has published several scholarly articles. This is his first book. Before pursuing his doctoral studies, Peters lived and worked for three years in the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker community in South Bend, Indiana.

Program will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and will include reception and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at event. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. 

Contact: Christina Flood at cflood@usj.edu or 860.231.5888.





















Call for Award Nominations from the Veterans Committee

The Veterans Committee on campus is now accepting nominations for two awards that honor veterans or active service members from the USJ community. The 2016 Admiral Francis T. Shea Buckley Award is presented to a current student or alumni, while the 2016 Colonel B. Catherine Noble Award is presented to a current faculty or staff member of the University.



More information about the awards and the individuals who inspired them can be found in the attachments above. To nominate a deserving member of the USJ community, please complete the attached form and email it to veteransawards@usj.edu by October 5, 2016.









Office Hours with President Rhona C. Free

President Rhona Free will be holding open office hours on Wednesday, October 5, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Office, Room 1, Mercy Hall (at the far end of the hallway). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to sign up (recommended) or stop in for a 15-minute appointment with the President during this time.

Contact: Ruth Foxman, executive assistant to the President/secretary to the Board of Trustees at rfoxman@usj.edu or 860.231.5221



















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


6:00 p.m. Information Session and Campus Tour for anyone interested in USJ


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


2:00 p.m.  Information Session for Transfer Students

Upcoming Saturday Information Sessions & Campus Tours:
October 1, 2016 – 9 - 11 AM First year, Transfer and Adult Learners Information Session and Campus Tour
October 8, 2016 – 9 - 11 AM Adult Learner and Graduate School Information Session and Campus Tour

Upcoming Special Events:
October 10, 2016 – 10 AM & 2 PM Columbus Day Information Session and Campus Tour
October 15, 2016 – 8:30 AM – 2 PM First Year and Transfer Students Fall Open House

Contact: Alyssa King, M.Ed., assistant director of Admissions Operations and Communications, at alyssaking@usj.edu or 860.231.5862

Youth Dance at The University of Saint Joseph

Youth Dance at The University of Saint Joseph is a dance program for youth in the community ages 5-18 focusing on ballet, contemporary and jazz dance techniques. The Youth Program serves as an opportunity for undergraduate dance minors to assistant teach in the Saturday classes exploring experiential learning practices in dance pedagogy while earning credits towards their dance minor.

Classes are held on Saturday
There are Three 10-week sessions Fall, Winter and Spring and a one-week Summer Dance Intensive

Fall Classes begin Saturday September 10-November 19

9:00-10:00 Ballet/Jazz Level I ages 5-9
10:00-11:00 Ballet/Jazz Level II ages 10-13
11-:00-12:00 Jazz Level III ages 14-18

All levels are welcome. Students have the opportunity to perform in the USJ annual Spring Dance Concert. Rolling Admission Accepted.

Contact: Susan Murphy, director of Dance, at smurphy@usj.edu or 860.718.5589

















Woof Wednesday

Stress relief isn't just for midterms and finals anymore.

A certified therapy dog will be visiting McGovern Lounge every Wednesday from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. all semester. Come pet, smile, or just hang out.

For more information contact Meredith Yuhas, Ph.D., director of Counseling and Wellness,  at myuhas@usj.edu or 860.231.5336


















Celebrating 40 Years of Educating Women Business Leaders

Interested in entering the business world after graduation?

Learn about the skills necessary for success from Lynn Olson-Douglas ’05, M’08, Director of Human Resources at Travelers, during the first installment of USJ’s “Are You Ready for the Job Market?” Speaker Series on Thursday, Sept. 22.

The lecture, which will be followed by light refreshments and networking opportunities, begins at 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor reception room of Bruyette Athenaeum.

To RSVP, contact Barbara LaButis, Business Administrative Assistant, at blabutis@usj.edu or at 860.231.5454

For more information, contact Steve Jarett, Associate Professor, at sjarett@usj.edu or at 860.231.5288















“Breaking The Mold:” A Symposium On Criminal Justice Reform

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will hold the first installment of “Breaking the Mold:” A Symposium Series on Criminal Justice Reform on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room, Mercy Hall.

The symposium, which showcases the role of restorative justice in the reform movement, will introduce USJ’s new major in Criminal/Restorative Justice, led by Kathleen M. Mullin, Esq. Panelists for the event will include: Christopher Pisciotta, Esq., attorney-in-charge at Legal Aid Society, Staten Island bureau; Diane Sierpina, director of justice initiatives at the Tow Foundation; Emily Galvin, Esq. from the Bronx Defenders; and Tracey-Anne Robinson, M.A., LPC, assistant visiting professor of USJ.

This event is free of charge. To register, please visit: https://giving.usj.edu/breakingthemold









Decision 2016: Make Your Vote Count

Will the Presidential debates help Americans decide how to vote in the coming election? What are the differences between the candidates? Who is winning? How effective are the campaigns? Join the USJ community for an evening of insights into the state of the current election.

The USJ School of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold Decision 2016 on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 from 7:45-10:30 p.m. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford, the event will take place in the Hoffman Auditorium, located in the Bruyette Athenaeum.

The evening will begin with a brief introduction at 7:45 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and a Question-and-Answer session with the audience. From 9-10:30 p.m., attendees will watch the telecast of the debate. Throughout the evening, attendees can also take the opportunity to register to vote.

The evening’s panelists include: Tom Condon, former deputy editorial page editor, columnist, and chief editorial writer for The Hartford Courant; Kenneth Long, Ph.D., professor of History and Political Science at USJ; Carole Mulready ’66, M’98, chairperson for the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford; and Shyamala Raman, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Economics and International Studies at USJ.














Upcoming Events, Student Affairs


Wednesday 9/21

Mercy Week event: Our Piece of the Pie
Focus on Multiculturalism & Diversity
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
McGovern Lounge

Woof Wednesdays
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
McGovern Lounge

Thursday 9/22

Mercy Week Event: Fuel Your Mind
Focus on Hospitality
8:00 am – 10:00 am
McGovern Lounge

Friday 9/23
Mercy Week Event: Renew & Refresh Your Respect
Focus on Respect & Integrity
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
McGovern Lounge

Faith U - InterFaith Fair
9:00 am – 6:00pm
McGovern Lounge

Saturday 9/24
Mercy Day of Service
Focus on Compassionate Service
Various volunteer opportunities available in the community
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Register for Mercy Day at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mercy16












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Questions? Call 860.231.5334 or email marketing@usj.edu.

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2016 University of Saint Joseph