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Monday, November 24, 2014  

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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.
  • The Pay it Forward Scholarship is renewable, provided recipients complete 20 hours of community service each academic year

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





USJ Welcomes New Staff

University of Saint Joseph welcomes new staff to the community.:

Nicole Horelik, laboratory coordinator, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Chemistry

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



Blue Jay Athletics


Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. / USJ against Worcester State College

Monday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. / USJ against Weslyan

Saturday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. / USJ against Connecticut College

Monday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. / USJ against Lesley

Contact: Deb Fiske at or 860.231.5423



Hoffman Auditorium Upcoming Events


December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

As part of Connecticut's Celebration of the 150th Civil War Anniversary, we present Bobby Horton including minstrel tunes, Civil War songs, folk hymns, Stephen Foster's music, and old-fashioned Christmas carols.

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

Buy tickets now!



December 18 at 6:30 p.m.
December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
December 20 at 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
December 21 at 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Join Ballet Theatre Company for its 13th annual production of this holiday classic!

Tickets are available through BTC. Click here to visit their website!



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.



Afternoon at the Gallery

Thursday, December 4| 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.

For more information contact, 860.231.5743.



Pope Pius XII Library Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday 2014

Tuesday                 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday           8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        
Thursday/Friday   Closed
Saturday                10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday                   2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.



Elfspiration Toy Drive

Santa’s little helpers make toys for children and just like them you can help by donating a toy.

Madonna Hall 2nd floor will be hosting a toy drive from Sunday, November 9 - Monday, December 1. You can drop off your toys in a box in the library lounge or in Madonna 2nd floor lounge.

We ask for brand new toys only.

In addition to collecting toys, on Saturday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. we will be having an Elfspiration party. Come watch the movie Elf, talk about compassionate service, and decorate cookies- there also will be hot cocoa.

Help make a difference in a child’s life.

Contact: Melina Dezhbod'17 at


Thanksgiving Holiday Payroll Procedures

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, please note the following Payroll procedures:

For those still completing paper timesheets, be sure to turn in timesheets and payroll related documentation you may have for the two-week period ending November 22, 2014 by the end of the business day on Friday, November 21, 2014.

For those still completing paper calendars, be sure to turn in any calendars you may have completed through November 15, 2014 by the end of the business day on Friday, November 21, 2014.

For those using the USJ Online Time Recording System in ADP, please have all time recorded and approved for the “current pay period” by the end of the business day on Friday, November 21, 2014.

Due to the shortened work week, it is imperative that all documentation be received by payroll before Monday, November 24, 2014 to ensure payroll processing can be completed on schedule.

Please note that Friday, November 28 is a University holiday, but not a banking holiday. Therefore all direct deposits will be processed according to the normal schedule.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation – and have a relaxing Holiday.

Please contact Marie Harding in the Payroll Office 860.231.5407 with any questions


Dream To Be B.R.A.V.E Prom Drive

The USJ B.R.A.V.E. Leadership Program will be hosting a "Prom Drive" on December 4, 2014. The goal of the drive is to collect dresses and accessories for students who may not have access to these items for prom. Interested in contributing? Check out the details below to participate.

Date: December 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: McGovern Lounge
Accepted Items: Dresses(all styles), shoes, jewelry, hand bags, cosmetics, etc.
Sponsors: Diversity In Action, W.O.W, Public Health Society

For more information please contact Luz Holmes at



November/December 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



Festival of Lights

Come one, come all, to the Festival of Lights—USJ’s annual Advent and pre-Christmas Celebration! This FREE event will be held in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. A hallowed USJ holiday tradition, Festival of Lights features readings, carols, prayers, and performances by the USJ Chamber Choir, the USJ Dance Ensemble, Queenes Companye, the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, and the Gengras Center Choir. Don;t forget to head to the cafeteria following Festival of Lights for a festive, Christmas meal (prices tbd).

Festival of Lights. Sunday, December 7at 4:00 p.m. Connor Chapel of Our Lady. See you there!

Contact: Kate Stratton, director of Campus Ministry, at



Dining Hours for Thanksgiving Break 2014

Jay Nest Closed
Tuesday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Resumes Monday, November 30, 2014

Cafe Closed
Tuesday, November 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Resumes for Dinner Sunday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

No Late Night
Monday, November 24 or Tuesday, November 25
Resumes Monday, November 30

May you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Enjoy!

From the Bon Appetit Staff



Join USJ's New Book Club

First Book:

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall, Denvor Moore, Daniel Butler, and Lynn Vincent

How it works:

1. Sign up by emailing Mary Perleoni at by Monday, November 24, 2014.
2. Pick up your FREE book between Monday, December 8 - Friday, December 12 at the Little Red House.
3. Read the book over break.
4. Get together for snacks and a great discussion in February. The date will be emailed to the community after break.

Open to the USJ community

For more information contact Mary Perleoni, graduate assistant/WOW, at



Holiday Break Message from the President

I am writing to let you know that once again we have decided to extend the Christmas/New Year break beyond those days offered as part of the University of Saint Joseph benefit plan. I hope this gift will provide the opportunity for you to spend extra time with family and friends.

The University will close for the holidays at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. The University will resume operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. (The standard holidays of December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1 will be applied to that period, with an additional three paid days being provided to complete the break.)

There are certain departments that must remain staffed during the holidays in order to provide essential services. Directors of these departments should develop a schedule of the employees who will be working and share the information with their supervisors, as well as notify Campus Safety of the work schedule and arrange for access to specific buildings that may be required.

Any non-exempt employees (hourly staff) who are required to work while the University is closed will receive holiday pay based on their regular schedule, plus regular pay for the hours worked. Exempt employees (salaried staff) who are required to work during this period may receive alternative time off as agreed upon with their supervisor. This alternative time, however, must be used prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2015.

I wish all of you the very best during the holiday season.


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 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







........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.

If you have any questions or would like to host, please contact Kim Bornstein at or at 860.231.5786.



Student Teaching Fall 2015

There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for Fall 2015 student teaching applicants on December 1, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in McGovern Lounge.

The Application Deadline is 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2015. Access applications by logging into MyUSJ, School of Education, Student Teaching.

Contact: Veronica Hills, assistant to the Director of Student Teaching, at or 860.231.5782.


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!



Acknowledging Grief, Journeying Through Loss: A Workshop for Healing

Come for a Grief and Loss workshop before the holiday season, where we will work in a group to process the losses we all carry.  Sharing your loss with others can help, simply by letting you know you are not alone. The workshop can also offer you strategies to help you grieve, express, and heal.

Co-led by Dibya Choudhuri, professor of Counseling, and Kate Stratton, director of Campus Ministry

When: Monday, December 1 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in the topic but cannot make this time, please e-mail by noon about your availability on Wednesday, December 3.

Where: Campus Ministry office, McGovern Hall, 2nd floor, #7 (Hot tea and hot chocolate provided)

Grief is a natural response to loss.  It’s the emotional pain you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including relationship breakups, loss of health, loss of a job, a miscarriage, loss of a dream, loss of safety after trauma, and even moving away from home and going to college.

Grief is a highly personal and individual experience.  How you grieve and what you feel depends on so many factors including your personality, coping style, life experience, faith, as well as the nature of the loss.  It takes time but there is no set timetable and while some people can feel fine right away, others take weeks, months, or even years and feel profoundly changed by the experience. 

The single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of others.  Even if you aren’t comfortable talking about your feelings normally, in this context it is usual to feel alone and so becomes even more important to express your feelings to compassionate others.  Sharing your loss makes the burden easier to carry, and connecting brings strength to carry the pain.

Please RSVP Kate Stratton, director of Campus Ministry, at if you plan to attend



W.O.W Pajama Party

Come enjoy a movie, snacks, and trivia at the biggest pajama party of the year with W.O.W.

Thursday, December 4 | Assumption Lounge | 7:30 p.m.

Residents, commuters, and friends welcome!

Contact: Daria Marvasti at


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