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Monday, March 30, 2015  

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USJ Welcomes New Staff

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

Joanne Arena, M.S., registered dietitian, The Gengras Center
Waleska Santiago, museum educator, Art Gallery

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



Upcoming Events Hoffman Auditorium


March 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Diversity in Action presents its 2nd annual talent show!

Tickets: $7 General Public | $5 USJ Students | $5 USJ Faculty & Staff

Click here to buy them now!



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

Click here to buy them now!




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

Click here to buy them now!




April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, in collaboration with The Center for the Arts & Humanities and the University of Saint Joseph Queenes Companye, requests the pleasure of your company for a special event to remember the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Assassination is an original play produced by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission. Directed by Sean Harris, co-founder and artistic director at the Playhouse on Park, located in West Hartford, Assassination will thrust the audience back in time to April 14, 1865.

The shot, the shock, the frenzied hunt for the killer, Assassination promises a whirlwind tour through the darkest of America's days. Learn Booth's motivations and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton's obsession with capturing those responsible.

Based on original sources, Assassination is true to the history of what happened on that fateful night and the days that followed. You will hear Booth and Stanton's words, see and hear historic newspaper stories, the heart-wrenching letters of Connecticut Soldiers, funeral eulogies, and dozens upon dozens of historic images and photographs.

Tickets: $20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $15 Youth

Click here to buy them now!




April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

An event that has attracted a loyal following through the years, the University of Saint Joseph Dance Ensemble celebrates spring with an original repertory of student choreographed and performed dances!

Tickets: $10 Adults | $7 Seniors | $7 Youth | Free for USJ Students

Click here to buy them now!




Art Gallery Exhibitions and Events


Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us for an evening of fine art, good food, and superb music as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibition "A Night at the Opera: Caricatures" by Enrico Caruso. CT Concert Opera will present a selection arias to complement the evening. Free and open to the public.

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



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 Athletics

2015 Lacrosse (Home) Schedule

Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Johnson & Wales
Friday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Rivier
Monday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Mitchell
Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m.  / USJ vs. Norwhich


2015 Softball (Home) Schedule

Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Elms
Saturday, April 11 at 12:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Suffolk
Saturday April 11 at 2:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Suffolk
Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.  / USJ vs. Western New England
Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.  / USJ vs. Western New England
Sunday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Mount Ida
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. / USJ vs. Mount Ida

For more information, contact Debbie Fiske, associate athletic director,, at 860.231.5423 or



Admissions Open House Events



Wednesday, April 15 at 5:45 p.m.

USJ is offering an information session specifically for Transfer and Adult Learners interested in our Nursing programs. Come hear about the R.N. to B.S. in Nursing, the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing, or the traditional undergraduate program for women. Faculty and staff will be available to answer any questions you have. An optional tour will be offered prior to the event. To participate in the tour please arrive by 4:20 p.m.





Tours and info sessions, every Tuesday & Friday at 2:00 p.m.
On Wednesdays and Fridays throughout spring semester we offer special tours for Transfer students and Adult Learners, led by someone who knows what you're going through. Check out our beautiful, suburban campus and then meet with a counselor for a question and answer session.





Help for Heroes

Starting Wednesday, March 25, Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Resident (SOAR) will be collecting food and toiletries to send to troops overseas and in the United States. Collection ends Friday, April 17. Collection boxes will be located in the following offices:

  • 2nd floor of McGovern Hall (Office of Student Affairs)
  • 2nd floor of Lynch Hall (office of Nancy Billias, Ph.D.)
  • 2nd floor of Lynch Hall (office of Elly Vozzola, Ph.D.)

Please help us in supporting our troops.

Contact: Marie DiPinto'15, at




Free Screening of the Film Gandhi

USJ’sdepartment of History and Society, department of Religious Studies, Office of International Studies and Programs, and Office of Campus Ministry would like to invite you to a FREE screening of the film Gandhi!

When: Monday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum
Snacks Provided

Guest speaker Dr. Shyamala Raman will introduce the film.

Contact: Leo Snow, coordinator/Resources, at


Strike Out Stigma

Strike Out Stigma Part 1

Come to our tabling event and learn about mental health and the best ways to help a friend or family member who may have a mental health problem.

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Location: McGovern Lounge
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Strike Out Stigma Part 2

Join our panel discussion with faculty and staff to bring about an awareness of mental health and to end the stigma associated with it.

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Location: Crystal Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact Stacy Lalor '15, team leader/Women of Wellness, at



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.

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




Mercy Lecture Series: Communications & Technology for Individuals with Autism

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Andrea Courtemanche, Ph.D., BCBA-D, assistant professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies

John Molteni, Ph.D., BCBA, assistant professor of Special Education, Director for Autism and Behavioral Studies

Laura Turner, Ph.D., BCBA, assistant professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies

11:30 a.m. - Lunch
Noon - Presentation

More Information:


Contact: Alumni Relations Office
Phone: 860.231.5323

Location Details
Mercy Hall, Crystal Room
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117-2791 US




Personal Safety Training 101: Self-Defense Program

This confidence building program is an excellent way to equip yourself with practical skills to raise awareness and avoid dangerous situations, while learning physical skills for self-defense.

This free self-defense program teaches women how to be their own protector.  Must sign up for this training as space is limited.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: O’Connell Center Gymnasium
*Female Students Only

Contact Wanda Vazquez-Serrano at 860.231.5530




SYC in Search of Auction Donations

The School for Young Children will hold their annual spring fundraising auction on May 2, 2015.  Proceeds will support scholarships, enrichment programs for the children, and efforts to make the school more “green.”

We are currently in search of specialty items, gift baskets, tickets, and gift certificates to local merchants, service providers, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc. for our silent and live auctions. 

If you or someone you know may be interested, please reach out to Kimber Perrotta at 860.231.5569 or for a donation letter and donation form.  Donations, accompanied by a donation form, can be dropped off directly at the school or sent in interoffice mail.  All donations are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your support of the School for Young Children!



USJ Annual Buckley Lecture

The lecture will feature John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D., speaking on “Transforming the Church in the World: Human Rights and Interreligious Relations Fifty Years after Vatican II.”

Monday, April 13, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Crystal Room, Mercy Hall.
Free and open to the public.

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D., is priest of the Servite Order, professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, Ill., and the Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program in the CTU’s Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Center. His presentation will focus on GAUDIUM ET SPES, the II Vatican Council's declaration on the Church and the modern world, and how it significantly expanded Catholicism's notion of what it means to be a church. “It required the Church to rethink its stance on religious freedom and other human rights issues,” said Rev. Pawlikowski, who will address the significance of this expanded ecclesial perspective.

For further information, contact Reverend Joseph Cheah, OSM, Ph.D., at or 860.231.5349.



TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on April 15, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Business Office Conference Room Mercy Hall, main campus.

Schedule an appointment: Call the TIAA-CREF office in Hamden, 866.842.2051 X252403

Contact: Lisa Peruccio, benefits coordinator at or 860.231.5509



The 15th Annual Global Fair at USJ

Friday, April 17
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Food, music, dance, and global booths - It's one of the highlights of the academic year. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Coleman Lobby and 2nd Floor Reception Room
Bruyette Athenaeum

Contact: Leo Snow, coordinator/Resources, at



2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

USJ celebrates the accomplishments of its alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since 1974, the USJ Alumni Association has presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards annually to outstanding alumni and University community members.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner
Friday, April 17, 2015

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Dinner and Program

For more information:

Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, Connecticut
$50 pp
Register Here

Question? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 860.231.5323 or



Electronics Recycling

Do you have old, broken, or unused electronic equipment at home that you’re not sure how to dispose of? The Office of Information Technology is coordinating with Totaltech Recycling to hold an electronics recycling event on campus on April 22nd, in coordination with Earth Day. Bring your old equipment to campus and Totaltech will take it away for you at no cost, recycle it, and help reduce harmful waste.

Date: April 22, 2015 (Rain Date: April 29, 2015)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: parking lot behind Bruyette (Drive your car up and Totaltech will unload it for you!)

Items accepted:
Televisions; monitors; computers and laptops; toner and ink jet cartridges; printers and fax machines; telephones and modems; routers; switches and hubs; all cables and wiring; servers and mainframes; batteries and light bulbs; stereo; radio; DVD; CD; PDA and iPODS.

Contact: Joe Gleason, director of Information Technology/CIO, at 860.231.5700 or





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*


31      Tangle Speak

7        Wood Box
14      Black Zendala
21      ACT Swap
28      Ensemble



Youth Dance Program at USJ

Youth dance classes will start in the dance studio at 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 (ages 6-10)
Ballet II Ages (ages 10-16)
Jazz Dance Technique (ages 12-18)

Contact: Susan Murphy, director of Dance, at 860.232.7848 or










........Student News



USJ Water Challenge

The USJ Swim Team welcomes new members for next year’s season. Coach Brenda Straker is excited to meet you and provide advice about becoming a competitive swimmer at USJ!

Come explore this unique opportunity and find your passion in the pool.

Tuesday, April ,7, 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. or 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. or 12:00 -12:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. or 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

RSVP: Brenda Straker, swimming head coach, at or 860.231.5589



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 Margit Bobman, assistant director/Academic Program, at




Graduate Assistantship Program

Looking for something to add to your resume or need help paying for grad school without taking out loans?  The Graduate Assistantship Program provides an opportunity to obtain valuable academic and workplace experience assisting one of our departments in exchange for tuition assistance.


The Student Application is currently available.  You must submit a completed application form with a current resume to the attention of Dr. Sandra Affenito (  The initial group of applicants had their materials disbursed in May so delay could decrease the opportunity of being appointed to an assistantship.

Follow the link for more information and the student applications:

Email your resume to Margit Bobman, assistant director/Academic Program, 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



Countdown to Commencement 2015

Monday, April 6 -3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
McGovern Hall, Student Lounge

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We hope Countdown to Commencement facilitates your preparation for the big day. Please visit each of the stations listed below:

  • Class Officers Welcome Table — get your checklist
  • Commencement Photos, Inc. — get a formal Commencement photo between 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Jostens — order a class ring and other Commencement memorabilia; enter a raffle to win a free USJ class ring ($179.00 value)
  • Class of 2015 — sign up for senior activities and order Commencement invitations
  • Alumni Association — learn about the Alumni Association and the benefits you will receive as an alum of the University of Saint Joseph
  • Career Development Center — see what services are available to you as you set out on your career
  • Graduate Office — get information on USJ’s graduate programs
  • Registrar’s Office — confirm that all credits are up to date and check the spelling of your name for the diploma
  • Bookstore — purchase your cap and gown

Jay’s Nest will be open 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

         Keep up with Commencement news at









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