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Monday, April 21, 2014  

.......Community News

April Recreation Calendar Available

The O'Connell Recreation Calendar for April 2014 is now available. The link below will bring you to the website where additional information is available.

Contact: Debbie Fiske, associate athletic director, at or 860.231.5423


USJ Welcomes New Staff

University of Saint Joseph welcomes a new staff member to the community:

Caitlyn Brodeur, teaching assistant, Gengras Center

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


TIAA-CREF Offering Individual Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling for USJ employees on May 6, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in the Provost 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 at 860.231.5509



Women of Wellness Spring Semester Events

Pet Therapy

The last sessions of the semester will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in McGovern Lounge on Monday, April 21, Tuesday, April 22 , Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25

Alcohol Awareness Week

Join us on Thursday, May 1 for “Don’t Mix This” from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on the McGovern Patio. This is a program on distracted and impaired driving prevention, including fun obstacle course with impairment goggles, mock sobriety tests and cool safety giveaways.

Journal Your Way to Stress Relief

Prepare for final exams with this relaxing program on Friday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the FDR. Art journals will be provided.

Contact: Meredith L. Yuhas, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, director, Counseling and Wellness Center, at


Photographer Lewis Watts and Historian Eric Porter on Music and Culture in New Orleans

The Art Gallery at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will present the 2014 Vincenza Uccello Fine Arts Lecture featuring noted photographer Lewis Watts and jazz historian Eric Porter discussing their book New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Crystal Room, Mercy Hall, on the University’s main campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford. A reception and book signing will follow. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Contact: Rochelle L. R. Oakley, collections manager, at



Autism Awareness Month Events

Mercy Lecture

“Expanding the Scope of Scientific Research-based Practice for Individuals with Autism through Applied Behavior Analysis”

The University of Saint Joseph will present a Mercy Lecture entitled, “Expanding the Scope of Scientific Research-based Practice for Individuals with Autism through Applied Behavior Analysis” on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

The lecture, featuring Deirdre Fitzgerald, Ph.D., BCBA-D and John Molteni Ph.D., BCBA-D, will be held in the Bruyette Athenaeum, Second Floor Reception Room, at the University’s West Hartford Campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue

The lecture is open to the public; tickets are $25 and include lunch. To make a reservation, contact Steve Kumnick at or 860.231.5323.


Save the Date!

"The Autism Multicultural Project: Addressing Disparities and Needs in Underserved Communities" Tuesday, June 3 in the Crystal Room, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, click the link below:

Contact: Grace Clark, communications specialist/writer, at


Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., will honor six community leaders with its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Hartford, for their achievements in community service and their professional careers.

To learn more about the DAA recipients, click the link below:

The cost to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner is $50. To register for the event, contact the USJ Alumni Relations Office at or 860.231.5323.


Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday!

Capital Classics Theatre Company and The Art Gallery will celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with an afternoon of readings, music, and (of course) cake.

Members of the USJ community are invited to participate as readers/performers or to attend as audience members. The birthday bash will take place on Sunday, April 27 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Bruyette Athenaeum.

To sign up as a participant, contact Laura Sheehan at or 860.231.5297.


Gala 2014

The University of Saint Joseph will hold its fourth “Imagine … the Sky’s the Limit” Gala celebration on Friday, June 13, 2014.

This year's Gala will honor Edison Liu, M.D., president and CEO of the Jackson Laboratory, as well as three leaders in the Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Dorothy Keller M.Ed., M.A., CAGS, professor of Fine Arts
  • Judith Perkins, Ph.D., professor emerita of Foreign Languages/Humanities
  • Shyamala Raman, Ph.D., professor of Economics and International Studies

Event proceeds will benefit deserving University of Saint Joseph students

Please see the various ways you can support this worthy event

For more information about the Gala or sponsorship opportunities, contact Keri M. Stevens, 860.231.5291 or

Online registration now open.




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Contact: Caitlin Fitzgerald, communications specialist, at 860.231.5334 or





........Student News


Elementary Education - Praxis II Test Review

All sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the McDonough Hall, Room 213. Contact Professor Falcon below for more information regarding the test review sessions.

Contact: Ray Falcon, assistant professor, School of Education, at 860.231.5420 or


Class of 2014: Senior Special

This package will cost $20 and includes: a class of 2014 t-shirt, a class photo (taken by the lovely and talented Nicole Battistone'15 in the spring semester) and a $10 gift to the USJ Annual Fund!

Please contact Lauren Stoto at 860.231.5364 or or Brittany Toce at 860.231.5888 or to purchase your package today!


Nutrition Tip from the Counseling & Wellness Center        

Breakfast gives you energy for the day and is important for everyone. However, a busy schedule can get in the way of super charging your day. Try these quick, nutrient packed smoothies that take only minutes to prepare.

Berry Protein Smoothie:                                             
½ Cup low-fat vanilla soy milk
½ Cup silken tofu
½ Cup water
½ Cup frozen mixed berries
1 ripe banana, peeled, diced
1 Cup ice
1 tbsp flaxseed

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
(Nutrients per serving: 316 Calories, 6 grams fat, 17 grams protein)
Avocado Power Smoothie:
1 ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, skin on
½ Cup low-fat soy milk
½ Cup ice
1 Scoop Whey or Soy Protein powder
1 tsp fresh lime juice

Place all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.  Pour into glass and enjoy.
(Nutrients per serving: 530 calories, 30 gram fat, unsaturated, 42 grams carbs, 31 grams protein)

Contact: Joyce O’Dea, campus nutritionist in the Counseling and Wellness Center, at 860.231.5530 or


Message from the Office of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences

Come to the fall 2014 student-teachers mandatory meeting and meet your college supervisor, receive your manual, and review student teaching requirements.

New Location: McGovern Lounge Wednesday April 30 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Suzanne Shippee, director of Student Teaching, at

Graduate Assistantship Program Application Available

Are you a graduate student looking for something to add to your resume or need help paying for grad school without wanting to take out loans?  The Graduate Assistantship Program provides an opportunity to obtain valuable academic and workplace experience assisting one of our departments at the institution in exchange for tuition assistance!

  More information about the program is available at  

Applications are currently being accepted.  The application form and a current resume must be submitted to Marshall Bradway ( in the Office of Graduate Admissions & Academic Services by May 20 to be sent out to allocated departments.


Senior Welcome Reception

Class of 2014 - visit to sign up for the Senior Welcome Reception on Thursday, May 1!

Join the Office of Alumni Relations and members of the Alumni Council as we celebrate welcoming you into the University's Alumni Association!

Thursday, May 1, 2014
City Steam Brewery
Hartford, CT
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Register A.S.A.P.!

Contact: Brittany Toce, alumni relations officer, at 860.231.5888 or


School of Education Internship Applications now being accepted for 2014-2015

Graduate students pursuing general or special education licensure and/or a Master¹s Degree are eligible to earn 18 USJ graduate credits plus a $1,000 stipend while gaining experience working with K-12 students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Information and applications may be found on MyUSJ, School of Education webpage, Internship Opportunities. Interviews will be conducted in May.

Contact: Suzanne S. Shippee, director, Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences, at 860.231.5327  or

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