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Monday, April 25, 2016  

.......Community News


Promotions and New Employees

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

Eboney Edwards, administrative assistant, Department of Nutrition/School of Graduate Professional Studies



Priscilla Mulvaney, associate director, Admissions

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











The Gengras Center School Celebrates 50 Years of Success!

It started with a challenge, and meeting challenges has been its motivation ever since. On December 8, 1965, the Gengras Center for Exceptional Children was officially dedicated by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. Stop by the CARE building Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to check out our 50th Anniversary timeline.











Open Hearing Schedule on the NEASC Draft


As you may know from our university-wide NEASC* information sessions, the University will be hosting the site visit for the NEASC ten-year reaccreditation this fall semester (October 23 - 26, 2016).  We have prepared a draft report of the results of our ongoing efforts to provide improvements in all that we do in order to meet the mission. YOUR INPUT IS OF GREAT VALUE.  You are encouraged to read the draft report which is posted on the NEASC tab on MyUSJ.
To provide feedback on the draft, please plan on attending one of the following open hearings or email







April 26, 2016

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

McDonough Hall,  213


April 28, 2016

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

McGovern Hall


April 28, 2016

1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

McDonough Hall, 213


April 29, 2016

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

McDonough Hall, 200

*Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education.













Blue Jay Athletics 


Apr 30 at 1:00 PM


Apr 27 at 3:00 PM
Albertus Magnus

Apr 27 at 5:00 PM
Albertus Magnus

Apr 30 at 12:00 PM
at Johnson & Wales (RI)

Apr 30 at 2:00 PM
at Johnson & Wales (RI)











The O’Connell Center Facility Hours for Spring 2016     

Fitness Center:  

Monday - Thursday

6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Gym:    See front desk for gym hours

Indoor Track:  Same hours as the fitness center

Pool:   See separate pool schedule

Please note that these hours are subject to change without prior notice.

For more information, contact Bill Cardarelli, athletic director, at 860.231.5246 or











Upcoming Events, Hoffman Auditorium



Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Allison Orr, Forklift Dance Works

A documentary about a unique partnership between an Austin arts organization and the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department, featuring 24 employees and 16 large sanitation vehicles. “The Trash Dance is one of the most unique and inspirational productions I have seen.” ~Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison










Upcoming Events, Art Museum

LATINO AMERICANS Screening and Discussion

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Hoffman Auditorium

Don’t miss your last chance to be a part of the conversation! The Art Museum, USJ will present the sixth and final episode of the documentary series: Latino Americans, 500 Years of History. Episode 6: Peril and Promise (1980-2000) will be shown Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoffman Auditorium. Dr. Nelly Rojas Schwan, Associate Professor of Social Work & Latino Community Practice, USJ will introduce the screening which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Latino-Americans from the USJ community. This event is free and open to the public.

Make sure you take time to visit the Art Museums ongoing exhibitions!

Continuing the Conversation II: Points of Intersection between the Americas and Europe continues to explore the rich conversation between Latin America, the United States and Europe, and Money Matters: Thomas Nast on the Economy an exhibition of wood engravings celebrates the inauguration of USJ President Rhona Free, Ph.D. in Economics. These exhibitions will be on view through June 5.

For more information contact Rochelle Oakley at 860.231.5743 or











Upcoming Events, Admissions


Academic Year 2015-2016

Date Event
April 27 Transfer and Adult Learner Accepted Students Reception (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crystal Room)
May 18 Transfer and Transform (5:45 p.m. start time, Crystal Room) 
July 20 Transfer and Transform (5:45 p.m. start time, Crystal Room)

Contact: Undergraduate admissions at or 860.231.5216.















Upcoming Events, Women of Wellness

Woof Wednesdays

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 Mary Perleoni at or 860.231.5530


Arts and Snacks

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., McGovern Patio

Enjoy delicious health snacks and create an art project with Art Therapist Professor Tracey Robinson.

For more information contact Mary Perleoni at or 860.231.5530


















2016 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, May 20, 2016

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
$60 pp
Register Here

Question? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 860.231.5364 or













Office Hours with President Rhona C. Free

President Rhona Free will be holding open office hours on Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 – 7:30 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 or 860.231.5221










Spring 2016 Student Programming & Events Council (S.P.E.C.) Events


Event & Location



Late Night Bingo, McGovern Café

9:30 p.m.


Munchie Truck


$$ Fee Required: Please go to Student Affairs, 2nd floor, McGovern

Contact: Ginny Doxsey, director of Student Involvement & Orientation Programs, at or 860.231.5411











Weekly Zentangle® Practice

4:00-5:00 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. Promotion 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.



April 26

Dreamcatcher Zendala

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.

Contact: CZT Meredith Yuhas, at or 860.231.5366.











Community Forum/Employee Recognition

Monday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m.
Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum

The final Community Forum of the year, which will offer status reports on a number of campus projects, will take place on Monday, May 2. It will also be the time that we will hold the Employee Recognition event, honoring those staff, faculty, and administrators who have achieved a milestone in continuous years of service, received a faculty promotion, or who will be earning a USJ degree in May. The winners of the P.R.A.I.S.E. awards will be announced as well.

For more information contact Ruth Foxman, executive administrative assistant, at 860.231.5221 or
















Caritas Conference:  In Praise of Veterans

Friday, May 20, 2016 form 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Caritas Conference showcases the service and scholarship of underrepresented communities.  This year the conference is In Praise of Veterans. The Conference is made possible by Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, Class of 1944, in memory of Sister Mary Corita O’Brien ’36.

Contact: Vivian Garibay-Presa, Institute for Latino Community Practice, at 860. 231.5416 or






















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