April 2018

Attention Class of 1968: Come celebrate 50 years of achievement ... RSVP extended to April 16

The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites the members of the Golden Anniversary Class to participate in the Commencement ceremony. We hope all members of the Class of 1968 will join us on Saturday, May 12, as we welcome the Class of 2018 into our community of USJ alumni.  
The Class of 1968 will process in the Commencement ceremony with faculty, trustees, and the members of the Class of 2018. If you have your own regalia, please let us know. If you would like USJ to provide it for you, complete the order form. The form must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations before April 16.   
Contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, or call 860.231.5447 with questions. 
International Women's Day 
On Monday, April 2, the Women's Leadership Center and the World Affairs Council joined to celebrate International Women's Day, recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe. 

With standing room only in the Crystal Room, panel participants representing Global Changemakers addressed the crowd, covering topics related to  today's complex global movement toward equality.

The panel of distinguished guests included:

Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash, CEO and Founding Director of Veritas Consulting 

Stephenie Foster, Partner, Smash Strategies

Josepha M. N. Musabyemariya, Commissioner for Gender and Social Affairs, Rwandan Community Abroad (USRCA).

Learn more about the panelists here
Sheila Horan '69 addresses a crowded auditorium: Making Her Story 
On Tuesday, April 3, the Women's Leadership Center welcomed Sheila W. Horan '69, DAA '04 - retired deputy assistant and director of Counterintelligence for the FBI. In front of a crowded Hoffman Auditorium, Horan captured the audience's attention as she shared her experiences as a senior executive for the FBI and recounted episodes related to foreign counterintelligence, counterespionage, and terrorism.  Horan was awarded the U.S. government's Distinguished Executive Award in 1999. 
2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Saint Joseph has distinguished itself
in a variety of ways, but we are most proud of our
alumni who have made outstanding contributions
within their professional fields, respective communities,
and in their personal lives.

Please consider nominating a classmate, colleague, or friend for a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, May 21.  Visit us online at for more information on award categories and for the nomination form.
Hartford Yard Goats
Join your fellow alumni and enjoy a game!
June 28
7:05 p.m.   

Mark your calendars, grab your friends, and come catch a great night of baseball with USJ alumni and friends at the Hartford Yard Goats. On Thursday, June 28, USJ will be at the Yard Goats in the picnic pavilion! Tickets are $30 per person and include a buffet dinner, soft drinks, and entry to the game.  
To purchase your tickets, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 860.231.5364. (Max. 4 per party)

Join us to celebrate USJ scholars at the 23rd Annual Symposium Day 

Celebrate academic scholarship at the 23rd Annual Symposium Day on Wednesday, April 18. Symposium Day is a day-long event designed to carry out the University's mission to develop the potential of our students. Across campus, students publicly demonstrate their achievements in a wide array of academic and professional studies.

Enjoy students' final projects and hear from keynote speaker, Kerry Driscoll, Ph.D., professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph . Dr. Driscoll, a nationally recognized Twain scholar, will present her book "Mark Twain among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples". Twain is often lauded as a champion of oppressed people, but his views about Native Americans were generally harsh and demeaning. Dr. Driscoll will explore the origin and evolution of his deeply conflicted attitude toward "savagery."

Details, including times and locations, can be found on the schedule
Third Annual USJ Commencement Challenge

Save the date! Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 11 for the third annual Commencement Challenge. Celebrate the Class of 2018 with a gift to the USJ Fund, of any amount.

Watch for emails and social media posting for more information and ways to give!
Have an idea for a group or class gathering? 

The Office of Alumni Relations invites your suggestions as we develop alumni programs and activities. If you have an idea for a group gathering, contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, or call 860.231.5447.

Members from the Class of 1971 will hold their second annual meeting and book discussion on Thursday, May 3, in the McGovern Community Room at 11 a.m.
The book selected is "Housebreaking" by Dan Pope, and can be purchased at local bookstores or on
If you are a member of the Class of 1971 and would like to attend, register here.  
President Free, Ph.D., visits with alumni in Naples, Fla. 
Aelish Clifford '78 welcomed President Free and a number of alumni at her home on March 16.

Save the Date: events and receptions you won't want to miss.

Tuesday, May 15
Madison, Conn.
Mercy by the Sea

Information and registration.

Tuesday, May 22
Boston, Mass.
Langham Hotel
Information and registration.

Wednesday, July 18
Cape Cod
Home of Rosemary Wall '69, M'76, DAA'06,
South Dennis, Mass
Information and registration.

Thursday, July 26
Alumni Night - Capital Classics
USJ Campus
Watch for more information in the May Alumni Newsletter.

If you have questions, contact Katie DaSilva '15, M'17, director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, or call 860.231.5364.
Reunion 2018 - Come and Celebrate 
Help us make your reunion experience memorable.

Please take the following survey.
Save the date for Reunion 2018 - Saturday, Sept. 15 - celebrating all classes, with special emphasis on those ending in 3 or 8.

If you are interested in serving on the 2018 Reunion Committee, contact Tonja Russo or call
860.231.5447 with questions. Classes with active reunion committees have significantly higher turnout; volunteer today to ensure strong attendance from your classmates! 

Trivia Question
Which sport, in what year, was the only team in USJ history to compete a NCAA Division III tournament?
Email us your answer at

President Winifred E. Coleman was appointed president of the University of Saint Joseph in 1991, becoming the first laywoman to hold the office of president. Prior to her tenure at USJ, President Coleman founded and managed a successful Irish import business, Cashel House, Ltd., in Syracuse, NY.

Congratulations to Kathryn Kirby '69, who correctly answered the question and was drawn as the winner!

This month's winner and the correct answer, along with a new question, will be posted in the next edition, as well as on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 18
Symposium Day
Learn more about presentation times from the schedule.

Monday, April 30
Nightingale Lecture
Bruyette Athenaeum
Hoffman Auditorium
6 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Maria Tackert, Nurse Director, Professional Practice at Hartford Hospital

 Wednesday, May 2 
Book Talk, Signing, and Reception
Dennis Barone, Ph.D., professor of English and American Studies, will discuss and sign his most recent publication, "Frame Narrative" .
2 - 4 p.m.
Mercy Hall, Crystal Room
Register today.

Women's Leadership Center
Tuesday, May 15 
"Making Her Story"

Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield, Conn.
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program

The Women's Leadership Center will again partner with Connecticut Public Radio to present "Making Her Story", featuring
Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles.

Learn more about the  Women's Leadership Center.

Thurs. - Sun.
July 12 - 29
Shakespeare Festival: Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
Thurs. - Sat.
7:30 p.m.
Sundays 5:30 p.m. 
Sunken Garden or Hoffman Auditorium weather depending   
Learn more

Learn more about our
or call 860.231.5447.

Alumni Trip to Ireland: Highlighting the Homestead of Catherine McAuley
Sept. 30 - Oct. 7 
The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with Cruise Planners, is offering a trip to Dublin, Ireland, with stops in several other historic locations. The tour will begin with a visit to the homestead of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy - the very foundation upon which the University of Saint Joseph thrives.

For more information, please contact Saint Joseph alumna, Lisa Martin, M'96. Reservations and deposits are being accepted now. 

Save the Date
Friday, June 8
6 p.m.  
Connecticut Convention Center
Register here.

Join us as we honor: 
Karyn Cahill '83,  
Senior Scientist, EnviroLogix 

Pamela E. Clark '73, DAA'85,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Manon Cox, H'14, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Founder & CEO, NextWaveBio
Former CEO, Protein Sciences Corp.
Learn more about sponsorship here.

O'Connell Center is closing for renovations
The O'Connell Athletic Center will be closed this summer from June 1, 2018 to Aug. 1, 2018 due to renovations. We're excited to begin updating our facility!

If you're a member of the facility, we will credit your membership for two months. If you have a locker on site, please make plans to vacate it in the coming weeks.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Cooper, membership coordinator or call 860.231.5410.

Consider purchasing a membership and take advantage of the new and exciting facility planned.  
Career Development Center offers programs and services  to alumni

The Career Development Center provides all students and alumni with career planning services and resources, individual counseling sessions, workshops, and more.

Are you looking to make a career change?

The Career Development Center is sponsoring job fairs on the following dates:

April 9

April 23

All fairs will be held in McGovern Lounge.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Alumni are welcome!

Learn more and see what employers will be on campus. 
Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Career Development Center, is looking for alumni volunteers to support the Success to Graduation program. Alumni are invited to serve as panel participants and attend networking events with current students.

Shout out to:
Victor Cristofaro, M'99, Principal, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Hartford, and Danielle Singleton '92, M'96, Supervisor of Special Education, Consolidated School District of New Britain.

Victor and Danielle joined us on campus on Tuesday, March 27 in support of the Spring Career Fair. They were able to interact and provide information and guidance to current USJ students as they prepare for their future. 
Saturday, October 13
Team up with fellow alumni, students, staff, and friends to support the Eversource Hartford Marathon. For the second year, USJ will host a water station along the course of the half marathon.
To volunteer for either of these opportunities, contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, at or 860.231.5447.