December 2017

Veterans Day Observance & Awards Ceremony
Each year, the University of Saint Joseph comes together to celebrate Veterans Day, with an annual observance and award ceremony. Beginning in 2016, USJ began honoring veterans within the University Community - including staff, faculty, and alumni -- with awards named after two alumnae, Rear Admiral Frances T. Shea Buckley '50, DAA'79, H'10 and Colonel B. Catherine Noble '47, DAA'75. This year Brian Tracey, M'17, and staff member Oliver Priesnitz were honored for their commitment to their country and to USJ. Congratulations, Brian and Oliver.  
Cookie Buffet - Sharing with our Neighbors
The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for bakers to make one to two dozen cookies to be shared with our friends at The McAuley. Cookies can be dropped off at the Alumni Office on Monday, Dec.4, from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, members of the Alumni Relations Office will team up with current USJ students to visit the residents of The McAuley. Cookies baked by alumni will be shared with residents during an afternoon tea.To arrange for a cookie drop off, please contact Katie DaSilva at 860.231.5364 or email her at
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman NYC Bus Trip
The Alumni Relations Office presents a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event will feature the Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer Exhibit. Professor Dorothy Keller, M'88, C'97, DAA'99, H'17, will provide guided tours of the Italian and Northern Renaissance & Ancient Egyptian Art Galleries. The bus will depart from USJ promptly at 8:15 a.m. and return at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

To register online, select the following link. For more information or to register by phone, contact Tonja Russo at 860.231.5447 or email her at
Reunion 2018

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

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

Attention, Class of 1968: Watch for additional information after Jan.1. Those who are celebrating their 50th year are invited to participate in commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018. 
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Historic Connections: Travel to Ireland

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 trip is scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2018. The tour will begin with a visit to the homestead of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy - the very foundation upon which the University of Saint Joseph thrives.

In partnership with Mercy International and Cruise Planners, a full-day program at the McAuley homestead will include a tour of Catherine's house, an opportunity to review and reflect on her writings, morning tea and lunch, followed by a program about several of the Mercy International missions. The trip will continue with travel to other highlights of Ireland including: Trinity College, Glendalough, Kinsale and Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Cliffs of Moher. When you are planning your vacation for this coming year, think about the connections you will make and the fun you will have with this trip!

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

Ring in the holiday season with USJ in an international Christmas celebration with readings, dance, and carols!

Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.
All are invited to wear their culturally traditional holiday attire. 

A Holiday Dinner will conclude the celebration in McGovern Cafe. 
Adults: $15
Children under 12: $5

For more information, follow this link or contact Lynnette Colón, director of Campus Ministry at
Chapel Bells Mass
Each year, the Office of Institutional Advancement hosts the annual Chapel Bells Mass to honor those in our community who have passed away. Reverend Emmanuel Ihemedu celebrated the Mass along with co-celebrant, Reverend Joseph Buhili. Maggie Pinney '95, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and Michelle Kalis, Ph.D., University Provost, read over 150 names in remembrance. The Connor Chapel of our Lady was beautifully lit with candles encased in the names of those remembered. Members of the congregation reflected on their loved ones while listening to the voices of the University of Saint Joseph Chamber Chapel Choir. 

Pictured: Jacqui Gustafson, David Gustafson (nephew), Nellie Uccello Romaine, '54 (sister), and President Rhona Free, Ph.D.
Women's Leadership Center welcomes Ann Uccello '44, H'71, DAA'78

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the University of Saint Joseph Women's Leadership Center and The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame commemorated the 50th anniversary of the election of Ann Uccello '44, H'71, DAA'78 as mayor of Hartford. This was a historic moment as Ann became the first woman in the United States to be elected mayor of a capital city. The event, "Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy", was held in the Crystal Room, Mercy Hall, and welcomed over 75 guests. Opening remarks were shared by President Rhona Free, Ph.D. Lena Harwood Pacheco, Education Manager at the CT Women's Hall of Fame, shared her remarks focusing on the mission of the organization. Diana Sousa, director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Saint Joseph had the distinct honor of recognizing Ann and her accomplishments by presenting her family with a beautiful hand-crafted ornament. The gold embellished ornament is a replica of McDonough Hall.

The evening concluded with final remarks from President Free. At this time she announced the creation of the Uccello Fund for Women's Leadership-a fund designed to support leadership training for women. She and her husband, Peter Boardman, personally donated $5,000 to get the fund started. It was a wonderful evening presented by USJ's Women's Leadership Center and Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame .

USJ Trustee Greg Boyko addresses guests as Ann Sievers, Art Director and Curator, prepares to unveil a recent gift.

USJ Art Museum Launches Planned Giving Society
The University of Saint Joseph Art Museum hosted a Donor Recognition Reception and launched a new planned giving society for works of art. Named for the Hartford priest who gave the first bequest of art to the University of Saint Joseph, the John J. Kelley Society honors individuals who have promised works of art as future gifts or bequests to the Art Museum. A selection of these works is on display at the Museum through Dec.17. The exhibit is titled, Past Progressive / Future Perfect: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts. 
If you have a piece you would like considered for donation or you are interested in making a future promise, please contact Ann Sievers, Museum Director and Curator, at
The Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph is fortunate to have a distinctive collection of world-class art that continues to be enriched by generous individuals who support its educational mission. I f you are contemplating the eventual disposition of art in your possession, please consider becoming a member of the John J. Kelley Society!

Trivia Question

What was the first year that USJ celebrated the Festival of Lights?

All correct answers received by Dec. 15 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Email us your answer at

Last month there were no correct answers to the question: What year was Hum Night first instituted? The correct answer is 1943.

The winner, answer, and a new question will be announced in the next edition as well as on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 3
Festival of Lights
Connor Chapel of Our Lady
4 p.m.
An international Christmas celebration with readings, dance, and carols.
Learn more here
Monday, December 4
Cookie drop off in the Alumni Office for delivery to McAuley residents.
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
Connor Chapel of Our Lady 
12:05 p.m.   

Wednesday, February 14
Daniel Salazar Ensemble  presents
Romance de la Guitarra
8 p.m.
Learn more here.
Future Events at USJ 
The Office of Alumni Relations continues to develop opportunities for you to join us on campus. If you have an idea for a group gathering, contact Tonja Russo at 860.231.5447 or . 
Learn more about our upcoming events
here or call 860.231.5447.
Holiday Event Gift Giving:
The Autorino Center for the Arts is offering membership packages that, when purchased, provide one complimentary performance ticket.
Learn more here.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Toy Donations Needed 
 USJ students and staff members in the Office of Community Engagement are teaming up with Hands on Hartford to support our community and provide Christmas gifts to families in need.
USJ Community Engagement is seeking  
Toys can be dropped off in the cafeteria McGovern Hall, on the USJ Campus. Dec. 4 - 8, 2017 
Learn more
Connor Chapel of  
Our Lady 
Seeking Choir Participants

Do you enjoy singing?   
Would you like to be a member of the Chamber Chapel Choir? 
All singers are welcome and no audition is necessary.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays  
at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. 

For more information, please contact the Choral Director, Ezequiel Menendez, at 860.836.0193.