Office of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
December 2016
Upcoming Events

Bottle, Taste & Tour
Thursday, December 15
Waypoint Spirits, Bloomfield, Conn.
Register here

Moving the Dream Forward, MLK Celebration
Monday, January 23
The Connor Chapel of Our Lady
USJ Campus
West Hartford, Conn.
Learn more here

Springfield Area Gathering
Tuesday,  January 24
Location TBD
Springfield, Mass.
Register here
Washington DC Area Gathering
Monday, January 30
Location TBD
Washington, DC

Dorothy Bosch Keller Lecture
on the Saint John's Bible
Tuesday, February 28
USJ Campus
West Hartford, Conn.
Register by calling 860.231.5364

Click here for other USJ events
FYS Class

Thank you to the USJ alumnae for coming to speak to current first- year students in Dr. Jennifer Cote's class. The five alumnae: Laurette Laramie '60,  Joyce Narden '67, Christina Flood '07, M'09, Katie DaSilva '15, and Amanda Crocker '16, shared their experiences and provided advice to help students navigate the
 challenges of higher education.  There were similarities and differences in experiences, but one thing remained the same: students and alumni have loved their time at USJ. 
USJ Phonathon

Thank you to everyone who donated through 
the USJ Phonathon this fall.  Our  callers enjoyed speaking with you, hearing stories 
of your time 
at USJ, and gaining sound advice for their future. Because of you, the Phonathon team  surpassed their goal for the semester. Callers will resume calling in January, so if you did not receive a call, be on the look out!

If you haven't made your annual fund gift this calendar year, there is still time! Make it online here or give us a call at 860.231.5364. 
USJ Legacy 
Do you have a family member that is also a USJ alum? We have something special planned for you.
Contact us at or 860.231.5364 to be sure we have you down!
Festival of Lights

The University of Saint Joseph will host its annual Advent celebration, the Festival of Lights at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The Festival will take place in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady. This years program will feature scripture from The Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition - Gospels & Acts Volume, Christmas carols performed by the USJ Chamber Choir and Voices of Praise as well as a liturgical dance by USJ dance ensemble and the USJ Alumni Dance Ensemble. Read more here. 
Please save the date! Join us on Thursday May 18, 2017 as we honor our 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a celebratory dinner on the University of Saint Joseph campus.

Nominations will be accepted until February 17, 2017.  Please think about fellow alumni who have brought credit to themselves and the University because of their superior and extraordinary achievements and nominate them today.  

For award criteria and nomination information click here .
 Update from the Career Development Center!  

The Career Development Center is currently running a program geared toward helping sophomore students prepare for life after USJ. Starting in January, students will be matched with a mentor who will serve
Ann Perzan, Roszena Haskins M '96, Dr. Kitsia Hughey Ferguson, and
 Dr. Beth Ann Smith  '86 participated in the Educators Panel, hosted by the School of Education.  The panel offered interview tips and suggestions to School of Education students as they begin to prepare for full-time positions.
as a resource, providing insight and guidance throughout the semester. The time commitment is minimal, but the effect on a student will be monumental. Please consider volunteering for this important program. 

Additionally, if you are interested in exploring job opportunities, please let the Career Develop Center know so that  you can be added to an email distribution list. The Career Development Center hears from employers who are looking to hire alumni with professional experience and is happy to share the information.  Please email  for more information.
On November 5, 2016, Professor Dorothy Bosch Keller
M'85, C'97, DAA'99, M.Ed. and 27 alumni and friends gathered for a wonderful excursion to the Springfield Museums.  The group was treated to a  guided tour of the  American Art Collection, featuring the "Historical Monument to the American Republic," created by Erastus Salisbury Field in the Michele and Donald D' Amour Museum of Fine Arts, led by Professor Keller.  " The Springfield Museums on the Quad are a treasure I had never seen.  To be introduced to them by Dorothy Keller was wonderful.  She awes me with her enthusiasm and depth of her knowledge," says Joan Casinghino '65, who attended the trip with her husband. A heartfelt thank you to Professor Keller for sharing her wealth of knowledge and to our faithful alumni for their support.   
If you would like to hear Professor Keller at a future event, please join us on, Tuesday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. for her fourth lecture in the Saint John's Bible lecture series. Details will be available in the new year.
Bottle, Taste & Tour

The holiday season can get so busy. This is why we have planned a relaxing and fun-filled night for you at Waypoint Spirits on Thursday, December 15, 2016. You can flavor and bottle your own vodka to enjoy when you get home or to give as a gift. You can also tour the distillery and learn what it takes to make these spirits. The evening will end with a tasting of Waypoint's very own vodka, gin,whiskey and rum.


There is limited availability. $30 per person, and you must be 21 years of age or older. Please call Katie DaSilva '15 at 860.231.5364 or click here to purchase a ticket. 

Thursday, December 15
6 - 8 p.m.
Waypoint Spirits, Bloomfield, Conn. 
Accounting and Business  Society Annual Alumni Event
For the past 10 years, students from the Accounting and Business Society have held an alumni event consisting of an alumni panel and networking. This year's event welcomed back five alumnae: Mary Dickerson '89, Julie Unsal '99, Heather Framski '15, Jackie Steeves '16, and Victoria Johnson '16, who all had the same message to the undergraduate accounting and business students: don't be afraid to ask questions. One student, Erin Morris '18, Secretary of the Accounting & Business Society said " the annual alumni event is always a great way to network with alums. Having the opportunity to see what successful women have accomplished proves to me that gaining an education at USJ is truly preparing me for the real world."
Congratulations to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies
The University is pleased to announce that it has been granted initial full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation for its Masters in Social Work program. For more than 80 years, USJ's undergraduate Social Work program has graduated influential social workers who make significant contributions to the region.  With the recent addition of the MSW Program, USJ now has nearly 200 students studying social work on campus this year. Our program embraces the Mercy tradition of serving those innovative and flexible program with high standards.  To read the full article, please click here.
 New USJ Planned Giving Website

View our comprehensive Planned Giving site, which features donor stories, an online wills planner, personal gift illustrations, videos, regularly updated articles, and downloadable brochures. On this site, alumnae can request a free estate planning guide, or can subscribe to an informative electronic newsletter with articles about Washington, Savvy Living, gift stories, and finance. We invite you to explore these new, improved planned giving page here