January 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of Division III NCAA Athletics
Join us at the O'Connell Center on the University of Saint Joseph West Hartford campus when USJ celebrates 25 years of Division III NCAA athletics.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., the USJ Blue Jays will face the Rivier Raiders. Celebrate with us at half time as we recognize this milestone. After the game, join us for a dessert reception with current and past USJ athletes. 
If you would like to attend, RSVP by Monday, Jan. 22, by visiting us here, or contact Katie DaSilva at or 860.231.5364.
We look forward to seeing you at the event. Go Blue Jays!
Festival of Lights 
Irene Clark '57 and Charlene Whalen '60 visit after the celebration.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, the USJ community rang in
the holiday season with the Festival of Lights - an international Christmas celebration w ith readings, dance, and carols. Several members of the USJ community took part in this celebration, including Irene Clark '57, who read the fourth lesson. This celebration took place in The Connor Chapel of Our Lady.
National Cookie Day 
The Office of Alumni Relations celebrated National Cookie Day with our neighbors at The McAuley. Student volunteers Ciera Carter '21, Annie Foster '17, and Amanda McArthur '21, enjoyed meeting alumna Evelyn Dominguez '84. The students spent the afternoon visiting with residents, over a cup of tea and delicious home-made cookies. Thanks to those who baked and donated the holiday treats.
2018 Alumni Travel Opportunities     
New Year's resolution number one: Travel more!

The Office of Alumni Relations is offering opportunities to travel locally and abroad throughout 2018. On Jan.13, a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is planned. The event will feature the Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer Exhibit. In addition, Professor Dorothy Keller, M'88, C'97, DAA'99, H'17, will provide guided tours of the Italian and Northern Renaissance and 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.
Registration will remain open until Thursday, Jan. 11. Register today by selecting the following link.

Please note: the bus will stop in Fairfield County at Exit 21, Mill Plain Road. If you would like to be picked up in Fairfield, contact Tonja Russo at 860.231.5447.

For more information or to register by phone, contact Tonja Russo at 860.231.5447 or email her at

Next on the travel agenda is a trip to Ireland, scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6. 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, 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 mi ssions. 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.
Reunion 2018 - Come and Celebrate

Help us make your reunion experience a memorable one.
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 at or 860.231.5447. Classes with active reunion committees have significantly higher turnout; volunteer today to ensure strong attendance from your classmates!
Aurora Foundation Moves to West Hartford Campus

As part of our ongoing commitment to developing the potential of women, USJ is excited to welcome the Aurora Foundation For Women and Girls of Greater Hartford to Lynch Hall on our West Hartford campus. The Aurora Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that uses philanthropy with a gender lens to direct resources to women and girls so that they can achieve their social, economic, and career goals. Aurora's mission is "to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford, with the intended effect of unlocking the potential of their families and surrounding communities."
Alumni Participate in Success to Graduation Programming

Sponsored by a grant from the Aurora Foundation For Women and Girls, the Office of Career Development and Employer Relations developed the Success to Graduation program. This program is designed to prepare students for successful careers after graduation.  
During the week of Nov. 27, alumni Laura Hayden '71 and Catherine Cersosimo Gelineau '71 met with students on campus to participate in mock interviews. Students were interviewed and then received feedback that will aid in their preparation for employment interviews.
As part of the ongoing Success to Graduation program, more than 20 students gathered on Dec. 6 for a networking event with alumni from various professional disciplines including Education, Business, Research, Health Care, Social Work, and Not-For-Profit. Guided by the Office of Career Development, students "interviewed" alumni and then introduced them to the group.   

Cassidy Considine '17 shared, "I am an alumna and would do anything to help the students of my alma mater. University of Saint Joseph prepared me to be successful after graduation and this event is just another example of how USJ supports you as a student."  
Thank you Laura Bailey '97, DAA'16; Melanie Cecarelli '78, DAA'15; Cassidy Considine '17; Laura Firmani '13; MJ Hockenberry '15; Loida Reyes '92; Alisa Sisic '05; Megan Soares '17; and Katie Uriano '01, M'04, for participating.   
If you would like to participate in future student-alumni networking events please call or email Tonja Russo at 860.231.5447 or  
Fairfield Alumni Club Continues Tradition of Giving

Members from the Club celebrate the Christmas Season by serving others.

For over 50 years, the Fairfield Alumni Club has been collecting gifts to be sent to the underserved in Appalachia. On Saturday, Dec. 2, members gathered at the home of Carol McClatchie '60 to wrap gifts and celebrate the Christmas Season. Partnering with the Fulton County Catholic Mission in McConnellsburg, Pa., and with the support of Sisters Margie and Martha at the Mission, the Fairfield Alumni Club purchased and wrapped gifts for over 20 children. The children ranged in age from 6 months to 14 years.

The Fairfield Club gathers several times a year and welcomes new members. For additional information about the Club contact Susan Root '68 at

Trivia Question

 This alumna remarkably has two streets named after her, one in Hartford, Conn. and one in Italy.

All correct answers received by Jan. 19 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Email us your answer at

The Festival of Lights was first celebrated in 1978. Congratulations to Gina Donnarumo '00 who answered with the closest response.

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

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 22
The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Bruyette Athenaeum
Hoffman Auditorium
Learn more here.
Tuesday, January 23
School of Pharmacy Open House
The School of Pharmacy
229 Trumbull Street, Hartford
6 - 8 p.m.
Learn more here.

Wednesday, February 14
Daniel Salazar Ensemble  presents 
Romance de la Guitarra
8 p.m.
Learn more here.

Wednesday, February 28
American Red Cross Blood Drive
8 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
McGovern Hall
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.
Save the Date
Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.  
Connecticut Convention Center
Online registration opens on March 6. 
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.

University Highlight

Office of Career Development and Employer Relations

The office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Pope Pius XII Library. 

Contact Us:

Hours of Operation:
Mon. - Thurs.
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Breton Boudreaux, Director of Career Development & Employer Relations

Valerie Wilson
Assistant Director of Employer Relations