June 2018

Class of 1968 Celebrates their Golden Commencement
On Saturday, May 12, nine members of the Class of 1968 joined the Class of 2018 for Commencement. Although the weather was wet, it did not dampen
Class of 1968 is prepared for the ceremony
the excitement, pomp and circumstance shared by all on such a momentous occasion. The Class was treated to breakfast in Bruyette Athenaeum where they robed for the occasion, assisted by President Rhona Free. After the ceremony the class enjoyed reconnecting over a lovely luncheon with members of the Board of Trustees, the University's Senior Management Team, University faculty, and staff.

President Free shares a moment with Rhonda Dablain LoBrutto '68
Members of the Class look on as President Free adjusts Jane Buckley Peterson's '68 hood.
Reunion 2018 
Reunion will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15. Gather your classmates and join us on campus. We will celebrate all classes, placing special emphasis of those classes ending in 3 or 8. For more information email Tonja Russo or call 860.231.5447. 
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Tour and Luncheon - June 21 
Register TODAY for this FREE Event 
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Tour and Luncheon 
11 a.m. Tour 
12:30 p.m. Luncheon 
Join fellow alumni for a guided tour of the beautiful rose gardens of Elizabeth Park followed by lunch at the University of Saint Joseph.
Learn more and register for this FREE event today. Watch for additional information regarding a tour of the Elizabeth Park Medicine Garden, planted and maintained by students and faculty from the USJ School of Pharmacy, in August. 
Faculty, Administration, and Staff welcomed nearly 400 guests Friday evening, June 8 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford Conn. for the annual Imagine...The Sky's the Limit Gala. Three women were celebrated who embody the characteristics of insightful leadership and service to others through their work in the STEM fields. Karyn Cahill '83, Ph.D., Pamela Clark '73, DAA'85, Ph.D., and Manon Cox H'14, Ph.D., MBA have committed themselves to improving the lives of others, through their research and vision.
Karyn Bonnell Cahill '83, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
"My classes were attended by women giving me the confidence to ask questions and question the answers."
Pamela E. Clark '73, DAA '85, Ph.D.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
"I received a great deal of mentoring and encouragement to integrate science and other disciplines with spirituality, and become a multi-faceted and caring human being."
Manon Cox, H'14, Ph.D., MBA
Founder and CEO, NextWaveBio
Former CEO, Protein Science Corporation
"Gender balance is about to come to this field. This is a good thing as diversity in any workplace results in creativity and innovation."  
Gala Photo Gallery 
l-r: Karyn Cahill '83, Ph.D., Pamela E.Clark '73, DAA '85, Ph.D., Manon Cox, H'14, Ph.D., MBA, emcee Denise D'Ascenzo, WFSB Channel 3. 
USJ Ambassador Ken Provencher from The Hartford Steam Boiler shares a moment with Heather Framski '15  
Larry and Beverly Fleming '62, M'92 
l-r: Carol Guardo '61, DAA'80, H'08; President Free; Anita Satriano '53 DAA'15 
President Rhona Free and Francine Coffey '67 
  l-r: Diane Burgess, USJ Director of Leadership Gifts; Molly Rees-Gavin '71, DAA'11; and Brewster Perkins, USJ Trustee
l-r: Peter Boardman; President Rhona Free; Jahana Hayes M'12 DAA'17; and Milford Hayes 
Regional Alumni Visits 

Diane Thomas from the USJ Institutional Advancement staff along with USJ Trustee Kathleen Amatangelo '62 DAA '17 met with several alumni at The Glen Club in Glenview, IL for an afternoon of conversation and memories on April 18.
l-r: Diane Thomas, USJ; Isabel Doerfler Richard '62; Judy Broggi LeSage '62; Trustee Kathleen Driscoll Amatangelo '62, DAA '17; and Pat Doba Hensing '61 
President Rhona Free joined alumni at Boston's Langham Hotel for an alumni tea on May 22. 

l-r front: Diane Thomas, USJ; Mary Ann Simeone Pierce '70; Elaine Bartlett Gatewood '04; France-Adine Neff Walker '86; Kathleen McGrath Fitts '79; Jerrine Milke '91; Maggie Pinney '95 
l-r back: Pres. Rhona Free; Andrea Wolosiuk Alvarado '81; Mary Connors Burnell '67; Julie Celata DeCosta '88
Save the Date: events and receptions you won't want to miss. 
Thursday, June 21
Rose Garden Tour & Luncheon
Elizabeth Park, West Hartford
11 a.m. Tour
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
Information and registration.  
Monday, June 25
Mercy by the Sea - rescheduled
5 - 7 p.m. 
Cost: $15/pp
Information and registration.  

Wednesday, July 18
South Dennis, Mass.
Home of Rosemary Wall '69, M'76, DAA'06
12 - 2 p.m.
Information and registration.

Thursday, July 26
Alumni Night - Capital Classics
Shakespeare Festival: Pericles, Prince of Tyre
USJ Campus
6 p.m. Directors Talk 
7:30 p.m. Show
Join the Directors Talk and attend the show and receive a discount. Register here for the alumni discount.  
If you have questions, contact Katie DaSilva '15, M'17, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, or call 860.231.5364.
Admission Enrollment Numbers are up! 
The University's Admission Team reports the following:

  • 222 First Year students and 70 transfer students will be welcomed to campus in the fall
  • 125 of incoming students will be residential students
  • Transfer applications are up 83% this year as compared to last year.
  • First Year applications are up 83% over last year
  • Applications from women are up 25% compared to last year
  • There are 91 men who will join us in the fall (75 First Year students & 16 Transfers)
The campus is actively preparing for the incoming students in the fall with renovations to residence halls and the O'Connell Athletic Center. Consider stopping by campus for a personal tour.  Email Tonja Russo or call 860.231.5447, Alumni Relations with questions. 

Trivia Question
Which two residence halls opened their doors to students in the fall of 1955? After 63 years of service to USJ students, they are currently undergoing renovations and will reopen this fall. Email your response to

The United States presidential election of 1988 was the 51st quadrennial United States presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1988. Incumbent Vice President George H. W. Bush, the Republican nominee, defeated Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. Vice President Bush visited the St. Joe's campus in the fall for a campaign rally.

The winner of this month's trivia question is: Barbara Kathe '64, M'67, DAA'08

A new question will be posted in the next edition, as well as on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

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
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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.

Last date to register is June 22.
For more information, please contact Saint Joseph alumna Lisa Martin, M'96. Reservations and deposits are being accepted now. 
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 have questions, please email Mary Cooper, membership coordinator, or call 860.231.5419. 

Consider purchasing a membership and take advantage of the new and exciting facility.  

USJ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Mark your calendar!
An array of artistic events are planned in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Select this link for for details.  

Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Development Center to support the Success to Graduation program. Alumni are invited to serve as panel participants and attend networking events with current students.

Class Notes Ambassador
Reach out to your classmates to collect class notes to be published in Outlook. Collect career, family, and education updates and keep your USJ community informed.

Saturday, Oct.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. Join us as we cheer on the runners.

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, or call 860.231.5447. 
Class of 2018
Undergraduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony   

Members of the Undergraduate Nursing Class of 2018 celebrated with a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 11. 
USJ Bluejays prepare for active seasons 
The USJ Athletic department is preparing for the addition of several new teams: men's basketball, men's soccer, and men's lacrosse (2019-20).  Additionally, the already active swimming and diving team as well as the cross country team will include women and men.
Joining the USJ staff in October 2017, Men's Basketball Consultant and Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun has been working alongside Associate Director of Men's Basketball Glen Miller to lead the effort to build USJ's first-ever men's basketball program for the 2018-19 season. Miller and Calhoun's initial efforts have revolved around recruiting, scheduling, and managing day-to-day operations of the startup program.
Connect here to learn more about USJ Athletics. All athletic schedules. We hope you will come cheer on our teams. Learn more about our athletic staff here.