March 2018

New School Structure and Majors Announced 
The Board of Trustees announced that the University of Saint Joseph will reorganize into three schools and expand undergraduate offerings from 26 to 30 majors beginning Fall 2018.

The new majors will expand the offerings for students interested in gaining a broad set of professional skills that prepare them for career success. The new majors - Computer and Data Science, Health Science (General or Pre-Physician Assistant Studies), Sport Management and Promotion, and Bioinformatics - will align with the new schools. The School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education; School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies; and School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science will replace the current five schools. The decision to restructure the University from five schools to three was made to better serve the student population and is consistent with other universities similar in size.

To learn more, follow this link
Women's Leadership Center Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, March 7 
5:30 p.m. Reception 
6 p.m. Program 
Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum 

The Women's Leadership Center and the World Affairs Council are joining to celebrate International Women's Day recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe.   
Tuesday, April 3
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program
Making Her Story
Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum

The Women's Leadership Center and Connecticut Public Radio will co-host Making Her Story featuring Sheila Horan '69,
DAA '04 in the Hoffman Auditorium. Where We Live host Lucy Nalpathanchil will explore with Horan, her experiences in law enforcement. Horan retired as Deputy Assistant Director for counterintelligence at the FBI.

Register and learn more.

Tuesday, May 15

6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program

Making Her Story
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Conn.

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 and check for details on these events.

If you are unable to attend these events, you will have the opportunity to listen at home.  Information on when to tune in to Connecticut Public Radio will be made available in April.  Watch for additional details. 
Don't Forget: Monday, March 5  
6:30 p.m. Hoffman Auditorium 
Bruyette Athenaeum

2018 Speaker Series: U.S. Attorney John Durham 

U.S. Attorney John H. Durham will talk about the criminal case of infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. Mr. Durham will also discuss his investigation involving the identification and prosecution of corrupt FBI agents and police officers who protected Bulger.
Learn more here.

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, will be provided in the April newsletter. 
Have an idea for a class gathering? 
Class of 1983
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.  
Alumni Trip to Ireland: Highlighting the Homestead of Catherine McAuley
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.


Representatives from Cruise Planners are offering on-campus information sessions on Tuesday, March 20.

Join us at one of the following sessions:

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
McGovern Lounge
Representatives will be available to answer questions.

2:30 - 4 p.m.
McDonough Hall, Room 213
Representatives will present trip details and a slide show of trip destinations. 

6 - 8 p.m.
AV Classroom - Bruyette Athenaeum, Second Floor
Representatives from Cruise Planners will present trip details and a slide show of trip destinations.

Reservations and deposits will be accepted at each session. Deposits are being accepted between now and June 22. Travelers who deposit on or before April 1 will receive a $25 gift card from Cruise Planners.

Contact Tonja Russo or 860.231.5447 to register for any one of these information sessions.
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 with questions 860.231.5447. Classes with active reunion committees have significantly higher turnout; volunteer today to ensure strong attendance from your classmates!
REMINDER: A special opportunity for the Class of 1968.

The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites the members of the Golden Anniversary Class to participate in our 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 is invited to 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.
Contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, or call 860.231.5447 with questions to register by April 1.

We are looking forward to seeing:

Kathleen Berry Olsen '68
Jane Buckley Peterson '68
Susan (Sue) Conte Root '68  
Elizabeth (Betty) Sadowski Shepard '68
Barbara Nietzel Wright '68, M'87

Consider joining your classmates to celebrate this special Golden Anniversary. 
Save the Date:  Events You Won't Want to Miss
The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to the following area  receptions.

Thursday, March 15
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Vinoy Renaissance Resort, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Information and registration .

Friday, March 16
Naples, Fla.
Home of Aelish Clifford '78, Naples, Fla
Information and registration.

Thursday, April 5
Raleigh, NC
TPC Wakefield Plantation

Hosted by Diane Burgess from the Office of Alumni Relations. Information and registration.

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.
More information will be available in the April alumni newsletter.

If you have questions, contact Katie DaSilva '15, M'17, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving or call 860.231.5364.
Alumni Volunteer Opportunities  
The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Career Development Office, 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. 

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.

Trivia Question

With a successful Irish import business that aligned perfectly with the Mercy congregation, this item in her resume was one of several attributes that positioned this woman to be the first laywoman to be elected president of the University.

All correct answers received by March 30 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Email us your answer at

"May all who enter this Chapel be saved," were the words spoken by Jane Connor as she raised her shovel during the ground breaking ceremony of the Connor Chapel of our Lady. These words were later inscribed on the floor of the narthex just inside the main doors of the Chapel - the final building completed during the tenure of President M. Theodore Kelleher, RSM.

Congratulations to Jessica Pirt '09, who submitted the first correct answer.

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

Upcoming Events

January 12 - March 11
Art Museum Exhibit "Relief Work: Woodcuts, Wood Engravings, and Linocuts"
Bruyette Athenaeum
Learn more here.

Friday, March 2
Autorino Center Performance:  
Ranky Tanky
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Hoffman Auditorium 
Learn more here.

Friday, March 23
Autorino Center Performance:
"Resilience" by Samite
7:30 p.m.
AV Room, Bruyette 
Learn more
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Learn more about our
or call 860.231.5447.
Save the Date
Friday, June 8
6 p.m.  
Connecticut Convention Center
Register here.

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

Pamela E. Clark '73, DAA'85,
Director of the Cubesat Development Laboratory 
Learn more about sponsorship here.


Save the Date!  
Friday, Sept. 14

2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards
to be held on campus.
Nominations open on April 2.

 For more information on DAA, visit us here
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.

US News and World Reports  
USJ ranked in the Top Tier of Regional Colleges in the North: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Money Magazine  
USJ ranked in the Top 10 list of "Colleges that Add the Most Value" for 

Wall Street Journal/The U.S. College Rankings  
USJ ranked 292nd best college in the U.S. out of top 1,000 institutions: 2018

U.S. News  
Ranked #33 Best Value Schools 2018

More than 85% of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees.

Student - Faculty Ratio

of students participate in experiential learning   
Average GPA of enrolled first-year students 
Distinct Majors

Niche's 2016 listing of Best Colleges in Connecticut

Average class size
Alumni Benefit from
Career Development Center Programs and Services

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 Office is sponsoring Job Fairs on the following dates:

March 5

March 26

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. 
University of Saint Joseph Annual Fund 
University of Saint Joseph to be the strongest, most vital, and most vibrant University we can imagine. We are committed to keeping education affordable and accessible for all students. Our entire community is grateful for the success of our ambitious students, accomplishments of our expert faculty, leadership of our alumni, and generosity of our donors.
Consider demonstrating your passion for your University, the education you received, and the pathway it helped create for you, by making a gift to the USJ Fund today.
We will always depend on you, our alumni, to be our voice, our ambassadors, and our faithful supporters. Whether this is your first gift, your largest gift, or your twentieth gift: thank you. Because of you, the University of Saint Joseph will continue to challenge and educate students as it has done throughout its 84-year history.

Or call the Office of Alumni Relations 860.231.5364.