Office of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
March 2017
Upcoming Events

Jupiter, Fla.
Alumni Reception
Friday, March 10
Register here .

50th Anniversary of the Connor Chapel of Our Lady
Sunday, March 12
4 p.m.
USJ Campus
Register here .

St. Petersburg, Fla. Alumni Reception
Friday, March 17
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Register  here.

Chicago Alumni Reception 
Thursday, March 23
5  - 7 p.m.
Women's Athletic Club of Chicago 
Register here.
Wine Tasting, 1 of 3
CT Valley Winery
Saturday March 25
12:30 p.m.
New Hartford, Conn.
Register here.

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Women's Leadership Center

The World Affairs Council and the University of Saint Joseph's Women's Leadership Center are celebrating International Women's Day on March 15. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. in Bruyette Athenaeum to hear from a panel of distinguished female leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women. Featuring The Honorable Nancy Johnson and K. Riva Levinson and moderated by Diane Smith. Learn more and RSVP here.
Book Celebration and Reception

Dr. Kenneth Long, Professor of History and Political Science has published another book, "Contemporary Anti-Muslim Politics: Aggression and Exclusion". We hope you can come and celebrate with us on March 7 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Crystal Room, Mercy Hall. Please RSVP to Christina Flood 
at  or 860.231.5888
Service-Learning Adds Wellness to our Community
Anna Berewianka '17, Meghan Chasse '16, Beth Fischer, RSM, '76, Serika Walker '16, Elziabeth Ezinike '17, Janet Gavin Knecht, Ph.D.
The Wellness Center on Church Street is a partnership with the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, an outreach program of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford. The Center is overseen by Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Beth Fischer, RSM, '76 and Assistant Professor of Nursing, Janet Kenecht, Ph.D., M.S.N. The Wellness Center provides USJ nursing students the opportunity to provide outreach services to undeserved population in Greater Hartford. One student commented, "this experience opens your mind to different people's lives - what they're going through - it really humbles you." For more information about the service-learning experience as part of USJ's undergraduate nursing program, please contact Sister Beth Fischer at
50th Anniversary of The Connor Chapel of Our Lady

Artwork by the late Constance O'Meara, RSM, '48, C'74
Fifty years ago, Joseph and Jane Connor gave the Connor Chapel of Our Lady as a gift to Saint Joseph College, in the memory of their parents and family. It is one of the first buildings visitors see upon entering campus, and remains a beloved structure among students, alumni, faculty and staff. 

Each aspect of the cross-shaped Chapel was carefully designed to provide a distinct sanctuary for members of the Saint Joseph community. The unique structure allows the congregation to sit in three wings that surround the altars, with the fourth wing - located behind the sanctuary - reserved for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the towering pipes of the Austin Organ, the sacristies, and seating for the choir. 

The focal point of the sanctuary is the Cremona marble altar from Italy, accentuated by a suspended white dove illuminated by a trefoil of stars and radiant gold rays.  The Conner Chapel of Our Lady has been home to countless masses, convocations, investitures, Festival of Lights, baccalaureate masses, and our Chapel Bells Mass.

Please join us in celebration of 50 years of the Connor Chapel of Our Lady on Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m. for Mass. 
B usy time for USJ 

Alumni gather with President Free for High Tea at the Langham Hotel in Boston.  From left:  Andrea Wolosiuk Alvarado '81, Kathy McGrath Fitts '79, President Rhona Free, Jerrine Milke '91, Meg Lynch Barrett '71, Maryellen McCarthy Sakura '68, Maggie Pinney '95
The fun never stops for Saint Joseph Alumni! 
Do  you enjoy sports? Come catch the Hartford Yard Goats in April or Boston Red Sox in July.
Do you enjoy wine? Come to one or all of the wine tastings in March, April and May!

We will also be hosting lectures, yoga, and other area gatherings. And, don't forget about the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award dinner, The Sky's the Limit Gala  or Reunion 2017.
If you are interested in hosting an event or have an idea for one, please let us know at
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Celebration of Lourdes Hall Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Trustee Pat Rooney, RSM, Provost Kalis, President Free, Program Director Carrie Walker, Trustee Paddi LeShane, Trustee Manon Cox and Trustee Brewster Perkins
USJ's Physician Assistant Studies Program, Class of 2019, have been quickly immersed into the USJ
community. This inaugural class of 35 students, began their studies in January, took part in their white-coat ceremony and joined in the celebratory ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Lourdes Hall (home to the Physician Assistant Studies Program) in February.  

Faculty and staff gathered with Trustees, administrators, alumni and friends to officially thank our generous donors and cut the ribbon for the building expansion and renovation. Guests enjoyed opening remarks from President Rhona Free, Ph.D. who spoke about the importance of Physician Assistants in the health care system, followed by a blessing from Sister Pat Rooney '58, M'72 (Trustee) and a presentation by the founding Director of the program, Carrie Walker, MPAS, MS, PA-C. The evening concluded with guests being able to tour the facilities and enjoy a reception with the Class of 2019. For more information about Physician Assistant Studies Program, please visit us  here
USJ's Annmarie Masayda '19 named All-New England Swimmer
Sophomore Annmarie Masayda of USJ Swimming and Diving team was named an NEISDA Women's All-New-England Swimmer. Masayda posted a top-eight finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. The lone Blue Jay to compete in an A-final at the regional meet,  Masayda finished seventh of 40 swimmers, touching a wall with a career-best 1:11.14. Additionally, she helped lead the Blue Jays to 176 total team points, good for 16th place out of 21 women's teams at the regional meet. Masayda was also part of USJ's 200 yard medley relay team, which broke the school record from 2012.
USJ Graduate Honored with YWCA Greenwich BRAVA Award
Denise McKeever Doria '88 was honored with the YWCA Greenwich BRAVA Award in February. This award was established in 1977 honoring women achievers who have excelled in their professional careers while also dedicating their time and skills to helping others through volunteer work. 

After graduating from USJ in 1988, Doria began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young in Hartford.  Since 1995, Doria has been with Walter J. McKeever & Company, LLC in Greenwich where she is now a partner. Throughout her career, Doria remained an active member of her community volunteering for numerous organizations. To read more about Doria and her achievements please click here

Congratulations Denise on this well-deserved recognition!
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since 1974, the University of Saint Joseph has annually honored  outstanding alumni and University community members at the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year's dinner will be held on campus on Thursday, May 18, 2017 beginning with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and presentation of awards. We hope you will join us and celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 honorees. More details about the   event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Task Force on Coeducation Update

Twelve working groups have been hard at work gathering data and perspectives regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with admitting men as full-time students to our undergraduate program.

The working groups' final assessment reports are due to the Task Force by March 31 in preparation for submission to the Board of Trustees.  Initial review of the reports will begin at the Board's April meeting, with the goal of a decision in June 2017.

More than 450 alumni completed surveys or participated in open forums. The input received from alumni has been extremely beneficial. Thank you for your cooperation and valuable feedback as we explore options to make USJ the most vibrant and vital university possible.