May 2018

Jerry Darling, Ph.D. (mentor) and Adrienne Lorange '18
State of the University Presentation: Speakers address a full house
On Wednesday, April 18, members of the USJ community joined faculty, staff, and student Adrienne Lorange '18 for a presentation of the State of the University. President Rhona C. Free, Ph.D. provided an update on the University and
focused on the future of USJ. President Free reported that the University is positioned to meet society's needs, offering opportunities for students who pursue careers that help others. She went on to share that the University is looking to the future with degree programs focused on value. The audience heard from Deans Raouf Boules, Ph.D. and Daniel Nussbaum, Ph.D., who addressed the new programs being offered this fall. The final speaker, Adrienne Loranage '18 shared her research experience at Pennsylvania State University. Her focus was on cost-effective approaches to securing clean energy. Adrienne was the recipient of the State of the University Student Award for Excellence in Research.
USJ visits Raleigh, NC & St. Petersburg, FL 
Diane Burgess from the Office of Institutional Advancement, visited with alumni from the Raleigh, NC area on Thursday, April 5.  Pictured right are Kathy Kirby '69 and JoAnn Barnoski '70. Missing from the picture is Jaclyn Bonin '98.

President Free and Maggie Pinney '95, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed the following guests at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, FL in March: Mary Manion '56, Nancy Bacinello '59, Angela Conochala '63, Mary Heslin '66, and Gerri Roberts '72.

Save the Date: events and receptions you won't want to miss. 

Tuesday, May 15
Madison, Conn.
Mercy by the Sea
5 p.m.
Information and registration.   

Tuesday, May 22
Boston, Mass.
Langham Hotel
Information and registration.

Thursday, June 21
Rose Garden Tour & Luncheon
Elizabeth Park, West Hartford
11 a.m. Tour
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
Information and registration

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

Thursday, July 26
Alumni Night - Capital Classics
USJ Campus
6 p.m. Directors Talk 
7:30 p.m. Show
Watch the June Alumni Newsletter for additional details. 
If you have questions, contact Katie DaSilva '15, M'17, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, or call 860.231.5364.
Fairfield Alumni Club gather in Milford 
Members of the Fairfield Alumni Club gathered for a spring luncheon at Stonebridge Restaurant in Milford on Saturday, April 28. They were joined by special guest, Nannette Giovine '45, who stopped in for a quick visit. Nan wanted the be sure that the younger alumni knew that there were alumni from as far back as 1944 who remain engaged and enjoying the benefits of being a graduate of the University. Nan graduated with a degree in biology and went on to do bacterial research. Later she went back to school and secured her teaching degree.

University Provost Michelle Kalis, Ph.D., addressed the group and shared an update on new programs that will be offered beginning fall 2018.

The Fairfield Alumni Club is the longest active alumni club affiliated with the University of Saint Joseph. For more information and to join contact club president Sue Root '68. 
Connecticut Forum presentation of Chefs & The Art of Food - Tickets Available 
The Office of Alumni Relations has a limited number of FREE tickets for this Saturday's Connecticut Forum presentation of Chefs & The Art of Food.  Please email Tonja Russo or call her at 860.231.5447, if you would like to reserve a pair of tickets.

Come early! In celebration of Chefs & The Art of Food, The Connecticut Form is also presenting a Food Truck Festival outside The Bushnell from 4-8 p.m. on Sat. May 12 featuring local food trucks, music, entertainment, and more.
Class of '71 Gathers for Book Talk 
Members of the Class of '71 gathered for lunch and a book discussion on Thursday, May 3. Dan Pope, author of Housebreaking joined them providing insight on his book. Following the discussion the group enjoyed lunch in the McGovern Cafe and a walk about campus. Pictured here are Laura Hayden, '71, Dianne Wallace '71, Anne Schroeder '71, and Sandra Sheridan '71.

The Office of Alumni Relations welcomes ideas for gatherings on campus.  Contact Tonja Russo or call 860.231.5447. 
Women's Leadership Center Upcoming Events 
The USJ Women's Leadership Center is proud to join Connecticut Public Radio host Lucy Nalpathanchil's, Where We Live series for an interview with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children. This Making Her Story conversation will explore Miles' successful career and share insights as well as lessons learned from her nearly 20 years with Save the Children. 

Join us:

Tuesday, May 15 
Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn.
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available, contact Katie DaSilva '15, M'17, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving or call 860.231.5364.

The Women's Leadership Center joins the I Shall Not Be Afraid Foundation to present STEP. A distinguished winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking, STEP highlights the senior year of a Baltimore girls high school step dance team and their important message of empowerment, education, and reaching your goals.

Join us:

Saturday, May 19
Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford, Conn.
1 p.m. Film
2:30 p.m. Discussion
Admission is Free
Jestina Gilbert.  
2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards 

The University of Saint Joseph has distinguished itself
in a variety of ways, and we are most proud of our
alumni who have made outstanding contributions
within their professional fields, respective communities,
and in their personal lives.

Please consider nominating a classmate, colleague, or friend for a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, May 21. Visit us online at for more information on award categories and for the nomination form.
Making Her Story - Sheila Horan '69  
Photo by Ben Jordan, Photo Images Co.

Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live sat down with Sheila W. Horan '69, DAA'04, on April 3 and spoke of her journey to success, which included the U.S. government's Distinguished Executive Award in 1999. Featured in the photo are several members of the Class of 1969 who attended the event, to support their classmate.
Annual Gengras Center School  Plant Sale 
Thurs., May 10, and
Fri., May 11
8 a.m. 
The Gengras Center 
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford 

Mark your calendar and come early. The plant sale begins at 8 a.m. both days and features plants from the Gengras Center School Greenhouse. Sale includes geraniums, impatiens, hanging baskets, annual flats, tomato plants, and so much more.

Congratulations, Class of 2018
Graduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony  

Members of the Graduate Nursing Class of 2018 celebrated with a pinning ceremony on Thursday, April 26. We are looking forward to the 2018 undergraduate class ceremony on May 11.

Commencement 2018

Please keep this year's graduating class
in your thoughts. 

Commencement is May 12, 2018

Your gift is twice as nice!
From now until Friday, May 11 the Board of Trustees has offered a challenge to new and returning donors. Gifts will be matched up to $15,000
New to making a gift to USJ? The Board of Trustees want you to join the club. Make a gift of any amount to the USJ Annual Fund and it will matched dollar for dollar!
Returning donor? Thank you for your commitment and loyalty to USJ.  Increase your donation to the USJ Annual Fund and the difference will be matched!
Make a gift online today or call 860.231.5364!
Alumni Volunteer Opportunities  

The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Career Development Center, 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.

Class Notes Ambassador
The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for volunteers to 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.

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Tonja Russo, Alumni Relations, or call 860.231.5447.   

Trivia Question
This individual visited Saint Joseph College in 1988 for a rally during his campaign for presidency.
Email us your answer at

The softball team won the 2000 GNAC tournament and became the first University of Saint Joseph team to appear in an NCAA National Tournament.

There were no correct answers to this month's trivia question.

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

Upcoming Events

June 21

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Tour and Luncheon
11 a.m. Tour
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
Join fellow alumni for a tour of the beautiful rose gardens of Elizabeth Park followed by lunch at the University of Saint Joseph
Learn more and register

Watch for details about a tour of the Medicine Garden at Elizabeth Park in August.

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
Learn more about our
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. 
Save the Date
Friday, June 8
6 p.m.  
Connecticut Convention Center
Register here.

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

Pamela E. Clark '73, DAA'85,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Manon Cox, H'14, Ph.D., MBA
Founder & CEO, NextWaveBio
Former CEO, Protein Sciences Corp.
Learn more about sponsorship here.
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're a member of the facility, we will credit your membership for two months. If you have a locker on site, please make plans to vacate it in the coming weeks.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Cooper, membership coordinator, or call 860.231.5419.

Consider purchasing a membership and take advantage of the new and exciting facility.  
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
or call
860.231.5447 with questions. Classes with active reunion committees have significantly higher turnout; volunteer today to ensure strong attendance from your classmates! 

USJ Fast Facts


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


Our faculty includes six Fulbright Scholars


All classes are taught by faculty (never teaching assistants)


Average class size: 14 students


Student-to-faculty ratio:11:1




Shout Out!

Victoria Thai '17
Teresa Dotson '88, M'14
Dr. Marcia Prenguber '75, DAA '16
Natalie Javier '07

Victoria, Teresa, and Marcia joined us on campus on Friday, April 6, in support of the Career Development Center's "Speed Networking" event. Students and alumni participated in a networking event similar to speed dating, creatively connecting with each other and learning about careers in medicine, nutrition, and nephropathy.

Natalie was instrumental in supporting the Teacher Recruitment Program by screening and interviewing current students as they prepare for job interviews.   

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.