November 2017

Veterans Day Observance & Awards Ceremony
November 10, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, Conn.  06117
Please join us for lunch in the cafeteria after the ceremony. 
The University of Saint Joseph thanks our veterans for their service. 
Rho Zeta Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years ago, members of the class of 2007, under the leadership of key faculty members, established Rho Zeta, the USJ chapter of Tri Beta.  Tri Beta is a nationally recognized biological sciences honors society.  
On Friday, October 13, alumni and current members of Rho Zeta, along with faculty, gathered in celebration of the of the 10th anniversary of Rho Zeta. Members enjoyed a tour of the state of the art Physician Assistant Studies building prior to gathering in the Crystal Room for an opportunity to hear from founding and current leadership members. Danielle Cowee '09, former chapter president, kicked-off the evening with welcoming remarks. She went on to introduce Veronica Schmidt Teron '07, founding member and inaugural chapter president. Wrapping up the remarks, the group heard from current president, Victoria Duque Ferreira '19.

The Rho Zeta Chapter is the largest independent club on campus with more than 50 active members. The Chapter participates each year in community outreach events such as Mercy Day and the Red Cross Blood Drive, and provides opportunities for students to attend research talks and networking events.
Admission Open House 2017

Over 130 high school juniors and seniors from as far as Ohio attended the Admission Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  This year's Open House had a 30% increase in attendance, when compared to last year's event. Prospective students and their families toured the USJ campus and attended informational sessions on academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, and co-curricular activities. Students who attended are those who are considering USJ for admission for academic year 2018-2019 and beyond.  More than 25% of the students who attended were men.

Following the June 2017 announcement that USJ will admit men to the full-time undergraduate programs, there has been a significant increase in undergraduate inquires. 
Reunion 2018

Save the date for Reunion 2018 - Saturday, September 15 - celebrating all classes, with special emphasis on those ending with 3 or 8.

If you are interested in serving on the 2018 Reunion Committee, please contact Tonja Russo at or 860.231.5447. Classes with active Reunion Committees have significantly higher turn out, so please volunteer today and help ensure strong attendance from your classmates!

For photos from Reunion this year, please visit our
Historic Connections: Travel to Ireland

The office of Alumni Relations in conjunction with Cruise Planners is offering a trip to Dublin, Ireland including stops in several other historic locations. The trip is scheduled for September 30 - October 6, 2018. The tour will begin with a visit to the homestead of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, the very platform on 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 missions. The trip will continue with travel to other highlights of Ireland including Trinity College, Glendalough, Kinsdale and Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Cliffs of Moher. When you are planning your vacation for this coming year, think about the connection and fun you will have with this trip!

For more information please contact Saint Joseph alumna, Lisa Martin at Reservations/deposits are being accepted now.

Investiture 2017

Just yesterday .... or so it seems, you were preparing to be ceremoniously recognized for your advanced academic standing.

Investiture took place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady. Members of the junior class dressed in scholar's garb for the first time. The class processed to the Chapel in academic gowns and received their caps from faculty members. Elizabeth Vozzola, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, delivered the faculty address entitled, "You're Too Smart for That." It was a beautiful day of tradition and celebration.
Campus Update for Alumni

President Free welcomed alumni to campus recently to share the most recent campus updates.

The informal conversations covered a broad range of topics including campus improvements, General Educational requirements, coeducation implementation, school structure and the addition of new athletic programs.

Dr. Free shared that USJ is exploring several new majors: Engineering Studies, Clinical Laboratory Management, Digital Media, and Sports Management.  It was felt that these new majors would appeal to a diverse population.

We will host another round of Campus Updates this spring.  We hope to see you there.
Alumni/Students team up for the Annual 5x5 Dance Festival

USJ will host the 15th Annual 5x5 Dance Festival tomorrow, Saturday November 4 from 4 - 7 p.m. in Bruyette Athenaeum.  Teaming up with current students, alumni Cassandra Vigue '16, Kristina DeConti, '16, Audrey Ames, '14, and Alida Lamagna '16 will be performing.  This event brings 5 collegiate and 5 professional ensembles to campus for a day of classes, forums, and networking opportunities. Alida will also perform with Civic Ballet in the art gallery at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for USJ Alumni. For more information contact Artistic Director Susan Murphy at or visit the website at

Trivia Question

What year was Hum Night instituted?

All correct answers received by November 17 will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Email us your answer at

Congratulations to last month's winner: 
Patricia Bernier '71, who correctly identified the year 1936 when the School for Young Children was founded.

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

Upcoming Events

November 8
Chapel Bells Mass
The Connor Chapel of our Lady
12:05 p.m.
Learn more

November 8
Hesburgh Lecture:
A Pope on the Margins: Pope Francis's Vision for the Church
Connor Chapel of Our Lady
7:00 p.m.
Learn more
Thursday, November 9
A Taste of The McAuley
Life in West Hartford
An Afternoon of Culinary & Cultural Delight
The McAuley
Learn more

Tuesday, November 14
Savor the Good Life @ The McAuley
Gourmet Luncheon & Information Session
The McAuley
Learn more here.  

Tuesday, November 14
Student Lecture Series: Responding to Injustice in Ways that Work.
Doug Glanville, former Major League Baseball player, ESPN analyst/commentator, and author.
6 p.m.
Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum 
Free Event 
Learn more here.
Tuesday, November 28
Women's Leadership Center Event
Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy
Crystal Room, Mercy Hall
6 p.m.
Learn more here .

Sunday, December 3
Festival of Lights
Connor Chapel of Our Lady
4 p.m.
An International Christmas Celebration with Readings, Dance, and Carols
Friday, December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
Connor Chapel 
12:05 p.m.  
November Fun 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.
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, members of the Office of Alumni Relations at USJ teamed up with alumni and current students to support the Eversource Hartford Marathon by hosting a water station along the half-marathon route. What an amazing day of supporting our community.
Connor Chapel of  
Our Lady 
Seeking Choir Participants

Do you enjoy singing?   
Would you like to be a member of the Chapel Choir? 
All singers are welcome and no audition is necessary.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays  
at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel. 

For more information please contact the Choral Director, Ezequiel Menendez at 860.836.0193.