Hawk Hill Online - December 2012

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Thank you to all who attended the third annual Alumni Mass and Christmas Brunch on December 9. With more than 45 families, the morning was full of Christmas cheer! Click to purchase prints or download images for free.

We hope your Christmas was filled with family, friends, and many blessings.

At this time of celebration and good cheer, please consider sharing your blessings. When you make a gift to Saint Joseph’s, your support helps open our doors to deserving students who share our Jesuit ideals and values. It’s a gift that creates a powerful force for good in the world. Make your gift before December 31 to receive tax benefits for 2012.

Make a difference today.

Finding Their Faith Alive: Students Live Greater through Service and Reflection
Through Saint Joseph’s Weekly Service and Immersion Programs, hundreds of students are “finding their faith alive,” as described by Tom Sheibley,
Director of Campus Ministry. “Even in the midst of dire poverty, they see joy and find in themselves a sense of being alive that they’ve never before experienced,” he said. “Somehow in the process of discovering that ‘things are more complicated than I thought,’ a student can find faith and own it.”

In September, more than 500 students committed to serving two to three hours each week over 10 weeks through more than 35 community organizations in the Philadelphia area. The volunteer opportunities span many areas of interest: education and mentoring for youth, healthcare support, prison outreach, serving the hungry and homeless, and work with persons with disabilities, the elderly, and people from other countries. More >

University News

11,000 New-Generation Leaders Make a “Net Impact”
When Timothy Ringelstein ’10, MBA ’12 attended Net Impact’s introductory meeting on campus in the fall of 2010, he was interested in networking. But when he traveled to the Net Impact Conference later that fall under chapter sponsorship, he realized that Net Impact was much more than networking. More >

New Book Explores Bullying, Offers Strategies and Hope

A lucky few survive childhood and adolescence without dealing at some point with bullying. The problem is age-old, but more pervasive than ever with the rise of new technology.
Whether children are the bully or the bullied, the repercussions can be great. Sally Kuykendall, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of health services at Saint Joseph’s University (pictured), has culminated a decade of research on the topic in a book aimed at exposing the causes and implications of bullying, as well as novel strategies to combat this behavior. Appropriately titled “Bullying” (ABC-CLIO), the book offers a unique perspective by presenting the topic as a health issue, and examining different dimensions of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual health.
More >

More Headlines

Carlyle Letters Project Receives National Endowment for Humanities Award

Saint Joseph’s University-led Project to Advance Education in Haiti Earns Financial Support
Alumni News

Hawks Claim Overtime Victory in Inaugural SJU-Nova Alumni Challenge
The Villanova - Saint Joseph’s hardwood rivalry is the most storied in the Big 5. The Hawks and Wildcats have met 70 times since 1921, but only this year did the competition hit the Internet with the inaugural SJU-Nova Alumni Challenge. In true “Holy War” fashion, the challenge went into overtime and was decided by only 12 points at the buzzer, with the Hawks taking a 2,344 - 2,332 victory.

For the two weeks leading up to this year’s edition of the “Holy War” on December 11, both institutions totaled Facebook fan page “likes” and donations from alumni. A virtual trophy and bragging rights were at stake, as the school with the the most combined points would be declared the winner. Since each team’s totals were within 75 points at noon on the day of the game, the competition went into overtime. The gifts made before halftime at the joint game watch at Brownie’s 23 East in Ardmore were what put the Hawks over the top.

Wanted: Volunteers for Reunion Committees
As the calendar turns to 2013, Saint Joseph’s graduates from classes ending in “3” and “8” can look forward to their reunions this fall. The Alumni office seeks reunion committee volunteers to help plan class parties, encourage classmates to attend the weekend events, and participate in the class gift efforts. The responsibilities and time commitment are minimal but are key for a successful reunion. Please contact Lynn Langnas, Associate Director of Class Programs, at 610-660-3467 if you are interested.

Born to Run – and Write
This semester, 15 mostly neophyte runners enrolled in “Running to Write,” an upper-level English class combining a traditional writer’s workshop with distance running. The class trained for and completed
Novembers Rothman Institute 8K and Philadelphia half or full marathon, all while taking on writing assignments that included blogs, essays, short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. More >


Global Community Day: April 20, 2013
If you made the New Year’s resolution to become more involved in your community, have we got an opportunity for you - Global Community Day. Since 2008, Saint Joseph’s University alumni have been gathering around the globe to live out the Jesuit tradition of service in their local communities. An initiative of the University’s National Alumni Board, National Community Day began in five cities (Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston) and has since grown exponentially and become Global Community Day. In 2012, Hawks served as men and women with and for others in more than 35 cities on three continents. Now is your opportunity to become involved. Visit the Site Leader Information Center for everything you'll need to know and register your site today!

Gregory Schmidt ’03 Returns to Hawk Hill
as Executive Director of Major Gifts

A 2003 graduate of the Haub School of Business with a degree in marketing, Gregory Schmidt ’03 recently returned to his alma mater as the executive director of major gifts in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

After graduating from Saint Joseph’s University with honors, Schmidt pursued an advancement career by working as a development officer at at Wills Eye Hospital, then as the associate director of annual giving at Villanova. In 2007, Schmidt went to the University of Pennsylvania Law School as the director of annual giving then became the director of class giving and reunion programs, where he managed a team of six fundraisers.

He has served on the board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), fulfilled several leadership roles for the annual Franklin Forum and has made six professional presentations on annual and major gift fundraising at AFP and Ivy League advancement conferences.

President’s Report - Fall 2012
Honor Roll of Donors
Financial Performance

Benefits & Services

Hawk Travel Opportunity: Tahitian Jewels

April 7-19, 2013
Welcome to paradise. Cruise the balmy South Seas and discover some of Polynesia’s finest jewels as you explore the stunning islands of the South Pacific. Fun and good fellowship guaranteed. Brochure > | Other travel opportunities >

MOre Benefits & Services
End-of-Year Philanthropic Options
Insurance Discounts Available from Liberty Mutual
Support the Kinney Center with the Purchase of China Herbal Hand & Body Perfection Hand Cream

Alumni, friends and parents are cordially invited to meet C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ʼ72 on his inaugural tour that will take him across the country for a series of informal receptions hosted by University benefactors.

Complete list of upcoming
tour stops and registration >

January 10, 2013
Orange County, Calif.
The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Register >

January 11, 2013
Los Angeles
Sony Pictures Studios
Register >

January 13, 2013
San Francisco
St. Francis Yacht Club
Register >

February 12, 2013 - Rescheduled
New York City
Le Parker Meridien
Register >

March 19, 2013 - Rescheduled
Lehigh Valley
Arts Quest
Register >

featured eventS

Join the Medical Alumni Chapter’s signature event, where alumni and students sit together based on specialty of interest. For alumni, this is a tremendous opportunity to reconnect with classmates and mentor students, while students learn about the specialty they are interested in pursuing. Register >
January 30, 2013

Join us for a night of good conversation, mentoring, etiquette and dinner. Students are paired with alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the University, and gain insight into different professions and how to navigate life and career after leaving Hawk Hill. Register >
Sponsorship opportunities available.
January 31, 2013

Catch the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., while spending quality time with fellow Hawks, and enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Register >

February 23, 2013

Hawks in Florida
Join your fellow Hawks for a mid-winter destination weekend in Florida. This year’s seventh annual Hawks in Florida getaway is February 7 - 10, 2013, at the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle for this weekend of rejuvenation and camaraderie. Trade in your wingtips and power lunches for sandals and sunset receptions. Get to know your fellow Hawks in a different context - with your toes in the sand, on the golf course, or aboard a luxury yacht.

Treat yourself to an afternoon at the beachfront SpaTerre, take in the charming shops at the Village on Venetian Bay or simply lounge on the white sandy beach.

On Saturday afternoon, join us for a game watch as the men’s basketball team takes on the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.

Saturday comes to a crescendo with the highlight of the weekend, cocktails and dinner with University leaders while overlooking Vanderbilt Bay.

Register for all events or just a few. It’s your choice. Reserve your room at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort before January 7, 2013, by calling 800-237-6883. Be sure to mention “SJU” for discounted rates.

For information, contact Jeanne Riddagh at 610-660-1233.



Here’s to the Holiday and Basketball Seasons! Thank you for your continued support of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and Phil Martelli’s Basketball Camp. Check out our 2013 camp brochure.

Take advantage of our exclusive “Holiday Special” discounted pricing before January 1, 2013. Contact Rob Sullivan with any questions.

Best wishes to you during this special time of year.

The Hawk Will Never Die!



What Does it
Mean to Be a Hawk
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