Hawk Hill Online - April 2013

The Newsletter for Alumni, Parents and Friends

SJU Celebrates First Birthday for Post Learning Commons

One of the most popular hubs on campus, the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons (PLC), recently celebrated its first birthday. Students, faculty and staff gathered in the PLC’s atrium to mark the occasion with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and a cake decorated to resemble the exterior of the building. Attendees also wrote thank you notes to the Posts.
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University News
University Releases Commencement Information, Announces Speakers
Saint Joseph’s University will grant honorary degrees to Elisabeth A. Hagen, M.D. ’91 (right), under secretary for food safety for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and John W. O’Malley, S.J. (left), university professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, at this year’s May 11 commencement ceremonies. The graduate, doctoral and College of Professional and Liberal Studies ceremony begins at 9 a.m., the undergraduate at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. Additional Commencement-related information can be found online.

Madges Steps Down as Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
After seven years, William Madges, Ph.D. will resign as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective May 31. After a sabbatical in 2013-14, he will return to the faculty as a professor of theology and religious studies. During Madges’ tenure, the College of Arts and Sciences implemented a new general education program, hired 57 faculty members, and initiated 10 undergraduate majors, 12 minors and many online programs. Jeanne F. Brady, Ph.D., an accomplished educator who has spent years researching curricula, leadership in education, and issues involving social justice, will serve as the interim dean, beginning June 1, and continuing until a full-time appointment results from the national search.
SJU Bids Farewell to Three Campus Leaders >



SJU Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 Inducts First Four Members into Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

United States Air Force Lt. Col. James Turnbull, commander of the Saint Joseph’s University Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Detachment 750, believes there are lessons to be learned and examples to follow from those who served before him and the cadets under his command. To accomplish this mission, Turnbull has established a detachment alumni wall of fame to pay tribute to cadets who passed through the SJU ROTC program, which began in 1951. The inaugural inductees were installed at the annual Military Dining Out event on Friday, April 26, and include:

Charles McKee, Esq. ’65 to Be Honored with Gem Award from Law Alumni Chapter

A partner in the Havertown, Pa., law firm Donohue, McKee & Mattson, Ltd., Charles McKee ’65 will be honored with the Gem Award from the Law Alumni Chapter for for displaying great loyalty to the University while focusing his career on helping others. A vice chair of the board of trustees at Philadelphia’s Mercy Vocational High School, McKee joins the Honorable Paul Innes ’77 (2012), Patrick Shea, Esq. ’79 (2011) and Martin Corr, Esq. ’58 (2010) as the most recent recipients of the award, which has been granted since 1983. During the event, the chapter awarded its Law Alumni Scholarship to SJU student body president George Tsoflias ’13, who is planning to attend Villanova Law in the fall. Megan Donovan ’13 received the chapter’s Kenneth Mines Award, an endowed scholarship founded in 1997, and will attend the University of Richmond Law School in the fall.


McFarland Scholarship Gives Student
“Chance of a Lifetime”
The Saint Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia has awarded Emily Miller ’15, an English and communications double major, the Cmdr. George C. McFarland Scholarship, granting her $20,000 to study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This award marks the fourth consecutive year an SJU student has received a scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society. More >


Seniors Issue Commencement Challenge

SJU Seniors Josephine Bahn, Amber Layton and Christian O’Brien have benefited from the hands-on education and service-oriented experience Saint Joseph’s University offers. They want to ensure these opportunities are available for future Hawks. To that end, they—and the Class of 2013—has challenged SJU alumni, parents and friends to raise 1,122 gifts—one for every graduate—before Commencement on May 11. Benefactors can make a gift to a specific cause or program, or in honor of the accomplishments of the class of 2013. Gifts of any amount count toward the Commencement Challenge. Take the challenge >
Benefits & Services
Planned Giving: Even One Percent Matters
“Do I really have enough money to donate to change lives?” If you are doubting your ability to make a difference, these gift options will
change your mind. If you have any questions, you or your advisor should contact Anat Becker, J.D. at 610-660-1968.

Alumni Travel Opportunity: Baltic Treasure
A royal experience awaits on this cruise from Stockholm to legendary ports across the Baltic Sea, an adventure crowned by three days in St. Petersburg, Russia (above). Spend a day in Stockholm, Sweden’s lovely capital city spread across 14 islands, before heading to Helsinki, with its stunning modern architecture, and fabled St. Petersburg, which is a bustling metropolis brimming with onion-domed cathedrals and magnificent palaces. Admire Baroque palaces in Tallinn, Estonia, before cruising to Gdansk, whose shipyard famously gave rise to Poland’s Solidarity movement. Wander seaside promenades in Warnemünde, Germany, or take a scenic drive to Berlin to see its legendary landmarks before concluding your journey in Copenhagen. Download a brochure.
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Featured events

Soar back to Hawk Hill to reunite with members from the Class of 1963 for your 50th reunion. View the schedule of events.
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May 9 - 11

Sixth Annual Black Alumni Picnic

Join the Black Alumni Chapter for great food, music and fun games at its annual picnic on Hawk Hill. Adults are $15, children are free. For details, contact Laura Brunette at 610-660-3201.
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Saturday, May 18, noon - 3 p.m.
Quinn Hall Lawn (No. 78 on the Campus Map)

Sixth Annual Jack Gallagher ’63 Memorial Alumni
Golf Outing

Join us to honor a dedicated alumnus, support valuable SJU programming and reconnect with Hawks. Early bird pricing of $125 runs through May 15. For details, contact Patty Newby at 610-660-2997. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Fithian at 610-660-2301. Register >
June 17, 11:30 a.m.
Scotland Run Golf Club, 2626 Fries Mill Rd., Williamstown, NJ


Alumni, friends and parents are cordially invited to meet C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ʼ72 on the last stops of his inaugural tour of informal receptions hosted by University benefactors.

May 16 – Southern New Jersey
Tavistock Country Club
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June 27 – Chicago
Sunset Ridge Country Club
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Wilmington Inaugural Tour Reception Photo Gallery

Photo galleries for all previous receptions >

Check Out SJU’s Summer Youth Sports Camps and Clinics
The SJU Athletic Department offers a variety of youth summer sports camps for boys and girls of all ages. Activities include basketball, baseball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis. Visit sjuhawks.com for more information, registration and a complete listing of offerings.


May 4: SJU Tennis Alumni/ae and Family Day

May 4: Baseball Alumni and Family Day

May 11: Dad Vail Regatta & Boat Christening

For more information on these and other events, contact Becky Jurich Hemphill.

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