Hawk Hill Online - July/August 2013

The Newsletter for Alumni, Parents and Friends
Parents Impacting
SJU’s Mission on Many Fronts

Parents of this current generation of college students are active participants and make a positive impact on the educational experience of their children. Parents are interested in partnering with academic institutions throughout their children’s collegiate experience. Their impact can be seen every day on Hawk Hill.

Diane and Bill Jarett’s daughter, Arielle Jarett ’15 (above), is a founding member of the Haub School of Business’ (HSB) Dean’s Leadership Program. A four-year, co-curricular leadership development program for all SJU undergraduates, the program imparts a distinctively HSB and Jesuit framework of leadership that is values-based, reflective and focused on serving others. Arielle, a marketing major from Westchester, N.Y., who is interning this summer at the music rights management firm BMG Chrysalis, bought into the leadership program wholeheartedly. She brings its lessons into her experience as the treasurer and a member of the recruitment committee for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. More>

University News

SJU Announces Test-Optional Policy for Undergraduate Admissions
Saint Joseph’s University is implementing test-optional undergraduate admission, effective for fall 2014 applicants. Test-optional admission means that the University will not require applicants to submit a standardized test score (SAT/ACT) in order to be considered for admission if he/she does not believe they are an accurate indicator of their academic ability and potential for future academic success. In implementing test-optional admission, Saint Joseph’s University joins a number of regional and national liberal arts institutions that have successfully implemented test-optional admission. More>



Former Women’s Cager Creates Non-Profit Organization Children’s Hope United
Chatilla van Grinsven ’13, the Atlantic 10’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, made a major impact during her short time on Hawk Hill. Playing just one season with the Hawks, the starting forward led the women’s basketball team to the 2013 Atlantic 10 title and a NCAA Tournament appearance, while off the court she proved to be a person for others and established the non-profit organization Children’s Hope United. Created with the goal of contributing significant amounts of assistance in order to improve the situation of deprived children in Morocco, Children's Hope United helps supply children with nutritional support, clothing, educational support and funding for creation of recreational facilities.
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Follow Junior Emily Miller during her Year Abroad in Scotland
A rising junior from Havertown, Pa., Emily Miller will embark upon the adventure of a lifetime at the end of this month when she leaves to study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for the 2013-2014 academic year. A recipient of the Cmdr. George C. McFarland Scholarship from the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, Miller is an English and communication studies double major and gender studies minor. She plans on updating her “Study Abroad” blog regularly as she takes classes at the United Kingdom’s oldest English department and travels throughout Europe. An SJU Presidential Scholar, Miller hopes to use the experience, her first outside North America, as a springboard to prepare her for graduate school. Miller plans on taking “mainly English classes,” including one called “Body in Literature,” which explores the way the human body has been a central object of discussion from the Renaissance to the present. There’s also a bagpiping class she’s considering. View Miller's “Study Abroad” Blog>


Kinney Center to Provide Unique Summer Experience
For most kids, summer brings camp experiences that provide an opportunity to make friends, learn or hone a skill and keep busy. The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University believes these opportunities are especially important for youth on the autism spectrum. For the fourth year, the Kinney Center will offer a five-week summer camp designed to provide fun, stimulate imaginations and encourage social growth for all children by bringing together those with autism and their “neuro-typical peers.” More>

Reunion 2013 Class Gift Update
The reunion race is on! Which class will reach its participation goal first? Make your gift today! Your gift, regardless of designation or size, will count toward your class gift totals. Check out how your year stacks up against other “3” and “8” reunion classes. Reunion celebrations for the Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 will take place during Hawktoberfest. See you there!


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Benefits & Services

Alumni Travel Opportunity: Mayan Mystique
Discover the Western Caribbean from the comfort of the elegant Oceania Cruises Riviera. Cruise to lush islands and ports in Latin America, ancient lands brimming with culture and natural splendor, where rainforests are dotted with colonial towns and Mayan ruins. Download a brochure.
March 18 – 28, 2014

Back for a Limited Time: The IRA Charitable Rollover

Many SJU alumni and friends are taking advantage of the IRA charitable rollover legislation which allows you to transfer lifetimegifts up to $100,000 using funds from your individual retirement account (IRA) without undesirable tax effects. You may contribute funds this way if:
  • You are age 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • You make your gift by Dec. 31, 2013.

Benefit Your Family and Saint Joseph’s University

Did you know that retirement plan assets are subject to income and possible estate taxes when given to your family? The income tax bill alone can reduce your retirement plan by as much as 39.6 percent. If your estate is subject to estate tax as well, more than half could be whittled away.


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Registration coming later this month.

Doc Charles Sophy, D.O. ’82 will speak on “Cultivating Fulfillment in a Hawk’s Empty Nest.”

Campus tours, Kinney 5K, ALL-INCLUSIVE “Taste of Philly” tailgate, kids corner, video game zone, men’s and women’s basketball practices, and alumni games for baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.

Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008.

If you are interested supporting Hawktoberfest as a sponsor, contact Tom Fithian ’98, MBA ’07 at 610/660-1219, or download the sponsorship packet.

33rd annual

Don't miss the social event of the season.

Robert T. Healey Sr. ’51 will receive the Shield of Loyola, the SJU Alumni Association’s most prestigious honor, at the 33rd annual Alumni Gala.

The Gala is a great opportunity to enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing while we recognize and celebrate those who embody Jesuit ideals and are committed to furthering SJU’s mission.

November 9, 2013
Hyatt at the Bellevue,
Center City Philadelphia

Contact Georgette Hamaty or call her at 610-660-3286 for information about sponsorship opportunities.


Soar at the Shore
Young alumni, take a break from the beach and celebrate summer with Hawks at The Princeton in Avalon. NEW LOCATION. Register>
August 17
The Princeton (2008 Dune Dr., Avalon, NJ 08202)

Ignatian Circle Annual
Mass and Dinner

Professor Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, is the featured guest speaker at dinner. Email questions to Patti Killeen or call her at 610-660-1539.
September 7
4 p.m. (Chapel of St. Joseph, Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial)
Dinner: 5 p.m. (Doyle Banquet Room, Campion Student Center)

Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Enjoy a tailgate at Citizens Bank Park and cheer on the Phillies as they take on the Marlins.
September 18

President’s Cup Golf Invitational
Benefits Presidential Scholarship recipients
October 1
Applebrook Golf Club (100 Line Rd., Malvern, PA 19355)

Hawks in Lancaster
Join President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., 72 and other local alumni for a reception in Pennsylvania Dutch Country at Lancasters finest private social club. Hosted by Chris Mattson ’65.
October 9
The Hamilton Club (106 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA  17602)

Medical Alumni Chapter Awards
Elisabeth Hagen, M.D. ’91, United States Undersecretary for Food Safety, will receive the Edward C. Bradley, S.J., M.D. ’51 Medical Alumni Award. Kenneth Mangan, M.D., FACP, director of the Temple University bone marrow transplant program, will be honored with the Reverend Clarence E. Shaffrey, S.J. Award.
October 13

All events

The Class of 1964 is on deck this May to enter the Golden Hawks, an exclusive group for SJU grads who graduated half a century prior. The Class of 1964 will be inducted during its 50th reunion celebration on Commencement weekend, May 16-17, 2014. As special guests of the University, Golden Hawks are honored through a variety of events, including the Golden Hawks induction luncheon and Memory Lane celebration. Among the weekend’s highlights is the opportunity to process together once again in honor of their 50th reunion – along with the Class of 2014 – at Saint Joseph’s 163rd Commencement exercises.

To begin the planning for this milestone occasion, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites class members to join the 50th reunion committee. Serving as a reunion volunteer is an excellent way to rekindle old friendships and play a key role in planning a successful event. If you are interested in attending the kickoff meeting or have any questions about the committee, contact Lynn Langnas at 610-660-3467 by September 13, 2013.

Kickoff Meeting:
September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Quinn Hall (394 N. Latches Ln., Merion Station, PA  19066)


Baseball Reunion & Golf Outing
SJU Baseball alumni, parents and friends are invited to take part in the team’s annual golf outing at Bala Golf Club. Register>
September 16

Track and Cross Country
Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

October 19

For more information on Athletics events, contact Becky Hemphill.

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