Hawk Hill Online - September 2013

The Newsletter for Alumni, Parents and Friends
Patricia McElwee Mahoney ’76,
Mike Daniels ’00 to Receive
SJU Alumni Association’s Service Awards

The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association will honor two of its most loyal members, Patricia McElwee Mahoney ’76 and Mike Daniels ’00 with its service awards, the Reverend Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. Award and Ignatius Award, respectively. Mahoney and Daniels will be honored jointly at an on-campus reception on October 25. Register>

A longtime supporter of Saint Joseph’s University, Mahoney will be honored for exemplifying “Christian principles and outstanding loyal service to Saint Joseph’s University.” She has been an active alumna at Saint Joseph’s University since graduating with a degree in food marketing. As a founding member of the SJU National Alumni Board, she was integral in developing its vision and structure. Other leadership positions she’s held within the University alumni community include alumni association president, chair of its council of presidents and member of the SJU Board of Trustees Development Committee. More>

Daniels will receive the Ignatius Award in recognition of his devoted efforts to serve and promote Saint Joseph’s University. This award is bestowed upon a graduate from within the past 20 years who lives a life of “service to others” consistent with the principles of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Daniels serves on the University’s National Alumni Board (NAB) as the western states representative. He also sits on the NAB’s Networks Committee, which supports and advises the SJU Alumni Relations staff on projects related to regional clubs and affinity groups. More>

October 25, 69 p.m.
Doyle Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center

University News

Finnesey Field Expanded, to be Rededicated as Sweeney Field

Longtime Saint Joseph’s University landmark Finnesey Field will be renamed Sweeney Field this fall upon completion of an extensive expansion project. The venue, which has served as the home of Hawk Athletic teams for more than 80 years, will recognize the contributions of Sean S. Sweeney MBA ’94, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and the lead benefactor to the renovation project. The field will be blessed during Hawktoberfest. More>

Princeton Review: SJU Among Nation’s Best Colleges in the Northeast Region
Saint Joseph’s University is one of the top colleges in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review. SJU ranked as one of the 226 institutions the company recommends in the “Best Regional Colleges”  section of its website (registration required). More>


Grad Joins Peace Corps to Serve in Madagascar
Watchung, N.J., native Astara Maiure ’13 (left) has been accepted into the Peace Corps and assigned to a two-year placement in Madagascar. While stationed in the island country off the southeast coast of Africa, she will serve as a rural agriculture advisor, promoting sustainable practices and enhancing the community’s ability to generate sustainable harvests. “Volunteering through the Peace Corps is just something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Maiure. “I want to spend as much time as possible learning and experiencing a different lifestyle. I’m excited to immerse myself in a new environment and learn the culture.” Maiure said her time at Saint Joseph’s has prepared her for international service. More> | Recent graduates choose to serve others.

Calling All ’64 Hawks
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. 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 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.

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

National Alumni Board Elections
Here’s your opportunity to help shape the future of alumni relations at SJU. We’re looking for candidates to fill upcoming open spots on our National Alumni Board (NAB), the leadership board of our alumni community. If you have a strong, reasonable voice, creativity and the courage to think differently about alumni programs and services, please fill out our NAB interest form today.



Hawks in Italy: Men’s Basketball on Foreign Tour
The Hawks MBB team toured Italy for 10 days in August, visiting Rome, Florence, Venice and Como. SJUHawks.com chronicled the trip with player blogs, game recaps and photo galleries.  | VideoResults | Photos | More>

parents’ perspective

Inaugural Parent-Student Blessings for Freshmen Families Welcomes Families to SJU Community
Nearly 1,300 freshmen and their families were welcomed into the Catholic, Jesuit community at Saint Joseph’s University with a blessings that marked the beginning of their relationship with SJU. Convened on campus at the Chapel of St. Joseph Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial and presided over by University President
C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72
, the second of three services was held August 23.

“Welcome and thank you for bringing your precious son or daughter here to our campus, here to our family,” Gillespie said. “We’re going to ritualize that in a special way. It’s really about love – the love of a parent for a child. This is the dream that so many parents have had for so long being realized. We, the family of Saint Joseph’s University, are honored that you are bringing your sons and daughters to us. And to you sons and daughters, welcome to Hawk Hill. You’re about to enter into an exciting adventure of education, formation and celebration.” Parents and children alike then had the opportunity to hear reassuring remarks from two individuals who know a thing or two about the freshman drop-off. More> 


“Hawks on Call” Team Returns to Action September 15
SJU’s “Hawks on Call” is back in action this month. Each semester,
a dedicated and energetic group of students join the Hawks on Call team, a group that aims to update and engage alumni, parents and friends. These students love to listen to your stories, help answer questions about campus and are so excited to talk to you!

Become a Hawk Ambassador

Do you want to help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions recruit the next generation of Hawks? Hawk Ambassadors is an active group of alumni and parent volunteers which assist in creating and maintaining connections to Saint Joseph’s University by relating personally to prospective students and parents by sharing their stories. Hawk Ambassadors can directly impact a student’s college choice by helping families see the value and opportunities provided by the Jesuit education at Saint Joseph’s University. The level of commitment to be a Hawk Ambassador can be tailored to any availability. Volunteers have aided recruiting efforts in a variety of ways, including:
  • Serving as Saint Joseph’s representatives at local high school college fairs
  • Participating in calling campaigns to congratulate admitted students on their acceptance to the University
  • Writing alumni-to-student or parent-to-parent letters to families about why Saint Joseph’s would be a good fit for their future
Click to learn about upcoming events, college fairs and how to become a Hawk Ambassador.

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

What Happens to Your Will After You’re Gone?
You know it’s important to have an up-to-date will so your wishes are carried out as you intend, but how exactly does that happen? Find out what steps are taken after you pass away ... from sending your will to court to dividing up your assets. More>

Have You Considered a Bequest?

Saint Joseph’s University is blessed with loyal alumni and friends who make provisions in their estate plans for the University. Every year, scores of students benefit from the commitment and vision of those alumni and friends who’ve generously left bequests to ensure that the University continues to provide excellent Catholic, Jesuit education in perpetuity. Click for SJU’s suggested bequest language.

Alumni Travel Opportunity: Greek Isles Odyssey
Discover incredible ancient wonders and alluring sun-soaked islands on this Aegean adventure aboard the graceful Oceania Cruises Riviera. This odyssey to Turkey and the Greek Isles transports you to the amazing cities and islands of Santorini, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Mykonos, Kavala and Istanbul. Download a brochure.
May 14 – 22, 2014


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summer 2013 president’s report

The Summer 2013 President’s Report is a testament to the power of the Ignatian tradition. In each of the report’s stories, alumni recognized opportunities to provide thought leadership and resources to enable Saint Joseph’s students and faculty to live greater.

Their creativity and commitment to the value of our Catholic, Jesuit education inspire the educational experience of our students — today and into the future.

Read inspiring stories about a donor-sponsored faculty research program, expanded fellowship opportunities in science, technology and math fields for female students and advances in technological resources that enable future generations of Hawks to explore any and all possibilities.

Download a PDF of the report. Check out archived President’s Reports.



REGISTER TODAY for our ALL-INCLUSIVE “Taste of Philly” tailgate, kids corner, video game zone, campus tours, men’s and women’s basketball practices, and alumni games for baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis.Children under 16 are free.


Kick off Hawktoberfest festivities by lacing up your sneakers for a good cause – the second annual Kinney Center 5K Walk/Run for Autism.


Reunions for the Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 will take place during Hawktoberfest.

If you are interested in supporting Hawktoberfest, 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.

November 9
Hyatt at the Bellevue,
Center City Philadelphia

If you are interested in supporting the Gala as a sponsor, contact Georgette Hamaty at 610-660-3286, or download the sponsorship packet.

Ignatian Circle 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 Hall, Campion Student Center)

Phillies at Nationals Park
Join the Greater DC Alumni chapter for some baseball, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Register>
September 15
Pregame gathering:
Noon (Red Porch Restaurant)
First pitch: 1:35 p.m.
Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-1507)

Alumni Night at the Ballpark
Enjoy a tailgate with Primo hoagies, Philly soft pretzels, Marchiano’s tomato pies, soda and water, then cheer on the Phillies as they take on the Marlins. Register>
September 18
Tailgate: 5 p.m.
Lot K, Lincoln Financial Field
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park (1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA  19148)

SJU Fall Career Fair

Alumni interested in investigating their career options should plan to attend the SJU Fall Career Fair. Ernst & Young, Conagra Foods, Devereux Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, American Associate for Cancer Research, Target Corporation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Colgate Palmolive, iPipeline, SAP America, Inc. and Vanguard are among the 160 employers who will be in attendance.
September 19, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena

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

Northern California
Networking Lunch

Join the Northern California Alumni Club for a networking luncheon one block from Union Square. Register>
October 2, 11:30 a.m.
The Olympic Club City Clubhouse (524 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102)

“Transforming Health Care Through Innovation”
Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty ’78, vice chair of the SJU Board of Trustees, will lead a discussion about how innovation plays a vital role in healthcare’s challenge to raise the quality of care while lowering costs. Presented by the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics. Sponsored by the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation.
October 2
Reception: 6 p.m.
Discussion: 7 p.m.
Wolfington Teletorium,
Mandeville Hall

12th Annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Come cheer on the SJU Alumni Dragon Boat team.
October 5
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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 Mary and Chris ’65 Mattson. Register>
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. Register>
October 13

New York Council Fall Cocktail Reception
Network with alumni, parents, faculty and students to build connections, reconnect with classmates, share your experiences with students and discuss a number of topics with our Hawk experts in the Roundtable Discussion Corner.
October 29, 6 p.m.
Le Parker Meridien
(119 W. 56th St., NY, NY 10019)

All events


Introducing the Newly Relaunched SJUHAWKS.com

The Saint Joseph’s University Athletics Department is pleased to announce the relaunch of SJUHawks.com, the official website for Saint Joseph’s athletics.

In conjunction with its new technology partner, NeuLion, Inc., the redesigned SJUHawks.com has a clean appearance with user- friendly navigation, bringing videos, photos, and audiovisual content to the forefront. Fans will find it easier to connect with Hawk teams and follow them through Facebook and Twitter. Check it out>


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
2200 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia

Truax Cup - Team Competition
Links outing North Hills Country Club for SJU Golf alumni held in honor of the University’s first all-American golfer John Truax, who succumbed to cancer in 1986.
October 9

Track and Cross Country
Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Celebrate the rich tradition of the SJU Track and Cross Country program with alumni, parents and friends at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. Thuy Nguyen ’06 and Ben Koch ’02 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dennis Salter ’83 will receive the Mannion Award, and 2013 graduates Hannah Boyce and Andrew Townsend will receive the Carr-Bolger Awards. Register>
October 19
Doyle Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center.

For more information on Athletics events, contact Becky Hemphill.

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Seashore Reception
Stone Harbor, N.J.
July 27, 2013

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