Hawk Hill Online - October 2013

The Newsletter for Alumni, Parents and Friends
Fun for Hawks of All Ages at Third Annual Hawktoberfest Homecoming and Reunion


Following 2012’s successful Hawktoberfest that drew 1,800 alumni, parents, friends and family back to Hawk Hill, this year’s event promises fun for Hawks of all ages and interests. Return to Hawk Hill for a homecoming weekend to revisit memories, reunite with friends, reconnect with the campus you love and celebrate on Hawk Hill with your family!

Activities include a 5K run, “Taste of Philly” tailgate sponsored by Liberty Mutual, kids corner sponsored by Universal Machine & Engineering Corp., video game zone, campus tours, Hawk Forum, men’s and women’s basketball practices, and alumni games for baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis. Highlights include:

Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. Run or walk as an individual or on a team. If you can’t participate, consider sponsoring a team. The course takes runners and walkers around the picturesque James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. Race day registrations welcome. Cost: $25, $100 for a team of five. Proceeds benefit the Kinney Center for Autism Education & Support.
Registration: 7 a.m.; Race:  8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Connelly Hall

Join Hollywood psychiatrist and author Dr. Charles Sophy ’82 as he discusses the junctures in the parent-child relationship when dynamics change.
Saturday, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mandeville Hall

The all-inclusive “Taste of Philly” tailgate will feature an array of great food from local vendors, a beer and wine garden and music. The children can have their faces painted, ride a train, go crazy in the moon bounce or test their mettle in the video game zone.
REGISTER the entire family online through Tuesday, October 8. Walk-ups welcome. Cost: $30. Children 16 and under are free.
Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Tents outside of Mandeville Hall

It’s a reunion year Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Make plans to return to your alma mater to catch up with classmates and see how much campus has changed for the better since graduation. Celebrations are scheduled for Saturday evening at on- and off-campus locations.

Everyone is welcome to attend lunch as the outstanding achievements of Elisabeth Hagen, M.D. ’91 and Kenneth Mangan, M.D., FACP, are recognized with the Bradley and Shaffrey Awards, respectively. Cost: $20.
Sunday, Noon - 2 p.m.
Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center

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University News

SJU Places in Top 15 of the U.S. News 2014 Rankings

Saint Joseph’s University is again one of the top 15 — at No. 11 — among 193 regional institutions (north) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges. The rankings placed Saint Joseph’s in the top tier in its region for the 16th consecutive year. U.S. News also listed Saint Joseph’s among the 2014 Up-and-Comers: “institutions that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities,” based on peer assessment surveys of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans.

In addition to the overall ranking at No. 101 for SJU’s Haub School of Business for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, a jump from No. 117 last year, these Haub School of Business undergraduate programs were ranked in their discipline: Insurance at No. 11, and Marketing (entertainment, food, international, pharmaceutical and healthcare, sports) at No. 13. More>

Haub School of Business Adds Degree Completion Program
The Haub School of Business expanded its program portfolio for this fall, adding and enrolling students in its new Haub Degree Completion Program (HDC).

Students in the program will benefit from maximum credit for previously completed coursework no matter their previous major or area of study. The program is designed for professionals so courses are available during day, evening or weekend, and online. HDC accepts transfer credits from most regionally accredited colleges and universities. Majors include accounting, business administration, finance, food marketing, marketing, pharmaceutical & health care marketing and risk management and insurance. For more information, call 610-660-2250, email or click. Related: New Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and Haub School of Business.



Alumnus Receives Top Volunteer Award for Excellence in Cancer-Fighting Advocacy Work
Public administration graduate Adam Batchelor ’08 (above, middle left) has been named Pennsylvania’s Lead Ambassador of the Year by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for his relentless volunteer and advocacy efforts to help make fighting cancer a national priority. The nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, ACS CAN supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions to decrease the number of people suffering and dying from cancer. The annual award is given to a lead state volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for ACS CAN’s area of cancer-related public policy. More>

The Reunion Participation Race Is Nearing the Finish Line

Which reunion class will reach its participation goal first? Class of 2003 was most improved from last month’s issue. Help your class pull ahead by  making your gift today! Your gift, regardless of designation or amount, 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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Freshman Cancer Survivor Remains Undaunted
Courtney Simmons ’17 (pictured with Hawk) found out she was accepted to Saint Joseph’s University with a Presidential Scholarship on Christmas Eve 2012. “The happiest day of my life,” she said, and certainly in stark contrast to Christmas Day 2011 when her mother passed away after an extended battle with cancer. Watching your mother die from cancer would be hard enough for any teenager to overcome, but Simmons’ mettle had not yet been fully tested. Ten days after her mother’s funeral, Courtney was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – bone cancer – in her left knee. Cancer also struck down her older sister in 2007.

The President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative makes a Saint Joseph’s education available to more deserving students – like Simmons – who are motivated and attracted to SJU’s Jesuit ideals and values. Enhanced scholarship funding enables the University  to finance a higher percentage of need and helps to reduce student debt upon graduation. It closes the widening gap between what a private college education costs and what families are able to afford. Not only does scholarship fulfill our mission, it diversifies our student body and invites a breadth of perspectives, ideas and opportunities for innovation.

With her scholarship, Simmons is empowered to “attend Saint Joseph’s University to earn my nursing degree,” she said. “Post graduation from Saint Joseph’s, I will use my nursing degree to become a pediatric oncology nurse at CHOP, in the hope of giving back to children the holistic care I received as a patient.” More>



Development and Alumni Relations Changes Name to “University Advancement,” Revises Mission Statement
Over the summer, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations devoted time to reflect as a group upon its role within the University and the many ways it supports Saint Joseph’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. At the division’s annual full-day retreat in June, participants unanimously agreed that a name change to “University Advancement” (UA) better reflects its operating philosophy and newly refined mission statement.

UA is comprised of five units, Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Communications & Donor Relations, Advancement Services and Major Gifts, and shares responsibilities for outreach and interface with a broad internal and external audience on behalf of the University. Each of the units is dependent upon each other in order to be productive and successful, according to UA VP Marty Farrell ’88 (pictured). “When it comes right down to it, we’re really one team with a shared purpose…to enrich our culture of engagement and philanthropy,” he said. “The sessions had an unexpected outcome that influenced the way in which the division plans for the year.” More>

Benefits & Services

A Donation Option with Double the Tax Benefits
Before you reach for your checkbook, don't overlook the benefits that a donation of stock can present. Even during market fluctuations, you may still have stocks worth more today than when you purchased them, making a gift to Saint Joseph’s University a tax-wise choice. More>


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33rd annual

Join the SJU Alumni Association as it honors a true Hawk, Robert T. Healey Sr. ’51, with the Shield of Loyola, the 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.

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)

Hawk2Hawk Reception:
Eastern State Penitentiary

Join SJU alumni, faculty and students at Eastern State Penitentiary for a Hawk2Hawk networking reception, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Explore America's oldest penitentiary and learn about its architecture and history from faculty experts Thomas J. Brennan, S.J. Ph.D., Elizabeth A. Linehan, R.S.M., Ph.D., Dennis E. McNally, S.J. Ph.D. and Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Ph.D. $20/person includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two hours of open bar (beer and wine).
October 21, 6-8 p.m.
Eastern State Penitentiary
(2027 Fairmount Ave.,
Philadelphia 19130)

NY Times Best Selling Novelist Wally Lamb and Slam Poet Justin Lamb on Campus

Wally Lamb makes the only Philadelphia stop on his national book tour to read from his new novel We Are Water. His son Justin Lamb will kick off the celebration with a slam poetry performance. A book signing and reception will follow. Sponsored by the SJU English Department, Alliance, Writing Center and College of Arts and Sciences.
October 24, 7 p.m.
Wolfington Teletorium,
Mandeville Hall

Hogan and Ignatius Awards Reception

The SJU 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. Register>
October 25, 6 – 9 p.m.
Doyle Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center

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)

Health Care & Higher Education Green Building Summi

Join the SJU Real Estate & Construction Alumni Chapter for a summit on sustainability and green building practices, held in conjunction with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Keynote on materials and human health from Roger Platt, Senior VP of Global Policy and Law at the U.S. Green Building Council. Panel discussion with local industry leaders, including Irwin Leighton Construction Chairman Jim Brecker; PECO SVP and COO Mike Innocenzo; Kevin L. Lyons, Director of Procurement & Sierra Club Awardee from Rutgers; Joann Magnatta, Main Line Health Director of Real Estate; Penn VP of Real Estate Anne Papageorge; Scott Post, SVP for Health Care Reform at Independence Blue Cross; and Gensler Architects Director of Sustainability Rives Taylor. Register>
October 30, 8 a.m.
Touchdown Club,
Lincoln Financial Field (1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia 19147)

Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute Speaker Series to Feature Professor William Byron, S.J. ’51
University Professor Fr. Byron will inaugurate the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute’s lecture series with the talk “On the Relevance of Religion in Contemporary American Life: Has the Catholic Salt Lost Its Savor?” There is no admission charge, but a “free will” offering would be appreciated.
November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Stotesbury Mansion (1923 Walnut St., Philadelphia)

Save the Date
Naples Weekend

Featuring new activities and opportunities to enjoy the weekend!
Call LaPlaya at 800-237-6883 and mention SJU for discounted hotel rates. For further information contact Jeanne Riddagh at 610-660-1233.
February 6 – 9, 2014
LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort

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Athletics Hall of Fame Celebration and Brunch
SJU celebrates 40 Years of women’s varsity athletics and honors its 12th Hall of Fame class.
November 17
Doyle Banquet Hall,
Campion Student Center

Men’s Basketball Schedule Set
The Hawks appear on television no less than 13 times, play in the eight-team Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., and face their traditional Big 5 and Atlantic 10 foes. Tickets>

Women’s Basketball
Schedule Unveiled

Six nationally televised games, an appearance in the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament and games versus 12 2012-13 postseason qualifiers highlight the reigning Atlantic 10 champs schedule. Meet the team>
Truax Cup Golf Alumni Outing
North Hills Country Club
October 9

Track and Cross Country
Hall of Fame Induction 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. More> | Register>
October 19
Doyle Banquet Hall,
Campion Student Center

Womens Basketball Mass & Brunch
October 27
Chapel of St. Joseph –
Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial

Kinney Center Collegiate Tennis Showdown
Support the Kinney Center and cheer on the Hawks against local rivals and national competition.
November 15
Green Valley Country Club
(201 Ridge Pk., Lafayette Hill, PA 19444)

For more information on Athletics events, contact Becky Hemphill.

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