Hawk Hill Online - August 2014

The Newsletter for Alumni, Parents and Friends
Two Homes 2,721 Miles Apart

2,721. That’s how many miles away my son Riley will be when he goes off to college at Saint Joseph’s this fall. It’s a number that has rolled around in my brain a lot over the last few months, especially when someone asks the inevitable questions: “Why Saint Joseph’s? Why so far?” I usually respond with something like, “It just felt right when we visited. They have his major. His admissions counselor, Sue Chen, was amazing.” All of these things are absolutely true, yet somehow they don’t seem to satisfy the question. We are a California family. A beach family. Riley loves to surf and has loved the ocean ever since I first dangled his tiny baby toes in the surf. We love where we live and feel blessed to live there (especially in February when the rest of the country is shoveling snow). So why was my son going to the other side of the country for college? Why SJU? Click through to the entire blog post by Stephanie Callahan P’18> | Welcome Riley and his family to the SJU community>
University News
Political Science Class Explores Cuban-U.S. Relations
Cuba is often associated with its 1950s-era cars, all in bright colors and kept in mint condition. Ancient Buicks and Chevrolets, relics of the island’s former relationship with the United States, line the streets of Havana. But for 12 Saint Joseph’s students, recently returned from a study tour to Cuba, the island offered much more than a colorful show of the past. “Contemporary Cuban Politics and Culture,” a class and study tour organized by the political science department, introduces students to over 500 years of Cuban history and provides a profound understanding of the country. During the spring semester, students studied Cuba’s relationship with the United States and its current political situation, then experienced life on the island during the class’ two-week travel period. Still relatively rare given the United States’ embargo against Cuba, travel opportunities like the SJU study tour are organized to increase understanding between Cuban and American citizens. View photo gallery>

Four for Ghana: SJU Women Spend the Summer Serving
Class of 2014 graduates Sofia Peirats and Melissa Quinn found a non-traditional way to celebrate their graduation from Saint Joseph’s. Rather than spend time at the beach or travel across Europe, the two went to Ghana for three weeks, accompanied by Erin David ’16, as Community Water Solutions (CWS) Fellows. Nicole Quirk ’15 was also called to serve in Ghana this summer, choosing to work with City of Refuge Ministries (CORM), a grass-roots religious organization that supports rescued children. More>


alumni news

Mark Casale '86 Named Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Philadelphia

Essent Guaranty, Inc. CEO Mark Casale ’86 (above left) was named the regional winner in the financial services category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in Greater Philadelphia. Essent Guaranty is a nationwide provider of private mortgage insurance and a subsidiary of Essent Group Ltd. The award recognizes outstanding, high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. More>
Nick Leopard ’02 (above right) was named EY Regional Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for New York Region.


student section

Camp Kinney’s Impact Featured on Local News
SJU sophomore Bobby Strauss is autistic. He was accepted to the University on his own merit and participates in the activities of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Action News was at the center as he and his senior mentor Patrick Graham participated in a behavior management training class using role-playing so Bobby would be better prepared for his job as a counselor at Camp Kinney. Watch the story>
Related: Camp promotes social growth in kids with autism.

faculty focus

In an Instant:
Photography as Time Machine

Associate professor of art Dennis Weeks, M.F.A., captures multiple moments at the same place with his camera and stitches them together, creating scenes that would otherwise never have happened. He plays with this concept throughout his series of large-scale, “long exposure” digital prints, as he refers to the work. In them, he combines hundreds of photographs into single compositions, effectively capturing the experiences of subjects who may not have crossed paths in real life. “Photography is its own kind of time machine, because photos stop time,” Weeks said. “Showing how things change over time became a fascination of mine over the years.” The image above is called “Logan Fountain” from 2010. More>

Reunion 2014 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 “4” and “9” reunion classes. Reunion celebrations for the Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 will take place during Hawktoberfest. See you there!


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  • Help admissions this fall by representing SJU at your local college fair. See a full list on our Hawk Ambassador website.

Benefits & Services
Gift Planning 101: What Is an Endowment?
An endowment is a forever gift – a fund you establish in which the principal is invested and the earnings are used to help the programs and goals you want to support. Because the principal isn’t typically spent, endowments are essentially intended to last forever. When you establish an endowment you ensure that Saint Joseph’s University students benefit from Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition now and for years to come. For additional information, click or contact director of gift planning: Anat Becker, J.D.

Alumni Travel: Costa Rica and Panama Canal
(January 27 - February 4, 2015)
A spectacular nine-day journey through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal to the Costa Rican rainforest. Aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. TERE MOANA, cruise through the canal to remote island paradises. Explore Panama City and Costa Rica’s terrestrial wonders. Download brochure.

Check out our new alumni travel page>


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august volunteer spotlight

SJU Alumni Relations is excited to recognize one of our dedicated alumni each month for their efforts and contributions. This month, we sat down with council of presidents member Rich Brennan ’81 to ask him a few questions about being an alumni volunteer. More>

hawk days of summer contest

Take the Hawk with you this summer! Include the Hawk in your summer photos and you could win a plush Hawk or SJU blanket. Click for complete contest rules and how to enter. Submit your entry by August 22.

alumni survey results
We asked and you answered. Click the infographic below to reveal the answers to our alumni survey.

Thank you to all who participated. Your time is appreciated.

university Advancement EVENTS


Registration is open for
Hawktoberfest + Family Weekend.
Don’t miss the coming together of TWO great Hawk Hill events for ONE epic campus-wide celebration. Meet the first Hawk, Jim Brennan ’58, and pick up his book HawkTales, proceeds of which benefit the University.
Friday - Sunday, September 26-28

Joseph J. Oakes III ’64 to
Receive Shield of Loyola at
34th Alumni Gala

President of New Jersey-based Acorn Financial Services, Joseph J. Oakes III ’64 is this year's recipient of the Shield of Loyola, the University's most prestigious honor. He will be honored at the Alumni Gala, which supports SJU students through the Shield of Loyola Scholarship Fund. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Georgette Hamaty at 610-660-3286.
Saturday, November 15

Jack Ramsay ’49 Memorial Mass
Saint Joseph's University will hold a Memorial Mass for hall of fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay ’49. The Mass is open to the public. The Ramsay Family kindly requests that attendees RSVP in advance.
Wednesday, August 13, 5 p.m.
Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena

Class of 2018 Welcome and Blessing

Families officially mark the beginning of their relationship with Saint Joseph’s. Contact Patti Killeen at 610-660-1539 with any questions.
Tuesday, August 19, 4 p.m.
Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, 3 p.m.
Chapel of St. Joseph - Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Meeting
Alumni are invited to campus to discuss the program.
Thursday, August 21

A Day of Boston Baseball
Hang out with Hawks in Boston at a reception at The Baseball Tavern, then watch the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Spend the day at Fenway as the Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sunday, September 7

Academy of Risk Management and Insurance Executive of the Year Award
This year’s honoree is Evan G. Greenberg, chairman, president and CEO of ACE Limited and ACE Group.
Tuesday, September 16

Old Town Alexandria Food Tour
Join the Baltimore and Greater D.C. Alumni Chapter for a food tour in the historic and architecturally unique town.
Saturday, September 20

Baseball Golf Outing

Join baseball alumni, parents, and friends at Bala Golf Club for a great day on the links.
Monday, September 22

So You Want to Work in NY
If you want to work in New York City or have advice for those who do, this is the event for you.
Thursday, September 25

Kinney Walk/Run for Autism
Strap on your running shoes and join us for a fun run for a good cause, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Registration is open.
Saturday, September 27

Golden Hawks Reunion Lunch
It’s a golden time to reconnect with all our Golden Hawks. Classes who have celebrated their 50th reunion from Saint Joseph's University are invited back to Hawk Hill to reminisce.
Sunday, September 28

Medical Alumni Chapter Awards
Sunday, September 28

13th Annual Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival
Join classmates and friends for a fun day on the Schuylkill to cheer the Hawks Dragon Boat team to victory.
Saturday, October 4

Truax Cup
Join SJU Golf alumni for the annual Truax Cup “team competition.”
Tuesday, October 7

Real Estate & Construction Alumni Chapter Christmas Luncheon
Join the chapter in honoring University trustee Dennis Durkin ’74 with the prestigious Lannon Award.
Wednesday, December 3

Naples Weekend,
January 15 - 18, 2015

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to enjoy a mid-winter respite on the beautiful southwest coast of Florida, January 15 - 18, 2015. Call LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort at 800-237-6883 and mention “SJU” for discounted hotel rates. Book your room by December 15. For further information contact Jeanne Riddagh at 610-660-1233.

All University Advancement events | Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public.

University EVENTs
“Ethics in Advertising: Issue and Insights”
As part of its Business Leaders Series, the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics is hosting Ogilvy & Mather CEO & Chairman Miles Young for the presentation “Ethics in Advertising: Issue and Insights.” The event is free but registration is requested.
Tuesday, September 9
Registration: 6 p.m.
Presentation: 7 - 8 p.m.
Wolfington Teletorium,
Mandeville Hall

SJU Fall 2014 Career Fair
Companies attending include Aramark, Bravo Group, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, PA Department of Welfare, Pepsi Co., SEI and Vanguard.  More>
Tuesday, September 23,
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Casciato Basketball
Practice Facility


Year in Review: 
Athletics Annual Report

Take a look back at highlights from the past year in the 2013-14 Athletics Department Annual Report. More>


Student-athletes named to athletic director’s and  commissioner’s honor rolls>

Lynn Farquhar named head field hockey coach>

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country | Field Hockey | Men’s Soccer | Women’s Soccer 

Taylor Wray coaches Team Canada to gold at Lacrosse World Championships> | photos>

Eric Kindler 14 named to NABC Honors Court>

VIDEO: Phil Martelli sits down for summer interview>

Men’s and Women’s Tennis earn ITA Academic Honors>

Aaron Leskow 14, Men’s Track named USTFCCCA All-Academic>

Women’s Track receives USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition>

For MBB Coach Geoff Arnold, Gary Papa Run a milestone in cancer battle>
More news>

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