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Court Simmons ’17 Receives Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award
“Dance Marathon is something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Simmons, executive director of SJU’s inaugural Dance Marathon this past fall. “Dance Marathon came into my life at the perfect time. When I was invited to my first Dance Marathon as a Miracle Kid, I didn’t understand why there were hundreds of college students dancing in tutus. In the spring of my first year in university, Dance Marathon saved me.”
Panama VP Isabel de Saint Malo de Alverado ’89 Visits Hawk Hill Speaks on Jesuit Education
Isabel de Saint Malo de Alverado graduated from SJU in 1989 and is now Panama’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She returned to Hawk Hill this semester and discussed the impact of a Jesuit education.
#OneDaySJU Day of Giving Campaign Exceeds Ambitious Goals
By cracking the 2,000 gift threshold, the blitz campaign smashed its goal of 1,851 gifts, set to honor the year of the University’s founding.
Muffet McGraw ’77 to be inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
One of the founding members of the SJU women’s basketball program, McGraw is a three-time national coach of the year, leading Notre Dame to seven Final Fours and the 2001 National Championship. Hall of Fame Class> |
Risk Management Students Win National Challenge
Four SJU students delivered the winning presentation in the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge in front of industry leaders from across the nation.
Alumni Bequest Supports SJU Vets
After serving in World War II, Raymond DeLuca ’50 earned his accounting degree at Saint Joseph’s University while working full time. Sixty-seven years later, his family decided to honor his memory by giving back to veterans with a similar dream — to complete their education.
Hawk Lands Selective Position at Global Insurance Company
For senior Morgan Bui, London, New York and Bermuda aren’t just travel destinations. They are global markets that she will have the opportunity to work in through her position at the international insurance firm Validus.
IDEPEL Graduate Explores Where Urban Education and Pink Sands Meet
Her dissertation, “Beyond the Pink Sand: Case Studies of Experiences of Multi-Tier System of Supports Implementation in the Bermuda Public School System” examines the structural and educational hurdles the island must overcome.
Basketball Great Jameer Nelson Inducted into Big 5 Hall of Fame
Nelson is Saint Joseph’s all-time leader in points (2,094) and assists (713) in a career that spanned from 2000 to 2004. He was the 2004 consensus national player of the year, leading the Hawks to a best-ever 30-2 season. Watch his speech> | View induction ceremony photos> |
Long Road to the Pottery Wheel
Sue Henry ’17 has always been an artist at heart, but the path to the the 60-year-old’s passion hasn’t been a straight line.
Brenna Ritzert ’17 to Journey to Slovakia for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
Following graduation, Rizert will spend a year in the town of Trebišov teaching English to local high school students and representing the United States as a cultural ambassador.
McNulty Scholar Marisa Egan ’18 Named Goldwater Scholar
The biology major is one of only 240 students nationwide to receive the scholarship from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants.
Graduating Twins Share a Major and a Business
Identical twins Matthew and Tyler Eads ’17 have roomed together, taken classes together and started business during the past four years.
Critical Language Scholarship Recipient to Study Hindi in India
The scholarship is a part of the Competitive Language Program, a United States government effort to increase the number of Americans studying abroad and mastering critical foreign languages.
International Graduate Student Finds Voice and Career Path Through Data
India native Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala M.S. ’17 is a storyteller who weaves his narratives with data.
Haub Students Win Johnson & Johnson Case Competition
The team defeated groups from nine other universities and earned a $3,000 prize in SJU’s inaugural appearance in the prestigious competition.
St. Andrew’s Society Awards Sophomore Haley Waites Scholarship to Study in Edinburgh
The award marks the seventh consecutive year – and the eighth overall – an SJU student has received a scholarship from the society.
Dave Ventresca ’91 Treks to Antarctica for Marathon to Honor Late Wife
After losing his wife to cancer just seven weeks after their wedding, Ventresca committed to completing the final leg of her ambitious goal to join the “7 Continents Club” – a small group of people who have completed marathons on every continent.
Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients Announced
Madeline Bell (left), president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 20; education advocate Linda Cliatt-Wayman ’92 M.S. will speak later at the graduate and doctoral ceremony.
Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado ’89, Vice President of Panama, Visits Hawk Hill
Saint Malo will deliver a lecture on Panama’s role in sustainable development on Monday, April 10 in Wolfington Teletorium from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Launches Month of Service Initiative
During the month of May, SJU alumni are encouraged to support a cause in their communities – from serving meals at soup kitchens to painting a childcare center at your parish to beautifying a local park.
Jana Lichnerova ’00 to Be Inducted into SJU WBB Hall of Fame at Team Banquet
A former Olympian and A-10 Player of the Year, the Slovakian will be inducted in conjunction with the team’s 41st annual awards banquet. [REGISTER]
Hawks Basketball Team from 1958-59 to Be Honored at Annual Banquet
One of the Men’s Basketball program’s most successful teams will be inducted into the SJU Basketball Hall of Fame at the team’s 62nd annual awards banquet. [REGISTER]
Woods and Franklyn Earn Atlantic 10 Honors
Woods and Franklyn are the first Hawk teammates to garner A-10 All-Conference honors together since 2013-14.
Country Roads, Take Me Home
An APEX veteran reflects upon his experience shaping and helping students become men and women with and for others.
 Charlie Brown Named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
A 6-6 freshman from Philadelphia, Brown is the Hawks’ second leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Business Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Best By ‘U.S. News & World Report’
EMBA, graduate marketing, finance, information systems and part-time MBA receive recognition.
Carol Primavera Paris ’78 Earns Philadelphia Archdiocese Saint Teresa of Avila Award
Mercy Home Health leader helps colleagues connect with their faith.
Women’s Soccer Tours Italy, Plays International Friendlies during Spring Break
The Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team spent spring break on a nine-day tour of Italy. Along with sightseeing some of Italy’s most famous attractions, the Hawks played three international friendly matches versus European clubs. Photo Album>
Roland “Ron” Eavey, M.D., ’71 to Receive Bradley Award from Medical Alumni Chapter
Dr. Eavey serves in numerous roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tenn. [REGISTER]
Peter R. Kowey, M.D. ’71 to Be Honored with Medical Alumni Chapter’s Shaffrey Award
Dr. Kowey is the William Wikoff Smith Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the Main Line Health System and a professor of medicine and clinical pharmacology at the Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College. [REGISTER]
John Petruzzelli ’90 Named Principal at St. Joseph’s Prep
A Northeast Philadelphia native, Petruzzelli is no stranger to the Prep, having served the city’s Jesuit high school in numerous administrative roles between 1998 and 2004.
#OneDaySJU Countdown  Is On: Calling All Ambassadors
#OneDaySJU Ambassadors will play a huge part in helping raise 1,851 gifts in 24 hours on Tuesday, April 4. Any alumnus, parent or friend can serve as a #onedaysju Ambassador. To learn more, visit the #OneDaySJU Ambassador Hub.
500 Hawks to Spend Spring Break on Service Immersion Mission Trip to Appalachia
Send-off ceremony is set for Friday, March 10 at 6:15 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial.
Business Policy Students Receive Feedback, Make Real-World Connections from Fox Rothschild
Over the course of several hours, the students took command of a large boardroom and presented their proposed business strategies.
 Hawk Student-Athletes Named to A-10 Commissioner’s Fall 2016 Honor Roll
To be listed, a student-athlete must have a 3.5 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale).
Rev. William J. Byron, S.J., ’51 to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Renowned Jesuit scholar and author to receive the Sourin Award from Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute.
Mission Week 2017: March 19-25
Mission Week is an opportunity to come together as a community, hold up our hope and ideals for all to see and champion this vision we have created together. Click for the schedule of events.
James J. Shields, Ed.D., ’56 Earns Citation for International Relations Work with Japan
Shields built a program emphasizing cultural understanding, academic excellence and public service.
Holy Land Pilgrimage: Ten Days Walking
SJU’s Holy Land pilgrimage June 13-23 with Brendan Lally, S.J., is more than a vacation or tourist trip. Travelers encounter a spiritual journey in the footsteps of Jesus.
 Robin Sahaya Seelan, S.J., Appointed to MacLean Chair
A native of Tamilnadu, India, Fr. Seelan comes to SJU after serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola College in Chennai, India, for the past five years. McLean Chair Lecture: Tuesday, April 4, 11 a.m.
 Food Marketing Students Win National Case Study Competition
The team of juniors and seniors became the second consecutive SJU team to win the competition.
Jameer Nelson Named to Big 5 Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Hawks all-time leader in points (2,094) and assists (713) to be inducted at the Palestra on Monday, April 17.
Biology Majors Receive American Society for Microbiology Fellowships
Summer Scholars Vincent Pepe ’17 and Marisa Egan ’18 will each receive up to a $4,000 stipend and funding for travel expenses to the American Society for Microbiology Microbe Meeting in New Orleans in June.
Dermot O’Reilly ’92 Named Acting Director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service
The DCIS is the criminal investigative arm of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense.
Kathleen Furey McDonough ’79 Named First Female Chair-Elect of Delaware’s Oldest Law Firm
McDonough has been at Potter Anderson for 32 years and will become the firm’s chair in 2018.
Anne Ayella ’76 Retires after 36 Years at Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services
Concern for the poor wasn’t enough for Ayella, who took her cue from the Holy Child sisters who taught her the motto “actions not words.”
Former SJU Cager Marlon Miller ’91 Named Agent in Charge of Philadelphia Homeland Security Investigations Office
With more than 25 years of national and international law enforcement experience, Miller will be based in Philadelphia and will have jurisdiction over operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.
 Student Graduation and Retention Rates Rise
The University’s 10-year average retention rate of 88.64 percent is more than 13 points higher than the national average for private colleges. View the Fall 2016 Student Persistence Report>
Saint Joseph’s Once Again Named Military Friendly School
Saint Joseph’s was among 1,160 institutions awarded the designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.
Aer Lingus and Kinney Center Announce Visual Guide for Air Travel to Assist Individuals with Autism
Believed to be the first of its kind offered by an airline, the guide is available for families and caretakers via Aerlingus.com.
Five Easy Ways to Give to SJU before December 31
The end of the year will be here before we know it. There are many gift options from which to choose, several of which offer you attractive benefits and support Saint Joseph’s University.
Robert F. Powelson ’91 Takes Helm of National Utility Regulatory Group
Powelson is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility and next year’s president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Pharmaceutical Executive Bob Oliver MBA ’01 Named to Ebony’s Power 100
Pharmaceutical Marketing MBA honored for contributions in creating a successful commercial organization.
Diamond Standouts to Be Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Rick Stauffer ’74, Eric Mullen ’96 and Justin Godusky ’02 to be inducted at Drexelbrook on Saturday, Jan. 14. Register>
After Iraq, Vet Endures a Rough Path to Entrepreneurship
Former Army sergeant credits SJU’s Veterans Entrepreneurial Program for his transformation, saying it “nudged me on my way for bigger things.” (Courtesy: Philly.com)
 SJU Graduates Join JVC and JVC Northwest
As full-time volunteers with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, these graduates commit to the dignity and well-being of all people, particularly those on the margins of society.
Bequest Gift Helps Expand Students’ Minds
Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund fosters greater inclusion in SJU community.
Saint Joseph’s Honors Esteemed Alumni at Leadership Awards Dinner
Inaugural event sets marks for scholarship funds raised and awards dinner attendance.
 A Tradition of Honoring Veterans at Saint Joseph’s
Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), Director of the Office of Veterans Services, offers a reflection on Veterans Day.
Taking a Leadership Role
SJU partners with the Maguire Foundation and Archdiocese of Philadelphia to bolster the future of Catholic education. Read more in the inaugural edition of the Impact Report.>
SJU Graduates Working for SJU Students

The Medical and Law Alumni Chapters help Hawk students in myriad unique ways. Read more in the inaugural edition of the Impact Report.>

Arrupe Center for Business Ethics Fellows Continue Learning
Through the Arrupe Center’s Fellows Program, faculty are adding ethics components to courses on a regular basis. Read more in the inaugural edition of the Impact Report.>
Admission Gains from Alumni Involvement
The new alumni interview program supports the University’s enrollment efforts. Read more in the inaugural edition of the Impact Report.>
Joseph F. Kessler, Esq., ’79 to Receive Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter’s Lannon Award
One of the founders of the Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter, Kessler is active in the University community as a trustee, guest lecturer and career resource for students. Register>
 Former SJU Great McGraw Named 2017 Legends of Coaching Recipient
Notre Dame coach to be recognized for exemplifying legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity
SJU Mourns the Loss of David H. Burton, Ph.D., History Professor Emeritus
Dr. Burton joined the history faculty in 1953 and served Saint Joseph’s faithfully for more than five decades.
 Institute of Clinical Bioethics to Consult for Aria-Jefferson Health
ICB will be responsible for the ethics education of 115 medical interns and residents.
 SJU Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Fraternity Earns Recognition
Chapter recognized for alumni and public relations, chapter management, community service and member development
Judge Thomas M. DelRicci ’75 to Receive Law Alumni Chapter’s McClanaghan Award
President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County to be honored for his accomplishments in the field of law, and distinction he has brought to the University throughout a distinguished career.
Randall Miller, Ph.D., to Receive Law Alumni Chapter’s Sheehan Award
Longtime History Professor to be honored for his steadfast loyalty and dedication to SJU
HSB’s EMBA Program Ranked among Financial Times’ Top 100
Ranking marks the first time SJU has been included among top business schools from more than 20 countries.
 Thomas Elitz ’12: First Vows and the Road Ahead
Two years after graduating from SJU, he entered the novitiate as a member of the Maryland Province with the intention of becoming a Jesuit priest.
 Biology Faculty Member Earns NIH Grant
Funding will subsidize research on the neuroscience of sleep.
 Alumna Earns Full Scholarship to PCOM
Chemical biology grad earned one of two full-tuition Mason W. Pressly and Oscar John Snyder Scholarships to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Q & A: Inheritance Basics

Many families have questions about inheritance. Learn the answers to some of the more common questions related to this important topic.

 It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Senior Communications major Imani Briscoe reflects on the communities that helped her become the woman she is today.

SJU Welcomes Newest Cohort of McNulty Scholars
The eighth cohort of McNulty Scholars includes Annamarie Glaser, a biology major from Starnberg, Germany, and Lindsay Miller, a mathematics major from Mount Royal, N.J. This year’s associate is Amelia Bielefeld, a biology major from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
 Progress, Priorities Outlined at University Convocation
Saint Joseph’s senior leadership addressed a capacity crowd of faculty, staff and administrators at the Fall University Convocation, held on Thursday, September 15 – the 165th anniversary of the founding of the original College.
 Saint Joseph’s University Climbs in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Rankings
SJU rises to No. 11 among 653 regional universities (North).
 Morris Grants Fund Faculty Research
College of Arts and Science and Haub School of Business faculty members receive Michael J. Morris ’56 Grants for Scholarly Research.
Dennis P. Sheehan, Esq. ’85 to Be Honored with Hogan Award
Hawk mascot as an undergraduate, Sheehan has served as the president of the National Alumni Board and Law Alumni Chapter.
Patrick W. McGrory ’99 to Receive Ignatius Award
Former Hawk mascot remains active with his alma mater as an advisory board member for the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics and committee member for the Barbelin Society.
James J. Maguire Jr. ’84 to Receive Prestigious Shield of Loyola
The Executive Chairman of Philadelphia Insurance Companies is the 36th individual to receive the University’s highest honor.
Marlene Sanchez Dooner ’83 Earns Inaugural Alumni Professional Achievement Award
SJU Trustee develops company initiatives and new business opportunities in the Hispanic marketplace across the company’s networks and platforms.
Alumna Co-Authors “Science” Paper about Promising Zika Vaccines
Kate Molloy ’16 was among 37 credited authors in the study, which demonstrated “three separate vaccine platforms” protecting rhesus monkeys from a Zika “challenge.”
MBB Alumnus Langston Galloway ’14 Helping Combat Louisiana’s Flood Crisis
Back home in Louisiana, Galloway supporting those affected by what the Red Cross called “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy” in 2012.

 Institute of Clinical Bioethics Extends Consultancy to Bethlehem’s Caritas Hospital
The ICB’s first international bioethics client, the charity hospital cares for almost 40,000 children on the West Bank and in Gaza, many of whom are refugees.
Thomas Elitz ’12 Professes First Vows in the Society of Jesus
Elitz will begin First Studies at Fordham University this fall.
 Two of Five National Scholarships Awarded to SJU Food Marketing Students
Caitlyn Fichtner ’17 (left) and Kristen Moisey ’17 (right) were awarded two of five nationwide scholarships by the Network of Executive Women.
Alumni Profile: Keith Leaphart, D.O. MBA ’01
Leaphart’s medical career, entrepreneurial endeavors and philanthropic interests have one goal in common — to set an example. Read more from the summer edition of SJU Magazine.
Physics Professor Paul Angiolillo, Ph.D. ’78 Appointed McNulty Scholars Program Director
Dr. Angiolillo has served as a faculty mentor to numerous McNulty Scholars since the program’s inauguration.
 HSB Professor Receives Accounting Education Award
The American Accounting Association will present E. Kent St. Pierre, Ph.D., professor of accounting and Sutula chair of accounting, with the Teaching and Learning Hall of Honor award this month in NYC.
 SJU Graduates Commit to Year of Service
Thirty-three members of the Class of 2016 have committed to serve at 17 local, national or international postgraduate service programs.
This, Too, Shall Pass
With grit and determination, student-athlete Avery Marz bounces back from a stroke. Read more from the summer edition of SJU Magazine.
 Never Stop Learning
Michael DiBerardinis ’71 is managing director for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor James F. Kenney. Read more from the summer edition of SJU Magazine.
HSB Welcomes Family Business Executive in Residence
Marc Kramer is president of the marketing and communications firm Kramer Communications and executive director of the Private Investors Forum.
HawkMates Taking OCNJ’s Beach Caddy Business by Storm
HawkMates Todd ’00 and Rhiannon ’00 Serpico aim to “change the way the world vacations.” (Click through for a discount promo code.)
DeAndré Bembry Taken 21st by the Atlanta Hawks in NBA Draft
The 2016 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year is the sixth first-round selection in program’s storied history.
Kinney Center Provides Unique Summer Experience
Camp brings together children with autism and their “neurotypical” peers.
 Navigating Business With Ethics
The Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics Celebrates 10 Years.
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