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Fall 2011

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Why I Love SJC


SJC reporter Kadine Carter '13 asks students what they love best about Saint Joseph College. 



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President Reid with studentsPresident's Message 


I am happy to report that the start of the academic year went smoothly in spite of Hurricane Irene's best efforts. Due to the planning of the Saint Joseph College staff and administration, the campus was fully prepared. After a one-day delay to the start of classes, the semester resumed and is now in full         swing!


I hope you are hearing positive reports from your daughter about her experience. This is indeed a wonderful time to be a Saint Joseph College student. Our academic and student-life programs continue to grow, offering myriad opportunities for students' personal and professional development. On the academic front, we opened our new School of Pharmacy in downtown Hartford, offering the College's first doctoral degree (interested undergraduate students should look into the Pre-Pharmacy program). Our Social Work program was fully reaccredited and a new minor in Family Youth Services is now available.


I am also delighted to introduce three new members of the College's leadership team: Dr. Michelle Kalis, provost; Douglas Nelson, vice president of institutional advancement; and Gary Sherman, vice president of enrollment. They have jumped right into life at Saint Joseph College and are working hard to contribute to the College's vitality and growth.


Life on campus has never been busier. In addition to the many fine programs hosted by The Carol Autorino Center, staff and students have put together a comprehensive calendar of campus events. I hope you can participate in our rich campus life and join us for events like Family Day on October 8. Please know that you are a vital and welcome part of our campus culture. 



Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., President



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Move in day picnic Welcome, Students and Families

Saint Joseph College welcomed members of the Class of 2015 on Friday, August 26. In spite of the impending hurricane, first-year students moved in without a problem and were settled into the residence halls long before the storm hit. "It was pretty fun being here and being in the rooms," said Psychology major Syedha Browne 15. "I loved going door to door meeting people and just hanging out."


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors moved in the following Monday and classes began on Tuesday. Enjoy "move-in day" photos!



Convocation 2011



Delayed three days by Hurricane Irene, Convocation 2011 was worth the wait. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in The Connor Chapel on September 1 to celebrate the official start of the new academic year. President Pamela Trotman Reid reminded students, "This new year, like any new beginning, is filled with potential ... I ask you to take full advantage of all that Saint Joseph College has to offer you."


In her first SJC Convocation, new Provost Dr. Michelle Kalis reminded students to become responsible for their own success: "Whether you are a freshman or a senior or somewhere in between, it is your responsibility to become a well-rounded college graduate with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen field and also the knowledge and skills to contribute to the betterment of society."


Dr. Kerry Driscoll, professor of English and 2011 winner of the Reverend John Stack Award for Teaching Excellence, delivered the Convocation Address. "The Unforeseen Path" chronicled Samuel Clemens' early adult years during which he traveled by stagecoach to Nevada and struggled to find his place in the world. Confronted by failure but armed with courage and ingenuity, he overcame "repeated false starts, confusion, indecision and despair" and eventually found his calling as the beloved author Mark Twain.


Dr. Driscoll concluded: "Members of the Class of 2015, you may not realize it, but there's a stagecoach waiting just outside the Chapel door for you too, or - to modernize the metaphor a bit - perhaps it's a brightly painted bus with a destination sign emblazoned 'FURTHER.' Either way, hop on board and light out. I promise you: it will be a wild and exhilarating ride, taking you somewhere that right now you can neither predict nor imagine."


"Convocation was great," Caitlin Kent '15 enthused. "I love the Chapel, anything inside the Chapel I'm excited about, and the Convocation speaker this year was great!"


Kadine Carter '13

 Kadine Carter '13: On the Air

If you watched the College's Commencement video you undoubtedly recognized the "star power" of on-air host Kadine Carter '13. A junior Nutrition major, Kadine is working with the office of Marketing & Communications to develop a series of SJC videos.


"I've never done anything like this before, but I love it," she said. "It gives me the opportunity to share all the things I love about Saint Joseph College." When not in class or in front of the camera, Kadine works as a peer mentor for Sophomore Focus, a student ambassador for the office of Admissions, and at the Help Desk in the Information Technology Center. 


Watch "Kadine on the Scene" and her Back to School video.


Faculty Spotlight

Dennis Barone, Ph.D.

Professor of English and American Studies

When he's not teaching or running he's writing. Meet Dr. Dennis Barone, professor of English and American Studies. A prolific author with numerous titles to his name, Barone is the winner of the American Award for most outstanding work of fiction by a living author, which he received for his 1997 collection of prose pieces, Echoes.


 As the most recent profile in the SJC Story Project, Barone talks about his life as a writer and the symbiotic relationship between writing and teaching. Watch Barone's story


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Nicole Battistone '15 Life through her Lens: 

 Nicole Battistone '15

First-year student Nicole Battistone is becoming known for her photography skills. The Psychology major and Newington, Conn. native volunteered to photograph the Capital Classics Shakespeare Festival, which takes place each summer on the SJC campus. That led her to being asked to chronicle her first-year experiences through a Saint Joseph College photo blog.


Life Through My Lens launched in early September. It documents student life as Nicole experiences it. An avid photography buff, Nicole has been taking pictures for as long as she can remember.


"When I was in high school I started to get serious with it," she said. "I researched and learned techniques." She is often seen at campus events with her Nikon D3000. Her goals for her first year of College are similar to those of her peers. "I want to make friends, join clubs, balance my school work and my social life," she said. Then Nicole added, "Also, I want to capture others enjoying meaningful moments at SJC."


Blue Jay Athletics 

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Did you know?

  • 31% of the incoming class are SJC athletes
  • the overall GPA of our student athletes is 3.27
  • SJC won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Institutional Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2010


Stay Connected to Campus Life



The College launched a new student programming web site for students to connect to all campus clubs and activities. allows them to:

  • View and join student activities
  • See a calendar of campus-sponsored events
  • Track their community service hours and co-curricular involvement
  • Create a personalized profile

Keep up with all campus happenings (and join your daughter for an event!) via:

SJC adult learners

 Build a Better Future with a Graduate Degree from SJC


 The College's co-educational graduate programs offer vast opportunities for personal and professional success. Degrees are offered in a variety of disciplines and forms, including online and across the state. For complete information, visit


For those looking to earn a bachelor's degree, consider the co-ed Weekend Program for Adult Learners with degrees in Accounting Nursing, Management, Psychology and Social Work.


Looking Ahead family Day at SJC

There's no day like Family Day at SJC - 

October 8

Family Day is a day for students to invite their families to campus to enjoy a variety of activities. In addition to athletic competitions, there will be opportunities for family fun and festivities. Campus clubs and organizations will be selling snacks and/or hosting a variety of activities to raise money for the events they sponsor throughout the year. Register today!



Peter Yarrow in Concert - October 1

The Carol Autorino Center welcomes the folk singer, activist, and member of the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Tickets and information: or 860.231.5222.


5x5 Dance Festival - October 21 & 22

Members of the SJC Dance Ensemble join professional and collegiate dance companies in this two-day dance showcase. Tickets and information: or 860.231.5222.


Student Support



Saint Joseph College is committed to helping students succeed throughout their entire academic journeys. Whether a student is in her first year adapting to campus life and time management, or is a senior preparing to transition into the working world, the College offers appropriate services. Commonly used resources and their campus extensions (preceded off campus by 860.231) are as follows:



Academic Advisement, First floor McDonough Hall, 5219 

Carolyn Rock, director, 5443

Academic Advisors

Cindy Dodge, 5344

Pam Rosa, 5436

Michele Maccarone-Brophy, 5273

Zanira Shabazz, 5793


Center for Academic Excellence (CAE)Second floor Mercy Hall

CAE Tutors, 5514



The O'Conner Center, 5419

Bill Cardarelli, 5246

Debbie Fiske, 5423

Coaches, 5419


Career ServicesFirst floor McDonough Hall

Steve Seaward, 5503

Valerie Wilson,5551


Campus SafetyFirst floor McGovern hall

Security, 5222


Financial Aid Second floor Mercy Hall

Beth Baker, 5319

Rose Meyer, 5373

Amie Aragones, 5494


Health and Counseling ServicesThe Little Red House

Beth Cocola (Health), 5272

Meredith Yuhas (Counseling), 5366/5530

Disability Services,The Little Red House

Katie Thibault, 5428


Information Technology

Technology Help Desk, Lower level McDonough Hall, 5310


Student/Residential Life, Second Floor, McGovern Hall

Resident Assistants

RA on duty cell phone after 4:30 p.m., 860.944.8989

Residence Coordinators

Madonna Hall: Jess Miller, 5620

Assumption Hall: Tai Feaster, 5295

Director of Residence LifeSecond floor McGovern Hall

Tamara O'Day Stevens, 5214

Campus MinisterSecond floor McGovern Hall

Sister Kathleen Dorney, 5269


Father Joe Cheah, 5349

Spiritual Advisor & Coordinator of Community Partnerships, Second Floor McGovern Hall         

Sister Beth Fischer, 5267

Vice President/Dean of Student AffairsSecond floor McGovern Hall

Cheryl Barnard, 5737






Contact Info
Laura Sheehan, Manager of Creative Services
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Joseph College
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117