Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

December 2012

Calling All Alumni!
The Alumni Relations &
Annual Giving Office

is looking for Class Agents to help us stay in contact with the University's 13,000+ alumni. 


Click here to become a Class Agent.    


Get us to 1,000 Likes on Facebook


Help us reach our goal of 1,000 "likes" on our Alumni Facbook group by 1.31.13. We need less than 200 more to reach our goal. Like us now! 


Don't forget to also follow us on Twitter, read our blogs, and watch us on YouTube! Connect to all USJ social media here.


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Holiday Shopping?


'Tis the season for shopping! Sign up for our retail benefits to get deals for you and support the University.


Click here for USJ Benefits.



Your Support Matters


Give thanks to the University that helped you get where you are today.


Click here to support USJ.


Mentoring Opportunities


Are you interested in mentoring a current student? Contact Stephen Seaward in the Career Development Center at or 860.231.5503.



USJ Alumni Group on LinkedIn


Join us on LinkedIn! Click here to become a part of our group "University of Saint Joseph, CT - Alumni Community."



Quick Links

Happy Holidays from office


Happy Holidays!


We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of peace and happiness!

Courtney, Steve & Brittany
Dinner with Strangers  


The Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving welcomes eight USJ community members to attend each Dinner with Strangers gathering at a local restaurant. The group will consist of alumni, staff, faculty, and students. 


Interested in attending? Contact Brittany Toce at or 860.231.5888.


Dates and Locations: 

February 28, 2013 5:00 p.m.          Restaurant Bricco

                                                       78 Lasalle Road West Hartford, CT 06107


March 28, 2013 5:00 p.m.              Rizzuto's Wood-Fired Kitchen & Bar

                                                       111 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT 06107


April 25, 2013 5:00 p.m.                 Besito

                                                       46 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107     


Come to Dinner with Strangers and explore all that the University has to offer!




The School for Young Children at the University of Saint Joseph


SPECIAL, which stands for Seniors and Preschoolers Engaging Collaboratively in All Learning, is an intergenerational literacy volunteer program at The School for Young Children. Every week, senior citizens enter The School for Young Children, sign in as volunteers, and proceed to a classroom where they are warmly greeted like a part of the family. Seniors volunteer for one hour each week. SYC is currently seeking senior volunteers for this program. For additional information please contact Kimberly Perrotta, assistant director, at 860.231.5569 or To like SYC on Facebook click here!



Mercy Lecture Series:

Understanding the 2012 Elections and What Lies Ahead?

Ken Long, Ph.D.: Professor of History and Political Science; Chair of the History and Political Science Department

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mercy Hall, Crystal Room

11:00 a.m. Lunch - 11:40 a.m. Presentation

Why did President Obama win re-election? Did he and Governor Romney run smart campaigns? What was the role of demographic changes in America? What role, if any, did luck play? And what does all this presage for the midterm election of 2014 and for future Presidential elections?
Why did Senator-elect Murphy defeat Linda McMahon? Who ran the better campaign and what role, if any, did sexism play? Will Democarats keep the Senate and Republicans keep the House in 2014? And, maybe most important of all, will the President and a divided Congress manage to find a way to forge meaningful and productive compromises to address our ever pressing problems?


$25 per person, per session


Click here for more information about the Mercy Lecture Series.

Mercy Lecture Series:

The Real World of Forensic Science

Elaine M. Pagliaro '73, DAA '93:

Forensic Consultant & Director, Grants & Research for the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Bruyette Athenaeum, Second Floor Reception Room

11:00 a.m. Lunch - 11:40 a.m. Presentation


With the success of shows like  CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ,  Bones and  Criminal Minds  viewers learn about the application of high-tech forensic science to criminal investigations.  These accounts are based in the realities of forensic investigation, but provide a viewpoint that is meant to be more entertaining than factual.  As a result, many people expect that all crimes involve physical evidence and any case can be solved using scientific techniques.  The impact of these expectations on jury trials and other legal proceedings is very real and has been dubbed the " CSI  effect."  This presentation will examine both the myth and the reality of forensic science in such areas as DNA analysis, hair and fiber comparisons, firearms and fingerprint testing.  Several famous and infamous cases will be used to examine the current status and future expectations of the application of the principles of chemistry, molecular biology and other physical sciences in this exciting field. 


$25 per person, per session


Click here for more information about the Mercy Lecture Series.

Upcoming Alumni Events 


Mercy Lecture Series:  You've Earned a Say on the Future of Medicare & Social Security
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mercy Hall, Crystal Room
11:00 a.m., Lunch; 11:40 a.m. - Presentation  


Springfield Area Alumni Gathering
Max's Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.

1000 West Columbus Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105 

Catch up with classmates and learn about all that's going at the University!

Want to help with this event? Contact or 860.231.5888 to join the event committee!


Click here to see Calendar of Alumni Activities and Events


Contact Info
Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Office
University of Saint Joseph
1678 Asylum Avenue
 West Hartford, CT 06117