Now in its seventh year, Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) brings first-year students to campus four days earlier than their classmates for an optional pre-orientation experience. This year, 110 participants, along with 22 student leaders, are engaging in community service in the morning, where they are introduced to the transformative Ignatian value of service to those at the margin.
Saint Joseph’s University is pleased to announce that 34 members of the Class of 2013 have chosen to engage in 11 full-time local, national and international service programs. Placements include the Peace Corps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and ACESJU, the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, four alumni from earlier classes have enrolled in AmeriCorps’ Teach for America or ACESJU.
PHILADELPHIA (June 27, 2013) —For most kids, summer brings camp experiences that provide an opportunity to make friends, learn or hone a skill and keep busy. The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University believes these opportunities are especially important for youth on the autism spectrum.
Now more than three years removed from the devastating earthquake of 2010 that killed 314,000 and left even more homeless, Haiti has fallen off the headlines and out of news broadcasts. But for a growing contingent at Saint Joseph’s University, Haiti is a personal and professional constant.
On Saturday, May 11, nearly 2,600 students became alumni of Saint Joseph's University as the 162-year-old institution marked another weekend of commencement ceremonies. Jesuit author and historian John W. O'Malley, S.J., was given an honorary degree and spoke at the graduate ceremony and Elisabeth A. Hagen, M.D. ’91 (B.S.), under secretary for food safety for the U.S.
"My next chapter after graduation is ACESJU (the Alliance for Catholic Education SJU) as an administrative fellow at Gloucester Catholic High School in New Jersey. I will manage their service program, assist with admissions, and help lead retreats. At the same time, I will also pursue a Master of Science degree in Church Management from Villanova University and live in a community with other ACE fellows in Manayunk."
"I have been challenged academically, socially and spiritually. I’m a stronger and more confident writer; and, I have learned a lot about the United States and its culture. Also, participating in service trips and service around the area made me learn so much about myself. There are still many questions to be answered, but I feel much more fulfilled compared to when I first arrived."
A routine visit to the doctor the summer leading to his senior year of college changed Zack Tanenbaum’s life. “I received the most difficult telephone call I’ve ever had to answer,” he says. “My doctor expressed concern over the results from a recently ordered test. Weeks later, a biopsy confirmed I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”
Kelsea Henderson, a senior biology major at Saint Joseph's University from Salem, N.J., was only 13 when she was diagnosed with cancer. With less than a one percent chance of survival, doctors didn’t believe Henderson would live past the age of 15. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and 18 major surgeries, she defeated the frequently fatal disease.