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End of an Era: Jesuit Retires After 45-Year Service


One constant has remained through Saint Joseph's move to coeducation, its recognition as a University and the physical expansion of its campus: the presence of James W. Moore, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Now, after 45 consecutive years of hard work and dedication to the University, Fr. Moore is retiring from his position, effective at the end of June.

SJU Filmmaker Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach in Africa


PHILADELPHIA (May 2, 2008)—Award-winning filmmaker Deron Albright, M.F.A., associate professor of fine and performing arts at Saint Joseph's University, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Ghana, West Africa, for the 2008-09 academic year.

Meet the Class of 2008


Some of the best and brightest of SJU's 2008 graduating class are featured in the Office of University Communications' Commencement Newsroom at

The site features a variety of student, from triplet business majors to a former Washington Post Iraqi correspondent.

For information specific to commencement weekend, visit

SJU Receives $1 Million HHMI Grant for Science Education


PHILADELPHIA (April 22, 2008) – Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the nation's largest private supporter of science education, has awarded Saint Joseph's University $1 million to fund multiple initiatives in the biology and physics departments, including interdisciplinary efforts between the two departments, undergraduate student research, faculty, curriculum and laboratory development and outreach programs.

Beta Gamma Sigma Awards SJU Chapter, Alum Michael Hagan


For the third year in a row, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business' collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been selected as the Silver Chapter Award winner for 2008.

George W. Bur, S.J., Named President of St. Joseph's Prep


Fr. George W. Bur, S.J., will leave the University on May 31, 2008 to become the 31st president of St. Joseph's Preparatory School.

Since coming to Saint Joseph's University in 2003, Fr. Bur has served as special assistant to the President and Rector of the Jesuit Community. In a message to the University community, SJU President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., lauded Bur's invaluable service during his tenure here.

SJU Announces New AVP for Government and Community Relations


PHILADELPHIA (April 15, 2008) – Saint Joseph's University has named Rae Scott-Jones, Esq., its new assistant vice president for government and community relations. As an experienced attorney, established member of the local community and active volunteer at several local non-profit organizations, Scott-Jones brings an extensive array of skills and experiences to the campus community.

Saint Joseph's University Names New University Counsel


PHILADELPHIA (April 17, 2008) - Following a national search, Saint Joseph's University President Timothy R, Lannon, S.J., has announced that Marianne Schimelfenig has been named the University's General Counsel.

SJU Biologist Featured on '60 Minutes'


The work of SJU geneticist Scott McRobert, Ph.D., was profiled on “The Science of Sleep,” a two-part 60 Minutes program about recent findings in sleep research. McRobert’s work focuses on the effects of sleep deprivation in Drosophila melanogaster, more commonly referred to as the fruit fly. McRobert was interviewed by veteran CBS reporter Lesley Stahl.

SJU Hosts Photo Exhibit Exploring Philadelphia Schools


PHILADELPHIA (April 15, 2008)—Hand an average teenager a camera and you can expect to get back a series of arm's length self-portraits suitable for posting on MySpace or Facebook. But give cameras to 15 motivated high school students from different areas in Philadelphia and you get a picture of the best and worst of what the city's school system has to offer.