Hawk Hill This Week is an online newsletter for Saint Joseph's University employees. This weekly email digest is delivered Monday mornings. It includes news about faculty, staff and student acheivements; key deadline reminders; policy updates; tips on community resources and more.

In the spirit of community, all faculty and staff are encouraged to share their news through this newsletter by emailing sjunews@sju.edu

Week of March 25

Call for Fall 2018 Community Engagement Data

The Office of Institutional Research is currently gathering community engagement information on departmental events or programs for the Fall 2018 semester. Please complete the following form here with details on the event(s) and/or program(s). Information is collected after the semester. Spring 2019 will be collected at a later date.

Community engagement is a central part of SJU’s mission as it shares knowledge and resources with the greater community through mutually beneficial reciprocal partnerships. It includes all types of organized service, community engaged scholarship, outreach and engagement related interactions with the local, regional, national and global communities. Events and programs can be one-time events, semester-long programs, on-going programs, academic courses, faculty and student research, internships, co-ops, study abroad, fundraising for (or board of directors service with) non-profit organizations – any activity that fosters civic responsibility, addresses critical societal issues and/or contributes to the public good. Data collected will be used to provide an institutional view of SJU’s commitment to community engagement.

The link is also available on the Nest (Employee tab) in the Community Engagement Channel under Campus Communications. Any questions may be directed to James Grasell, director, Institutional Research and Decision Support.

Campus Phone System Outage

On Friday, March 29, at 7:30 a.m., the Office of Information Technology will be performing an upgrade to our campus phone system.  

During this time, all phone services will be down. This includes inbound and outbound phone calls as well as emergency phones and alarm panels. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

This outage will take approximately 10 minutes.  If you have any questions about this outage, please contact the Technology Service Center at 610-660-2920.

The Center for International Programs Office Relocation

The Center for International Programs (CIP) office has moved to LaFarge Residence Hall Suite 10. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Please note Saint Joseph’s University ID is required to enter LaFarge Residence Hall.

Please visit our webpage for office contact information.

The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support is Hiring Summer Counselors

Do you have a student or child who is looking for summer employment? The Kinney Center is actively recruiting counselors for Camp Kinney 2019. Counselors will receive unparalleled hands on experience working with individuals on the spectrum, an impactful learning experience for all majors. Counselor duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working one-on-one with individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Developing opportunities for social interaction between campers, staff, and peers

Counselors must attend the following sessions: 

  • Counselors must attend the scheduled paid training daily from June 10 through June 21, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
  • Counselors must also attend all sessions of Camp from June 24 through July 25, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

All counselors must be at least 18 years old. Learn more at kinneyautism.sju.edu/scholars. Any questions may be directed to Chris Fox, assistant director of programs in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.

Mission Week Sock Drive Winners

During Mission Week 2019, SJU staff, administrators and faculty collected a total of 3,698 pairs of socks and underwear benefiting Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit providing clothing and school supplies to children in need in our area. A special thank you to each division's Sock and Underwear Captain(s) - their spirit and dedication is what makes the drive a success.

The 2019 Captains were: Cheryl Hornyak, Janet Schulze, Eileen Brown, Donna Klaessig, Kaitlin Moran, Joni Porecca, Mary Feeney, Catherine Collins, Eileen Conroy, Jacquelyn Panto, Lauren Adams, Armand Brignola, Arianna Esposito, Kelly Welsh, Nancy Horowitz Patton, Marcy DeLorenzo-Rosci, Eileen Suplee, Melissa McClory, Laura Savage, Beth Hagovsky

The winning divisions for the 2019 Mission Week Sock and Underwear Collection Drive are:

Small Divisions:

  • 1st Place: Office of the President and General Counsel
  • 2nd Place: Registrar and Hawk Central
  • 3rd Place: Office of Marketing Communications

Large Divisions:

  • 1st Place: Education
  • 2nd Place: Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • 3rd Place: Drexel Library

Greatest Total Donation Overall:

  • Haub School of Business

Thank you to Liscio’s Bakery for providing winners with a breakfast.

Spring 2019 Library Lines

To view the Spring 2019 edition of Library Lines, the newsletter of The John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons and Francis A. Drexel Library, please click here.

Any questions may be directed to Anne Krakow, library director.

Week of March 18

Update on Leadership Searches

The University is currently conducting three important leadership searches. The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer position recently posted and can be viewed on the website of Spelman Johnson, the executive search firm. The search for the Chief Human Resources Officer is expected to conclude at the end of the month and the Dean of the new School of Health Studies and Education is expected to be named by the end of the semester.

Go Move Challenge Completed - Congratulations Top Finishers!

We would like to recognize the 87 faculty and staff members who participated in the AJCU-sponsored Go Move Challenge throughout the entire month of February. Saint Joseph’s University was one of 25 schools that participated in this year’s competition. This was only the second year SJU was involved and we hope to continue to be involved each February moving forward. We finished in 13th place among our Jesuit colleagues, with 72,121 minutes logged.

Top Finishers at SJU:

  • 1st Place: Emily Forte - 3,705 minutes
  • 2nd Place: Naomi Cohen - 3,700 minutes
  • 3rd Place: Mary-Elaine Perry - 3,558 minutes

Congratulations to all those who made an effort to be active during a dark and cold month. You are all winners. If you registered minutes and didn't receive your Go Move t-shirt from Human Resources, please contact Cat Bock.  

Register Today for the Passover Seder at SJU

On Sunday, April 7, SJU’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations will host “The Passover Seder at SJU: Jews and Christians Experiencing Exodus Together,” a catered, kosher dinner that allows Christian participants to have a direct experience of Jewish spiritual life, and for both communities to rededicate themselves to a world in which slavery and injustice are no more.

The sedar will take place on Sunday, April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall. Seating is limited, so registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here to register and for additional details.

Any questions may be directed to Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., professor of theology and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations.

Governance Review Committee Open Forum

The Governance Review Committee, originally convened in spring 2016, is preparing to submit its final recommendations in May. The original charge to the committee was to evaluate whether we should refine our current governance structure or adopt a steering committee model. In advance of the report, the committee is holding an Open Forum for all members of the Saint Joseph’s community on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall.

The Open Forum will give members of our community an opportunity to review the committee’s preliminary recommendations concerning the structure of governance, ask questions, and make suggestions before the committee finalizes its report.  In addition to the Open Forum, the committee plans to seek feedback from groups including the CAS and HSB College Councils, Faculty Senate, Administrative Staff Council, and University Student Senate.

Materials related to the process will be available in advance of the Open Forum at sju.edu/GRCForum. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please reach out to Mary-Elaine Perry, Title IX coordinator and co-chair of the review committee.

This Week: Community Lunch, Day of Giving, SJULive, Brown Bag Lunch, Campus Master Plan Forum

There are several exciting opportunities to engage with the University community this week.

On Monday, March 18, join colleagues in Campion Student Center form 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Community Lunch celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. Enjoy thematic food and mingle with other faculty, staff and administrators. Cost of admittance is just $8.

On Tuesday, March 19, SJU celebrates #OneDaySJU, our annual Day of Giving. This year, every gift given during the day will be matched by Jim Maguire ’58 and the Maguire family in support of scholarships. Visit http://one.sju.edu/ to give online, or visit the #OneDaySJU tent outside of Post Learning Commons to give in person and participate in a unique mural-painting project. On-campus events begin at 10 a.m.

SJU President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., and Executive Director of Mission Programs Daniel Joyce, S.J., will host a brown bag lunch discussion on the role of strong lay and religious partnerships in the future of Jesuit higher education. In order to encourage lively and meaningful conversation, seating will be limited. Responses will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Please respond to Eileen Suplee at esuplee@sju.edu.

SJU and industry experts will lead a fascinating discussion about the “Fake News” phenomenon during an SJULive event in Washington, D.C. , on Wednesday, March 20. You can participate by joining the Facebook Live stream beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Finally, a presentation on the Campus Master Plan will be offered to faculty and staff on Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center.

Week of March 11


Application Deadline Approaching: Fall 2019 Tutor Training Course

The Writing Center is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 tutor training course, ENG 345, which is open to all majors. The course also counts as a writing-intensive course in the General Education Program (GEP). The application is available here. Applications must be submitted Monday, March 25 by 5 p.m.

Please share this link with student writers, editors and advisees. Priority is given to current first-year students, but sophomores are considered as well. Students with questions can contact Dr. Jenny Spinner, director of the Writing Center.


Campus Master Plan Presentation Rescheduled for March 21

The next presentation on the campus master plan for faculty and staff will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. in the Cardinal Foley Center. This presentation replaces the March 11 event that was rescheduled due to spring break.


Call for Submissions: "Be The One" Symposium

Do you remember the one decision that impacted you more than any other? The one moment that set you on the path to succeed? The one person who gave you the first building block of your foundation—the one that now defines you?

Tell us about it! Share your stories about the one SJU person, moment or decision that has so greatly affected you, personally or professionally.

SJU will be collecting and sharing these stories for the next few months in an effort that will culminate in the Be The One Symposium on Thursday, May 2 at noon. This event will feature rapidly-paced presentations delivered by SJU friends, students, alumni and faculty sharing their unique and inspirational stories.

Submit your story at https://one.sju.edu/events/symposium-submission/.

Week of March 4


Application Deadline Approaching: Faculty Summer Seminar on Diverse Teaching

The Office of Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost are pleased to invite applications for a new faculty development seminar, “Decolonizing the Curriculum: Incorporating Diverse Teaching and Practice into the Classroom.”

This first-time initiative seeks to significantly improve the domestic diversity in Saint Joseph’s University’s curriculum, in both content and instruction, by focusing on contemporary anti-racist, intersectional pedagogical theory and practice. The seminar is designed to provide faculty an opportunity to redesign a General Education Program (GEP) or Haub School of Business (HSB) core course syllabus. In the first part of the seminar, participants will evaluate their current teaching within the context of anti-racist and intersectional pedagogical practices. In the second part, seminar members will create major assignments that invite students to engage critically the existing connections between significant aspects of their respective fields and domestic diversity.

Funding is available for up to eight faculty across a range of disciplines to participate in this summer seminar. This opportunity is available to all faculty regardless of tenure status, rank or type of teaching appointment. Preference will be given to applicants planning to redesign required courses in the GEP or HSB core that they teach on a regular rotation. The stipend will be $4,000.

Aisha Lockridge, Ph.D., professor of English, will direct the seminar, which will run concurrently with Summer Session I, from the week of Monday, May 20 to the week of Tuesday, June 25. The seminar will meet twice a week for approximately two and a half hours each session. As participants will be expected to devote their energies to the seminar, they will not be eligible to teach in Summer Session I.

As a result of participating in this seminar, faculty will be expected to show evidence of substantial revision to their syllabus and to work with their department chairs to begin teaching revised courses in the 2019-2020 academic year. The long-term goal of the seminar is to actively align the University’s diversity mission with its teaching mission by not only continuing a conversation about diverse and inclusive teaching practices, but more consciously enacting them. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Lockridge for further information.

Applications and letters of support should be sent to Usha Rao, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, by Monday, March 19. Applicants should submit a letter outlining their goals for the course, including any anti-racist pedagogical practices they may already have in place, the syllabus they plan to revise, and a letter of support from their chair or appropriate program director. Dr. Lockridge, as the Seminar Director,  Dr. Rao, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning; Peter Norberg, Ph.D., associate provost for faculty and academic support; and Janée Burkhalter, Ph.D., special assistant to the provost for inclusion & diversity, will review the applications and select the members of the seminar. Notification to the applicants will be by the end of March.


Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Reed and Dan Joyce, S.J.

Pack your lunch and join Dr. Reed and Fr. Joyce as they discuss the role of strong lay and religious partnerships on the future of Jesuit higher education. The discussion will be held March 20, from 12-1:30 p.m., in McShain Hall, Seminar Room 1.

In order to encourage lively and meaningful conversation, seating will be limited. Responses will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please RSVP to Eileen Suplee at esuplee@sju.edu.

Drinks and dessert will be provided.


Send Us Your News Tips 

Members of the campus community are invited to send all news, story ideas and announcements to sjunews@sju.edu for consideration. On a weekly basis, our editorial staff will evaluate submissions and determine the appropriate coverage. Your submission could become a press release, online news article, social media post, magazine feature or an announcement posted to this page. In each issue of “Hawk Hill This Week,” a sampling of the week’s announcements will appear with a link to a complete listing of announcements. For consideration in “Hawk Hill This Week,” submissions must be received by noon on Mondays, one full week in advance of desired publication, though more advanced notice (two to three weeks) is always appreciated, and often necessary, for more in-depth reporting.

March 11 Campus Master Plan Open Forum Postponed

Because the planned March 11 open forum on the campus master plan for faculty and staff falls during spring break, it will be rescheduled for a more convenient time. When a new date is selected, we will announce it in Hawk Hill This Week.

Week of February 25


Rescheduled: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game Night

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game Night on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Michael J.Hagan ’85 Arena.

This year we will cheer on SJU’s Men’s Basketball vs. Rhode Island.

Two complimentary tickets are offered to each employee on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a ticket, please click here. The deadline to reserve a ticket is Friday, March 1. Tickets will be available for pickup on Monday, March 4  in the Office of Human Resources.

Special thanks to Kuranda Mortgage for sponsoring this event. We hope you’ll be able to join us to enjoy time with your colleagues and support our student athletes!


Career Development Center Adds Two New Platforms

The Career Development Center is excited to welcome two new job-posting platforms to fill part-time jobs and micro-internship gaps in the Handshake platform. Please share these resources with students you encounter:


QuadJobs is the easiest, most efficient way to hire college students on a flexible part-time basis. Students love the chance to gain real-world experience and make a little money within a short-term commitment. Common QuadJobs gigs include babysitting, party help, tutoring, office work, furniture moving, errands, dog walking and more.

Have an opportunity you want to post on QuadJobs?

SJU faculty and staff can post their first job for free here. Simply register with code SJUFREE.

Parker Dewey

Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable career launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and are available across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR and finance.

Micro-internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects career launchers with companies in need of support. Students can access the site here.

Any questions may be directed to careerhelp@sju.edu.


WordPress Training Available

The Office of Marketing Communications will host WordPress trainings this semester. In this quick overview, participants will learn basic editing skills and how to create dynamic content using the Page Builder tool. Additionally, all WordPress sites have video and text tutorials installed in the Admin area (this can be located underneath the “Dashboard” link in the Admin menu).

Trainings will be held in the Francis A. Drexel Library’s Instruction Lab on the following days:

  • Thursday, March 7 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please register at sju.edu/WPTraining. Any questions may be directed to Will Marsh.


Call for Contributors to SJU News

Saint Joseph’s University is home to hundreds of experts and thought leaders on rich topics that span industries and audiences, as well as accomplished alumni and student leaders. Our news team is interested in partnering with writers who have commentary ideas for sju.edu/news, which feeds various other publications including Hawk Hill This Week and SJU Magazine. Sometimes, these articles are also featured in news media outside of SJU.

To submit your idea for consideration, email sjunews@sju.edu with a paragraph overview and contact information. The strongest pieces will tie to current events, include a strong, bold opinion, or feature a personal anecdote, while supporting the University’s strategic goals. A contributed content guide is available upon request. Please do not submit fully written pieces, as we will want to work with you directly to identify the best outlet, angle and medium for your article.

Some recent examples include:


Subscribe to the University Events Calendar

If you prefer to see a daily digest of University events, you may subscribe to the University Events Calendar. As always, members of our community are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible when submitting calendar requests.


Accepting Applications for Doctor of Education Program Scholarship

Contingent upon the availability of University financial resources, tuition remission for the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) is awarded as a scholarship each year to one qualified applicant per cohort.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an employee is required to meet the following criteria:

  • have three years of continuous full-time employment
  • be currently employed in a full-time position
  • have documented successful performance history at the University
  • meet the IDEPEL admission requirements

To review the full program, please see the Staff & Administrative Employment Handbook.

Applications for this scholarship for the cohort beginning Fall 2019, are now being accepted in the Office of Human Resources.  All applications must be submitted by March 22, 2019.  The scholarship recipient and all other applicants will notified by the end of April 2019.

To obtain an application and agreement, please contact Catherine Bock in the Office of Human Resources at extension 1287.

For details on the IDEPEL program, please visit the IDEPEL website.


SJU Unveils Master Plan: Open Forums Scheduled

The University is embarking on a new campus master plan that will position SJU for growth and modernity over the next several decades. Employees are invited to attend one of two presentations to be held in the Cardinal Foley Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 and Monday, March 11.