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 August 26

PB&J Donations and Dates to Make Sandwiches 

The Department of Decision and System Sciences is collecting peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches for those in need. Please consider donating supplies to this important effort. Donations will be accepted throughout the fall semester at collection boxes located at:

  • Bellarmine 209
  • Mandeville 280 - 290 (in front of MBA suite)
  • Mandeville 342 (in front of DSS suite)

If you’d like to help make sandwiches, you can join volunteers in Mandeville 365 on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 20 at noon
  • Friday, October 18 at noon
  • Friday, November 15 at noon

Any questions may be directed to Stella Jacobs, administrative assistant.

Week of August 12

Hagan Arena and Tennis Court Maintenance Schedule

Please be aware of the following athletic maintenance projects. Access to those areas will be restricted as outlined below:

  • Hagan Arena will be closed from Monday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 22
  • Outdoor tennis courts on both the Philadelphia and Maguire campuses will be closed from Saturday, August 10 to Monday, August 26 
    • *Rainy weather during this timeframe could extend closure of the tennis courts

Office of Public Safety and Security Service Center

The Office of Public Safety and Security Service Center is open effective today, August 12, 2019. The Service Center is located inside Campion Student Center, Room 229, and offers a convenient, accessible, one-stop location to obtain information and secure the following services:

The Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours each semester during the initial weeks. 

For inquiries about services please stop by and meet the staff, use the above e-mail addresses or call 610-660-1150.

*ALL ID card production and parking permit pick up will occur in the Service Center during normal business hours. ID card replacement for lost and/or damaged cards will only be available after regular business hours in the Office of Public Safety and Security (B/L 13).

Network Outage on August 16

On Friday, August 16, from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m., network engineering will be performing a software upgrade that will cause intermittent network outages. 

Off-campus users will experience intermittent connectivity to internal resources (sites, VPN) for up to a minute during that time. In addition, on-campus users will experience intermittent connectivity to external sites and services for the same duration (approximately 30 - 60 seconds).

If you have any questions about this outage, please contact the Technology Service Center at 610-660-2920.

Week of July 15

Administrative Assistant Google Slides Workshop

Technology Support Services has developed a workshop on Google Slides to enhance the skills of the administrative support staff in the Google Suite. We recommend that you encourage your administrative support staff to attend one of the two sessions offered. Most administrative assistants on campus are familiar with PowerPoint. Google Slides and PowerPoint applications have very similar tools and functionality, with Google adding a powerful sharing functionality. The one-hour workshop will give an overview of Google Slides and provide hands-on activities to enrich storytelling, image, color and text in presentations. Technical documentation will be provided for both applications. Participant feedback will be requested and considered for future skill enhancement workshops. 

The sessions will be held in the Library Instruction Lab in the Drexel Library on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, July 17 from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Those interested in registering for one of the sessions can enroll online.

Any questions may be directed to Karen Pinto, learner experience designer. 

20-Month EMBA Tuition Remission

Each year, tuition remission for the Executive MBA Program is available for one University employee for the 20-month program. To be eligible, you must be an accepted student in the Executive MBA program. Visit sju.edu/emba to begin your application. 

Once admitted, submit the completed tuition remission scholarship application, along with the tuition remission agreement to the Office of Human Resources by Friday, July 19. A committee will review this list of accepted students and recommend qualified candidates to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval of the final selection. Classes for the upcoming 20-month cohort will begin on Friday, September 13. For more details on the tuition benefit, please refer to the employee handbook on the web at https://sites.sju.edu/humanresources/policies-and-handbooks/.

Questions may be directed to Catherine Bock, acting manager, compensation, benefits, & HRIS.

Week of June 24

Welcoming the Class of 2023

Beginning Wednesday, June 26, we will be welcoming the newest members of the SJU community with four consecutive two-day orientation sessions.

This is an important opportunity for the Class of 2023 to register for classes, learn more about our Ignatian heritage and identity, prepare for housing selection, explore campus resources, travel into Center City, and develop a bond to SJU and to one another.

As part of broader inclusion efforts, this year’s orientation will feature two new programs for students. All students will participate in Factuality (which has been successfully presented on campus a number of times this spring) and a session called "Culture of Care: Preventing Harm Through Bystander Intervention." These programs will serve as the first of many promoting a more diverse and inclusive campus community.

Information about orientation and the full schedules for students and their families can be found at https://sites.sju.edu/orientation/.

Thank you in advance to all those who are directly involved in orientation, especially our volunteer orientation leaders. If you see any of these enthusiastic SJU student ambassadors around campus, please express your gratitude for their service to the University. Also, if you encounter new students and their families, please take a moment to welcome them to campus.

Finally, please consider joining our new students and their families during lunch, taking place on the first day of each orientation session (June 26, 28, 30 and July 2) between noon and 1 p.m. in the Campion Dining Hall. All we ask is that you sit with a family or two for conversation, as there is no such thing as a free lunch!

The final formal orientation will occur during the weekend before the beginning of classes, August 24 and 25. Closer to that time, you will be provided an update on that weekend's activities and share additional opportunities to get involved.

Summer Network Infrastructure Outages

Our network engineering team will be performing upgrades to our campus wireless and wired network on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 4 from 5 to 8 a.m. - This upgrade will cause intermittent connectivity issues with the entire campus network as well as the Internet service across campus.
  • Friday, July 12 from 4 to 7 a.m. - This upgrade will cause each location below to experience a loss of network connectivity for 10-15 minutes within the outage window as hardware is rebooted.
    • Science Center, Drexel Library, Post Learning Commons, Campion, LaFarge, Simpson, Sourin, Villiger, Welcome Center, Career Development, Connelly, O'Pake, Windrim, Fine Arts East, Toland, Merion Hall, Duperreault, Quinn

If you have any questions about the maintenance being performed, please contact the Technology Service Center at 610-660-2920.

Annual Minors on Campus Program Registration

The Office of Human Resources would like to provde an important reminder regarding our Minors on Campus Policy and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Policy.

With the safety of minors in our learning community in mind, we ask that you take a moment to review these policies while paying special attention to the requirements for the registration of University-sponsored programs that include minors.

If you or your department are sponsoring an activity or program that will take place on Saint Joseph’s University’s campus or a University-sponsored program held off-campus in which minors (any person under the age of 18 who is covered by the Minors on Campus Policy) will be physically present and participating and/or employed, you are required to register the program or activity with the Office of Human Resources (OHR). In addition, you must provide copies of the required background checks for all “Authorized Adults” as defined in the Minors on Campus Policy, unless copies are already on file in OHR.

A checklist for program administrators, the Working with Minors Registration Form and related materials can be found on The Nest under the Employee tab in the Employee Resources section.

Should you have any questions that are not answered in the policies or in the available materials, please contact the Office of Human Resources. Thank you for your support.

Week of May 28


SJU Thanks U - Acknowledgements and Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who attended the SJU Thanks U celebration. Your enthusiasm, laughter and camaraderie made the day! We are excited to announce the winners for this year’s raffle prizes and sincerely thank all of our partners who donated these wonderful items.





1 Year Parking Pass (OPSS)

Mary Feeney


Mystery Gift

Imani Briscoe

Inclusion & Diversity

SJU Men's Basketball Season Tickets for 2  (Athletics)

Katie Bean

Student Outreach and Support

SJU Women's Basketball Season Tickets for 2 (Athletics)



Free 2-Day Rental in 2019 Vehicle

Tanya Gaymon

Major Gifts

SJU Swag (Athletics)

Philip Ichinaga


SJU Swag (Athletics)

Michael Howard


SJU Swag (Athletics)

Trisha Gregory

Career Development

SJU Swag (Athletics)

Laquita Ballard


5 Pack of HawkFit Classes

Shaleia Rogers


Gift Basket (Advancement)

Kate Mullen


Philadelphia Zoo Tickets (ASC)

Rebecca Hemphill


Lunch with Bill Lange and Jill Bodensteiner (Athletics)

Brian Lafferty

Alumni Relations

We would also like to extend a special thank you to Campus Ministry for preparing a beautiful mass and to John Byars, director of procurement services; Jim Brown, security officer; and the Advancement and Administrative Staff Council for their assistance is securing many of the raffle prizes. Last but certainly not least, a special thank you to Jodi Finnegan, catering director, and the special events and Aramark catering crews for their support in making sure the venue and the menu were outstanding!