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 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!

Week of May 20

Professional Dress Pop-Up Shop Collection

As you go about your spring cleaning, the Career Development Center asks you to consider donating professional dress items to the Pop-Up Shop!

The Career Development Center is once again partnering with the American Marketing Association to help Hawks on a budget gain access to attire for interviews and professional events. This fall, we will host two Pop-Up Shops in the Career Development Center leading up to the Career Fair in September and another during the month of October. We are accepting men's and women's clothing and accessories (no shoes please) in clean and wearable condition throughout the summer. Please bring your donations to the Career Development Center and leave them in the donation bin in our lobby.  

Any questions may be directed to Danielle Fichter, recruiting, events and employer engagement specialist. Thank you for helping us with this service!

Congratulations: 2019 Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships Runner-Up Prize

The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) will award Saint Joseph’s University and Samuel Gompers School a runner-up prize for the 2019 Phillip B. Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships. The Lindy Award aims to recognize a collaborative partnership between at least one K-12 school and one university. This award will be given to the entire partnership, not an individual. Phil Lindy valued collaboration and communication among diverse stakeholders in order to maximize impact. There are approximately 40 Gompers-SJU programs across 20 University departments. Both institutions will receive a total prize of $500 and will be presented the award on Friday, May 31, at the School District of Philadelphia.

Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Ed.D., associate professor of educational leadership; Karen Snetselaar, Ph.D., professor of biology and Ashley Bliss, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will accept the award on behalf of Saint Joseph’s University. Congratulations to all the individuals involved in the Samuel Gompers School and SJU partnership.

Office of Facilities Management Summer Projects

Please be aware of the following summer projects which will impact pedestrian and vehicular access around campus. Any questions may be directed to Kevin Mueller, Office of Facilities Management. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • City Ave Sidewalk - The sidewalk on City Avenue along Main Campus (Philadelphia side) from Cardinal Ave to 54th street will be closed for the installation of a new curb and sidewalk. Please follow signage directing pedestrians to a safe means of travel.  
  • South Walk Improvements - A portion of the South Walk from the Sweeney Field bleachers to the Bellarmine stairs will be closed to make a new accessible walkway.  Please follow signage directing pedestrians to a safe means of travel.
  • New Jesuit Residence at Jordan Hall - The property surrounding Jordan Hall along with a a row of parking in the Boland parking lot will be fenced off in anticipation of construction starting this summer for the new Jesuit Residence. Please be mindful of your surroundings as construction vehicles enter the construction site off Lapsey Lane.
  • Renovations to Post Hall First Floor - The first floor of Post Hall will be closed starting Monday, May 20 to make facility improvements for renovations. Bluett Theatre (in Post Hall) will continue operations throughout the summer, and should be accessed via the exterior doors outside the lobby.

Summer 2019 Dining Schedule

Select options for campus dining will be available for faculty, staff and students throughout the summer. Hours of operation are subject to change. Please note, all Dining locations will be closed in observance of holidays on the following days:

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5

Campion Food Court

Friday, May 10 - Friday, June 14

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, July 19 - Thursday, August 22

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Campion Dining Hall

Monday, June 17 - Sunday, June 20

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, July 1- Thursday, July 18

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday.


Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All other locations will be closed for the summer. Any questions may be directed to Mark Giardini, ARAMARK general manager.

Week of May 13

Save the Date: SJU Thanks U

As another busy year winds down, please take a moment to mark your calendar for our SJU Thanks U year-end event on Tuesday, May 21.

Our day of gratitude will begin with a special liturgy in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial at 12:05 p.m.

Following the mass, festivities will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of the O’Pake Recreation Center. We are looking forward to hosting faculty, staff and administrators in thanks and celebration for all the hard work and many accomplishments of this academic year. Please join us to enjoy food, fun and fellowship – with games and raffle prizes planned, too!

Please dress comfortably and come ready to enjoy the afternoon.

Commencement 2019 Parking Lot Closures and Restrictions

In preparation for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement activities the following parking restrictions will be in effect:

  • Campion/Sourin Parking Lot will be closed beginning Thursday, May 16 at 10 p.m. The lot will reopen Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Ashwood, Boland, Claver, Jordan, Lannon, McShain, Merion Gardens, Moore, Neumann, Rashford, Saint Albert’s, Saint Mary’s and Saint Thomas Parking Lots will close beginning Friday, May 17 at 10 p.m. These lots will reopen on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Cardinal Avenue will be closed from Overbrook Avenue to City Avenue from Friday, May 17 at 10 p.m. until Sunday, May 19 at 8 a.m.

We ask that you please relocate all vehicles during the times indicated to either the Mandeville Lot or the Hawks’ Landing Parking Facility. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and support.

Campus Phones and Network Outage

On Saturday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Office of Information Technology will be performing upgrades that will cause intermittent outages in the following locations: Jordan Hall, Hogan Hall, Sullivan Hall, Barnes Campus, all City Avenue offices, and the Loyola Center and Carriage House.  

During this maintenance window, anyone located in these buildings will experience both phone and network outages.

In the event of an emergency, please use your cell phone to call 911. If you have any questions about this outage, please contact the Technology Service Center at 610-660-2920.

Student Fellowships Recipients

The Fellowships Office would like to recognize the following SJU student recipients:

  • Elise Brutschea ’19, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Jason Ngo ’20, Gilman Scholarship
  • Kalia Mundell-Hill ’20, Gilman Scholarship
  • Megan Belivacqua ’19, Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Fellowship
  • Robert McCullough ’19, Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Fellowship
  • Johanna Neece ’19, Peace Corps Award
  • Amanda Adinolfi ’19, Peace Corps Award
  • Becky McIntyre ’17, Peace Corps Award

Congratulations to all the students for their prestigious and outstanding accomplishments.

CIDO Candidates on Campus

Two of the finalists for the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer position will be on campus this week. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend their scheduled presentations:

Monday, May 13 – Dr. Domonic A. Rollins, 11:00 – 11:45, 5th Floor McShain, Seminar Rm. #2

Tuesday, May 14 – Dr. Imaani El-Burki, 11:00 – 11:45, Campion Student Center, Presidents’ Lounge

Week of May 6

Registration Reminder - Supervisor Training

Have you taken on supervisory responsibilities at SJU within the past year? Do you know how to post and fill job openings at SJU?  Have any of your direct reports requested a leave of absence due to their own (or an immediate family member’s) medical condition? Are you familiar with the updated Purchasing Card policy?

If you are new to a supervisory role and/or do not have the answers to all of these questions, you are not alone. In an effort to provide supervisors with additional resources that will help them carry out their responsibilities, we have put together the ‘Supervisor Training’ program that will cover the following topics:

  • Employment and Employment Processes
  • Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Compensation – How is employee pay determined?
  • Purchasing Card Policy and Procedures
  • Performance Management and Performance Evaluations

The Supervisor Training will be held Tuesday, June 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Small Maguire room on the fifth floor of McShain Hall. Lunch will be provided. In order to ensure your place in this training, you are encouraged to register early.

To register for this workshop:

  • Log in to The Nest
  • Select the Employee tab
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the Training section
  • From the training menu, select Human Resources Training
  • This will bring you to a screen with the New Supervisor Training listed and click ‘Register’
  • You must register by Sunday, June 2 to ensure your spot in the training

Campion Parking Lot Restriction

In order to accommodate students moving out of Villiger, Sourin and LaFarge residence halls, Campion Parking Lot will be closed from Tuesday, May 7, at 10 p.m. until Thursday, May 9, at 10 p.m. Hawks’ Landing is available as an alternative parking area during the closure. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.