Graduates Serve Others in Full-Time Volunteer Programs

Monday, June 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (June 9, 2014) — Saint Joseph’s University is pleased to announce that 35 members of the Class of 2014 have joined 14 local, national and international service programs, including the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University. Full-time placements include working as a youth resource coordinator in Los Angeles with the JVC and facilitating elephant rehabilitation in Thailand with the Global Volunteer Network. Time commitments range from one-to-three years.

In addition, two members of the Class of 2013 have joined volunteer programs, which brings the total number of SJU grads joining service organizations this year to 37.

“As a Jesuit, Catholic university, our mission inspires our students to serve a faith that does justice,” says University President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J.’72. “This credo informs all that we do at Saint Joseph’s, and is realized in our extraordinary Campus Ministry community service and Faith-Justice Institute service-learning programs. I’m grateful that these graduates are dedicating the next one-to-three years to serving others and the greater good.”

Participating graduates are noted below. Each alumna/us is a member of the Class of 2014 unless noted otherwise.

Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University: Jennifer Cush ’13, Rita Frau, Kelsey Meisenbacher, Rory Sweeney, Kaia Turner, Emilia Twomey

AmeriCorps State and National: Darcy O’Connor

AmeriCorps VISTA: Shanise Williams

Augustinian Volunteers: Edward Margargee

Bilingual Education for Central America: Molly Burda

Casa de la Solidaridad: Jake Dillabaugh

Cristo Rey – Boston: Kerry DiNardo

Global Volunteer Network: Kasey McKenna

Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Raya Diwata Abat, Robert Brier, Lauren Broggini ’13, Ashley Goyette, Kerry Rose Harris, Abigail Helbig, Stephanie Lovina, Katherine McGovern, Sofia Peirats, Anna Ryan, Brooke Severe, Stacey Terlik, Cassandra Tomkins, Elizabeth Villanyi, Alison Welch

Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Northwest: Ryan Musso, Kristina Orbe

NETWORK Associate Program: Felicia Carter

Peace Corps: Chanelle Greene

Rostro de Cristo: Scott Pyzik

Teach for America: Devlin Carey, Barbara Martin Ellis, Michaella Pierce, Amanda Motola

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Patricia Allen, Director of Communications/CAS, 610-660-3240,


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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