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

Media Contact

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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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