New Students Immersed in Service and Culture of Philadelphia

Friday, August 29, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (August 28, 2008) - Forty-eight incoming students from Saint Joseph’s University’s largest freshman class in history are taking part in an opportunity to actively learn about the city of Philadelphia. The University’s Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP), a five-day pre-orientation program that runs from Aug. 27 31, introduces students to the culture of the City of Brotherly Love - from serving lunch in soup kitchens to visiting W.E.B. DuBois’ Seventh Ward in Center City and Old Saint Joseph’s Church in Society Hill, where Saint Joseph’s University began.

The program fosters the Jesuit ideas of social justice, service to those at the margin, moral discernment, and intellectual inquiry. “PSIP introduces students to our Jesuit mission in an intense way,” said Nancy Fox, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the program’s founders. “It immediately creates a community of students, which for an incoming freshman is an excellent introduction not only to college life, but to the principles that are the essence of Saint Joseph’s University.”

After moving to campus earlier than their freshman peers, students will participate in a variety of service activities each day at selected sites across the city, including hospices and soup kitchens. After their service activity, students will meet up with an SJU faculty member and be led to a specific “Philly destination” to learn more about Philadelphia culture, including a Mural Arts Program Walking Tour of Center City and trips to the African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Brian Sukhoo, a participant from last year’s PSIP, spoke highly of the program. “You get a lot more out of it than you put in. I hope more students are able to have this experience.”

For more information about the program, a schedule of events, and a list of service sites and Philly destinations, visit

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