SJU Community Day Brings Unity to Message of Service

Monday, October 22, 2007

Approximately 250 members of the Saint Joseph's University community will come together on Saturday, October 27 for the second annual SJU Community Day, a program uniting students, faculty and staff in an effort to help the neighborhoods around the University.

Organized by a committee of students representative of the student body, the program sends participants to 12 service sites across the Philadelphia region. Earlier this year, the program officially adopted Cliveden Park, which is located in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, promising to return several times throughout the year to help keep the park clean.

Other sites and organizations with which the group will work include the John C. Anderson Cultural Center, Inglis House, First African Presbyterian Church, Aspen Park, Mill Creek Park, Norris Square Park, Teens 4 Good, Garden RUN, Friends of the Wynnefield Library, Olivett Baptist Church and Canaan Baptist Church. The day will begin with a service in the University's Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial at 9 a.m. Participants will return to a celebratory barbeque on campus at 2:30 p.m.

Juniors Ryan Moscatiello, an accounting and finance major, and Hollyanne Pronko, a marketing major, are co-chairing the event. "Service is a central component of the mission of Saint Joseph's, and this is an important opportunity for the University community to be united in following that mission," Pronko said.

"It's also very gratifying to see so many students enthused about joining the effort," Moscatiello added.

--Jeffrey Martin '04, '05 (M.A.)

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