Soldier Thanks Faculty, Employees in Appreciation of Care Packages

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (June 4, 2014) — On Sunday, June 1, U.S. Air Force Major Louis Bellace presented the University with a flag in appreciation of the care packages his unit and others received while stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Over the past two years, Saint Joseph's has collected more than 150 packages to send to troops stationed overseas. Ginny Miori, Ph.D., associate professor of business intelligence & analytics, organized the effort with her daughter Ellie Cardamone, who also oversaw a donation drive at Penncrest High School in Media, Pa.

Reminders of home filled the packages to let the deployed troops know they were not forgotten. Items included comfort food, phone cards, books, games and notes of encouragement.

"The response from the SJU community was really incredible," says Miori, "and having Major Bellace come here to campus was something special. His visit was motivating to keep this project moving forward."

To contribute, or for more information on this effort, email Miori at

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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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