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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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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