Campus & Culture

Summer Happenings at Hawk Hill

Saint Joseph’s will offer a wide variety of programs and activities on campus this summer, including athletics and literacy camps, printmaking workshops and more.

Aerial view of Saint Joseph's University.

by Erin O'Boyle

Hawk Hill is a hub of activity during the summer months. Saint Joseph’s University offers an array of different programs, events and clubs for students and the wider community. Many of this summer’s programs will be held in person, while a few will occur virtually.

Here are a few happenings at Hawk Hill this summer:

Camp Kinney

The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will host its annual Camp Kinney on campus this summer, from June 28 through August 5. Camp Kinney provides a traditional day camp experience for children with autism spectrum disorder. Participants spend the summer working on a set of personalized goals, receiving individualized interventions through positive recreational activities, which include games, playground routines, art projects, swimming and science skills. These activities are designed to promote fun and learning by emphasizing the development of social skills through a naturalistic application of applied behavior analysis. Camp Kinney is accredited by the American Camp Association. 

Athletic Camps and Clinics

A variety of athletic camps and clinics for young athletes will be held on campus, including baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball and tennis. Camp dates vary and run from June through August.

SJU Summer Literacy Camp

This year, Saint Joseph’s summer reading camp is returning in a virtual format. Students from local elementary schools will be tutored by Saint Joseph’s graduate students in the reading specialist graduate program. The children are pre-tested to determine their reading level, spelling ability and writing skills. The graduate students then design an educational program geared toward each child’s specific needs and reading level. The camp runs Monday through Thursday, from June 21 to July 22.


Orientation for the Class of 2025 will be offered in four two-day sessions from June 23 to June 30. The first day will be held on campus and will include a short program for parents and families. The second day will be entirely online. Orientation activities include tours of the residence halls, an introduction to resources and community expectations, field games and course registration.

Food and Fermentation Science Workshop Series

The biology department and the Barnes Arboretum are sponsoring an interactive virtual workshop series for those interested in learning about the science behind what they eat and drink, and how to prepare it themselves at home. During each 90-minute workshop, students will learn about and make some popular foods and beverages, including mozzarella cheese, sauerkraut, kombucha and beer. The July 15 workshop will focus on sauerkraut and kombucha with Amanda Feifer of, author of the cookbook “Ferment your Vegetables.” The July 22 workshop will focus on mozzarella cheese with the Caputo Brothers Creamery. Keep an eye on the Barnes Arboretum’s classes and workshops page for upcoming registration information.

Camera Workshops at the Barnes Arboretum

On July 24, Helen Maurene Cooper, M.F.A., adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s, will host a full day of experimental workshops at the Barnes Arboretum. From 9 a.m. until noon, she will teach the Basics of Cyanotype, where participants will be instructed on the basics of cyanotype image production using hands-on techniques. Students will get to take home several finished prints. From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., participants will be instructed on how to make cyanotype chemistry from raw elements, how to use digital negatives, how to make cyanotypes on fabric and how to use leaves to make chlorophyll prints (images on leaves). 

Unlimited Learning

On June 8, Saint Joseph’s Unlimited Learning series will host a webinar on Resiliency and Adaptation: The New Focus in Climate Change. In this webinar, Clint Springer, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Environmental Stewardship and associate professor, and Judy Ward ’07 (EMBA), CEO of Advanced Enviro Systems, will discuss the ways we can all make an impact on the health of our world. They will discuss how decisions as small as one’s purchases, to larger policy decisions in one’s country, state and county can impact the health of our community – especially for marginalized groups who will be most impacted by the effects of climate change. The conversion will be moderated by Christina Lampert ’16, director of sales at HowGood.