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Top News Stories of 2021

Here’s a look back at Saint Joseph’s top stories of the year, as determined by our readers.

"Top stories of 2021" written in white copy against a red background, framing a photo of Barbelin Hall

by Diane Holliday

As 2021 and the Year of St. Joseph come to an end, we’re looking back at the most-read stories of the past year. From faculty insight into the presidential inauguration to dream co-op positions and a historic merger agreement with University of the Sciences, here are the stories our readers engaged with the most.

  1. Food Marketing Major Lands Dream Co-op Position with Kellogg’s

    Allison Saile
    During her co-op with Kellogg’s, Allison Saile ’21 not only oversaw a coronavirus tracker for sales at ShopRite, but she also created a cereal snacking planogram (a blueprint for how products are displayed in grocery store aisles) for a grocery chain in Florida.  
  2. The Facts and Faces of the Class of 2025

    Female student sitting on campus in Saint Joseph's sweatshirt
    Over the summer, Saint Joseph’s welcomed its newest class of Hawks — hailing from 25 states and 10 foreign countries. Meet some of our soon-to-be rising sophomores.
  3. Ringing in a New Semester on Hawk Hill

    Female student standing on campus looking into the distance smiling
    Thousands of students returned to Hawk Hill for the fall semester after a successful on-ground campus experience the year prior. Festivities included a blacklight dance party, casino night, food truck festival, Phillies game and more.
  4. 10 Day Trip Ideas for Every Hawk
     The boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey
    A year of stay-at-home orders left many with a sense of wanderlust. Here are 10 must-visit spots to check out in the new year.
  5. 3 Major Issues Facing the U.S. Economy
     Woman hanging a "we're reopening" sign
    From labor shortages to spikes in unemployment, the U.S. economy was ravaged by the pandemic. Saint Joseph’s experts Laura Crispin, Ph.D., and Eric Patton, Ph.D., weigh in.
  6. How Students Made the Most of their Internships and Co-ops During COVID-19
     Alysa Bainbridge stands on set at Fox29
    Three students shared what it was like to gain industry experience during the pandemic with co-ops and internships at Fox 29, AmerisourceBergen and Johnson & Johnson.
  7. University Receives $2M Gift from Alumnus Daniel J. Hilferty ’78 and Wife Joan to Support Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
     Daniel and Joan Hilferty
    The generosity of alumnus Daniel J. Hilferty ’78 and his wife Joan Pilot Hilferty will support an innovation fund designed to spur cutting-edge research and clinical approaches to further address the needs of individuals with autism.
  8. Inauguration Day 2021: What to Expect at Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration
     President Joe Biden speaking at St. Joe's
    In January, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Take a look back at how his inauguration ceremony looked different amid the pandemic.
  9. Saint Joseph’s and USciences Expand Opportunities for Students With Historic Merger
     Saint Joseph's and University of the Sciences' campuses connected with an ampersand
    The combined University brings together a strong Jesuit academic tradition with the most in-demand professional programs in healthcare and science. Updates at
  10. 10 Facts about St. Joseph in Honor of his Feast Day
     St. Joseph statue
    As the Year of St. Joseph comes to a close, it seems only fitting that our most-read story of the year features our patron saint. Read on for 10 facts you may not know about the University’s namesake.

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