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Saint Joseph’s University, Spring 2009

A Window to the Soul How Reflection Deepens Service

Sr. Mary Scullion, R.S.M. ’76 Brings Them H.O.M.E.

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Arrupe Center Execs Expose Ethical Implications of Economic Crisis


There is no question that the current global economic situation has affected all of us, as well as our loved ones, in real and palpable ways. Optimistic headlines seem infrequent, and many of us face significant financial challenges. At Saint Joseph’s, these are trying times as well, and it is important that we remain true to our core mission as a Catholic and Jesuit university. Our highest priority remains providing an excellent educational experience for our students as we work to manage our expenses without jeopardizing any of our programs. Recently released statistics related to the state of higher education in our country are alarming. A report from the College Board’s Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education discloses the startling decline of educational attainment in the United States. According to this study, our nation’s college completion rates have plummeted. Though we were once ranked second in the world for workers aged 25 – 34 with advanced degrees, we now rank 11th. America is in danger of losing its place as a world leader in education. Now, more than ever, given the extreme economic environment, it is essential that our country make a lasting commitment to educating those who are qualified. I am truly grateful to our alumni and benefactors who have taken a leadership role in support of Saint Joseph’s and especially thankful to those who continue to do so during these difficult economic times. Your dedication to the University redounds in myriad ways for our students, our nation — and the world — especially when you support scholarship funds and the Saint Joseph's Fund that make this remarkable Jesuit education possible for needy and worthy students. This leads me to another, more promising statistic. According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the 28 member institutions of the AJCU provided $1.1 billion in financial assistance to students — both need and non-need based — for the 2007-08 academic year. At Saint Joseph’s, we supported 85 percent of undergraduates with nearly $40 million in financial assistance. I thank you for your contribution to this shining example of engaged philanthropy. As alumni, parents and friends, you are integral and cherished members of the Saint Joseph’s community, and you play a vital role in the legacy of the University when you live your lives in fulfillment of the core values that guide us. During this trying time, it is paramount that we cleave to the fundamental Ignatian ideals — cura personalis; dedication to the Magis; pursuit of the greater good; and the service of faith together with the promotion of justice — that can and will make a positive difference for our students and for those they encounter.

God’s blessings,

Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. President

magazine Volume 23, No. 2, Spring 2009

Cover Story



Reflecting on Service and Justice, Saint Joseph’s Style By Thomas W. Durso ’91 (B.A.), ’02 (M.B.A.)


The power of reflection can transform an ordinary service activity into a life-changing event. Alumni are drawing on their experiences as SJU undergraduates to transform their lives and those of others.


Safe at H.O.M.E.: Sr. Mary Scullion ’76 Leads the Charge for Philadelphia’s Homeless By Thomas W. Durso ’91 (B.A.), ’02 (M.B.A.)

From the Editor


On the Calendar




Advancing SJU Honors von Eschenbach ’63 with Shield of Loyola Parents Make a Difference Through Loyola Society Alumni Appalachia Provides Graduates a Chance to Give Back


Alum Notes In Memory Howard J. Heim, S.J. Profiles James Michael Mullin, Ph.D. ’76 Patrick J. Burke ’92 Saint Joseph’s Alumni Work to Save Catholic Education in Camden SJU Offers Career Services for Alumni and Students


Viewpoint By John Lord, Ph.D. ’71


EndPoint By Rev. David A. Daigle ’93

Her goal is to end homelessness in Philadelphia. If anybody can do it, it’s Sr. Mary Scullion. 20

It’s a Pop Quiz! Think you know a lot about SJU? Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Hawk Hill!

On the cover: The Chapel of St. Joseph provides the perfect setting as a student pauses for reflection. Photo by Melissa Kelly.



Enter at Your Own Risk: Moral Hazards of the Economic Crisis By Carolyn Steigleman The buck stops here. Or does it? How did subprime mortgage lending spiral out of control?

UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. Vice President for External Affairs Joan F. Chrestay Assistant Vice President for University Communications Harriet K. Goodheart Assistant Vice President for Marketing Communications Joseph M. Lunardi ’82 (B.A.) SJU MAGAZINE Editor Molly Crossan Harty Assistant Editor and Alum Notes Editor Sarah (Whelehon) Hennessey ’07 (M.A.)

News Section Editor Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.) Advancing Section Editor Phil Denne ’96 (B.A.) Art Director Jonathan B. Dart Designers James B. Brack Jonathan B. Dart Carol McLaughlin ’80 (B.A.) Eric A. Puglisi Ian W. Riley Daniel Walsh Photography Melissa Kelly

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O n t h e Ca l e n da r Fro m the E d i to r

They call it the happiest place on Earth, and I think I agree. In February, my family and I enjoyed a magical getaway to that sunny destination where “dreams really do come true.” From day one, we pursued and relished every moment, screaming our lungs out on roller coasters, enjoying stunning 3-D shows, befriending biggerthan-life characters, maneuvering to save toppling ice cream cones and being transported in unbelievably real simulations. We snapped silly pictures, chuckled at ourselves in all kinds of Mickey ears, happily sported shorts and T-shirts, and collapsed each night, exhausted and content. Those days were spectacular. And then, just like that, it was time to leave. Even before we tired of hearing “It’s a small world,” our long-awaited vacation had come to an unwelcome end. The drive to the airport dragged. My three kids, who had earned us the nickname “the loud family” a couple days earlier, were conspicuously quiet. But then, on the airplane, one by one, we slowly recalled some of the highlights. We savored them, settling in for the return flight to chilly Philadelphia, and quietly reflected on our own individual remembrances. At home, we giggled and laughed, oohed and ahhed as we viewed the pictures and movies. We shared our favorite moments and reflected on the best times — some similar, some different. It made our experience that much better.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR Spring semester day classes end, Fri., May 1.

Phil Martelli Boys Basketball Camps, ages 8-17, at Saint Joseph’s University:

Final examinations, Mon., May 4-Sat., May 9.

• Players Only Camp, Sat., June 6-Sun., June 7.


• Parent/Child Basketball Experience, Sat., June 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Commencement events: Baccalaureate Mass, Fri., May 15, Gest Lawn (5:15 p.m.). Graduate and doctoral ceremony, Sat., May 16, Gest Lawn (9 a.m.) Undergraduate ceremony, Sat., May 16, Gest Lawn (3 p.m.).

• FUNdamentals Basketball Academy, day camp, Mon., June 22-Fri., June 26 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). • Commuter Team Camp, high school varsity teams, Fri., June 26-Sun., June 28. • Books ‘N Basketball, day camp, Mon., June 29-Thu., July 2.


• Overnight Team Camp, high school varsity teams, Fri., July 31- Sun., Aug. 2.


• Overnight Camp, Mon., Aug. 3-Thu., Aug 7.


Contact: 610-660-1706/1961 or Online:

Open Houses:

• Day Camps, ages 5-17, grades K-12, Mon., June 15-Fri., June 19, and Mon., June 22-Fri., June 26 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), Academy of Notre Dame, 560 Sproul Road, Villanova, Pa.

• Ursinus College, Pfahler Hall (professional M.B.A., M.S. in Health Administration and M.S. in Criminal Justice): Mon., May 11, Thu., Aug. 6 (5:30 p.m.). To register, e-mail or call 610-660-1690. • Main Campus, Mandeville Hall: Tue., June 9, Tue., Aug. 4 (6 p.m.). To register, e-mail or call 610-660-1690. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Discover SJU Days, Mon.-Fri. (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Ask a Counselor Session, Mon.-Fri. (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Contact: 888-BE-A-HAWK or Online: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Open Houses for prospective adult continuing education students, Barbelin Hall, room 117 (noon-6:30 p.m.): Tue., July 14; Wed., July 15; Tue., Aug. 11; Wed., Aug. 12; Thu., Aug. 13. Contact: 877-NITE-SJU or Online: openhouse.html.

Cindy Griffin Basketball Camps:

• Weekend Overnight Team Camp, grades 7-12, Sat., June 20-Sun., June 21, Maguire Campus and McShain Hall. Contact: Kathy MacDonald, 610-660-1710 or Online: CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Hawk Career Network, powered by, is a partnership between Alumni Relations and the Career Development Center. It provides professional networking opportunities for alumni and current students. To participate, visit and click on the “Alumni” tab. SJUcareers is a comprehensive online site that offers Saint Joseph’s alumni access to thousands of full-time career opportunities across the country and internationally. Alumni can post resumes, cover letters and apply to positions electronically. To create a new SJUcareers account or to access your existing account, visit For more information, see page 37.


Setting aside time for personal deliberation isn’t always the priority in today’s overscheduled world, yet it can make all the difference. The alumni in our cover story can attest to that. They have taken the way they performed service as Saint Joseph’s students — with reflection as an integral component — and embraced it in their professional lives. For alumna Sr. Mary Scullion, CEO of Philadelphia’s most recognized organization to end homelessness, reflection is certainly part of her life. Alumnus Fr. David Daigle, a military chaplain aboard the USS Iwo Jima, surely reflects on the value, spirituality and impact of his work. You’ll find their stories inside this magazine.


Law Alumni Chapter Gem Award, Wed., May 6, Erivan K. Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall (6 p.m.). Contact: Jessica Dustman at

The regular schedule for the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., is as follows:

While reflecting on a family vacation doesn’t compare to the devotion of these alumni, the significance of careful contemplation applies to both. It brings a deeper dimension to the experiences. And in the case of these alumni, it enhances their service to others, helping them to make the world a place where sometimes dreams really can come true.

President’s Cup Invitational, Mon., Sept. 28, Applebrook Golf Club, Malvern, Pa.

23rd Annual M.B.A. Student Association and Alumni networking event, Thu., May 14, Mandeville Hall (6 p.m.). Contact: 610-660-1690 or Class of 1959 50 Year Reunion, Thu., May 14-Sat., May 16, campus. Contact: 610-660-3467 or Hogan and Ignatius Awards, Sun., June 28, Drexelbrook, Drexel Hill, Pa., Recipients: Hogan, Ed Trainer ’63; Ignatius, brothers David ’93 and Anthony “T.J.” Voell ’93. Jack Gallagher ‘63 Memorial Alumni Golf Outing, Mon., July 20.



Beginning May 11 through the summer, Mass will be offered on Sundays at 11 a.m. Pre-Cana Weekend, Nov. 7-8. Contact: Helen Stewart, 610-660-3123 or Online: PERFORMING ARTS Senior Thesis Performances, Fri., May 1, Post Hall, Bluett Theatre (7:30 p.m.).

Family Weekend, Fri., Oct. 2-Sun., Oct. 4.


Contact: 610-660-3201 or

Freshman Orientation: July 8-15 and Aug. 29-30. Students attend both dates.


Online: ATHLETICS 3rd Annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta, Sat., June 6, Schuylkill River. The SJU Hawks Dragon Boat Team (faculty, staff, alumni, students, family and friends) will compete.

— Molly Crossan Harty

• Sundays (11 a.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.). • Mon.-Fri. (12:05 p.m.), Mon.-Wed. (10 p.m.).

UNIVERSITY GALLERY Student Exhibition, Fri., May 1-Fri., May 8. Reception: Fri., May 1 (1-4 p.m.). Online:


Photo: Greg Carroccio ’02

HAWK LEGEND, NBA ALL-STAR SUPPORTS FIELDHOUSE PROJECT Jameer Nelson ’04, acknowledged as the greatest player in Saint Joseph’s basketball history, has made a substantial commitment to support the ongoing expansion and renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Nelson is a guard for the NBA’s Orlando Magic and was named in February as an NBA All-Star reserve for the East Team, a first for any former Saint Joseph’s player. A star of the 2003-04 Hawks’ team that completed a perfect regular season and was ranked No. 1 in the country, Nelson joined Orlando as a first-round draft pick in June 2004. The fifthyear point guard has led the Magic to consecutive NBA playoff berths and won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top collegian while a Saint Joseph’s senior. “I wanted to be a leader and I wanted to be a role model,” Nelson said. “Saint Joseph’s made those dreams come true. I wouldn't trade my four years at St. Joe’s for anything, and I hope this gift helps others have the same kind of experience.” The expansion and renovation project is scheduled for completion prior to the 2009-10 season. It includes the

FIELDHOUSE CONSTRUCTION Work continued through the spring on the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena and the adjacent basketball center (pictured here under construction at the time the magazine went to press).

Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena and a 20,000-square-foot basketball center, where Nelson’s gift will name the new men’s basketball locker room. Overall, the University has raised $118 million toward the $150 million goal of its “With Faith and Strength to Dare” comprehensive campaign. “Jameer Nelson’s name is synonymous with Saint Joseph’s University,” said University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. “That Jameer has joined the major donors supporting this project comes as no surprise to anyone who knew him as a student-athlete. He is a natural leader, then and now.” Nelson finished his Saint Joseph’s career as the school’s all-time leader in points and assists. The Chester, Pa., native led the Hawks to three NCAA tournaments and an NIT berth. His No. 14 was retired immediately following the 2003-04 season, in which he captured every major Player of the Year award. Added Coach Phil Martelli: “Jameer has always made the right moves on and off the court. He continues to be a great example of the values instilled by his parents. I’m prouder of Jameer the man than Jameer the NBA player. Through this extraordinary gift, his name will live forever on Hawk Hill.”

BUSINESSWEEK RANKS SAINT JOSEPH’S AMONG TOP UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS BusinessWeek included Saint Joseph’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business (HSB) in its list of the country’s top undergraduate business programs. One of only three Philadelphia schools in the top 60 overall, Saint Joseph’s ranked 18th in the magazine’s survey of corporate recruiters regarding which programs turn out the best graduates, and which schools have the most innovative curriculums and most effective career services. According to Joseph DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70 (B.S.), dean of the Haub School, industry-specific programs and strong corporate relationships give HSB undergraduate students a competitive edge in the uncertain job market. “The ranking is an endorsement of the quality of our programs,” he said. “It demonstrates the strength of our corporate relationships and the confidence recruiters have in the caliber of our graduates.” BusinessWeek uses nine measures, including surveys of 85,000 senior business majors and nearly 600 corporate recruiters, median salaries for graduates and the number of graduates each program sends to top M.B.A. programs. Academic quality is also rated for each program by combining SAT scores, student-faculty ratio, class size, percentage of students with internships and the number of hours students devote to class work. BusinessWeek’s ranking of “The Best Undergraduate B-Schools” is included in the March 9, 2009, issue. Expanded content, including the full ranking and methodology, interactive tables and a discussion forum are available at

STUDENTS TAKE PART IN SIMULATED EU DEBATE While most of the United States was consumed with the 2008 presidential election last fall, eight Saint Joseph’s students enrolled in an upper-level political science course were focused on Ireland. For their course, Model European Union, the students mastered the dynamics of modern Irish politics and became experts on global warming and its impact on the island nation. In November, at the height of U.S. election frenzy, they assumed the personas of real Irish political figures assigned to them as part of the class, and represented them at the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Consortium in Washington, D.C. There they debated other college students portraying political officials from the 25 other EU nations. The discussion focused on land use, energy alternatives and sustainable agriculture, and was aimed at mitigating the effects of global warming and its impact on the environment. “The students became adept at the issues surrounding global warming policies in the EU,” said Christopher Counihan, Ph.D. ’92 (B.A.), adjunct professor of political science. “But what is singular about this course is that, at the simulation in Washington, they had the opportunity to put all of this theoretical knowledge into practice.” Senior political science major Vincent McFadden (Drexel Hill, Pa.) found the course challenging but rewarding. “At the beginning of the semester, I had little knowledge of the problems associated with global warming, both in the EU and the rest of the world. I had to do a great deal of research so that I would be an effective debater in Washington, but it was worth the extra effort.”

(Front row, from left) Neil Pirozzi ’11 and Meaghan Sprout ’10; (center) Christopher Counihan, Ph.D. ’92 (blue shirt), Briana Kraus ’10, Joaquin Batella ’09, Chelsea Sproul ’10 and Titilayo Obiri ’10; (top) Carlos Martin ’10 and Vincent McFadden ’09.



Last fall, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposed new undergraduate curriculum, the culmination of a five-year process that sought to consider and define the nature and the goals of a Jesuit education in the 21st century and design a curriculum that would reflect them. In a message to the University community, President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., praised the work of the Steering Committee that spearheaded the process, noting that the Board’s vote “expresses … confidence that the new proposal reflects the University’s mission to provide an education that is distinguished by intellectual excellence, academic rigor, and is rooted in a faith that promotes justice. This reflection of our Catholic and Jesuit identity is critical to the Trustees, as I know it is to each of you.” The new curriculum requires the completion of 40 courses, 18 of which are from the General Education Program. Students must complete one course addressing diversity, globalization or non-Western studies, one ethics-based course and a writing-intensive course. A required Faith and Reason course will engage students in a more intentional exploration of the difficult issues concerning reason and religious belief, noted Provost Brice Wachterhauser, Ph.D. “Jesuit education historically has had a solid foundation in the liberal arts,” said Wachterhauser. “The strong General Education component of the new curriculum maintains that, while giving students increased flexibility through the integrative learning courses from the College of Arts and Sciences and the recommended six free electives.” A First Year Seminar for all incoming students will provide an introduction to the academic rigors of college-level learning, and the challenge and excitement of intellectual exploration of a topic of shared interest. It will also focus on developing students’ research skills and offer outside-the-classroom cultural and service experiences. The College Councils and Faculty Senate have been asked to create an Implementation Committee to devise a blueprint for rolling out the new curriculum, with probable implementation slated for Fall 2010. “The new curriculum gives us a real opportunity to bring about significant change in the architecture of a Saint Joseph’s education,” Wachterhauser said. “It’s been a long process, and one not without a lot of thought and passion invested in it. The outcome offers the promise of a rigorous educational experience grounded in Spirit, Intellect and Purpose.”

SJU DEBUTS ONLINE LEARNING FOR PROFESSIONALS A new set of online programs is helping professionals in several fields boost their marketability and increase their job security. SJU Professional offers online certification for degree-holding adults interested in adding credentials in their lines of work or learning relevant skills for new careers. The site debuted in February with classes in crisis management, purchasing certification and project management. “The site is geared toward career enhancers and career changers,” said Paul DeVito, Ph.D., associate provost. “The typical user already has a degree, but is looking to make himself or herself more employable.” “Students who take advantage of SJU Professional will encounter a truly virtual classroom experience,” DeVito added. “Instead of a class run by a computer, our programs feature a facilitator who will interact with students.” Class participants will also have the opportunity to work together online. The programs will have on-campus teachers and non-faculty experts act as facilitators. Future classes in medical coding and pharmaceutical technologies, for example, will tap into existing partnerships between the University and authorities in those fields. Drawing on the expertise of Saint Joseph’s faculty, programs in sport management and certified financial planning are also being created. Online:

Photo: Jim McWilliams



Last year, 392 homicides were recorded in Philadelphia, yet an alarming 49 percent of them remain unsolved. Young people who live in crime-infested neighborhoods and witness violence every day are often the last to report those crimes to police. Saint Joseph’s Institute for Violence Research and Prevention (IVRP) attributes this problem to a cultural mind-set known as the “Stop Snitching” phenomenon, which threatens violence to would-be informants. Armed with a $67,000 grant through the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program, the IVRP has taken to the streets to seek a greater understanding of how youth in medium- to highcrime neighborhoods in Philadelphia perceive and interact with law enforcement. “We need to understand and adopt the most effective means of response to this growing epidemic of violence,” said Maria Kefalas, Ph.D., IVRP director and associate professor of sociology. “To accomplish this, we must explore new approaches to public safety while opening the lines of communication between vulnerable youth and those law enforcement officials and policymakers charged with protecting them.” Last summer, researchers began interviewing young people, ages 14 to 24, in high-crime Philadelphia neighborhoods. According to Kefalas, the objective is to see youth as a resource for anti-violence initiatives rather than a cause of the problem. Kefalas and her team believe that authorities lack the data to evaluate and address the Stop Snitching phenomenon, and therefore will benefit from the research findings. As part of the project, they also plan to bring their results to the Philadelphia Police Department, City Hall and community groups in the form of a summit, to be held sometime next fall. Online:

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HAUB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS VIRGINIA MIORI, PH.D. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DECISION AND SYSTEM SCIENCES Virginia Miori, Ph.D., assistant professor of decision and system sciences, is thinking a lot about milk these days. Through careful study and analysis, she’s boosted milk production and cut costs at a few micro dairies — groups of seven or eight small farmers who pool their resources and purchase equipment to produce dairy products — in Nevada. Her secret? A production-scheduling model she developed to change the way farmers process the milk we drink. She now plans to install her model at 11 more dairy lines, including four installations in Ohio and Montana. In just one month, Miori was able to increase each micro dairy’s milk output by seven percent, amounting to 3,300 more gallons during that time and almost 240,000 additional gallons annually. She says these are significant numbers, given the pressures on the industry. “Dairy farmers across the country are burdened with the cost of producing milk and keeping up with consumer demand,” she explained. Improvements in equipment technologies and the redesign of the one-gallon milk jug sold to wholesalers have alleviated some of these pressures, but she says significant upgrades are still needed. When Miori examined the micro dairies’ production lines, she realized how a scheduling model she originally developed for the trucking industry could improve their operating efficiencies. The lines typically run according to type. “Milk is initially produced in two variations: skim and whole,” explained Miori. “All varieties of milk can be turned out through adjusting the ratios of whole and skim released by filling machines.” She identified lags in the production line as the milk transitioned between cleaning cycles and packaging, and developed a model where the line runs according to transition, instead of milk type. Once her schedule was implemented, dairy farmers saw an 82 percent reduction in unproductive time and a more than 71 percent decrease in the number of transitions. Miori holds a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College, two master’s degrees — one from Case Western Reserve University and another from the University of Pennsylvania — and a Ph.D. from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She has been awarded five times for various research endeavors, most recently by Saint Joseph’s last fall. Prior to becoming a professor, Miori worked as a consultant in transportation, logistics and supply chain. — Carolyn Steigleman



Saint Joseph’s has established a new graduate program to respond to growing concerns about ethical medicine. The master’s program in health care ethics, housed in the Institute of Catholic Bioethics, is designed for individuals involved in the health care field in any capacity and will further the ongoing dialogue about the role of ethics in medical decision-making. Classes begin in September. “This program is one of the few in the country that combines theoretical and clinical elements with an emphasis on the clinical dimension,” said Mark C. Aita, S.J., M.D., director of the program. The Institute of Catholic Bioethics already has a constituency of those active in the medical field, especially in Philadelphia. “I believe there is a real need and demand in the Philadelphia area for professional training in health care ethics,” said Peter Clark, S.J. ’75 (B.A.), professor of theology and director of the Institute. “The Saint Joseph’s Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics program will address this critical need and demand in both Catholic and secular hospitals.” The program will offer courses relevant to issues in modern health care, including Aging in America, Health Education in HIV/AIDS, and Social Justice and Bioethics. ENERGY COMPANY SUPPORTS BUSINESS EDUCATION AT SJU Hess Corporation has donated $25,000 to Saint Joseph’s to support student scholarships and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business’ annual business policy competition. A leading global independent energy company, Hess Corporation works closely with Saint Joseph’s Career Development Center to recruit students for internships and jobs. “About three years into the relationship, we became one of its preferred target schools,” said Matthew Brink, director of the Career Development Center. He reports that Hess has had success in hiring Saint Joseph’s graduates for its management training program. Marcel White ’07 (M.B.A.), division director of human resources for Hess’ retail marketing business, noted, “Saint Joseph’s students benefit from the effectiveness of the management training program, which in turn benefits companies like Hess as we look to build a strong team.” White sees the business policy competition as an example of the University’s commitment to preparing students for success in the business world. “We’re pleased to support Saint Joseph’s business policy competition and to offer scholarships to deserving students.”

What’s tall and pink and stands on one leg? A flamingo, of course. Everyone knows what flamingos are, but not many people, scientists included, have thought much about the real creatures behind the plastic lawn ornaments. “There’s not a lot of empirical research out there on the flamingo,” said Matthew Anderson, Ph.D., a behavioral psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology. “No one really knows why, for instance, they stand on one leg. It’s kind of hard to believe.” Anderson owes his fascination with flamingos in part to his toddler daughter, who decided after a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo that flamingos were her favorite animal. In an effort to educate them both about the birds, Anderson did some research and quickly found that many of his questions had never been scientifically answered. Curiosity piqued, Anderson and senior psychology major Sarah Williams (Audubon, N.J.), set to work last summer to uncover more about the unusual tropical birds. They tested several hypotheses to solve the one-leg flamingo enigma in a project made possible by the University’s Summer Scholars program, through which students and faculty collaborate on research. Anderson and Williams, along with senior psychology major Edward O’Brien (Cherry Hill, N.J.), had made a first discovery about flamingos in fall 2007 when they determined that the birds, while resting, have a personal




preference for curving their necks in one direction over the other. Their research was recently published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. Anderson says he enjoys working with SJU students in research settings. “Fostering intellectual curiosity in the lab (and at the zoo) is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” he said. Anderson’s academic focus is primarily on animal learning and behavioral processes, as he and his students continue to add to research on flamingos and other animals. He has published widely on cognition, memory, and curiosity in animals and he hopes to gain further insight into general behavior in many species, including humans. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Susquehanna University and master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology at Kent State. — Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.)

AFRICAN PEACEMAKER SPEAKS ON CAMPUS Sr. Pauline Silver Acayo, a peace officer working in Uganda for Catholic Relief Services, visited Saint Joseph’s last fall to discuss the conflict between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group in Africa. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego chose Sr. Acayo as one of the Women Peacemakers of the Year in 2005. She also received a certificate of recognition in 2006 for her peace-building work from the New York-based Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

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STUDENTS SEEK TWO-WHEELED SOLUTION TO ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES Saint Joseph’s students, looking for ways to avoid the economic and environmental impact of daily driving, have started a bike co-op program to encourage the campus community to embrace the convenient, exercise-friendly, carbon-free transportation. Tentatively called the SJU Bike Co-op, the program aims to ultimately build a pool of bikes that students, faculty and staff can share when automotive travel isn’t absolutely necessary. “The addition of the Maguire Campus — 38 new acres — makes Saint Joseph’s a big campus, and it can be tough to get from one side to another,” said sophomore Julian Phillips (Plainfield, N.J.), a psychology and fine arts double major and one of the founders of the initiative. “Biking makes it really easy to get around.” Cycling enthusiasts have collaborated with Get Ready for Environmental Education Now Conserve Our Wildlife (G.R.E.E.N. C.O.W.), the campus environmental protection group, to form the bike co-op. Sophomore Kyle Konopka (Haddon Heights, N.J.), president of G.R.E.E.N. C.O.W., said that an increase in bike usage could do wonders to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. “We have so many students living just a few miles off campus, in West Philadelphia and Manayunk,” Konopka said. “Imagine the reduction in emissions we would see if they all biked to school every day.” Phillips ’11, Amy Sands ’11 and Konopka ’11



Saint Joseph’s chapter of Alpha Iota Delta-Alpha Mu, the International Honor Society for Information Systems and Decision Sciences (DSS), was named Chapter of the Year in November. In addition, Ruben Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of decision and system sciences, was honored as Faculty Sponsor of the Year. The Alpha Iota Delta-Alpha Mu chapter at Saint Joseph’s was founded in 2006 for students pursuing a business degree in DSS and/or business intelligence. Since its formation, 52 undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members have been inducted into the society. The chapter operates with financial support from SMART Business Advisory and Consulting LLC, an international business advisory, consulting and accounting organization. “We are a young organization, so it’s nice to receive validation that what we are doing reflects the spirit and direction the national organization wants to take,” said Mendoza. “I am very proud of the student officers of the Alpha Mu chapter for helping me with all activities, and for the energy and enthusiasm they bring to our collaboration.”

The Office of Multicultural Life brought a number of speakers to campus this year as part of its Diversity Lecture Series. Among them were Lawson Inada, a third-generation Japanese-American poet and artist; Patricia J. Williams, columnist for The Nation magazine and professor of Law at Columbia University; and Black Thought, lead singer of the Philadelphia-based rap music group The Roots.

News Contributors: Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.); Patricia Allen; Maureen Catalano ’09; Kelly Farber ’09; Harriet Goodheart; Joe Lunardi ’82 (B.A.); Jeffrey Martin ’04 (B.A.), ’05 (M.A.); Rachel Mattos ’10; Carolyn Steigleman; Sarah (Whelehon) Hennessey ’07 (M.A.)





Black Thought


SIGMA PI CHAPTER HONORED FOR SERVICE The North American Interfraternity Conference recognized the University’s Theta Chi Chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity for its Altruistic Campus Experience Project. The project is a national service effort designed for Sigma Pi chapters to give back to their host institutions. Saint Joseph’s chapter developed a week’s worth of service activities to promote the ideals of the organization: “to advance truth and justice; to promote scholarship; to encourage chivalry; to diffuse culture; to develop character.” Cary Anderson, Ed.D., vice president for student life (left of award), accepted the award from John Williams Jr., Esq., Sigma Pi regional director (right of award).



Vincent McCarthy, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, served as a senior research fellow on the philosophy faculty at the Humboldt University of Berlin last fall with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany. At the same time, he also held the position of senior research fellow at the Kierkegaard Research Center of the University of Cøpenhagen. McCarthy, a former dean and provost, has published widely on the father of McCarthy Existentialism, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and recently finished a book, Kierkegaard as Psychologist. McCarthy’s previous book, The Phenomenology of Moods in Kierkegaard, was written in the late ’70s when he was also a von Humboldt fellow in philosophy and theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Catastrophic events like the tropical storms and hurricanes that have pounded the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts since 2004 have threatened the country’s energy resources. “Unanticipated disasters like these, whether from natural occurrences or man-made tragedies like the Exxon Valdez oil spill or the Three Mile Island accident, create an insurance nightmare for risk managers,” said Sam Cupp, the University’s executive-inresidence in risk management and insurance. The Energy School, a new program at Saint Joseph’s, offered a forum last fall to aid risk managers in adapting to the challenges of protecting the nation’s energy companies from shattering losses like the ones Cupp described. Risk managers from all facets of the energy industry attended the event, sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business, The OIL Group of Companies, Energy Insurance Mutual Ltd., and Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd. Speakers included former Pa. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty ’85 (B.S.) and Marsh & McLennan Companies President and CEO Brian Duperreault ’69 (B.S.).


Photo: James Garrity ‘10

The Hawks of India organized a celebration for the most important Hindu holiday, Diwali. This Indian festival of lights signifies the triumph of good over evil. The extravagant celebration in October was the largest yet on campus and featured Indian dancing, music and foods.

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CAMPUS OFFERS WORDS OF INSPIRATION TO WOUNDED TROOPS The entire Saint Joseph’s community took part in the Words of Inspiration Campaign to cheer and inspire wounded U.S. troops and their support staff during the holiday season. Hundreds of quotations, maxims and poems, together with short descriptions or explanations, were collected and handwritten by volunteers, ensuring a personal touch. The completed Words of Inspiration were delivered to service members recovering from injuries at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and combat support hospitals in Afghanistan.

For the third straight year, Saint Joseph’s University has been named a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Placement on the list is the highest honor a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. “The community at Saint Joseph’s is deeply committed to service,” said Tom Sheibley, director of campus ministry. “From weekly community outreach down the street to yearly immersion programs across the country, our students, faculty and staff connect with the Jesuit mission in a unique way. Our inclusion on this honor roll reflects the intense passion that everyone in the University community has for service.” The University has been recognized in each of the three years that the honor roll has been announced. Student participation in service activities, the availability of service-learning courses, and the scope and innovation of service projects were all considered when selecting schools for the list. The honor roll is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USA Freedom Corps and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Population. More information and a full list of schools that were named are available at The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that strives to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

STUDENTS AND ALUMNI CONTINUE TO HELP IN KATRINA RECOVERY For the third time in four years, a group of students and alumni traveled to the Gulf Coast in January to boost recovery efforts in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina. Sixteen students and two alumni made the journey in what has become a multi-year rebuilding venture. They visited St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in New Orleans, where they served on the first service trip in 2006, and worked in Bayou La Batre with the Bayou Recovery Project. The participants cleaned debris and helped with construction at six sites in the two cities. “This trip is so important to us, because no matter how much time passes, so many areas in the Gulf Coast look like Katrina happened 10 days ago,” said Jenna Ciancia (Pennsville, N.J.), a senior education major and trip leader. “A lot of progress has been made in Bayou La Batre in the past year, but we toured some areas in New Orleans that have a long way to go, and we wanted to help in any way that we could.”

Working together at Bayou La Batre are (clockwise from left): James Duffy ’10, Sarah Hegarty ’10, Kevin Gainey ’11, a local resident and Jenna Ciancia ’10.



Photo: Dell Burnell

For senior Edwin Lashley, college has been about exploring dual passions. “Playing basketball at a high level was always a dream of mine,” the Saint Joseph’s forward and fine and performing arts major said. But this Hawk is only half athlete; his other half is an aspiring thespian. “Being a professional actor is my ultimate goal,” he emphasized. As far back as he can remember, Lashley has enjoyed putting on a show. He memorized the Wizard of Oz word-for-word at age three, delighting family and friends in Salisbury, Md., with his impressions. “I have always been asked to imitate celebrities and people I know,” says Lashley. He is famous for a spot-on impersonation of men’s head basketball coach Phil Martelli. Edwin’s love of performance has only been rivaled by his hoop dreams, ever since he learned the sport at age six. Fortunately for Lashley, on Hawk Hill, he hasn’t had to choose between his passions. Moreover, he has excelled in both arenas — as a key member of Martelli’s squad while he squeezed in rehearsals, performances and a full academic course load. His debut onstage at Saint Joseph’s came last spring in Chicago, the same semester the Hawks traveled to the NCAA tournament. Last fall, he appeared as Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona, in the Cap and Bells production of Romeo and Juliet.

Lashley ’10 as Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, with fellow thespians Peter Patane ’10 (balcony) and Reid Smith ’11.

— Kelly Farber ’09

JESUIT TRAVELS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA TO HOLD MACLEAN CHAIR Dennis Leder, S.J., came a long way to join the Saint Joseph’s community as the Donald I. MacLean, S.J., Chair for the spring semester. A Bergen County, N.J., native, Fr. Leder has spent the last 20 years in Central America, first living among Salvadoran refugees in Honduras and currently serving as director of arts at Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala City. Fr. Leder’s most recent exhibition in Guatemala displayed 16 different works, including paintings and iron sculptures. While at Saint Joseph’s, Fr. Leder hopes to collaborate with other artists, especially those who work in different mediums, such as dance, theater and music. “I want to open the door to creativity,” he said. Art education in the United States and in Guatemala is very different, according to Fr. Leder. “The educational format in Central America is very technical and focused,” he said. “Through the art program at the university [Rafael Landívar], I am able to give the students an art experience during college that they otherwise would never have.” Fr. Leder is teaching Introduction to Studio Art at Saint Joseph’s this semester.

Photo: Andrés Asturias

Fr. Leder with his original work, “Dos Por Tres”

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For some alumni, service means more than a day at the park ... or the shelter, or the soup kitchen. As undergraduates, they deepened their experiences of service and social justice through reflection, and are now pursuing careers where they help others do the same. By Thomas W. Durso ’91 (B.A.), ’02 (M.B.A.)

They cram their stuff into their backpacks, make sure their iPods are charged for their long flights or rides, and stock up on bottled water. Hours later, they stroll down Jetways or clamber out of cars and buses, stash their bags where they’re staying and get to work. Clad in their Saint Joseph’s sweatshirts and tees and baseball caps, they rehab houses and build playgrounds. They toil in hospitals and shelters. They minister to the sick and the underprivileged. As stirring as these efforts are, the truly amazing part happens when they return to campus and, before getting back into their daily lives, gather to talk about the journeys they have taken, to reflect on the lessons they have learned, to realize that what they have given is nothing compared to what they have received. College kids’ engagement in service is, while noble, hardly newsworthy. But ask those kids to spend some time thinking about what they’ve done and sharing those insights with their peers? Now you’re moving from mere do-gooding to something much more intimate and substantial. “A lot of studies have shown that when people do service, it’s a good thing, but it doesn’t necessarily cause them to think about what there is to be learned,” says Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J. ’88 (B.A.), assistant to the vice president for mission and identity. “Reflection helps people dig a little deeper, to understand themselves and others and begin to grasp why certain situations exist and how they can be transformed. Reflection allows for the transformation of the individual doing the service, as well as of the system, so that the situation can begin to improve.” Such reflection has become a hallmark of the University’s service efforts. It has proven so effective that other colleges, universities and nonprofits have sought to import the model — and the men and women who have participated in it. Institutions throughout the region have called on these Saint Joseph’s alumni to shepherd young people in activities that require them not only to assist others but also to engage in significant, meaningful assessment that places their actions within a larger context of peace and justice.

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Power ’05

Three years ago, Josh Power ’05 (B.S.) joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program as associate director for leadership and service projects. He oversees a variety of programs, including a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania through which Penn students are recruited and trained to serve as mentors to elementary and middle schoolers in West Philadelphia. It is the largest such campus-based program in the country. Power is also involved with the Fox Program’s projects in New Orleans. It sends 100 undergraduates during spring break to build homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and 15 students for 10 weeks during the summer to work with nonprofits doing post-Katrina recovery work. Through a new post-graduate fellowship program, a handful of Penn alumni will commit to living in the city and working with community-serving nonprofits for one to two years. Power’s experience at Saint Joseph’s, where he participated in Project Appalachia and the Native American Experience in New Mexico, among others, led him to integrate reflection and discussion into the structure of the programs he administers at Penn. “Reflection helps you better understand not only the impact that the experience is having on the community you’re working with, but also the impact the experience is having on you as a volunteer,” he says. “Without spending that time reflecting in deep thought with other students, you’ll be less likely to continue seeking out similar experiences or staying engaged with that community. Structured refletion and discussion help give students a chance to process what they’re feeling.”

“Structured reflection and discussion help give students a chance to process what they’re feeling.” Josh Power ’05 Dougherty ’93



Joseph P. Tierney ’83 (B.S.), the Fox Leadership Program’s executive director, says that Saint Joseph’s emphasis on reflection fosters a lifelong interest in service and made Power the perfect choice to help the nation’s future leaders realize the importance of helping others. “He really is a poster child for service at Saint Joseph’s,” Tierney says. “But as great as Josh is, I don’t think he’s unique to what Saint Joseph’s produces.” •••

A few blocks away, Daniel Dougherty ’93 (B.A.) sits in a conference room at Drexel University’s Center for Civic Engagement, which brings together students, faculty, nonprofits and neighborhood groups to facilitate community-based experiential learning. Drexel’s emphasis on co-op education has helped the center make inroads at the university — no small feat for an institution not as accustomed to service as Saint Joseph’s. “We get people who tend to be much more open and even deferential to an office such as ours, because they don’t have experience in service-learning or civic engagement,” says Dougherty, director of the Center. “If you have a sociology department or a psychology department, they’re used to such things, and they can do that on their own.” While Drexel is a decentralized institution, the Center for Civic Engagement has a university-wide presence, giving Dougherty the opportunity to instill the sense that service is a noble calling to be embraced and not simply a requirement that must be endured. He launched a student leadership program, modeled after Saint Joseph’s Faith-Justice Institute, in which a small group of under-

graduates serve as liaisons between the university and the community groups it works with. “SJU confirmed for me that service to others and seeking a world where inequality and injustice do not exist were desirable goals and were supported by the mission of the University, the charism of the Society of Jesus and a community of students, faculty and staff,” he says. “I became very active as an undergraduate in community service programs and that set into motion the desire to work with marginalized populations after graduation. I often reflected on what it meant to be a ‘man for others’ and to be a follower of Jesus through my work with homeless adults after SJU.” Dougherty’s emphasis on reflection signals a culture change at Drexel, and it is his way of emphasizing to student volunteers the efficacy of their activities. It helps them realize they are not alone, but instead are part of a greater whole that is making a difference in West Philadelphia. While he’s been at the center for just a short while, he has ambitious plans, including the development of service-learning courses and possibly a formalized academic program centered on civic engagement. “I’m not going to say that in three months we’ve changed the world, but I think three years from now I’ll have a better idea of it,” Dougherty says. •••

After graduating from Saint Joseph’s in 1998, Seán Patrick Sanford (B.A.) began working at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Skillman, N.J., where his colleagues joked that he had brought Campus Ministry along with him. Among the initiatives he launched was an immersion program for high schoolers through which students who had just completed their freshman year spent a week working in Trenton; sophomores went to the Romero Center in Camden, juniors to Appalachia and seniors to Tijuana, Mexico. Sanford spent a decade at St. Charles and then went on to serve as executive director of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, N.J., a youth and young adult formation center that offers experiences to help individuals discover their place in the Christian tradition of justice and service. He founded programs to immerse high schoolers for weeklong service experiences and young adults in summer

Sanford ’98

“The thing I learned at Saint Joseph’s was this idea of needing to process the service experience.” Seán Patrick Sanford ’98

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Flanagan ’03

service internships; he also started the Center for FaithJustice that conducts community service and justice education programs, provides resources to churches and schools, and seeks to “explore the fullness of Christian life” by fostering communities of faith in action. “The thing I learned at Saint Joseph’s was this idea of needing to process the service experience — to have people talk about what they saw and experienced,” he says. “It has been said it’s almost better not to do it than to not process it. There are so many aspects that are missed, or even misunderstood, if they don’t get a chance to reflect on what they just experienced. We talk a lot about what that calls us to — as people and communities of faith — when it’s over. “I have no interest in taking kids into Trenton to make them feel good about doing 25 hours of service,” he adds. “I want them to integrate it into what their life is about.” Sanford’s objective doesn’t work with everyone, of course, but when it does, it holds powerful resonance. Since her time as a student at Saint Joseph’s, Diana Loiacono ’06 (B.S.) has been involved with the Center for FaithJustice as a program coordinator for its summer youth programs. She has seen firsthand the extraordinary effect reflection can have. “As participants in these week-long service experiences, students are challenged to ask the hard questions and confront challenging realities as they engage in action on behalf of justice,” Loiacono says. “My hope is that their experiences of faith, community, and social action will lead them to recognize the intrinsic relationship between faith and justice.” •••

“Saint Joseph’s really instills, above all, the value of service to others and transforming that into a career.” Timothy Flanagan ’03



To witness the power of reflection, to understand its potential to influence lives for years to come, look no further than Timothy Flanagan. After earning a bachelor’s degree in management in 2003, he seemed well on his way to the six-figure salary and big-firm consulting gig he had envisioned as an undergraduate. He started a company, nurtured it for a while, then took some time off to travel and do small-business consulting. But in the back of his mind, Flanagan recalled his senior-year experience with Project Appalachia.

“That just turned my whole world around,” he says. “What I realized there was the Jesuit ethic of men and women for others. I decided that was it — that’s what I had to do: Take whatever skills I had learned at St. Joe’s to a community and help it raise its standard of living.” Flanagan went to Washington, D.C., where he had some friends from Saint Joseph’s, and began volunteering with community development organizations. After a while, one of his fellow volunteers introduced him to someone with the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, and before long, he had come on board as a manager. In that role, Flanagan offers capacity building and access to capital to existing and start-up small businesses in the greater D.C. area, helping to create jobs and self-employment opportunities for low and moderateincome individuals. Clients range from child-care providers to affordable housing developers to battered women’s shelters. “It turned out to be the exact job I’d been looking for,” Flanagan says. •••

Sipping coffee in a dining hall at the Romero Center, a peace and justice retreat center in Camden, N.J., that hosts high school, college and adult groups for service retreats, Megan Allen ’04 (B.S.) and Holly Myers ’05 (B.S.) are discussing the importance of their Saint Joseph’s experience to their current work. Allen and Myers plan and implement the Romero Center’s Urban Challenge Retreat, which sends participants to Camden and Philadelphia soup kitchens, homeless shelters and nursing homes during the day and returns them in the afternoon and evening to discuss such weighty issues as the existence of poverty. Their primary goal is to integrate service, reflection and education to effect change. “At St. Joe’s, a big part of our service experience was reflection, which you don’t always get,” Myers says. “A lot of retreat centers concentrate just on the service aspect, which is vital, but if you’re not thinking about it and processing it, you’re not recognizing the change in yourself and growing with it. For me, reflection is the service. That’s where I recognize my own spirituality and feel God’s grace. The reflection and the service are absolutely intertwined.”

Allen ’04 and Myers ’05

“The reflection and the service are absolutely intertwined.” Holly Myers ’05

For Allen, reflection upon service is also a necessary part of her faith. At Saint Joseph’s, she says, she felt secure to ask the tough questions that reflection gives rise to. She could challenge her faith and challenge the world and still grow. “I can’t do service without it being connected to a faith component,” she says. “It doesn’t make sense to me that people do service without reflecting and tying it into the whole person, the whole self, the whole spirituality piece.” •••

“Reflection will always help our people — students, faculty and staff — come to know themselves and the purpose of their lives,” Fr. Joyce says. “That will always lead to something about spirituality and a kind of vision of themselves as it relates to God and their work in the world — their vocation. “SJU has a reputation for reflecting on service with effect,” he adds, “both for those who now use it to help others reflect and for those whose reflection leads their career.” Kate Byrne ’07 (B.S.) would concur. A former Service Scholar in the Faith-Justice

Institute, she worked for NETWORK, a Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and did faith-based outreach in Philadelphia for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Today, Byrne works on health care policy and international trade issues for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. Her career path, she says, has been informed by the interactions she and her fellow service scholars had with faculty members at the intersection of service and study. “We had a lot of discussions on various topics,” she recalls. “That shaped me into the person that I am, probably more so than most classes I had.” Flanagan, the Washington community developer, portrays it as almost inevitable, beginning from the moment the backpack is zipped shut and loaded into the trunk for that first immersion trip. “Saint Joseph’s really instills, above all, the value of service to others and transforming that into a career,” he says. “I don’t think there’s another option if you paid attention. You do end up in service to others.”

Tom Durso is a freelance writer. In addition to this article, he also wrote the Sr. Mary Scullion feature on pages 18-19.

Byrne ’07

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Sr. Mary Scullion Leads the Charge for Philadelphia’s Homeless

Tenacious, funny, smart and strategic, Sr. Mary Scullion seizes every opportunity in her quest to end homelessness in Philadelphia.

Like many CEOs, she is lauded as visionary and clever, a person with startling networking skills, someone who knows which people in the room can help her organization — and how. She can sense when to come on strong and when to lay back. She has spent two decades growing her enterprise into a national model of effectiveness. She speaks thoughtfully about strategic initiatives and exudes confidence and optimism. But Mary Scullion, R.S.M. ’76 (B.S.), is no ordinary CEO. She’s a Sister of Mercy, for one, and she’s not shy about playing up that fact when it helps her cause. And the organization she



By Thomas W. Durso ’91 (B.A.), ’02 (M.B.A.)

cofounded with Joan Dawson McConnon in 1989 does not make widgets; it advocates on behalf of the homeless. Sr. Mary straddles two worlds, rubbing elbows with the region’s movers and shakers as the president and executive director of Project H.O.M.E., then ministering to the homeless people for whom she has found affordable housing and whom she has placed in jobs. Along the way, Sr. Mary has become the face of housing advocacy in greater Philadelphia and has helped build a national reputation for her organization. Her thoughts and expertise have appeared in national media outlets for decades. And she has

received numerous honorary doctorates and awards for her leadership in the City of Philadelphia. “She uses partnerships as a means of operating, because we have all these lofty goals and we can’t achieve them on our own,” says Erin O’Brien ’99 (B.A.), the organization’s volunteer coordinator. “She is a great brainstormer, able to articulate her ideas in ways that are a stepping-off point to bigger concepts. She’s a terrific collaborator.” Sr. Mary believes if people are living on the streets or in doorways, it is not simply their problem, but everyone else’s as well, perhaps now more than ever. Philadelphia’s homeless population is the highest it has been in 10 years, according to the city’s homeless outreach center. “Engaging the public in the issue of homelessness is a very strategic initiative,” she says in a conference room at Project H.O.M.E.’s headquarters on Fairmount Avenue. “Homelessness is not a problem in and of itself — it’s more symptomatic of deeper societal problems. It’s almost prophetic, saying there’s something radically wrong here. We have to look at our structural economic issues. It’s really important to engage the public because homelessness affects us all.” Indeed, the organization’s tagline, “None of us are home until all of us are home,” comes from an address delivered at Saint Joseph’s University by Pedro Arrupe, S.J., then the superior general of the Society of Jesus, when Sr. Mary was a student there. “He said that if a person is hungry anywhere in the world, the Eucharist is incomplete everywhere in the world, and that through the Eucharist, through our faith, there’s a place for everybody at our table,” she recalls. “That sense of hospitality and unity really helped Project H.O.M.E. That was what motivated and continues to motivate me and others to be a part of the community of people from all walks of life who are committed to ending homelessness.” • • • Two decades ago, in the cold winter of early 1989, Sr. Mary and McConnon, both veterans of serving the homeless, had seen enough. Joining forces in an effort to respond to the needs of those on the streets, they worked with the City of Philadelphia to open the locker room of the Marian Anderson Recreational Center at 17th and Fitzwater as an emergency shelter. Naysayers predicted that the homeless, many of them veterans, many of them mentally impaired or drug-addicted, would refuse help, but a surprising thing happened: The shelter filled quickly with men and women who were seeking a hand. “Everybody said they wanted a little place of their own and a job,” Sr. Mary says. “We felt there was an opportunity to focus on solutions to homelessness as opposed to just responding to the immediate emergency need. We decided to seek more permanent resolutions and started Project H.O.M.E.” From those very basic beginnings has grown an organization that has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Project H.O.M.E. offers nearly 500 units of housing and has launched three businesses to provide employment to formerly homeless persons. It keeps people off the streets in North Central Philadelphia through the greening of

vacant lots, economic development, home ownership for the working poor and the Honickman Learning Center Technology Labs, which offer comprehensive educational and occupational programming. It runs a small independent school with Germantown Academy and a free health care clinic through Thomas Jefferson University. All of these activities are oriented toward the tenets that give Project H.O.M.E. its name: housing, opportunities, medical care and education. “By focusing on those four areas in a more strategic way, we wanted to partner with the people out there to end homelessness in Philadelphia, and that’s what we still believe is possible,” she says. “We believe that with the talent, resources, leadership and faith community in Philadelphia, we really can end homelessness for people on the streets.” Such optimism and determination are standard for many if not most advocates, and in many ways Sr. Mary is a typical CEO. She answers questions thoughtfully, often pausing to choose the exact right words. She maintains a strategic outlook that aims to attack root causes as well as symptoms. She likes to wander around the office and joke with staff, often stopping to filch a piece of chocolate from someone’s candy dish. She is an avid runner whose language can slip toward the salty. Yes, she is a person of faith, but also one who is fully immersed in the world. “She’s a clever, clever CEO,” marvels Corinne O’Connell ’97 (B.A.), Project H.O.M.E.’s volunteer coordinator from 1999 to 2002. “Sr. Mary is an amazing visionary, an incredible leader. She has the ability to bring all sorts of people to the table to address the issues of poverty and homelessness — and has converted some staunch opponents into some of the strongest supporters. “Sr. Mary has an incredible ability to connect people,” O’Connell continues. “She knows who’s going to be the messenger, or she’s going to get this person with that person and poof! What was an idea is now reality.” • • • Sr. Mary’s current reality involves very vocal advocacy for quality education. Reaching young people is the surest way to break the cycle of homelessness, she believes, especially now, when the disparity between the wealthy and the poor has grown so obscenely wide and the economy is chasing even the employed out of their homes. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this driven, down-toearth, passionate person is her unwavering belief that it can happen. She cites the theologian Jon Sobrino, S.J., who refers to the biblical story of the Good Samaritan and points out that while all of us think we would have stopped to help the beaten man on the road, we must remember that it is not simply one person about whom Jesus was talking. All who are suffering worldwide are on that road. What are we going to do, Fr. Sobrino asked, to stop such injustices? “That story has been told and retold, and it makes me think: We do have power,” Sr. Mary says. “We can act. Even in this economy, I still have a lot of hope. There are still a lot of resources and talent and potential. We can take this a couple of steps forward.” For more on Project H.O.M.E., visit




It’s that time of year when all good students of higher learning cram their minds with every ounce of material they have learned — or tried to learn — in the months before final exams. You can still remember that feeling, can’t you? Don’t panic! Consider this just a friendly pop quiz, a fun-filled jog down memory lane mixed with questions to test your knowledge of Hawk Hill and its inhabitants. No bluebooks, pencils or laptops required!






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Which Saint Joseph’s president served the longest term?


Which alumnus was the subject of the 2006 box office hit Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg?

A. Burchard Villiger, S.J. B. Donald I. MacLean, S.J.


C. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J. D. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J.

Which of the following were NOT situated at the intersection of 54th Street and City Avenue in the 1950s and 1960s?

A. Fishman’s Seafood Restaurant 2

Where on campus is the memorial to the 12 members of the Class of 1943A who died in World War II?

B. Dake’s Pharmacy C. Franklin House Bank D. Rolling Pin Bakery


Which varsity athletic team has the most victories?


Which current professor has the longest tenure at Saint Joseph’s?


What campus building is named for the honorary alumnus and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School graduate who built Barbelin Hall and its signature carillon tower, the highest point in Philadelphia at the time?

A. Men’s basketball B. Softball C. Men’s rowing D. Field hockey


Which four SJU alumni are currently playing or coaching in the NBA?


What locale is the farthest destination from which a current undergraduate hails?

A. New Zealand B. Malaysia C. Iceland D. The North Pole 10 Which is the most popular dinner entree in the Campion cafe? A. Turkey and Mashed Potatos B. Quizno’s C. Lemon Beef with Bananas D. The Hawk Wrap 11 What is the claim to fame of Kathy Casey-Kirschling, who earned a master’s degree at Saint Joseph’s in 1989?



Check out for upcoming events and other ways to stay in touch with Saint Joseph’s. This year, the Class of 1959 celebrates its 50th reunion, May 14-16, on campus. Classes ending “4” and “9” can reconnect with classmates and refresh memories of Hawk Hill during Alumni Reunion on November 14.








T H I N G S 18

12 Who is pictured in this painting? A. St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus

15 Two faculty members conducted a research project in the early 1970s that had a significant impact on nutrition. What was the subject of their research?

B. Felix J. Barbelin, S.J., founder and first president of Saint Joseph’s College

C. Joseph Greaton, S.J., first resident pastor of Saint Joseph’s Church

D. Robin Williams, actor and comedian 13 What profession did University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., seriously consider before deciding to become a priest? 14 Which of the following endangered animals does NOT live in the University’s biodiversity lab, managed by Scott McRobert, Ph.D., professor of biology? A. Vietnamese Leaf Turtle B. Blue Poison Dart Frog C. Copperbelly Water Snake D. Yellow Spotted Amazonian River Turtle

18 In what season did SJU have its first and only female Hawk mascot? A. 1982-83 B. 2008-09

16 Which Jesuit and former faculty member was called “The Waterfront Priest?” 17 Which of the following is NOT an intramural sport at Saint Joseph’s?

C. 1997-98 D. 2000-01 19 What Saint Joseph’s graduate was the most successful in Olympic competition?

A. Lacrosse B. Roller Hockey C. Capoeira D. Pickleball

20 Who made the following statement in a 1967 visit to campus? “I believe in changing the heart, but I also believe that even if morality can’t be regulated, behavior can. … If vigorously enforced, legislation can change some habits of men and maybe somewhere along the way, the heart may be changed.”

A. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. B. Sen. Barry Goldwater C. Stevie Wonder D. Former President Richard Nixon Answer key on page 38.

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By Carolyn Steigleman

A young couple desperately wants to buy a house. Though they haven’t saved enough for a down payment, they visit a mortgage broker anyway. They’re hoping to find some way, any way, to cross the threshold into home ownership. Surprisingly, the broker obliges, without reservation. Overjoyed, the couple signs the dotted lines and commits to an adjustable rate mortgage with an unbelievably low beginning interest rate. As the broker explains, real estate never loses its value. By the time the rate goes up, they can sell their house at a huge profit and pay off the loan with no problem!

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An exaggeration? Maybe, but this depiction of a potential homeowner and broker isn’t much of a stretch when considering the current financial crisis. A culture of consumption and disregard for ethical considerations became a sort of religion for the market. Consumers took on more debt than they could afford, and mortgage brokers and investment bankers reaped the benefits of what seemed to be an unending flow of money exchanged on the market. Until, of course, the credit ran out, and it was time for someone to pay. John McCall, Ph.D., director of the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics and professor of management and philosophy, has examined the financial crisis from an ethical perspective. He says it’s human nature to look for someone to blame but believes there isn’t just one bad guy. “Rather, the culpability lies in a series of moral hazards at every stage of the crisis,” he says. “From borrower to investment fund manager, people reaped benefits while shifting risk onto others.”

Borrower to Broker In January 2009, RealtyTrac, a California-based foreclosure-listing firm, reported that more than 2.3 million homeowners faced foreclosure proceedings last year, an 81 percent increase from 2007. “People started using their homes like credit cards to finance a lifestyle of consumption,” explains McCall. In an effort to “keep up with the Joneses,” homebuyers often committed to future monthly payments they couldn’t afford. If they had asked themselves, “Can I afford this?,” McCall believes that many may have avoided becoming statistics as the nation’s foreclosure rate ballooned.

Broker to Bank Brokers became accountable in the financial crisis by sometimes preying on homebuyers’ ignorance. “Relying on the fact that homebuyers didn’t always understand the terms of their contracts,” says McCall, “brokers pushed loans which consumers couldn’t afford.” The brokers could conceal this lack of affordability by using adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) with low initial interest rates. Al Pastino ’64 (B.S.), managing director of Amper Investment Banking, a boutique investment bank in New York City, says brokers assured consumers they could manage ARMs by refinancing in a few years before the rates skyrocketed. The brokers had little incentive to worry about loan risks since they were paid by banks for the number, not the quality, of the mortgages they originated for banks.




According to McCall, the educational efforts of the Arrupe Center and its board are designed to thwart ethical mistakes like those made by business leaders involved in the current financial crisis. Pastino says that the current situation points to the need for more oversight and stricter government regulation, and that recent history has taught us that without this oversight, abuses are not far behind. McCall takes it a step further. “If we’re going to get ourselves out of this mess, we, as consumers, can’t take on more debt,” he says. “We’ve gotten so used to having things without paying for them, and it’s going to be hard to get people to bring debt down.” To begin, McCall suggests Americans start asking themselves tough questions about their consumption habits: u Can I afford it? Pastino ’64

“You have to understand that property values were increasing at double-digit rates (up to 30 percent in some areas),” says Pastino, an Arrupe Center Advisory Board member. “Everyone was riding this wave, and the brokers didn’t think that three years from now, the house with the $500,000 mortgage was only going to appraise for $380,000.”

Bank to Investment House Housing price appreciation started to ramp up in 1999 and increased rapidly through 2005, according to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Interest rates were also very low during this time and, in turn, real estate was considered a safe investment. It was very easy to borrow money in this market, especially since banks didn’t hold onto the loans they were selling. Banks sold the loans to Wall Street investment houses, like the now-bankrupt Lehman Bros. “The banks weren’t exercising due diligence and, instead, routinely accepted risky mortgages,” says McCall. “They issued risky loans because they were able to gain a fee for selling those mortgages to investment houses.”

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u Do I need it? u How does this impact what I will be able to do in the future? u What is my responsibility to my children and the next generation? u What kind of life do I have when I’m trying to get more money for more stuff? u What kind of social and environmental message am I sending? In her role as the chief executive officer of Advanced Enviro Systems, a Philadelphia area-based company specializing in waste reduction and recycling, Judy Ward ’07 (M.B.A.) is acutely aware of Americans’ high level of consumption. “Trash is a byproduct of people’s purchasing habits,” she says. “Instead of using less, we are using more. The more that we continue to buy and use, the more waste accumulates.” Ward, also an Arrupe Center Advisory Board member, says consumers should strive for sustainability and only purchase what is needed. “Currently,” Ward explains, “Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced.”

“The Wall Street firms then packaged the loans in a way that made them appear less risky to investors,” explains McCall. The problem was that the people selling these investments didn’t understand the financial subtleties of their product. The legal language of the investment contracts further complicated the issue, according to Pastino. “There was a great degree of ignorance here,” he says. In describing how the series of events unfolded, Pastino observes: “It was like this tidal wave of optimism overwhelming the borrowers, lenders and investors. Everyone believed that the mortgages, and thus the related investments, would be satisfied by the ever-increasing value of the properties behind the mortgages. No one considered the possibility that these loans would have to be paid off in the traditional way.” “It’s like the people playing the game had ethical blinders on,” adds McCall. “These people had little to no ethical training or framework.” Ward ’07



Pedro Arrupe Center Advances Ethical Leadership At Saint Joseph’s, the Arrupe Center is giving students the conceptual tools to recognize moral hazards, analyze them and avoid ethical pitfalls. It is with this ideal that Frank Trainer ’68 (B.S.) provided the initial funding for the Arrupe Center in 2005. He is committed to an educational approach that features ethics across the curriculum, to help equip students with the tools to make tough ethical decisions. The Center is working to ensure that every course offered at Saint Joseph’s includes an ethical component. It also subsidizes a six-week summer program for faculty to present their ideas for introducing ethics into their classes. Faculty are also encouraged to apply for research funding and professional development support in this area. “I believe that it isn’t as effective to teach ethics as a standalone course,” says Trainer, “as compared to integrating it into the curriculum of each course.” As a supplement to learning about ethics in the classroom, the Center routinely invites industry executives to speak candidly with business students about some of the ethical situations they encounter in their jobs. They recently heard from Eric Floyd, Ph.D. ’00 (M.B.A.), vice president of medical affairs at Cephalon, Inc. Recognized by Pharmaceutical

Executive Magazine in June 2008 in its “45 under 45” feature, Floyd attributes much of his professional success to working under a mentor who taught him how to ethically navigate the industry. Seeking to do the same for others, he makes it a priority to speak with students about his experiences in the pharmaceutical industry — even his mistakes. “I think it’s important for students to learn passively,” offers Floyd, an Arrupe Center Advisory Board member. “If I made a mistake and fell in a hole, it’s invaluable for them to hear about it. I’ve learned and grown from my mistakes, and when I’m speaking with students, I tell them about the holes I’ve fallen into so that they can avoid them.” The Center’s ethics paper competition, offered each semester, is another opportunity for students to develop their ethical framework. Winners receive financial awards for their papers, which integrate issues of ethics and social responsibility. At the graduate level, Net Impact, an international network of more than 10,000 M.B.A. students and business leaders working to use business for social good, is very active on campus. Recently, Steve Alvater ’08 (M.B.A.) was awarded third place in a national business ethics competition for his business model to minimize the danger posed by nuclear weapons and terrorists.

Old habits die hard, but McCall believes the financial crisis has, at the very least, made Americans aware that our consumption behavior needs to change, “lest we face dire social, environmental and financial consequences.” Pastino, the New York City investment banker, believes that in order for this cultural shift to take place, the message has to come from the top levels of government. “We must acknowledge the behavior that resulted in this situation and make the tough decisions necessary to correct the situation, to avoid a repeat,” he says. “This message needs to stay in the forefront.” Pastino further believes that universities have a critical responsibility to graduate adults who will leave school with a sense of ethics and responsibility. “These values need to be part of the graduates’ core values,” he explains. “How you respond to challenging issues

Trainer ’68

Floyd ’00

speaks to your value system. These values are critical. They’re shaped early in life, but are refined at the university.” Frank Trainer ’68 (B.S.), former chief investment officer of fixed income at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., agrees. “If students aren’t forced to think through thornier dilemmas before entering industry, they will be largely influenced by the behavior they observe and reluctant to challenge it,” he warns. “If students have thought about these issues and debated them in the classroom, they are more likely to make decisions which speak to their core values.” “Real issues,” Trainer says, like the ethical mistakes of the financial crisis, “aren’t supposed to be dealt with in hindsight.” Carolyn Steigleman works with the Haub School of Business and is enrolled in Saint Joseph’s master’s in writing studies program.





Dear Fellow Hawks, We find ourselves in the midst of extraordinarily trying times for private colleges and universities throughout the nation. The worldwide economic crisis has many hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Saint Joseph’s is no exception. And yet all of us associated with this great University are committed to not only preserve, but also to strengthen those things that make Saint Joseph’s unique — we continue to embrace the Catholic, Jesuit values that have made us what and who we are. Saint Joseph’s continues to help deserving students afford an education on Hawk Hill. That commitment extends not only to incoming students, but also to those whose college careers began before our current economic situation became a stark reality. During the closing days of the fall semester, Fr. Lannon and the University’s leaders moved swiftly to provide additional funding for students whose personal financial situations may have been adversely impacted by the economic downturn. This reallocation of funds, accompanied by the University’s continued commitment to retention, has ensured that student retention rates going into the spring semester remained on par with those posted last year. We have been blessed by the continued philanthropic loyalty exhibited by our alumni, parents and friends. The Saint Joseph’s Fund helps open doors to countless opportunities for students and provides invaluable operational support necessary to keep our campus running. As the University’s academic year comes to a close, I ask you to join me in supporting the Saint Joseph’s Fund, if you have not already done so. I understand the challenges many of you face, but your participation plays a pivotal role in our success. During these difficult times, serving our students remains at the forefront of everything we do. Numerous careercentered networking events provide tremendous forums for alumni to engage and help current students. In addition to these outlets, The Hawk Career Network powered by LinkedIn, which currently boasts upwards of 1,500 members, and MySJU for Alumni continue to grow, offering ways for Hawks around the country and around the world to connect online. As an alumnus, I am grateful to Fr. Lannon, the Board of Trustees and the rest of the University’s leadership for their forethought and planning. I am equally grateful to those alumni and friends who continue to support our alma mater through philanthropy and volunteerism. With this combined effort, I am confident that Saint Joseph’s will confront these uncertain economic times and emerge stronger and better for having done so. Your loyal Hawk,

Fr. Lannon, von Eschenbach ’63, Dennis Sheehan, Esq. ’85, and Quentin Giorgio, M.D. ’73

SJU HONORS VON ESCHENBACH ’63 WITH SHIELD OF LOYOLA Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. ’63 (B.S.), former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was recognized with the Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association’s most prestigious honor, the Shield of Loyola Award, on November 7 at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. The Shield of Loyola Award is given annually to a Saint Joseph’s graduate with distinguished accomplishments in his or her chosen field as well as demonstrated loyalty to the alma mater and whose life reflects the values of St. Ignatius Loyola. “Dr. von Eschenbach embodies the Jesuit ideal of serving as a man for others,” said University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. “As FDA commissioner, we know that he was guided in the fulfillment of that important duty by the core values and principles he learned as a student here at Saint Joseph’s.” As the 20th Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. von Eschenbach led the nation’s premier consumer protection and health agency, which regulates products that account for more than 20 percent of consumer spending. A nationally recognized urologic surgeon and oncologist, he previously served as director of the National Cancer Institute. In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people to shape the world. “The Shield of Loyola Award is a reminder of the great privilege of my Jesuit education,” Dr. von Eschenbach said. “During my career, I have been continuously aware that any accomplishments were built on the foundations established at St. Joe’s.”




The Reverend Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. Award EDWARD J. TRAINER ’63 & The Ignatius Award DAVID A. VOELL ’93 AND ANTHONY S. (T.J.) VOELL ’93

Sunday, June 28, 2009 Drexelbrook Drexel Hill, PA

Dennis P. Sheehan, Esq. ’85 (B.S.) President Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association



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PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH LOYOLA SOCIETY At Saint Joseph’s University, school spirit extends beyond students and alumni to include another group eager to get involved — parents. In response to growing interest, the Loyola Society was established in 2005 as a way for the University to fully benefit from the experience, support and wisdom that parents have to offer. At the forefront of this organization is the Loyola Society Executive Council (LSEC), a group of approximately 90 couples — including nine new members this academic year. Members of the LSEC participate in all levels of the SJU experience, representing the University by hosting receptions for incoming students and parents and recruitment events for students considering an education at Saint Joseph’s. They also offer a valuable resource in the form of networking opportunities for students entering the workforce. Since the inception of the society, parent giving has tripled. Leading this endeavor are Mike and Donna Noone, now concluding their second term as chairs of the LSEC. In this role, they are responsible for organizing meetings of the Loyola Society, recruiting new members and serving as ambassadors for the University. They have also given tirelessly of their time and resources by attending campus events as well as organizing and hosting events of their own. In addition, their generous philanthropy has inspired many other parents to take an active role in supporting the University’s ongoing mission. The experience of their son, Michael, a senior, inspired the Noones to become actively involved in the Saint Joseph’s community. “We’ve seen his growth as a person and a student as an indicator of the greatness that Saint Joseph’s brings to the student body,” said Mike. “It instills the value of a good education and the importance of Jesuit ideals within that education.” They also emphasize the distinct atmosphere found at Saint Joseph’s. “There is a warmth and sense of community that you just don’t find at other schools,” said Donna. The Noones displayed this sense of community by hosting a dinner at their home for incoming freshmen and their parents last summer. “It allowed the students to network with one another and really gave them an early footing at the University,” explained Mike. “It also let the incoming parents know that there is truly a feeling of camaraderie at Saint Joseph’s.”

Saint Joseph’s acquisition of the James J. Maguire ’58 campus last year makes this a particularly exciting time to become involved. “The great vision of Fr. Lannon has brought the University to another level,” said Mike. “There is a momentum and upward mobility that will continue for decades, making this a very prominent University.” For parents who want to become a part of this legacy, the Noones encourage them to consider the Loyola Society. “Certainly come to a meeting and see what it’s all about,” said Mike. “Educate yourself on the attributes of the University and see if something triggers your interest.” For more information on the Loyola Society, contact Vincent Mazzio ’92 (B.S.), director of Parents Programs, at 610-660-3466 or



University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., honored Maryanne and John R. Post ’60 during an intimate dinner at Regis Hall for their generous $7.5 million gift to the University. The gift is the centerpiece of what will ultimately be known as the John R. Post ’60 Academic Center.

The members of Saint Joseph’s University’s Magis Society were joined by University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., for an exclusive wine tasting at the home of John A. Bennett, M.D. ’71, and wife Nance DiRocco.

Donna and Mike Noone are concluding their second term as chairs of the Loyola Society Executive Council.






Mahoney ’76

Hazel ’64

The Saint Joseph’s University Law Alumni Chapter presented Patricia (McElwee) Mahoney ’76 (B.S.) and the Hon. Frank T. Hazel ’64 (A.B.) with the Sheehan and McClanaghan Awards, respectively, at its annual awards dinner in November. Mahoney, former Alumni Association president, received the Brother Bartholomew A. Sheehan, S.J. ’27, Award in appreciation for her steadfast loyalty and dedication to Saint Joseph’s University. Judge Hazel, who has served on the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County since 1981, was presented with the Hon. Francis X. McClanaghan ’27 Award in honor of his accomplishments in the field of law, as well as the pride and distinction he has brought to Saint Joseph’s throughout his distinguished career. See photos from this event:


David ’85 and Jean Bishop, Fr. Lannon

In an effort to reconnect with alumni on the West Coast, Saint Joseph’s hosted a pair of events in Southern California, including a special reception in November attended by University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., at the Sony Pictures Entertainment Lot and a second in March at The Jonathan Club in Santa Monica. Saint Joseph’s has nearly 500 alumni residing in and around Los Angeles. The visits drew overwhelmingly positive responses from alumni excited about remaining connected with their alma mater. See photos from these events:

Saint Joseph’s University’s New York Council hosted a cocktail reception in October at the Le Parker Meridien in Manhattan. Among those in attendance were (from left) Brooke Jackson, SJU associate director of Major Gifts; John Hart ’83, co-chair; Deborah Coughlin ’75; and Kenneth Dutcher ’79, co-chair.


Hagan ’85

Brennan ’67

A trio of notable alumni lent their expertise as lecturers in graduate and undergraduate courses during the spring semester, including Michael J. Hagan ’85 (B.S.), non-executive chairman of NutriSystem, David Brennan ’67 (B.S.), president of Brennan Financial Services, and Nicholas C. Nicolaides, Ph.D. ’87 (B.S.), president and chief executive officer of Morphotek, Inc. Hagan, Forbes magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 after NutriSystem earned the No. 1 ranking on its list of “America’s Best 200 Small Companies,” served as an executive lecturer in the EMBA program. He is the lead benefactor for the current expansion and renovation of the Fieldhouse. Brennan, a successful financial advisor who attracts hundreds of thousands of followers to his popular North Texas financial programs and seminars, shared his experience and advice for creating an effective family financial plan with students in several classes within the Haub School. In addition, the University College graduate and Erivan K. Haub School of Business Hall of Famer hosted a signing for his new book Wishing Won’t Do It: Financial Planning Will. Renowned for his experience in research and development, Nicolaides spoke in several biology classes, hosted an open lecture and also conversed with biology faculty and staff as part of the Executive in Residence for the College of Arts and Sciences. A trained molecular geneticist, he has authored more than 50 papers on the molecular and genetic basis of cancer and respiratory disease. Morphotek is a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the development of protein and antibody products through proprietary gene evolution technology.

Nicolaides ’87



More than 100 members of SJU’s Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter gathered at the Union League of Philadelphia in December for the group’s annual Christmas luncheon. Alumni from a wide range of class years attended and enjoyed the networking opportunity.

ALUMNI SKATE AT NEW YORK’S BRYANT PARK New York-area alumni took to the ice for an afternoon of skating in January at The Pond at Bryant Park. Among those in attendance were (back row from left) Jon Evoy ’01, Nancy Cook ’06, JT Newberry, Julie Walsh ’06, Caroline Bubnis ’01, Natalie Bubnis, Dillon Collins ’02, ’04; (front row) Emily Czerniakowski ’07, ’08, Matt Giles ’06 and Courtney Wessling ’06.

ALUMNI APPALACHIA PROVIDES GRADUATES A CHANCE TO GIVE BACK In 1997, four Saint Joseph’s staff members — seeking to put the Ignatian ideal of service to others into action — proposed a week-long immersion trip, during which faculty, staff and students would pair up with Habitat for Humanity to build and repair low-income housing in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky. Now, more than a decade later, the Appalachian Experience has developed into the University’s singlelargest community service initiative with more than 300 students participating annually. As the scope of the project evolved over the years, it spawned a group of alumni volunteers, many of whom participated as undergraduates. Now known as Alumni Appalachia, the program works in conjunction with Campus Ministry to identify a site location for a summer trip and, like Project Appalachia, hosts fundraising activities to cover travel, housing and building supplies for the project. At the forefront of the organization is Tony Moral ’03 (B.A.), who, along with Stephen Klarich ’03 (B.A.), has led the trip for the past several years. Moral was one of 13 alumni who helped launch the first trip in 2005. The Appalachian Experience appealed to Moral as an opportunity to engage in community service that was truly hands-on — and it didn’t disappoint. “I’ve gotten many different work experiences — from hammering down roofing and putting up drywall, to the most recent experience of digging a trench and installing a sewer line from a house to the main sewage infrastructure,” said Moral. He describes the work as rough but satisfying.“It was rewarding to know that our work would allow the family to have a working sewer line, something that I take for granted in my own house.” Klarich, who also originally volunteered as an undergraduate for Project Appalachia, is grateful for the opportunity that Alumni Appalachia offers him. “I was first involved with Project Appalachia during my sophomore year, but was unable to take part again until after I graduated because of my responsibilities as The Hawk mascot,” explained Klarich. “I began participating after graduation because I saw it as a way to stay connected to the University.” Aside from allowing him to maintain his bond with the University, Alumni Appalachia has also introduced Klarich to many new experiences, challenges and friendships. “The most rewarding thing about Project Appalachia is the people you meet and the lives you impact,” he said. “The pure gratitude of the people that you help on this trip is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.”

Members of the 2008 Alumni Appalachia team included (back row, from left) Archie Dotson (Habitat for Humanity), Mark Gilland ’03, Steve Klarich ’03, Ann Pelicata ’07, Ronnie McDonald (Habitat for Humanity); (front row, from left) Erin Taylor ’03 and Amy Carnright ’01.

Moral agrees. “Getting to spend time with the people in the community and seeing a different walk of life than you see in Philadelphia is really interesting to me,” he said. “The friendships that I’ve forged in Kentucky have been lasting.” In 2008, the crew traveled to Kentucky to lay the foundation for a new home. “This was the first foundation the Habitat leaders had worked on, so it was a learning experience for everyone involved,” explained Klarich. “We were able to make unbelievable progress for a bunch of unskilled laborers,” he marveled. “We did everything from mixing cement to laying cinder blocks.” Mark Gilland ’03 (B.A.) shares Klarich’s pride in what they were able to achieve. “In a short week, we saw how a group working together can turn blocks and cement into an opportunity for a family that may have suffered from a natural disaster or economic hardship to start fresh,” he noted. “I recommend it to anyone who wants to use their summer vacation to make a difference in someone else’s life.” For those who are considering joining the Alumni Appalachia program, Klarich echoes Gilland’s words of encouragement: “Get involved! Outside of the one week of service, it is a low time commitment throughout the year. It truly is a great experience and a great way to continue to be a man or woman for others.” The 2009 Alumni Appalachia trip will take place from Sunday, July 12 to Friday, July 17. Volunteers are always welcome to join the team. For more information, visit or to get involved, contact or call 888-SJU-ALUM.

Klarich ’03 and Ann Pelicata ’07


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Joseph C. Gallagher, D.O. (B.S.), orthopedic surgeon and president of the Gallagher Medical Institute in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., received the Thomas Ebner Leadership Award, the most prestigious honor given by the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS). He also serves as governor of the APPS American Academy of Specialists in Orthopedic Surgery.


Leo G. Connors (B.S.) was elected to his second oneyear term as board chair of Sacred Heart Healthcare System.

Walter Johnson (B.A.) and J. Albert Schulz (B.S.) wrote a musical comedy titled “The Hourglass Café,” which was first performed as a staged reading in October at Cumberland County College in Vineland, N.J., where Johnson teaches. Johnson wrote the book and lyrics and directed the show, while Schulz composed the music and served as musical director. As a result of the reading’s success, their play will be produced as a full-scale production at Lancaster Catholic High School this year.



Edwin M. McKeon (B.S.) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Construction Equipment Guide, the national construction newspaper he founded. It is circulated in all 50 states in four regional editions to 110,000 subscribers.

Jose del Carmen Paulino (B.S.), former trustee of the New York City Board of Education, was elected to the board of directors of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Center of Orange County, New York. He was also assigned as a contributor to Diario Libre News of Santo Domingo, Paulino Dominican Republic, and serves on the executive committee of the Bronx HIV Care Network, providing guidance to the governmental HIV planning process. Paulino is retired from Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals and directs Paulino & Associates, an international pharmaceutical consulting firm.


1957 Thomas Seidel, Ph.D. (B.S.), a strategic technologist with expertise in semiconductor processes, delivered the second installment of the McGroddy Frontiers in Science Seminar Series at SJU last October. His talk, “Atomic Layer Deposition, an Enabler for Nanotechnology,” included a description of the rapidly growing research infrastructure in the nanotechnology field. Seidel recently retired after 50 years of service in the solid state microelectronic industry.

1967 David Brennan (B.S.), president of Brennan Financial Services, published Wishing Won’t Do It: Financial Planning Will (Brown Books Publishing Group, 2008), which outlines a method for effective family financial planning. SJU’s Drexel Library hosted a book signing by Brennan in January.

1970 The Hon. Charles J. Cunningham (B.A.), a Common Pleas Court judge, was reappointed to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board by Pa. Gov. Edward Rendell, who said that Cunningham “brings an unabating reverence for Pennsylvania’s judiciary.” Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. (B.S.), dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at SJU, was awarded the Thomas More High School’s Father Francis McDermott Award for his achievements in education. DiAngelo is a graduate and former faculty member at the Philadelphia high school. He was also elected to the board of trustees of Mercy Vocational High School, the only Catholic vocational school in the Archdiocese in Philadelphia. David Seamon (B.S.) was presented with a service award upon retiring after 31 years with the American Red Cross.


What is a Bequest Intention? An indication by a donor that he or she has included a gift for Saint Joseph’s University in his or her estate plan is a bequest intention. You can make a gift of enduring significance to the University through a provision in your will, living trust, IRA, retirement plan, insurance policy or charitable remainder trust.


1972 Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr. (B.A.), of the U.S. Air Force, has articles forthcoming in the Stanford University, University of Nebraska and University of South Texas law reviews. He’s pictured (left) in Iraq during a 2008 summer trip.

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During the With Faith and Strength to Dare campaign, we are planning for the University’s future. We would like to hear about your plans, too. Bequests benefit future generations of students in unimaginable ways. If you intend to include Saint Joseph’s in your estate plans, let us help you to achieve your charitable giving goals. To plan a bequest to Saint Joseph’s, obtain sample language or notify the University of your existing bequest, please contact us.



John D. “Jack” Zook (B.S.) was elected as the 66th president of the Union League of Philadelphia. He is managing director at Zook Dinon PA, certified public accountants, and a tenured faculty member at La Salle University. He and wife Iris have two daughters and reside in Moorestown, N.J.

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Mary A. Kaiser (M.S.) received the 2009 Delaware Section American Chemical Society Award for “conspicuous scientific achievement and contributions to chemistry.” She is a senior research fellow at the DuPont Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences in Wilmington, Kaiser Del. Kaiser has published more than 50 papers, coauthored one book and given over 90 technical presentations primarily in the environmental and analytical chemistry fields. She and husband Cecil Dybowski have one daughter, Marta.

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Stained Glass in Catholic Philadelphia Edited by Jean Farnsworth, Carmen R. Croce and Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S. Selected by Choice (American Library Association) for its 40th Annual Academic Outstanding Title List Recipient of Catholic Press Association Award (2003) and Independent Publisher Book Award (2003) “In the range of ideas and depth of context, this is an invaluable and model study of religious stained-glass windows in the US — a subject needing research — as revealed by the thorough study of Catholic Philadelphia. … Beautifully illustrated, short, clearly written essays delve into diverse subjects. … The well-documented section on studios and selected artists is especially valuable because many of these makers supplied stained-glass windows throughout the nation. … Valuable for museum, art history, and religious/theological libraries. Summing Up: Essential.” — Jesse Poesch, Tulane University for Choice Magazine ISBN 978-0-916101-43-5 | cloth | 528 pp. | 880 images | list price $70.00 plus shipping

The Jesuits and the Arts 1540–1773 Edited by John W. O’Malley, S.J., and Gauvin Alexander Bailey “By any measure, this new volume is brilliantly conceived, consistently fascinating and absolutely gorgeous to look at. … The book’s scholarship is more than matched by the full-color images that crowd every page. Quite simply, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. It continues the new tradition of richly made books from Saint Joseph’s University Press, which published another lovely book in 2002 entitled Stained Glass in Catholic Philadelphia, whose prosaic title belies the book’s depth of scholarship and the beauty of its pages.” — James Martin, S.J., America ISBN 978-0-916101-47-9 | cloth | 480 pp. | 475 color images | list price $70.00 plus shipping

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Richard C. Vause Jr., DHSc (B.S.), is a faculty member in the physician assistant program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Last year, he received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in education, voted by the graduating class of the physician assistant program. He was also named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in November 2008.

Christine (Cattie) Scioli (B.A.) and husband Don (B.A. ’71) own a film and production company, Zan Media (named with the first initials of their children, Zack, Alexandra and Niki, A current project is Slo Mo, a documentary that chronicles the “slo mo” football played by a group of Havertown, Pa., teens in the late 1960s. The Sciolis celebrated 28 years of marriage in January.

1975 Mary Lou (Finlayson) Quinlan (B.A.) received a 2009 Distinguished Graduate Award from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in January. Called the “Oprah of Madison Avenue” by the Wall Street Journal, she is the founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, a strategic marketing consultancy focusing on marketing to women. Sgt. Patrick McDonald (B.S. ’05), a Philadelphia highway patrolman killed last year in the line of duty, also received a posthumous Distinguished Graduate Award.

1976 Charles A. Umosella, M.D. (B.S.), is a family medicine physician and clinical instructor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as a physician for the Washington Nationals baseball team in Washington, D.C. He is married with three children — Scott, Nicholas and Caroline — and has practiced medicine for 23 years in Bethesda, Md.

Christophe P. Terlizzi (B.S.) was named chair of the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing responsible leadership in land use. Terlizzi’s career in commercial real estate lending and banking includes leadership positions at Citizens Bank, Fleet Bank and First Valley Bank.


1986 Andrew W. Murphy, M.D. (B.S.), a partner at Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology of Chester County (Pa.), was named one of “America’s Top Physicians in Pediatric and Adult Allergy” by the Consumers’ Research Council of Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, as well as a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology

and the allergy fellowship program of the Thomas Jefferson University/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where he helps coordinate allergy fellow research.

1987 Raymond H. Melcher Jr. (M.B.A.) is chairman of the Berks (Pa.) Visiting Nurses Association’s 100th anniversary celebration and the 2009 Hawk Mountain Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Dinner. He is managing principal of Marathon Business Group LLC, a boutique investment banking firm, and president and CEO of a family business, Family Mobility LLC, Mobility Express of Chester County. He has two sons, Patrick and Timothy.

1990 Ed Mancelli (B.S., M.B.A. ‘98) is a sales director for the German phone company Deutsche Telekom. He and wife Paula (Smith, M.B.A. ’98) own four Great Clips salons in New Jersey. They live in Newtown, Pa., with their children Eddie, Evan, Ethan and Ella.

1992 Thomas P. Honeyman (B.A., M.S. ’01) has taught English at Pennsauken (N.J.) High School for the past nine years. He is currently on sabbatical and a full-time student in SJU’s doctoral program in educational leadership, his third tour on Hawk Hill. He, wife Kate and daughters Grace and Cecelia live in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.



College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in 1953 and professed his final vows in 1956. Houston described Fr. Heim as having a gentle and quiet demeanor, but said that “Fr. Heim was a huge, passionate Phillies fan. He could list every player from the past 40 to 50 years.” Fr. Heim lived to see his beloved team become World Series Champions last October. — Sarah (Whelehon) Hennessey ’07 (M.A.)

At the age of 86, Howard J. Heim, S.J., professor emeritus of physics, passed away on Dec. 12, 2008. Fr. Heim became a physics professor at thenSaint Joseph’s College in 1947 and stayed until 1950, when he left to teach physics at Wheeling College. He returned to Saint Joseph’s physics department in 1960 and remained there until his retirement in 1996. Throughout his tenure at Saint Joseph’s, Fr. Heim taught general physics to mostly biology and chemistry students, occasionally filling in as a mathematics instructor. According to J. Richard Houston, Ph.D., professor emeritus of physics and a former colleague, “Fr. Heim would begin each class the same way: he’d clap his hands twice and say ‘Let’s go St. Joe’s!’ Also, he always referred to his students as ‘Happy Hawks.’” A Philadelphia native, Fr. Heim entered the Society of Jesus at the St. Isaac Jogues Novitiate in Wernersville, Pa., in 1940. He completed his undergraduate studies at Woodstock College (Md.) in 1946 and furthered his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Woodstock



IN MEMORY Anna Casino, mother of Joe, adjunct professor of history Sylvia Clavan, Ph.D., professor emerita of sociology Doreen Dixon, mother of Christopher, Drexel Library Marilyn Gosser, mother of Mary Martinson, Drexel Library Howard Heim, S.J., professor emeritus of physics Walter John Herrmann, stepfather of Anthony Symes, University Press Naomi Howard, mother of Michael, Public Safety Edward Lindner, father of April, Ph.D., assistant professor of English Harold F. Rahmlow, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Decision & System Sciences Margaret Ann Welch, sister of Francis, Public Safety Aloysius “Jim” McFall ’61 Irvin Moskovitz ’62 John and Keith Heigman ’80, father and brother, respectively, of Cindy ’82 Giovanni Ciranni, father of Maria Ciranni-Ionfrida ’94, ’95 Howard Souder, father of Kristine Trusiak ’94 John Pawlowski, husband of Kimberly Leigh '07


Shawn Huber (B.S.) was a speaker at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education where he led a skills and methods course last October in Maple Shade, N.J. Huber also volunteered as an attorney-coach for the Washington Township (N.J.) mock trial team last fall.

1995 Dean Bozman (B.S.) is an elementary administrator with the Cornwall-Lebanon (Pa.) School District. He, his wife and their three children reside in Myerstown, Pa. Marc Schuster (B.A.) had a short story, “My Life as an Abomination,” published in fall 2005 in Philadelphia Stories magazine, a nonprofit literary journal featuring local authors and poets. Ever since, he has been on the fiction board and volunteers for the organization. In addition to editorial work, he interviews local authors, helps to organize fundraisers and leads discussion groups on the craft of fiction writing for the journal’s annual writers’ conference. Philadelphia Stories has recently branched out with a books division called PS Books, and his first novel, The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl, will be among the first titles they publish.

1996 Jason McGlynn (B.S., M.B.A. ’99) is a technical publications editor at ATC Voice Communications in Atlantic City, N.J. Jay Sullivan (B.S.) graduated with his M.B.A. in high technology from Northeastern University in 2006.

1997 John Finnegan (M.B.A.), of Exton, Pa., is director of client service with Turner Investment Partners (Berwyn, Pa.) and named a principal for the firm. Gina Masucci Mackenzie (B.A.) published her first book of literary criticism, The Theatre of the Real: Yeats, Beckett and Sondheim (Ohio University Press, 2007).


Partnering with SJU for Biomedical Research James Michael Mullin, Ph.D. ’76 (B.S.), nearly has a panoramic view of the Lower Merion surroundings from his thirdfloor laboratory window on Lancaster Avenue. A biomedical research scientist at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), he noticed one day that he could almost see the Saint Joseph’s University campus from his window. Which got him to thinking: The proximity of his alma mater presented an opportunity MacGillivray to bring together the University’s biology graduate students interested in biomedical research and the LIMR scientists whose research would benefit from the efforts of those eager, motivated students. Mullin, who earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Saint Joseph’s, has been at LIMR since 1986. He received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Wistar Institute and at the Yale University School of Medicine, but he has maintained a relationship with Saint Joseph’s by speaking on numerous occasions for science, health and pharmaceutical marketing career networking nights. He is also an adjunct professor in the biology department and collaborates closely with Deborah Lurie, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and computer sciences, regarding study design and biostatistical considerations of the research, and with Peter Zurbach, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, regarding drug structure and activity issues. In 2004, he brought his idea for collaboration between SJU and LIMR to then-biology department chair Paul Tefft, Ph.D., and then-head of graduate biology, Karen Snetselaar, Ph.D., professor of biology and current department chair. “I knew the quality of the students from SJU is uniformly high,” noted Mullin. “The fact that they could attend classes with the SJU biology faculty just down the road on City Avenue and then come here [LIMR] to work in biomedical research seemed optimal.” With input from other University and LIMR administrators, a plan was conceived whereby master of science in biology students could apply for an LIMR research assistantship in biology. Since then, six students have taken their course work at Saint Joseph’s and chosen to work from among 10 research laboratories at LIMR, according to their own interests. For their efforts, the students receive a tuition scholarship as well as a stipend. The biomedical researchers and clinical scientists at LIMR typically conduct investigations in cancer and heart disease. In Mullin’s lab, where research focuses on the role of epithelial barrier function in cancer and inflammatory diseases of the gut, three Saint Joseph’s graduate students have recently published research in prestigious medical journals. The work of Sonja Skrovanek ’06 (M.S.) has been published in the American Journal of Physiology, and, according to Mullin, will soon be republished in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Lisa Murray ’06 (B.S.), ’08 (M.S.) was lead author for an

1998 Dennis M. Dougherty (B.S.) received his M.B.A. from La Salle University and earned his master’s degree in civil engineering (environmental health) from Temple University. Megan Ann (Long) Ivey (B.S., M.S. ’99) is senior clinical research coordinator of the Center of the Continuum of Care in the Addictions at the University of Pennsylvania. She and husband Anthony live in Bristol Borough, Pa.

Mullin ’76 and Gabello ’04 at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.

article published in World Journal of Gastroenterology, and she, Mullin and Melissa Gabello ’04 (B.S.), who will receive her M.S. this spring, published a major article about an unexpected side effect of proton-pump inhibitors, or acid-lowering medications, in Digestive Diseases and Sciences, in December 2008. Two additional articles from this trio on the same topic will be forthcoming in 2009. Skrovanek, Murray and Gabello all attest to the success of their assistantships. Skrovanek is now lab manager in the molecular biology department at Princeton University, and Murray was hired for a job directly related to the specialized work she performed in Mullin’s lab. “Not only did I publish research in several medical journals, but I presented at multiple national conferences and attended an international symposium in Berlin, Germany,” says Murray. “These experiences undoubtedly leveraged my career in the right direction, and gave me an edge over other students coming out of school.” Gabello, who is interested in attending medical school in the future, commented on the value of her interactions with the physicians and medical residents at Lankenau. “Because Lankenau Hospital and LIMR are relatively small in size, there is close contact between researchers and physicians,” she noted. Clearly, from the vantage point of the students who have spent time both on Hawk Hill and in Mullin’s third-floor lab on Lancaster Avenue, the view of the world just keeps getting better and better.

Maj. Paul Saskiewicz (B.A.) is acting director of operations at the 705th Training Squadron, 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Saskiewicz has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He and wife Carolina have a daughter, Gabriela. Richard Vogel, Ph.D. (B.S., M.S. ’99), completed doctoral programs in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University in December and now works for the pharmacology department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

— Patricia Allen

1999 Meghan (Conway) Chmura (B.A.), marketing associate at Turner Investment Partners in Berwyn, Pa., was named a principal with the firm. Eric Redline (B.S.) graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with his M.B.A., concentrating in health care management and operations.




There’s no question Catholic schools can make a difference in the lives of young people. But in America’s secondmost dangerous city, Camden, N.J., the presence of the Catholic Church in its schools represents the promise of a better education and a brighter future for the more than 1,000 children they serve. Guided by this knowledge and their belief in the value of Catholic education, a number of Saint Joseph’s alumni are working to strengthen and support five Catholic elementary schools in the Camden city area through the recently established Catholic School Partnership. The partnership is the brainchild of the International Education Foundation (IEF), established by Robert T. Healey ’51 (B.S.), and IEF’s local initiative, the Catholic School Development Program (CSDP), started in 2004 to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Catholic Schools in the Camden diocese. In the last three years alone, the diocese saw the number of its elementary schools drop from 52 to 38. “Catholic elementary schools are so important because they feed high schools, and the high schools feed colleges,” said Healey, who was educated in Camden’s Catholic schools in the 1940s. “Statistically, we know that once children in inner-cities reach the age of eight or nine without proper schooling, they are lost to the streets. Catholic schools save our children, save our cities and, ultimately, save our country.” The IEF/CSDP tapped longtime educator and SJU professor Robert H. Palestini, Ed.D. ’63 (B.S.), ’67 (M.A.), to serve as founding executive director of

the Catholic School Partnership. Along with Christine Healey deVaull ’01 (M.S.), IEF executive director, Palestini leads a five-person management team and a 12-person board. “When all else fails in troubled cities, it’s usually the Catholic Church that remains,” deVaull explained. “How can we abandon Camden?” The partnership will assist the parish schools at Holy Name, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Cecilia, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, helping them to thrive and maintain themselves, so they may continue to offer not only an excellent education, but also a safe haven for the city’s children. The partnership strives to ensure that the very best educational strategies are being employed by empowering principals and teachers and by building a strong business model. Plans also include the creation of a Foundation for Camden’s Children, an endowment fund that will provide financial longevity for the schools and scholarships for low-income students. Palestini has logged more than 35 years as an educator, serving as a teacher, principal, superintendent and, at Saint Joseph’s, dean of graduate and continuing studies. He is currently an associate professor of education at SJU and the author of six books on educational administration and leadership. “Bob brings credibility, passion and experience to this partnership,” said deVaull. “Pair that with his dedication to

Photo: James A. McBride, Catholic Star Herald


and understanding of Catholic education, and the partnership is headed for success.” Monique Kelly ’94 (B.A.), ’97 (M.S.), who previously worked in SJU’s Office of Alumni Relations, is now an advancement consultant for the CSDP. Kelly sees the IEF and CSDP’s goals as closely linked to the University’s mission of social justice and service to others. “I believe we are all called to give back to the people and the institutions that have shaped our lives,” she said. “Catholic education is important for Camden because of the diocese’s long history of serving its most disadvantaged citizens,” Palestini urged. “Our goals are four-fold. We aim to provide excellent education, a nurturing and safe environment, continued affordability, and the tools to allow these schools to be sustainable, so that Catholic education in Camden has a future.” — Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.)

MARRIAGES Bernard Hofmann (B.S. ’56) and Patricia Fordyce Wallace Megan Ann Long (B.S. ’98, M.S. ’99) and Anthony Ivey Eileen Friel (B.S. ’99) and Matthew Posner Eric Redline (B.S. ’99) and Amanda Axelrod Alisha Trespalacios (B.S. ’99, M.S. ’07) and John Mancinelli (B.S. ’99) Amanda McCabe (B.S. ’01) and Steven Basile Jr. (B.S. ’99) Anna Palacio (B.A. ’01) and Anthony Waskevich (B.A. ’02) Rev. Michael Vannicola ’99 presided over the wedding of classmates Alisha Trespalacios ’99, ’07 and John Mancinelli ’99.



Alexan Dankovitch (B.S. ’03) and Patrick Dargan Maureen McKenna (B.S. ’03, M.S. ’04) and Billy Carr Kristen Charette (B.S. ’05, M.A. ’06) and T. Matthew Manning (B.S. ’03) Carolyn Green (B.S. ’05) and Jonathan Bernacki (B.S. ’03, M.B.A. ’08) Cara Feehan (M.S. ’06) and Scott Miller Danielle Greco (B.A. ’06) and Gregory Panas Jr. Francesca DiSalvo (B.S. ’08) and Justin Follmer


Financial Planning Advice — For All Ages When Patrick Burke ’92 (B.S.) decided to publish his first children’s book, his goal was not to make money. His goal was to help his kids make money — or at least, learn how to manage it. A principal in institutional asset management at the Vanguard Group, Burke believes it’s key to teach children the value of a dollar and the importance of saving money from a young age. His own children, Riley, 7, Emma, 6, and Nicole, 4, were the inspiration for his book, Getting Your First Allowance. “I wanted my book to get kids interested in saving money — without lecturing them,” he said. “I wanted to give my kids some incentive to save.” In the book, Burke shows how a weekly allowance can be a good way to teach children financial responsibility. And he offers further motivation for kids to save: parents can match every dollar a child deposits in the bank. As the book’s main character, Emily, turns five years old, her parents give her five dollars for her first weekly allowance. Her mom says, “Now you can buy toys or ice cream, or put the money in the bank, or even give some to a charity to help less fortunate people. But remember, Daddy and I will match whatever you put in the bank.” After first thinking of what “neat things she could buy,” Emily considers how she could use some of her allowance to help people. She decides to give one dollar to charity and deposit the other four dollars in the bank. Her parents promise to add four dollars to her account as well. Everybody is happy. Burke suggests that parents model responsible financial practices, as Emily’s parents did, for their children. “Don’t underestimate the importance of your own habits and their influence on your kids,” he emphasized. He advises parents to let their children see what financial decisions they make and explain to them why they spend or save. “Look at your own personal behaviors,” he said. “Are you encouraging your kids to spend or save?”

As the youngest of eight children growing up, Burke remembers that money was always tight. That set the stage for his lifelong interest in financial planning. It’s not surprising, then, that he pursued and earned degrees in both finance and accounting from Saint Joseph’s. He also earned a master’s degree in taxation at Villanova University and ultimately received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. At Vanguard, Burke started a department that focuses solely on giving its clients personal financial planning advice. With the current economic downfall, these types of services are being called on more than ever — for people of all ages. “Financial planning can be time consuming and costly, but what we’ve tried to do at Vanguard is make it more readily available to the average American,” explained Burke. He is also the company’s “St. Joe’s Champion,” coordinating recruiting and alumni activities for the University at Vanguard. He also serves on the board of visitors for the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. — Maureen Catalano ’09




Meighan (Garvey) Magistro (B.S.) is a market manager for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Magistro family resides in Mountain Top, Pa.

Jonathan Bernacki (B.S., M.B.A. ’08) works at SDI in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. He and wife Carolyn (Green, B.S. ’05) reside in Drexel Hill, Pa.

Colleen (McMahon) Murphy (B.S.) is an oncology nurse at the University of Pennsylvania and Lankenau Hospitals. She, husband Kevin, and daughters Molly, Bridget and Lilly live in Havertown, Pa.

Maureen (McKenna) Carr (B.S., M.S. ’04) teaches sixth grade at St. Anastasia School in Newtown Square, Pa. She and husband Billy live in Springfield, Pa.

Steven Burda (M.B.A.) works at the Boeing Company in the financial planning, procurement and cost management department. In October 2008, Burda was awarded a “Top Emerging Philadelphia Connector” by Leadership Philadelphia for his continuous philanthropic involvement in local, national and international communities.

2001 Kellie MacCready, Esq. (B.A.), was named a 2008 Pennsylvania Rising Star in the area of business litigation by Law and Politics Magazine, as featured in Philadelphia magazine (December 2008). She is one of only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania lawyers selected for this honor by their peers and the independent research of Law and Politics.

2002 John G. Doyle (B.S.) is brigade trial counsel for the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was returned from deployment to Afghanistan as the chief of administrative law for the Combined/Joint Task Force-82 in March 2008.

2004 Janine Guerra, Esq. (B.S., M.B.A. ’07), passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar examinations. After working as a recruiter for Temple University Law School for several months, she returned to SJU as assistant director of the M.B.A. program. Kenneth M. Line (M.B.A.) owns Philadelphia Beverage Holding Co., which purchased Pad Thai Restaurant in April 2006. He and wife Yamilet have worked together in the business to double sales, renovate the space, improve menu items and earn local awards as a leader in the Philadelphia Thai restaurant scene.

2005 Carolyn (Green) Bernacki (B.S.) will graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May.

Danielle (Greco) Panas (B.A.) is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

2007 Jessica L. Hyland (B.A., M.S. ’08) is a field economist in Philadelphia for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. She previously worked in marketing and global teams at Kimberly-Clark Corp. Kimberly (Leigh) Pawlowski (B.S.) is the administrative coordinator at Moss Rehab in Elkins Park, Pa.

2008 Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer (B.S.) was promoted to brand coordinator at Charming Shoppes of Delaware. Tom Schneberger (M.S.) passed his certified financial planning exam in November.




BIRTHS Cameron Leigh to Jennifer and Philip Denne (B.A. ’96)

Michael James to Jennifer (Loughery, B.B.A. ’00) and Neal Rafferty (B.A. ’99)

Evan Neil to Erika (Martinez, B.A. ’96) and Joe Muto

Ella Clare to Kristen (Creed, B.S. ’01) and Peter Hayes (B.S. ’01)

Derek Christian to Christine (Servus, B.S. ’96) and James DeCastro

Matthew Ryan and Robert Thomas to Kelly (Mullen, B.S. ’01) and Jonathan Hemenway

Carson Thomas to Tammy (Tronoski, B.S. ’96) and Connell McConeghy

Shawn and Jack to Kate (Piotrowski, B.S. ’01) and Ed Dougherty (B.A. ’01, M.B.A. ’08)

Veronica Elizabeth to Denise (Boyle, B.S. ’98) and Cole Timmerman

Faith Montgomery to Beth (Reddington, B.S. ’01, M.S. ’02) and Christopher Varga (M.B.A. ’02)

Olivia Ann to Kristin (Kenny, B.S. ’98) and Daniel McKenna Cameron, daughter of Jennifer and Philip Denne ’96 Davis Worden to Maria (Palacio, B.S. ’93) and Timothy Head John Philip to Jennifer (Brown, B.S. ’94) and Todd Bartley Marcella Grace to Maria Ciranni-Ionfrida (B.S. ’94, M.S. ’95) and Joe Ionfrida Maddox John to Monica (Slyconish, B.S. ’94) and Richard Belli

Emily to Jennifer (Greshock, M.B.A. ’03) and Rick Raker

Eóin to Brandy Meyers (B.A. ’98) and Sean Daly (B.A. ’98)

Ian Patrick to Mary (Richards, B.B.A. ’03) and Bill Brady (B.A. ’03)

Ainsley Jane to Tara (Phillips, B.S. ’98) and Lumir Karas Madison Elisabeth to Nicole (Rapone, B.S. ’98) and Tim McGrath Gabriela to Carolina and Maj. Paul Saskiewicz (B.A. ’98) Paolo Umberto to Gina and Vincent Bonaccorso (B.S. ’99) Matthew Breck to Kali and Chris Garofoli (B.S. ’99)

Kassidy Ava to Kristine (Souder, B.S. ’94) and William Trusiak

John Ryan to Siobhan Leavy-Buttil (B.S. ’99) and John Buttil (B.S. ’99)

Patrick Thomas to Linda (Yezzi, B.S. ’94) and Tom Schubert (B.S. ’94)

Annalise Maria to Jennifer (Prychka, B.S. ’99) and David DeAngelis (B.S. ’99)

Gregory Scott to Janna (Merkins, B.S. ’95, M.S. ’00) and Jason Palaia (B.S. ’95, M.S. ’00)

Francesco Gian and Roman James to Meighan (Garvey, B.S. ’00) and Carmen Magistro

Sofia to Lauren (Schell, B.S. '02) and Przemyslaw Kowalewski (B.S. '03) Connor to Stephanie (Connors, M.B.A. ’04) and Paul Friel (M.B.A. ’04) Aidan Thomas to Carolyn (Lucey, B.S. ’04) and Kevin Calvey (B.A. ’01) Brigid Clare to Miriam (Reynolds, B.S. ’04, M.S. ’05) and Michael Infanti Ethan David to Alla and Steven Burda (M.B.A. ’06) JuLin Kilani to Safiya (Jafari, M.A. ’06) and Enrique Simmons Jr.

Whether rationally or emotionally, the Subaru Legacy Special Edition just makes sense. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you a firm grip on the road, and the power moonroof lets you admire the sky above you. Drive it once and you’ll fall in love. Saint Joseph’s University Alumni receive exclusive VIP Pricing on the Subaru Legacy Special Edition and the other fantastic models in the Subaru lineup. For details, contact Tim Curran at (610) 660-1702 or e-mail him at Offer valid through June 30, 2009. Log onto to view the complete Subaru vehicle line-up or to find a dealer near you. Love. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.




Anyone who has searched for a job or attempted to expand their business knows the value of a strong network of family, friends and colleagues. In fact, “use your contacts” has long been the most commonly uttered advice to job hunters. Ironically, at a time when the economy has gone south and joblessness is up, it has never been easier to use your contacts. You’ll need to go no further than your computer, BlackBerry or iPhone. With just a few clicks and keystrokes, you can take advantage of SJUCareers and the Hawk Career Network — two powerful, Web-based networking tools. Saint Joseph’s Career Development Center offers these dynamic, interactive resources to both students and alumni, whether they’re new to the job market or experienced professionals facing downsizing. And it gets better: those resources are free. “In this market, with constant layoffs and impediments to small business growth across the country, we can help students and alumni expand their career opportunities and network rather quickly,” said Matthew Brink, director of SJU’s Career Development Center. Many alumni and students already know about and have used SJUCareers (, Saint Joseph’s online guide for resume and cover letter samples, which also has links to sites about career paths, salary ranges and job postings, arranged by industry. Once registered, users may upload their resumes for thousands of employee-seeking companies in the United States and abroad, or job-hunt through an exclusive list of open positions posted by employers specifically looking to hire a Hawk. The Hawk Career Network is the Career Center’s newest initiative. A joint effort with the Alumni Office, this businessoriented social networking site is powered by LinkedIn ( and provides unlimited job search and mentoring opportunities. Begun last summer, it already has 1,500 alumni and student members. “The main purpose of the group is to provide interactive Web space for alumni and students to link up and mentor one another,” said Brink. “It’s basically the virtual version of how you would network in person, but it greatly accelerates the process.” With this Web site — which some consider a Facebook for working professionals — participants can create extensive profiles and chronicle past and current education and employment. Users are also able to join groups that relate to their respective industries or interests.

Anyone can join LinkedIn by filling out standard personal information to create an account. Members must then request to join the Hawk Career Network, and once their affiliation with the University is verified, they are approved to make contacts within the SJU group. Through LinkedIn, Michael McKeown ’80 (B.S.), vice president and partner at Genesis Micro Solutions in Berwyn, Pa., built an extensive network of more than 500 connections, simply by spending 30 minutes each day looking for contacts and joining relevant groups. “I created a reliable attack plan through people I know for business development in 2009,” said McKeown. “I have had several meaningful customer meetings that will lead to business, and I have connected with consultants who want to work for me, so that makes recruiting easier. I truly believe I will see an incredible benefit in connecting with customers online and finding talent to fit my business model.” McKeown described an added benefit: “I’ve connected with people I wouldn’t normally have been able to keep up with, including high school buddies, former colleagues and fellow SJU grads.” “I’m a firm believer that there are several ways to ‘grow’ yourself and your career — and developing a strong network is one of them,” said Daniel Gallagher ’94 (B.S.), ’99 (M.S.), executive director of organization development at Comcast Cable in Philadelphia. “These days, you don’t have to physically shake someone’s hand to form a meaningful connection.” Gallagher acknowledged that everyone has his or her own strategy on LinkedIn. Some users carefully guard their privacy and only accept connection invitations from people they personally know. Gallagher isn’t that exclusive, though, especially when it comes to fellow Hawks. “I would gladly offer 10 minutes of my day or meet over a cup of coffee to offer career advice,” he said. Brink encourages alumni to develop a similar open approach toward the Saint Joseph’s community. He reasons that offering career advice, giving out contacts or helping fellow alumni find an open position is one of the greatest ways to give back to the University. — Sarah (Whelehon) Hennessey ’07 (M.A.) SJUCareers: Hawk Career Network, Powered by LinkedIn: Career Development Center: 610-660-3100,

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Include your name or your business’s name in your default profile url to increase search results.


Post your email address so potential employers and colleagues can easily contact you.


Make your personal summary brief and focus on career goals.




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Answer Key (See questions on pages 20-21.)


a. Fr. Villiger served 25 years (1868-1893), followed by Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J., currently a professor of management, with 17 years (1986-2003).

13) Fr. Lannon considered becoming a medical doctor like his father, James.


Their names are inscribed below a statue of Mary that overlooks the Barbelin quadrangle.



15) Lactase, the enzyme that converts milk sugar (lactose) into sugars humans more readily absorb. Joseph DeFrates, chemistry, and Morris Matt, food marketing, produced a powdered milk tolerable to people without lactase.


Vince Papale ’68, who at age 30 tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles and secured a spot as a wide receiver, played for three seasons.




George Prendergast, Ph.D., chair and professor of economics, has been at SJU since 1956 — that’s just over 53 years! Tom Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical physics, comes in a close second place with 51 years on campus.


McShain Hall, named for John McShain ’22, a contractor and Saint Joseph’s benefactor. Barbelin was his first major construction project, and he would go on to become known as the “Man Who Built Washington.” His many projects included the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.



Jameer Nelson ’04, guard, Orlando Magic; Delonte West ’05, guard, Cleveland Cavaliers; Jim O’Brien ’74, head coach, Indiana Pacers; Jim Lynam ’64, assistant coach, Philadelphia 76ers.

16) Dennis J. Comey, S.J. ’18 (1896-1987), who founded the Institute of Industrial Relations in 1943 (since renamed in his honor), worked with longshoremen and pier officials along the Atlantic coast to help resolve labor disputes. He was made famous when his photo appeared in LIFE magazine in 1954, though it was actually another Jesuit priest, John Corrigan, S.J., of New York City who inspired the award-winning movie, On the Waterfront. 17) a. Lacrosse is a varsity sport. 18) d. Sarah Brennan ‘01 19) 19) Teresa Zarzeczny Bell ’88 won a silver medal in the double sculls for the U.S. women’s rowing team at the 1996 Atlanta games. Mike Bantom ’73 also earned a silver medal as part of the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 1972 games in Munich ( As a coach, Mike Teti ’78 guided U.S. rowing’s men’s eight to a gold in 2004 in Athens. 20) a. If you enjoyed this “pop quiz,” send an e-mail to Let us know what you liked best and if you’d like to see more features like this one!


10) d. 11) She’s the first recorded Baby Boomer, born one second after midnight on January 1, 1946. 12) b.


14) c.


The University’s history book, Saint Joseph’s: Philadelphia’s Jesuit University, 150 Years, was a source for much of the material in this quiz. To learn more about the book and other books published by the Saint Joseph’s University Press, visit

Vi e w p o i n t

A World Championship for Philadelphia Philadelphians seem to have an inferiority complex, located as we are between the financial capital of the world and the political capital of the nation. And while our professional sports teams stir up passion like little else, we have experienced a dearth of championships and a large dose of frustration over many seasons. We look north toward New York and see the Yankees, winner of 26 world championships. We look west and see the Steelers, who have now won six Super Bowls. The Phillies “celebrated” 10,000 losses in 2007, the first franchise in professional sports to attain that dubious distinction (even before my Cubbies!). Before last fall, the Phillies had won just one world championship in the organization’s long history since 1883. So while the ballclub’s General Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Montgomery and company were clearly building a winner over the past few years, they still hadn’t won since 1980, and the city hadn’t celebrated a major professional sports championship since the 76ers won the NBA Finals in 1983, a 25-year drought. Ouch! In 2007, the Phils got hot in September and the New York Mets got cold. The result was a division championship and berth in the postseason. However, on the way to the National League pennant, the Phillies got swept by a white-hot Colorado team. In 2008, the Phils again roared past the Mets in September, but this time it was different. Getting production from virtually everyone on the roster, the Phils dispatched the Milwaukee Brewers in four games and the Los Angeles Dodgers in five. Then, in a bizarre World Series characterized by some of the worst weather imaginable — the final game was suspended by decision of the commissioner — the Phillies did it, and Harry Kalas could proclaim to the world, “The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2008 World Champions of baseball!” The drought was over, Philadelphia had a world championship at last, and the city was painted in red. A city that seemed to revolve strictly around the Eagles’ fortunes was a baseball town once again. Magically, the mood in Philadelphia changed. We weren’t a city of losers; we were a city of champions. Philadelphia sat atop the

baseball world, and we basked in the reflected glory. The pent-up frustrations of 25 years were released in a huge outpouring of joy and excitement that perfectly culminated in a parade down Broad Street. It stopped the city for a day, completely overloaded the transit system, emptied schools, and brought people of different races, ages, backgrounds and professions together in a way that nothing except a world sports championship can do. Against the background of a complete economic meltdown, Philadelphia experienced euphoria. We were one, united in celebration. Phillies Chairman Bill Giles said, “The Phillies were a great example of the idea that there is no ‘I’ in team, as it seemed like there was a different hero in every victory, particularly down the stretch in September and in the postseason when we won 24 of our last 30 games.” It is absolutely true that this team had different heroes every game and contributions from everyone, from the superstars on down the line. “I have never seen such love between a team and their fans as I did riding on the float down Broad Street,” he continued. “The fans showed real affection for this bunch of guys, whom they consider to be good people and solid citizens.” Incredibly, manager Charlie Manuel’s status with fans also soared from country bumpkin to genius. Philadelphians don’t exactly have a reputation for love, despite the famous sculpture in the John F. Kennedy Plaza, but they certainly showered it on their heroes of the fall. Ultimately, how will the 2008 World Champion Phillies impact our fair city and its surrounding environs? We are currently in a fiscal crisis. The Arena Football League is out of business, so no more Philadelphia Soul. The Spectrum is being leveled, and there goes the Phantoms. The Eagles lost yet another NFC Championship game. So, in general, the mood in Philadelphia isn’t overwhelmingly positive. And while the Phillies’ run to the title generated some extra tourist dollars for the city, overall, the economic effect was negligible. It is probably accurate to say that the Phillies provided a few shining moments and an exciting distraction for many who are otherwise experiencing difficult times. Now, at the start of a new season in 2009, we’ll have to see whether the shining moments of last fall will sustain Philadelphia’s joy — even if the Phillies don’t have the same success against an upgraded Mets team. I truly believe that this championship will soften the edge, at least a little, and at least for a while. But we’re Philadelphia and we’re sports fans, and it will always be a case of, “What have you done for me lately?” … Right? — John Lord, Ph.D. (B.S.) ’71 John Lord, a professor of marketing and hopeless sports fan, teaches Baseball: Tradition and Business. Raised in Philadelphia but born in Chicago, he remains loyal to both of his “home” teams.

spring 2009



In Service to God and Country

Fr. Daigle aboard the USS Iwo Jima

I am a Navy chaplain. This role fulfills my deep-seated desire to serve God and country. Having grown up on military bases as the son of an Air Force master sergeant, I was drawn to military life from an early age. I pursued other career opportunities, however, in business and finance, and the occasion to serve was never opportune. I earned an M.B.A. at Saint Joseph’s University in 1993 as well as a law degree from Villanova in 1996, and worked for several years at The Vanguard Group in brokerage and compliance prior to becoming a priest. Still, I had great respect for the military profession and a persistent desire to one day serve. Fast forward to 2003. At the time, I was 38 and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. That momentous occasion occurred only after I had spent a good portion of my adult years considering the call. I was happy with my life, on the cusp of a promotion and immersed in the dating world. Nevertheless, I felt the continued attraction of the vocation, trusted God in calling me to the priesthood and finally took the leap of faith.



From the very beginning of my ordained ministry, I felt an express desire to someday serve as a military chaplain. When I first approached my bishop, the Most Rev. William E. Lori, some years back with this request, he kindly said that he just couldn’t afford to let me go. At that point, I fully accepted his decision in the spirit of obedience I promised at my ordination. During the ensuing months, I was content with life as a parish priest and simply trusted that God would continue to lead and guide me according to His will and providence. I was caught by surprise when, over a year after our conversation, Bishop Lori released me to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A., expressing his concern for the men and women in the military. He recognized the great sacrifices these heroic volunteers make and the Church’s pastoral need to provide for their spiritual care and well-being. He understood that their hearts and minds were under constant stress, especially with the insistent demands of the global war on terror. I am deeply grateful for Bishop Lori’s decision. The work and presence of priests within the military is much-needed. While not always fully understood or appreciated by civilians, military service members are often located in dangerous and isolated places — military bases and camps in the Middle East or ships with long deployments. Service members must contend daily with the extreme physical, emotional and spiritual hardships inherent to exceptionally demanding assignments. For Catholics serving in the military, hundreds of miles away from a priest, the challenge is additionally compounded. While Protestant chaplains may offer spiritual support and emotional counsel, they are unable to provide the spiritual grace and consolations offered by Christ in the sacraments. Thus, without priests serving alongside them as chaplains and living under the same conditions, there would be no one to offer the Catholic faithful Holy Mass, hear confessions, provide the Sacrament of the Sick, or respond to their many special pastoral needs and spiritual challenges. My job, in a particular way, is to try to be there for them and to provide for their spiritual needs. So far, it has been an adventure! Currently, I have the honor and privilege of serving as a chaplain onboard the USS Iwo Jima, a Waspclass amphibious assault ship. Resembling an aircraft carrier, the ship is a virtual floating city propelled by steam with over 1,000 sailors and up to 1,800 embarked Marines. Our mission is to protect our country by launching a large number of Marines by sea and air on very short notice, and getting them rapidly into battle when a situation warrants it. For my next assignment, I will likely serve as a chaplain in Kuwait, followed by attachment to a Marine Expeditionary Force with a subsequent deployment to Afghanistan. I believe this is precisely where our sailors and Marines need a priest most, and with all the sacrifices they make daily, I am glad I can be there for them. As a Navy chaplain, I witness firsthand the heightened tempo of military operations. I observe each and every day the sacrifices demanded of our service men and women to support our freedom and protect our homeland. As a priest, it is a joy to be with them, ministering to these wonderful people, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to them. It is deeply rewarding and indeed a great honor and privilege to be a Navy chaplain at this time, serving both God and country. — Rev. David A. Daigle ’93 (M.B.A.) Lieutenant, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy Fr. Daigle began his two-year deployment on the USS Iowa Jima in December 2007. To read his blog, visit and search for “daigle.”

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Your Support Makes a Difference: The Saint Joseph’s Fund in Action Long before Kataney Couamin ’11 began freshman orientation at Saint Joseph’s University, she knew she was in the right place. In fact, upon her acceptance, it didn’t take long for her to realize that being at Saint Joseph’s was a perfect fit. “I just fell in love with the spirit,” Kataney recalls. It didn’t hurt that the University was able to provide her with tuition support including a merit-based scholarship — all thanks to the Saint Joseph’s Fund. A true Hawk, Kataney spends her free time — when she’s not busy working toward her bachelor’s degree in sociology or in the Office of Multicultural Life — helping to raise money for Saint Joseph’s through the Telefund. No doubt Kataney will carry the spirit of philanthropy with her once she graduates. The Saint Joseph’s Fund offers donors the chance to make an immediate impact on today’s students. Now more than ever, this support enables the University to focus on its first priority — helping students with the greatest need fulfill their educational goals.

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Saint Joseph's University Magazine - Spring 2009  

This issue of "SJU Magazine" explores the reflective aspects of service, profiles the founder of Project H.O.M.E., challenges you with a pop...

Saint Joseph's University Magazine - Spring 2009  

This issue of "SJU Magazine" explores the reflective aspects of service, profiles the founder of Project H.O.M.E., challenges you with a pop...