Dr. Phillip Cunningham Receives Peace and Dialogue Award

On April 25, 2013, Dr. Philip Cunningham (Department of Theology & Religious Studies) received the Peace and Dialogue Award at the Ninth Annual Friendship Dinner, sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute and held at the Hilton Hotel on City Avenue.  Dr. Cunningham, who is the Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, received the Award for his ongoing work to promote deeper mutual understanding among people of the Abrahamic traditions, especially between Jews and Catholics.  The Peace Islands Institute, headquartered in Manhattan, is a non-profit organization that aspires to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration between and among different religions and cultures.

Latin Students are Published Authors

Dr. Maria S. Marsilio, Professor of Classics, mentored 11 Saint Joseph’s University students as they prepared and published in April 2013 “Gaius Valerius Catullus, Carmina 36” in the Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women (edited by Ann R. Raia and Judith L. Sebesta): Amanda Churchvara, John Eastman, Erin Forester, Kerry Horleman, Matthew Iacoviello, Eric Klien, Andre Mai, Marilyn Patternson, Stepahnie Schallenhammer, Lindsey Stamer, and Audrey Tabajonda, all students in Dr. Marsilio’s Latin 305 class. http://www2.cnr.edu/home/araia/catullus36.html

The online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women introduces undergraduate Latin readers to Roman women, through un-adapted Latin texts, essays, and illustrations from the early Roman Republic to the late Empire. Each Latin passage is introduced by its own image and essay that contextualize the reading. Latin expressions are hyperlinked to glosses that appear in small pop-up windows; they contain lexical, rhetorical, poetic and syntactic aids.  SPQR links provide vivid images of ancient artifacts.



Faculty Publications – May Issue

Caccamo, J. “Hear What I Say, Not What I Do? Material Practice and Social Context as Central Factors in the Consequences of Communication.” Paper presentation at Theology and Communications: In Dialogue conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Council on Social Communications in co-operation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Santa Clara, CA. June 24, 2013.

Caccamo, J.“Let Me Put It Another Way: Communication Technology and the Shape of the Liturgy.” Liturgy 28, no. 3 (April 2013).

Caccamo, J.“You Are What You Tweet: Technology and Religious Ethics In An Age of Gadgets.” In Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Paul O. Myhre. St. Mary, MN: Anselm Academic, 2013.

Caccamo, J. “Rewiring Virtue: The Christian Moral Life at the Dawn of a New Era.” In Children of a Better God: Technology and the Next Humanity. Ed. Darlene Fozard Weaver. Proceedings of the Villanova University Theology Institute, v. 40. Villanova, PA: Villanova U. Press, 2013.

Conway, T. (2013). “School mobility and education.” In J. Ainsworth (Ed.), Sociology of education: An a to z guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Conway, T. (2013). “Pennsylvania.” In J. Ainsworth (Ed.), Sociology of education: An a to z guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Coyne, T.  “Linked: Doonbeg and the Ocean Course at Kiawah.” Legends Magazine.  Vol. 24 (2013): 77-81.

Coyne, T.  (Host and Writer).  (2013). “Golfing Northern Ireland” [Television series episode]. Golfing the World, Boston, BCN Productions: NBC Sports Network.

Coyne, T.  (Host and Writer).  (2013). “Golfing the West of Ireland” [Television series episode]. Golfing the World, Boston, BCN Productions: NBC Sports Network.

Crispin, L.  “School Size and Student Achievement:  Does One Size Fit All?”  Invited Lecture, American University, January 30, 2013.

Crispin, L.  “Effects of Extracurricular Participation on the High School Dropout Decision by ‘At-Risk’ Status.”  Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association, March 22- 24, 2013, Columbus, OH.

Cunningham, P. “Topics in Catholic-Jewish Relations as Pope Francis Begins His Pontificate.” American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia, PA, May 8, 2013.

Cunningham, P. “The State of the Question: A Catholic Theology of the Land in Relation to the Current Geopolitical Impasse.” Consultation of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, USCCB, New York, May 7, 2013.

Cunningham, P. Introductory Christian Comments for the Moot Beit Din, RAVSAK, The Jewish Community Day School Network, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2013.

Cunningham, P. “Response to John Connelly, ‘How the Catholic Church Overcame Its Own Theology and Discovered that God Loves the Jews,’” Boston College, April 7, 2013.

Cunningham, P.“Beginning Steps toward a New Catholic-Jewish Relationship,” guest presenter at course, “Religions and Peace in the Holy Land,” Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, March 27, 2013.

Cunningham, P. “The Election of Pope Francis: First Impressions,” panel presentation, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2013.

Cunningham, P. “Monk, Priest, and Nun,” panel presentation (with Alain Elkann), University of Pennsylvania, March 22, 2013.

Cunningham, P. “The Vatican’s Strong Defense of the Jews” (with Eric Greenberg), Religion News Service, January 28, 2013.

Fukuoka, K.  “Memory, Nation, and National Commemoration of War Dead: A Study of Japanese Public Opinions on the Yasukuni Controversy.” Asian Politics & Policy 5(1): 27-49, 2013.

Feeney, J. “The Four Great Loves of Gerard Manley Hopkins,” Recours au Poeme: Poesies & Mondes poetiques, Sommaire 40/Issue 40/Sumario 40, Plouzane’, France, March 7, 2013, http://recoursaupoeme.fr  (accessed March 7, 2013).

Feeney, J.”Exile on O’Connell Street”: review of James Joyce: A New Biography, by Gordon Bowker, America, 207 (October 15, 2012), 36-39.

Feeney, J. Review of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918,  by Adam Hochschild, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, 22 (2013), 109-111.

Feeney, J. “Who Was, Who Is, Gerard Manley Hopkins,” Address to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Honors Conference,  Saint Joseph’s University, February 16, 2013.

Feeney, J.“Hopkins Two (Different) ‘Windhover’ Poems: One, a Nature Poem, the Other, a Poem about Christ,”  The Hopkins Conference, Regis University, Denver, March 23, 2013.

Firmender, J. M., Reis, S. M., & Sweeny, S. M. (2013). “Reading comprehension and fluency levels across diverse classrooms: The need for differentiated reading instruction and content.” Gifted Child Quarterly, 57(1), 3-14.

Gavin, M. K., Casa, T. M., Adelson, J. L., & Firmender, J. M. (2013). “The impact of advanced geometry and measurement units on the achievement of grade 2 students.” Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 44(3), 478-509.

Gavin, M. K., Casa, T. M., Firmender, J. M., & Carroll, S. R. (2013). “The impact of advanced geometry and measurement curriculum units on the mathematics achievement of first-grade students.” Gifted Child Quarterly, 57(2), 71-84.

Gilman, O.W. Jr.,  “Altered Identity:  The Nature of War.” College English Association Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2013 in Savannah, GA.

Gilman, O.W. Jr.,  “Teaching the Unteachable Text:  Getting Deep Inside Faulkner’s ‘Absalom, Absalom!'” “And Gladly Teach”–Literature Pedagogy Conference, April 20, 2013, University of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware.

Grimes, K. I. “Madonna Eletta between Petrarch and Boccaccio,” Panel Presentation at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, March 22, 2013.

Grimes, K. I. “Petrarch and His Mothers: Eletta, Laura and Saint Monica,” Invited lecture, University of Wisconsin at Madison, April 6, 2013.

Grimes, K. I. “I giovani e la cultura d’oggi: esempi dal cinema contemporaneo,” Invited lecture, at Lingua e Cultura della Società Italiana d’Oggi: A Continuing Education Course for Teachers of Italian, Saint Joseph’s University, April 20, 2013.

Grimes, K. I. “Boccaccio and Petrarch’s Maternal Dialogue,” Panel Presentation at “Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts,” State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, April 27, 2013.

Habdas, P. “Local elastic response of dense colloidal suspensions.” Seventh International Discussion Meeting on Relaxations in Complex Systems,  Barcelona, Spain, July 21 – 26, 2013.

Hoffman GA. 2013. “Treating Yourself as an Object: Self-Objectification and the Ethical Dimensions of Antidepressant Use.” Neuroethics 6(1): 165-78.

Hoffman GA.  “Extending the Extended Mind Thesis to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment.” Lecture. Temple University Philosophy Department Colloquium, April 2013.

Hoffman GA.  Closing panel discussion moderator. Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour Annual Convention; Symposium on “Re-conceptualizing Mental ‘Illness,’” Exeter, United Kingdom, April 2013.

Hoffman GA.  “Author Meets Critic:  Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender.” One of three invited critics. The American Philosophical Association Central Division 110th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2013.

Howard, J. A. J.  “Spirit Possession Tales in Early America and Resisting the Urge to Engage in ‘Consciousness Raising.’”  The Society of Early Americanists’ Eighth Biennial Conference, March 2013, Savannah, Georgia.

Howard, J. A. J.   “Imagined constructions of community”: Continuing Scholarship on Jonathan Edwards. Session Organizer and Presider. The Society of Early Americanists’ Eighth Biennial Conference, March 2013, Savannah, Georgia

Howard, J. A. J.  “The Rural Believer in the 18th Century.’” Session Organizer and Presider. Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, April 2013, Cleveland, Ohio

Howard, J. A. J.  “Shaping Narrative: Julia A. J. Foote’s Theology of Holiness,”  in Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature, edited by Mary McCartin Wearn, Ashgate Press, in press.

McColgan, M.D., Kuykendall, S., Johnson, C.L., Davis, M., Dempsey, S. & Witherspoon, M. “Family Safe Zone: How One Kind Word Can Prevent Child Maltreatment.” Poster presented at National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, March 2013, Garden Grove, CA.  The poster was awarded the blue ribbon in the Child Advocacy Category.

Lazar, A.  “Degrees toward social justice teaching:  Examining the dispositions of three urban early-career teachers.”  The Urban Review (in press).

Lazar, A.  “What draws teachers to work in urban schools:  A study of teacher narratives.”  American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (April 30, 2013).

Lockridge, T. “Accessibility as Professional Practice.” Computers and Writing conference, June 2013, Frostburg, MD.

Lockridge, T. “Collaboration and the Construction of Archives.” MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network. Retrieved from http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/question/what-are-major-sociallegalprofessional-stakes-sharing-online/response/collaboration-and-con

Lockridge, T. (Associate Editor of) Ulman, H.L., DeWitt, S.L., & Selfe, C.L. (Eds.). (2013). Stories That Speak to Us. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. Retrieved from http://ccdigitalpress.org/stories

Lockridge, T., & Warnick, Q. “WordPress as LMS: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Custom Course Websites.” Workshop presented at Computers and Writing conference, June 2013, Frostburg, MD.

Madges, W. “The Election of Pope Francis: First Impressions,” panel presentation, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2013.

Madges, W. “The Imperative of the Catholic Middle.” The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond conference, Chestnut Hill College, April 14, 2013.

Paciorek, T. and McRobert, S.P. (2013). “Daily shoaling patterns in the zebrafish (Danio rerio).” Current Zoology. In Press.

Fingerut, J., Orbe, K., and McRobert, S.P. (2013). “Fluorescein Dye as a Tagging Agent for Drosophila Dispersal Studies.” Drosophila Information Service. In Press.

Kiesel, A.L. and McRobert, S.P. (2013). “Anxiety, aggression, and social behavior in zebrafish.” Advances in Zoological Research, Vol. 5. 41-64.

Miller, R. “The Civil War Sesquicentennial: The Election(s) of 1860,” Civil War Book Review, Winter 2013, 1-7.

Miller, R. “`The War Will Never End’: Memory and Meaning of the American Civil War,” The Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, February 28, 2013.

Miller, R. “Finding Faith: Religion and the War,” The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th conference, Gettysburg College, March 16, 2013.

Mindell, J. A., Sadeh, A., Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T. (2013). “Cross-cultural differences in preschool sleep.” BMC Research Notes, 6, 130-135.

Li, A. M., Sadeh, A., Au, C. T., Goh, D., Mindell, J. A. (2013). “Prevalence of habitual snoring and its correlates in young children across the Asia Pacific.”  Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 49, 153-159.

Mindell, J. A.  “Normal sleep across different ages: Cross-cultural comparison.” Invited presentation at the first annual Asia Pacific Pediatric Sleep Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, March 2013.

Mindell, J. A.  “My baby keeps waking up at night!” Invited presentation at the first annual Asia Pacific Pediatric Sleep Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, March 2013.

Mindell, J. A., Sadeh, A., Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T.  “The impact of young children’s sleep on maternal sleep.” Annual Sleep meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2013.

Zambrano, D. N., Mindell, J. A., Reyes, N. R., & Herring, S. J.  “It’s not all about the baby’s sleep: A qualitative study of factors influencing low-income mothers’ sleep quality.” Annual Sleep meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2013.

Puzino, K., Moore, M., Guite, J., & Mindell, J. A.  “Presleep cognitive arousal in adolescents and young adults with chronic pain.” Poster presentation at the Annual Sleep meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2013.

Park, G., & Mindell, J. A., & Guite, J.  “To sleep or feed?: Effect of sleep on decision to continue or discontinue breastfeeding.” Poster presentation at the Annual Sleep meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2013.

Oxx, K. The Nativist Movement in America: Religious Conflict in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Routledge Press, 2013.

Palestini, R. (2013), Feminist Theory and Educational Leadership: Much Ado About Something! Landham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Pardo, C. & Schott, W. “Health insurance selection in Chile: a cross-sectional and panel analysis.” Health Policy and Planning. April, 2013; doi: 10.1093/heapol/czt017.

Dr. Usha Rao and her undergraduate students co-presented a research poster entitled, “Industrial and agricultural pollutants in the Susquehanna watershed of Pennsylvania” at the 245th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA, in April 2013. The authors were Michelle Piotrowski (Chemistry, ’13), Megan Forman (Chemical Biology, ’14), Catherine Blithe (Biology, ’11, M.S. Education, ’12), Amy Dougher (Chemical Biology, ’15), Christopher Millet (Chemical Biology, ’13), Mike Montemarano (Chemical Biology, ’13), J. Scott Niezgoda (Chemistry, ’10) and Usha Rao.

Regis, R.G. and Shoemaker, C.A. 2013. “Combining radial basis function surrogates and dynamic coordinate search in high-dimensional expensive black-box optimization.”  Engineering Optimization  45(5):  529 – 555.

Felegie, S. &  Schwarz, C.    “Gimme a leg up! Scaffolding learning in online courses.”   Drexel University e-learning 3.0 Conference, Philadelphia, P.A, March 2013.

Sharma, S. (2013). Girls Behind Bars Reclaiming Education in Transformative Spaces. New York: Continuum Publishers Bloomsbury Group.

Sharma, S., Rahatzad, J. & Phillion, J. (2013). “How Preservice Teachers Engage in the Process of (De)Colonization: Findings from an International Field Experience in Honduras.” Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. DOI 10.1007/s10780-013-9182-2

Gale, E. & S. Slike. “A Few of our Favorite Apps Redux (Apps for Teachers of the Deaf/HH),”  39th Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), (Slike presented virtually via Skype), February 22, 2013, Santa Fe, NM.

Smith, S. “Rational homotopy type of the classifying space for fibrewise self-equivalences.” Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, 141, (2013) 2153–2167  with Urtzi Buijs.

Smith, S. “Open Problems in Rational Homotopy Theory,” Invited Lecture, Temple University, April 29, 2013.

Suzanne Sorkin’s composition, Toward the Other Shore for solo violin, was a prize winner in the KH Tan Composition Competition for Solo Violin Works.  This spring violinist Kia-Hui Tan performed Sorkin’s Toward the Other Shore at Ohio State University, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Denison University New Music Festival, and The College of Wooster.

Spinner, J. “How Young Can You Go: Age and the Personal Essay’s Limbo Pole.”  Associated Writing Programs annual conference.  Boston.  March 9, 2013.

Spinner, J. Review of Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art & Arson in the Convents of Italy, by Craig A. Monson. Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 39.1 (2013):  100-6.

Spinner, J. “Here, There, and Everywhere.” Review of How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Blakewell.  American Book Review. 33.2 (2012): 4-5.

Wells, B. “Divorce: Ancient Near East/Hebrew Bible.” In C.-L. Seow et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 6, 989-992. New York/Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012.

White, D. participated in a Health Exchanges Panel at the 5th Annual Spring Institute, Saint Joseph’s University, April 10, 2013.

Students Receive Prestigious Awards


Emily Miller will attend the University of Edinburgh for the 2013-14 academic year

Ms. Emily Miller ’15 (English and Communication Studies) has been awarded the St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship, a $20,000 award.  She will attend the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (est. 1583) for the 2013-14 academic year. Ms. Miller is currently pursing a dual major in English and Communication Studies and a minor in Gender Studies. While in Scotland, she plans to take courses related to gender and sexuality in literature while exploring the rich cultural heritage of Edinburgh (“the City of Literature”). The St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship is awarded to 4-5 U.S. students a year, usually as juniors, to attend one of Scotland’s top universities.

Shannon Spencer

Shannon Spencer 14′ (Biology) plans to conduct research on protein interactions and disease mechanisms

Ms. Shannon Spencer ’14 (Biology) has been named a 2013 Barry Goldwater Scholar. Ultimately, Shannon intends to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in molecular biology. She plans to conduct research on protein interactions and disease mechanisms.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee’s field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

McNulty Scholars Graduates First Cohort

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to profile our first graduating cohort of the John P. McNulty Scholars Program. The program awards full and partial tuition scholarships to exceptional young women earning a degree in the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science, or computer science.

Senior Corrine Noel, a McNulty Scholar, will pursue a M.S. in Food Science after graduating

Corrine Noel will pursue an M.S. in Food Science after graduating.

Corinna Noel (Mathematics, ’13) has been on the Dean’s list every semester. In addition to being a recipient of the McNulty Scholarship, Corinna has won the SJU Gender Studies Trailblazer award and Women of Purpose award, been nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, served as the Vice-President of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Honor Societies.

Corinna participated in Study Abroad in Spring 2012, spending the semester in Florence, Italy. She has held summer internships at American Hydro Power, Inc. and Cornell University’s Food Science Summer Scholar Program. She also conducted SJU Summer Scholars research with Dr. Richard George, and Mathematics Departmental Honors research with Dr. Deborah Lurie.

Corinna’s other activities have included being a treasurer for the SJU Chapter of Students Helping Honduras, a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Zeta Pi chapter, serving as a math tutor, and playing intramural basketball. She plans to attend Cornell University’s Food Science and Technology Master’s Program in Fall 2013, after spending the summer as a research and development intern at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In graduate school, Corinna hopes to study the neurological and physiological underpinnings of the mammalian taste system and how the taste system influences food choice, with the goal of influencing the development of healthy, wholesome, and minimally-processed food products.

Kim Nguyen will attend medical school

Kim Nguyen, a biology major,  will attend medical school in the Fall.

Kim Nguyen (Biology, ’13) who has been on the Dean’s List since her first year at SJU, will attend medical school in the Fall. Kim is a recipient of the McNulty Scholarship and the SJU Medical Alumni Scholarship Award, and has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Sigma Xi Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. She won the Trailblazer Award sponsored by the SJU Gender Studies Program, and was a SJU finalist for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Kim has been an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Mark Reynolds’s biochemistry research group for the past three years, including for two summers as a Summer Scholar. Kim and other group members have been studying the biochemical mechanism of the heme-based oxygen-sensing protein FixL from Sinorhozobium meliloti. Kim co-presented the results of this research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA, in 2012. She has also presented her work at numerous local and regional scientific meetings.

Kim has been a Senior Undergraduate Fellow in the Institute of Catholic Bioethics. The results of her work with Fr. Mark Aita on telemedicine reimbursement have been submitted for publication.

Kim has served as the President of Shooting Stars, organized events at Sacred Heart Home, and volunteered at the Immaculate Mary Home hospice site and at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, providing assistance for oncology patients. Kim has also served as the President of the SJU Club Tennis team.


Molly Southwell plans to continue her work with Devereux Foundation’s Kanner Zoo after graduation.

During her time at SJU, Maura (Molly) Southwell (Biology, ’13) has won the Trailblazer Award, sponsored by the SJU Gender Studies Program, and the First Year Writing Contest Excellence in Writing Award given by the Department of English. She has been inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society and was nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Molly has been working in Dr.  Scott McRobert’s biodiversity research laboratory since Fall 2009, and is currently the Lab Manager, overseeing a collection of over 100 specimens of vulnerable or endangered aquatic species. Molly has helped to develop Fish Camera, an online educational resource for teachers and students. She has shared the results of this work at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Molly is also a co-author with Dr. McRobert on a manuscript that appeared in the journal Zebrafish, describing Fish Cam as a classroom tool for teaching fish shoaling behavior.

Molly has interned at the Radnor Veterinary Hospital, and at the Devereux Foundation Kanner Zoo, where she assisted in an animal therapy program for children with special needs. During her Study Abroad experience in Rome, Molly served as John Cabot University’s Student Government Visiting Student Senator.

At SJU, Molly has been a Writing Center tutor and a Biology teaching assistant; a B.E.A.G.L.E. intern with the Biology Department; a recruitment officer for the Women’s Rugby Club Team; and has served terms as Treasurer and as President of the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) student chapter. She recently won the Department of Biology’s AIBS award.

After graduation, Molly plans to continue her work with the Devereux Foundation’s Kanner Zoo, in particular with the Kids4Kats program. In the future, she plans to return to SJU for a Master’s degree in Biology.

CAS Salutes Outstanding Graduates

The Graduate Arts and Sciences division salutes Hannah Rogers for her scholarship and service.  Hannah will graduate from the M.A. Health Care Ethics Program this May and will begin her medical school training in August at Cooper Medical School, Rowan University- Camden, NJ.


Hannah Rogers will attend Cooper Medical School after earning her M.A. in Health Care Ethics

“A true scholar, Hannah will graduate with an outstanding grade point average and has gained valuable hands-on experience in health care ethics by participating in Bioethics Teaching Rounds with the Hospital Ethicist of the Mercy Health Care System, Philadelphia,” says her  program adviser, Fr. Mark Aita, S.J.

Hannah became interested in the medical ethics field after taking some ethics courses as an undergraduate biology major at SJU. She chose the M.A. Health Care Ethics program to better prepare her to navigate the ethical dilemmas that arise in health care settings. Reflecting on her experience in the Health Care Ethics Program, Hannah identified one of the strengths of the program: “From my fieldwork in clinical bioethics to my thesis project, this program integrated theory and practice, which I know will be extremely valuable preparation for medical training. My master’s thesis project focused on increasing awareness of and access to hospice services for an African American population.”

Hannah goes on to say, “my experience in the graduate Health Care Ethics program has instilled in me a passion to work with underserved communities towards eliminating health disparities. As a medical student in Camden (NJ), I hope to become involved with the community in addressing their specific social and health needs with an ethical mindset.”

The College also salutes a number of undergraduate students who are completing baccalaureate degrees.

Lara Maciejeski, a Sociology major and Faith Justice minor, also graduates in May.

Sociology Major Lara Maciejeski is an excellent student who is committed to social justice

Sociology Major Lara Maciejeski is an excellent student who is committed to social justice

Lara is a quiet but powerful force in her commitment to social justice.  Besides being an excellent student academically, she has spent the last four years volunteering with the homeless and she completed her senior thesis on “The Experience of Homelessness and Recovery in a Transitional Shelter Facility”.  Her career goal is to work with the homeless after graduation.  She has also been very active in the Rape Education and Prevention Program (REPP) on campus as a peer crisis counselor and organizer of REPP events.

Daniel Grosso, an English major , with minors in philosophy and history, has achieved recognition among faculty members during his time at SJU. Professor Tom Coyne says, “I have had a lot of ambitious and talented young writers in my workshops over the years, but Daniel Grosso stands out as one of the most interesting and motivated among them.  It isn’t everyday that an undergraduate student drops off his recently completed 350 page novel, and then asks you if you wouldn’t mind taking a look at the next one he’s finishing up, but that’s Daniel.  He’s more than a prolific writer—he’s a very fine one, too.  The genuine article, if you will, who has shown stunning flashes in both his poetry and prose.  He’s the kind of student who not only seeks and demands the best in his own work, but pulls the best out of his mentors, too.  He is a student for whom the standard lesson isn’t good enough.  He’s in your classroom to perfect his craft, and it has been an inspiration to work with such a talented and motivated young man.”

Daniel Grosso aspires to be a published author

Daniel Grosso, an English major, who has already written a novel, aspires to be a published author.

Daniel came to St. Joseph’s to find a path to the life of writing, and Dr. Coyne is confident that Daniel’s effort and determination will succeed: “When Daniel tells me he’s going to publish, I believe him wholeheartedly—not just because of the confidence he possesses in himself and in his work, but because he’s got the one thing that makes all writers writers: Passion.  Passion for the possibilities of words—the kind you can’t teach, and the sort Daniel possesses in abundance.”

Jennifer Cush ’13 (major in French, minor in secondary education) has been accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). This highly competitive program is sponsored by the French Ministry of Education. For the 2013-14 academic year, Jennifer will be teaching in Académie d’Aix-Marseille at the secondary level (middle school and/or high school).

Jennifer’s interest in the French language began when she was very young.  In first grade, when the children were given time for free reading in the school library, Jennifer always sought out the French picture dictionary.  She took the book out so many times, memorizing as many words as she could, that her teacher allowed her to keep the book.

Jennifer has been accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).

After spending a year in France in a program sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, Jennifer Cush would like to teach in an urban Catholic school.

After spending a year in France in a program sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, Jennifer would like to teach in an urban Catholic school. Her love of French language and culture deepened while at Saint Joseph’s.  In her sophomore year, she spent six months studying 17th century French civilization, sociology, music, and journalistic translation at the Université de Poitiers.  While in Poitiers, she lived with two host parents and had an immersion experience that allowed her to feel like a true poitevine.  The program in which she participated while abroad required that she sign a contract agreeing to speak, read, and write solely in French during her time in France.

After completing her year of teaching in France, Jennifer hopes to return to the States to teach. Ideally, she would like to participate in a program like Saint Joseph’s Alliance for Catholic Education,  which would allow her to live in a Catholic community with fellow teachers and teach in an urban Catholic school environment.

Each year, the SJU Medical Alumni chapter typically honors two outstanding seniors who are pursuing health professional careers by giving them a monetary award to help with their professional school expenses.  This year, the Medical Alumni Scholarship Selection Committee was so impressed with four remarkable nominees that they decided to honor each of these talented students with a $1000 award.

Caitlin Callaghan

In high school, Caitlin ranked first in her class of 700 students and was voted “most likely to succeed” by her classmates.  She has certainly lived up to that prediction with her excellent record of achievement at Saint Joseph’s.  Caitlin won the Ruggieri scholarship to attend SJU. Along with pursuing a challenging double major in French and Biology, Cait’s love of science motivated her to participate in research beginning with a special Phage Safari lab program in her freshman year.  She continued her research as a Summer Scholar with Fr. Braverman, analyzing  genetic variations in mycobacteriophages based on their geographic location.  Her enthusiasm for learning also prompted Cait to study abroad in Paris in her junior year.  There she immersed herself in the French culture, lived with a French family, and took all of her courses in French.

A model student in the classroom, Caitlin has proven to be equally as engaging in her extracurricular activities.  A recognized leader, she was elected to the University Student Senate as a freshman and also has taken the initiative in several programs, including overseeing the annual Red Cross Blood Drive.  Caitlin is very service-oriented and has a sincere desire to make a positive difference in the life of others.  She has volunteered every spring break week to serve needy communities in the Appalachian region, has tutored adults in a literacy program to help them to earn their GED, has shared her passion for science by teaching lessons to local 4th grade students, and has volunteered at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center for the poor and homeless in North Philadelphia.  Even during her semester abroad, Caitlin sought out a weekly service program and helped to serve meals at a café in a subsidized housing area of Paris.

Caitlin’s accomplishments have gained her inclusion in several prestigious honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pi Delta Phi for French students, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit school honor society that requires strong academics as well as leadership and community service.  It is no surprise that Caitlin was also admitted to five different medical schools. She is still deciding between Jefferson or Cooper Medical School for her future education.

Kelsea Henderson

Kelsea serves as President of SJU’s  pre-health honor society and, when she is not busy organizing Alpha Epsilon Delta activities, she is busy excelling in her academic studies.  A senior biology major with a minor in philosophy, Kelsea has earned a near-perfect grade point average in her coursework.   Her professors are effusive in their praise for her academic ability, work ethic, and attention to detail.   Kelsea has been a  Summer Scholar in Fr. Braverman’s genetics and evolutionary biology lab and last summer she continued her research pursuits at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she volunteered in a neurosurgery lab studying cell signal pathways in brain tumors.

Kelsea also has a remarkable life story, one that clearly has influenced her choice of a medical career.  Diagnosed with a malignant, inoperable neural sheath tumor in her spine at age 13, Kelsea was given a 1% chance of survival.  Yet with her relentless optimism, persistence through years of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, and the wonderful care of her team of physicians and surgeons, Kelsea was able to triumph over cancer and emerge as a confident, determined young woman with a clear passion for helping others as a physician.

Kelsea came to SJU under the Eagles Fly for Leukemia scholarship. She has shared her story as a motivational speaker for the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs Cancer.   She also started a program called PICU-Ups that provides small gift baskets to cheer up the children in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital.

Kelsea will continue her Jesuit education at Creighton Medical School this fall.

Dr. Peter Kowey (College Advisory Board member), Caitlin Callaghan, Kim Nguyen, Kelsea Henderson, and Nick Julian.

Dr. Peter Kowey (College Advisory Board member), Caitlin Callaghan, Kim Nguyen, Kelsea Henderson, and Nick Julian.

Nickolas Julian

Nick is an outstanding senior biology major with a minor in psychology. He has consistently performed at the highest level in the classroom and always works diligently to make the most of his potential.  Nick spent the past two summers doing undergraduate research in biochemistry with Dr. Mark Reynolds as part of the Summer Scholars program.  He has continued with his project in his senior year.  Nick enjoys the challenge of problem-solving and shows great attention to detail in the lab.  Nick presented his research project at a symposium at Swarthmore College and earned induction into the Sigma Xi research honor society for his work.

Outside of the classroom, Nick has assumed leadership roles in the Molloy Chemistry Society, the pre-dental group, and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health honor society.   He also serves as a sacristan and Eucharistic Minister at the weekly campus liturgies.  An accomplished runner and hurdler, Nick returns to his high school alma mater each spring to help with the training and conditioning of new hurdlers.  He also has worked diligently to gain clinical experience as a volunteer at Lankenau Hospital, as a clinical researcher at Children’s Hospital, and by shadowing numerous physicians and surgeons.  He has particularly enjoyed observing surgeries and has a strong interest in that area.  Nick will head westward in the fall to attend Creighton Medical School.

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen is a senior biology major and a member of the University Honors program.  Kim is also one of the inaugural members of the McNulty Scholars Program, an endowed scholarship program that seeks to develop outstanding female leaders in math and science.

Kim’s science research experience  began in the summer before her freshman year when she participated in microbiology research funded through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  In her next two summers, Kim earned a spot in our Summer Scholars Program, working in Dr. Mark Reynold’s biochemistry lab. She continued to work on her honors thesis in senior year.  Kim has presented her research at the American Chemical Society conference in San Diego and earned induction into the Sigma Xi research honor society.

Kim has also employed her research talents to examine ethical issues.  As one of only six student fellows in the Institute of Bioethics on campus, Kim investigated the issue of reimbursement for telemedicine services and how this type of practice might benefit underserved populations.  She hopes to earn publication of both of these senior research projects.  In addition to showing her own enthusiasm for math and science, Kim and her fellow McNulty Scholars are involved in promoting science and math to younger children in the Philadelphia area through educational outreach programs.

Kim is certainly well prepared for medical school and is currently making her final choice between the Drexel University School of Medicine and the University of South Florida, where she was chosen for the SELECT program that seeks to prepare physician leaders who can accelerate change in health care.

Introducing Dr. Jeanne Brady – Interim Dean of CAS

Dr. Jeanne Brady assumes the Interim Dean position of June 1st, 2013

Dr. Jeanne Brady assumes the Interim Dean position on June 1st, 2013

Effective June 1st, Dr. Jeanne F. Brady will serve as Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for academic year 2013-14.  Dr. Brady came to SJU in 1999.  After serving two terms as chair of the Education Department, she moved to the position of Associate Dean for the Education Unit in 2009.  Her past administrative positions include Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) and Graduate Director of Education.

Dr. Brady is immersed in SJU’s Jesuit mission.  She was instrumental in the establishment of the Catholic Teachers Corps, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACESJU). Launched in summer 2010, ACESJU has the potential to positively assist and strengthen Catholic schools serving low-income children in the city of Philadelphia and the region.  In 2009 she was selected to participate in the 2nd cohort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a national program designed to educate faculty, administrators, and staff more deeply in the Jesuit tradition of higher education. Dr. Brady is a recognized scholar in her field, with over two dozen scholarly publications, including books, book chapters, and articles, as well as close to 30 conference presentations, and numerous awarded grants.

Dr. Brady is looking forward to both the challenges and opportunities in her new position.  She is committed to preparing students to succeed in life as critical and engaged citizens, with the knowledge, skills and disposition to become ethical leaders, researchers, reflective practitioners, and social justice advocates. She is also a strong supporter of faculty scholarship and research as well as a strong advocate for collaborative and interdisciplinary projects across departments and colleges. Going forward, strengthening undergraduate and graduate enrollment as well as addressing issues regarding tuition costs and financial resources will continue to challenge the College. Equally pressing is the array of critical issues confronting society, and the need to support SJU faculty as creative and intellectual resources to solve these problems. Dr. Brady is committed to confronting these issues and engaging collaboratively to enhance the College of Arts and Sciences.

Music, Theatre and Film Dept hold Concert in Honor of Dean Madges

Dean Madges with the talented students from the Music, Theatre and Film department

Dean Madges with the talented students from the Music, Theatre and Film department

On Thursday, March 14, the Department of Music, Theatre and Film held a special concert in honor of Dean William Madges, who is stepping down from his position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the close of this academic year.  Faculty, staff and students in the Music, Theatre, and Film Department organized this concert to show their deep appreciation for Dean Madges and to thank him for his extraordinary service and outstanding accomplishments.

The concert began with opening remarks by Dr. Suzanne Sorkin, Chair of the Department, who stated, “We think it is fitting and meaningful to offer a concert in honor of Dean Madges, since he has worked so diligently to promote and champion the arts at Saint Joseph’s University. We recognize how fortunate we have been to have a Dean who values both student and faculty creative work and scholarship, and who demonstrates a profound and unwavering commitment to our Jesuit tradition of a liberal arts education in the spirit of cura personalis – care of the whole person.”

Provost Brice Wachterhauser outlined the numerous accomplishments Dean Madges has made over the years, and concluded by declaring, “His concern for the welfare of his colleagues, his generous spirit, his sense of diplomacy, and his diligence have marked his years of service.  A very articulate scholar, Bill has been a gracious colleague and one we will miss very much indeed.  Thank you, Bill, for your professionalism, leadership and companionship over the last seven years.”

Students who are involved in the Department of Music, Theatre and Film performed a variety of pieces.  William Foley ’13 played a collection of guitar etudes composed by Leo Brouwer.  Erin Gartland ’16 performed the first movement of a dramatic violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Three student pianists, Anna Ryan ’14, Augustine Asta ’15, and Martin Iwanicki ’14 performed classical works by Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Mikhail Glinka/Mily Balkirev, respectively.  Soprano Maria Galassi ’15 sang pieces by Franz Schubert and Claude Debussy, and Brian Rodrigues ’16 performed “Some Enchanted Evening” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.  Patrick Bishop ’13 and Kelly Slota ’12 performed the duet “Tonight” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.  The entire cast of Rent concluded the concert with a stirring rendition of “Seasons of Love”.  After the concert, a lively reception was held featuring the Jazz Trio comprised of music majors Gregory Angiolillo ’15, Christopher Manley ’16, and Bernardo De Leon ’16.  During the reception, faculty, staff, students, and parents had the opportunity to express their gratitude to Dr. Madges.

Thank you, Dean Madges for your leadership, service, and dedication to the College of Arts and Sciences over the last seven years!

—- Claudia Gallagher ’16 and Suzanne Sorkin

Dean Madges Reflects on Past Seven Years

BillMadges_ReflectionsAs I reflect upon my seven years as Dean, I am grateful for many, many things—having been given the opportunity to lead and serve the College, collaborating with faculty who are thoroughly dedicated to Jesuit values and liberal education, and working with a dedicated team of associate deans and administrative professionals in support of our educational mission.

What most attracted me to come to Saint Joseph’s in 2006 were the aspirations of the University, as articulated in Plan 2010: a Jesuit University with aspirations for even greater academic excellence—encapsulated in the phrase, to be recognized as “the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast”; a plan, in the space of about six years, to hire 52 faculty into lines that did not previously exist; a strong sense of community; and consistent affirmation, from multiple sources, of the positive and collaborative relationship between faculty and administration.  I came knowing that the University was already engaged in the process of a comprehensive curricular review.   With first-hand experience of core curriculum revision at Xavier University and with knowledge gained from participation in three national core curriculum conferences, I was excited about the prospect of engaging in the curricular revision at SJU.

These past seven years have certainly been exciting, filled with both success and challenge.  Despite the challenges—especially the financial challenge in the wake of the economic recession that began in my second year at SJU—the successes have been many.

The significant achievements in the College during the past seven years generally have been the result of effective collaboration with faculty, staff, and administration.  In some endeavors, I have had the leading role—for example, the revitalization of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations; raising the interreligious profile of the University by bringing the exhibit I co-created, A Blessing to One Another, to the Kimmel Center; the establishment of an Advisory Board for the College; the creation of the Advising Support Center; the inauguration of Notes from the Barbelin Quad (the college quarterly newsletter); and advocacy for the development of a performing arts center.  In other endeavors, I have had a major contributing role—for example, the development of the Asian Studies Program, the creation of overarching learning goals for the GEP, the development of a new document on the University’s mission—Living the Mission—that profiles faculty from diverse religious backgrounds and their contributions to our mission, and the promotion of the Institute for Environmental Stewardship.

Not surprisingly, most accomplishments have been the work of multiple hands:

•    Implementation of the General Education Program
•    Establishment of the McNulty Scholars Program
•    Creation of 10 new undergraduate majors and 13 undergraduate minors
•    Creation of six new master’s programs
•    Introduction of online programs
•    Fifty-two percent increase in graduate headcount and 57% increase in graduate credit hours over the past five years
•    Restructuring the College, which grew from 16 to 21 departments
•    Transformation of the CAS Today magazine into a more engaging publication, Intellect, which recently earned a Bronze “Cuppie” Award from the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania
•    Renovations of Merion Hall (which became the new home of the English, Education, and Sociology Departments), Connelly Hall (three GEP science labs), the Nicoletti Music Studio, the Science Center, Boland Hall, and Fine Arts East.

Dean Madges stands with new faculty hires

Dean Madges stands with new faculty hires

Some of my most satisfying work has been working with the faculty:

•    Interviewing candidates and then hiring them for the College.  Over the past seven years, I have hired 70 tenure-track faculty, a number that represents more than one-third of the total of tenure-track or tenured faculty in the College.
•    Supporting the professional development of the faculty, providing funding for their academic travel as well as evaluating and guiding 84 faculty through the tenure and promotion process
•    Collaborating with chairpersons and program directors to strengthen current curricula and to innovate with new academic programs

I have enjoyed working with colleagues in the Development Office to secure funding for the College’s needs and to build the Advisory Board, which provides annual financial support for the College as well as good counsel and internship opportunities for our students.

Throughout all of these opportunities and challenges, I have been sustained by my belief in and commitment to liberal education in the Jesuit mode—an education that is not so much about building a resumé, but rather is about forming and building insightful, creative, articulate, ethically responsible people who are prepared for a life well-lived, not just for themselves, but for all whom their lives touch.

As I leave the Dean’s Office and prepare to return to the classroom, I am excited about the prospect of engaging directly with students in the exploration of life’s big questions and the opportunity to immerse myself again in scholarship and the adventure of ideas.

To all of my colleagues and co-workers these past seven years, I say “thank you.”  It has been my privilege and honor to serve as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Fast Break with CAS Faculty – Lecture Series Premier

In the spirit of the Jesuit tradition of a “lifetime love of learning,” the College of Arts & Sciences announces “Fast Break with CAS Faculty,” a pre-game lecture series.  The goal of this program is to give alumni a taste of intellectual life on campus and an opportunity to learn about a range of topics from some of the College’s most engaging faculty.

The inaugural lecture will feature Dr. Randall M. Miller, Professor of History, speaking on “What Now? Obama, the Republicans, and the Meaning of the Election – For Now.”   Dr. Miller will lead a discussion about how President Barack Obama’s re-election could be evidence of a major generational shift in methods, constituencies, and issues in politics.  The event will take place before the men’s basketball game against George Washington University:  February 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Tom Fithian  at 610-660-2301.