College of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Lawn ’17 & Robert J. Lawn Jr. ’17

“Having my dad do his undergraduate work and graduate with me is one of the best things I could ask for. I cannot wait to share the day with him.” – Amanda Lawn ’17 “I feel great about graduating. I am truly blessed and proud to be graduating with Amanda.” – Robert J. Lawn Jr.…

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David Pagliarulo ’17

“I interned in Paris the summer before my senior year at a fashion, music and art magazine. It really influenced me to want to work in a creative field on a global level.” Many new experiences are in store for David Pagliarulo ’17, a psychology major with minors in interdisciplinary health services and art. After…

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Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.)

“Volunteering with the Peace Corps will allow me to do what I love most: work with children on a consistent basis and help them develop essential skills.” After earning his master’s degree in criminal justice this May, Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.) will travel to the African nation of Swaziland to work as a youth development volunteer…

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Luigi Nuñez ’17

“Saint Joseph’s has instilled in me a passion for pursuing social justice.” Luigi Nuñez ’17, a graduating senior from Camden, New Jersey, carrying a double major in computer science and mathematics, has been named a recipient of a fellowship from the Global Health Corps (GHC). As a fellow, Nuñez will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to…

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McNulty Scholars Program Announces Class of 2017 Graduates

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, which provides scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, announces its Class of 2017 scholars and fellows. McNulty Scholars and Associate Scholars, in addition to receiving scholarships, benefit from extensive research opportunities, and…

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Joseph Thomas ’17

At the intersection of the Arts and Sciences lies the academic career of Joseph Thomas ’17.  Prior to enrolling in Saint Joseph University’s Writing Studies program, Thomas studied biology at Arcadia University and has spent over nine years in the U.S Army as a medic. Despite his background and early career in the sciences, Thomas…

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Prince Yakubu ’17

“I was taught through a Jesuit lens for eight years and I’ve learned how important it is to give back.” When the law school acceptance notices started to accumulate in senior psychology major Prince Charles Yakubu’s inbox, and the formal letters arrived at his home in St. Louis, his mother was “really excited,” says Yakubu.…

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Jackie Boran ’17

“I decided to pursue a career in dentistry because it combines my passion for science with my desire to serve others.” After being accepted into three dental schools, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, native Jackie Boran ’17 will take the next step in her career path by heading to University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine this fall.…

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Brittany Stokes ’17

“I want to give back to other people. City Year is men and women working with and for others.” Brittany Stokes ’17, a criminal justice major from Philadelphia, will make the most of her gap year before law school with her placement with City Year.  She’ll spend the next year working with children in under-resourced…

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Brenna Ritzert ’17

“It was really ‘St. Joe’s or bust’ for me. I didn’t want to go anywhere else, and now that I’ve met so many amazing faculty members and looked at how much I’ve grown as a writer and an individual, I know it was the choice for me.” Brenna Ritzert ’17, an English major with a…

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Katrina Nicolaides ’17 and Allison Samson ’17

“I feel that at this point in life I couldn’t  have more experience in the autism field than I do right now.” — Katrina Nicolaides ’17 “In my experience at the Kinney Center I have learned that no two children or adults with a disability are alike.” — Allison Samson ’17 Katrina Nicolaides ’17 of…

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Claribel Villa ’17

“Next week, I will be the first person from my immediate family to graduate from college. My graduation means making my parents proud and setting an example for my younger sisters.” Claribel Villa has big plans for the future: She hopes to become a social worker in the Latino community. The sociology and Spanish double…

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Niknaz Riazati ‘17

“Keep a strong desire in your head. Make your wings strong for the day you get to fly.” Niknaz Riazati ‘17 recalls circling the outside of the library at the University of Tehran, looking for a door that didn’t have a security guard on duty, or a group of students she could follow in without…

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Nyshawana Francis-Thompson ’17 (Ed.D.)

“I evolved as a leader through each class. I knew I was ready to lead at the macro level just after I finished my course work.” Before enrolling in SJU’s Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Educational Leadership Program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of…

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Sarah Cooney ’17

“I want to take what I’ve learned about mathematics and computer science and use it help people and affect positive change in the world.” After commencement, Sarah Cooney ’17 will be traveling to the other side of the country to continue her education. An associate John P. McNulty Scholar,  Cooney is a mathematics and computer…

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Kyle Chalmers ’17

“With the academic and interpersonal skills I’ve developed here, I know I’m set up to make an impact in the present and in the future.” Tennis is what initially brought Tempe, Arizona native Kyle Chalmers ‘17 to the East Coast to attend Saint Joseph’s University, but once he settled into Hawk Hill, he dove into…

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Ashley Varghese ’17

“After hearing the stories of people on the ‘inside’ during the Inside-Out course, I decided that I wanted to be a defense attorney for juvenile offenders.” Ashley Varghese ’17 has a major goal for her future: to turn her passion into a career. Varghese, a criminal justice major from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, plans to attend…

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Zachery Brown ’17

“Whether I was conducting research, teaching, or simply studying for my classes, my time in the physics department here at SJU gave me the foundational knowledge I hope to carry with me for the rest of my career.” If you’ve ever seen an artist blowing glass, you likely marveled at the cooling process, as the…

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Michael DiMuzio ’17

“The compassion that came from my doctors and nurses at CHOP, backed by their expertise in caretaking, inspired me to go into medicine as a way to give back and help those in need.” Senior biology major Michael DiMuzio has always had a passion for science. But the future medical student was propelled in the…

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Andrew Arner ’17

“I learned  leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.” Andrew Arner ’17, an interdisciplinary health services major with minors in biology and interdisciplinary health care ethics from Bethlehem, Pa., has always known that he wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and work in medicine. “Medicine changes…

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Imani Briscoe ’17

“I realize and appreciate that SJU has given me a strong foundation, and my mission is to pay it forward.” Imani Briscoe is grateful for her time at SJU. She’s taken advantage of the many leadership opportunities found on campus as a resident assistant, Hawk Host, co-President of the Black Student Union, Orientation Leader and…

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Eric Adjei-Danquah ‘17

“I am extremely grateful for the world-class Catholic education I have received at SJU, and I want that gift to continue just as much as I want to practice medicine.” Eric Adjei-Danquah ’17 may be graduating, but he isn’t ready to stop learning, yet. A biology major with minors in health care ethics and behavioral…

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Sue Henry ’17

“Through the diversity of classes I’ve taken, I have gained a broader perspective on life. SJU has broadened my mind and opened my heart.” Sue Henry ’17 has always been an artist at heart. But the path to her passion hasn’t always been a straight line for the 60-year-old graduating senior. After graduating from Harcum…

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Class of 2016 McNulty Scholars Program Graduates

“McNulty Scholars are young women who dare to be the best.” The John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science in Math, which provides full- and partial-tuition scholarships for young women who wish to become leaders in the science and math professions, announces its Class of 2016 graduates. Comprised of fellows, scholars and associates,…

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Genevieve Philbin ’16

“Service-learning courses and St. Joe’s mission called me to serve.” Scranton, Pennsylvania native Genevieve Philbin ’16, a Hawk English and theatre and film major, will spend the next two years amid the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame as an ACE ND fellow. When she completes her time in Indiana, she’ll have a master’s degree in…

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Kwame I.T. Williams ’16 (Ed.D)

“The sense of family and community in the cohorts and with the faculty, and the push to be greater, to make a difference — I’d recommend the programs to anyone.” Kwame I.T. Williams is a change agent. As a principal responsible for the cognitive development and social growth of 455 K-5 students, it’s part of…

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Claudia Gallagher ’16

“The class became a source of inspiration. I learned so much about responsible medical practice, and I really started to see how ethics related to other areas of my studies.” Honors student Claudia Gallagher ’16 had no shortage of interests as an English and music double major. But she still wanted to add breadth to…

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Lena Hunt ’16 (M.S.)

“I’ve always been naturally curious, but being around flowers helped solidify  my desire to study  biology.” Graduate biology student Lena Hunt ’16 may have started out as a floral designer, but her research at Saint Joseph’s with Associate Professor of Biology Clint Springer, Ph.D., has taken her from that relatively small-scale world to the macro-world…

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Nick Fortunato ’16

“I wouldn’t be doing Teach for America if it wasn’t for the political science faculty. They made sure what I was putting forward was my best effort, pushing me to be the best possible advocate.” Political science major/international relations minor Nick Fortunato ’16  discovered a love for teaching as a Global Smarts mentor. A joint…

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Caley Rolt ’16

                           “I’m grateful to Saint Joseph’s for the opportunity to do so much service and find so much joy while connecting my separate passions.” By anyone’s measure, the achievements of Caley Rolt ’16, are impressive. An international relations major with minors in German and Spanish, the Westford, Massachusetts native recently received SJU’s International Relations Award…

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Ather Sharif ’16 (M.S.)

“SJU has helped me tremendously by providing me the platform and supporting my passion for web accessibility.” When he began writing code for websites, Ather Sharif ’16 (M.S.) gave little thought to accessible design. He never considered the value of creating a site that would work for every person who visited it, including those with…

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Kathleen Rodgers ’16 and Chrissy Miseo ’16

“The different teaching strategies and behavioral management techniques we use at the Kinney Center can be implemented in any elementary or special education classroom,” says Kathleen Rodgers ’16. The first class of Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support Apprentice SCHOLARS — at 12 participants — will graduate having started their Kinney experience the summer…

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Kaitlyn Martin ’16

“I will miss the faculty most. I love all of the professors who taught me.” From Staten Island, New York, Kaitlyn Martin ’16 says she always wanted to be a teacher, and her desire solidified after taking special education classes at Saint Joseph’s. Her post-graduation plans have her heading to Nashville, Tennessee, where she will…

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Pooja Patel ’16

“I  wanted to graduate early, because I knew I could reach my end goal quicker. I was always determined to be on the path to veterinary school.  It never occurred to me to do anything else.” Biology major Pooja Patel ’16 has had a singular vision since she was a young girl helping in her…

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Conor McCaney ’16

“At Saint Joseph’s, I experienced a better way of learning.” Professional and Liberal Studies grad Conor McCaney ’16 has always been interested in food science. His interest took the Cape May, New Jersey, native to the Culinary Institute of America in New York to behind the scenes at prestigious restaurants in Europe. When a friendship…

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Kristen Boyle ’16

“Study abroad in Italy was an amazing experience that pushed me to be more independent than I had ever been before.” Psychology major/art minor Kristen Boyle ’16 may have been born with a rare genetic condition that renders her legally blind, but she didn’t let that stop her from achieving a 3.9 GPA; conducting social…

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Tyler Kelley ’16

“I’ll miss the people of St. Joe’s the most. The daily social interactions here are great.” Tyler Kelley ’16 has been a forward for the Saint Joseph’s rugby team all four years of his college career. The native Philadelphian was recruited from St. Joseph’s Prep, where he was also a member of the rugby team.…

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Katryna Perera ’16

“Being the news editor of The Hawk made me realize how much I love being on my feet.” From Damascus, Maryland, Katryna Perera’s dream has been to live and work in New York City, and accordingly, she plans to pursue a master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism upon graduating from Saint Joseph’s. Once…

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Dan Tully ’16

“I had a great experience with the criminal justice program. I cannot speak highly enough about the faculty and staff.” Dan Tully ’16, of Holmdel, New Jersey, majored in criminal justice and had a minor in accounting. As a student, he experienced cura personalis in action. “The faculty and staff of the criminal justice program spent so…

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