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Shannon Alexander ‘17 and Chris Alexander ’15 ’17 (MBA)

“I believe my SJU degree, coupled with my academic and professional experience, has prepared me to enter the job market and will propel me to success in any or all of my career pursuits.” This weekend, commencement will be a family affair for the Alexanders of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, as siblings Shannon, a pharmaceutical and healthcare…

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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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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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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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Amar Donthala ’17

“I think data is the future, and I hope I can make a name for myself in the industry.” Amarendranath (Amar) Reddy Donthala ’17 (M.S.) is a storyteller. “I enjoy the opportunity to express myself creatively,” he says. But instead of using words, this former computer programmer from Hyderabad, India, weaves his narratives with data.…

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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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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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