Theatre has played a role in Saint Joseph’s University history since its earliest days in the 1850s.  Students presented recitations and/or dialogues during the commencements.  One of these was “Loyola’s Vigil” given in 1853 by a commercial student, Andrew Jackson.  The following year students presented the period drama “Regulus” about a Roman general taken prisoner in the wars with Carthage.  Unfortunately, the College Catalogues, the source of this information, are only available in the Archives from 1852-1862 before resuming in the 1890s

A reference was made in the 1897-1898 catalogue to the founding of the Saint Joseph’s College Dramatic Association with a listing of its officers and moderator, the Rev. Joseph H. Hann, S.J.  The association members performed Shakespeare’s King John at the Park Theatre in Philadelphia on June 1, 1898.  Not much is known about the play other than its cast of characters, which includes the names of the student actors.

At the start of the 1900s, the Dramatic Association produced a series of Shakespearian plays including Macbeth (1912), Twelfth Night (1913) and King Henry IV (1914).  Gilbert and Sullivan’s satirical operetta The Mikado made it to the stage in 1915.  However, the group’s most successful work was The Passion Play, about the life of Christ, performed in the spring of both 1916 and 1917 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia.  The play attracted numerous dignitaries and was seen by a reported 30,000 people.

The Cap & Bells Club formed in 1927 became the successor organization to the Dramatic Association.  Its first annual production was of The Bells at the Penn A.C. Ballroom on the night of February 11, 1928.  After its initial success, the players went on to perform in annual productions and enter a series of one-act play contests.

All the World’s a Stage: Theatre at Saint Joseph’s College in the Early 1900’s, a new Archives and Special Collections display is on view in the Gerard Manley Hopkins Special Collections located on the of the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons.  It will be available through the end of the spring semester.  Materials used in the exhibit are reproductions of original play programs and period photographs from the College Annual, the Crimson and Grey, the Greatonian Yearbook .

 

During finals week, you may want to take a little break while studying to rest and rejuvenate. Here’s what we at the Library can offer you — if something appeals to you, by all means, treat yourself!

Tuesday, December 10th
Unwind: Yoga
Emily Forte, Assistant Director Student Success

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
PLC 2nd floor

Tuesday, December 10th – Thursday, December 12th
Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Wednesday, December 11th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist

9:00 – 11:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Virtual Reality Gaming
League of Legends & E-Sports
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Thursday, December 12th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist

9:00 – 11:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Tuesday, December 10th through Tuesday, December 17th
Play Breaks: Wall-Sized Posters to Color, Model Magic, Jigsaw Puzzles and Lego Building
Various locations throughout the PLC and Drexel Library

Nourish: Healthy snacks

Be in Your Own Zone: Free Earbuds and Earplugs while supplies last!

 

Best wishes for a successful semester and a most enjoyable (and needed) Winter Break!
See you next semester!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this Display

The SJU chapter of Active Minds has partnered with the Francis A. Drexel Library to create a book display in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (October 3) and Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6-12). Active Minds is a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and treatments while promoting greater dialogue about mental health.

The display includes books that tell real stories of individuals struggling with their mental health, popular works of fiction with mental health themes, and books of general mental health information to educate all readers.

1 in 4 adults will experience some sort of mental health related illness in their lifetime, so our goal at Active Minds is to ensure that those individuals are not ostracized and will receive the support that they deserve.

– Brendan McNally, ‘20
Co-President, SJU Active Minds

 

This display can be found upon entrance to the Post Learning Commons.

During finals week, you may want to take a little break while studying to rest and rejuvenate. Here’s what we at the Library can offer you — if something appeals to you, by all means, treat yourself!

Thursday, May 2nd
Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
Julianna Hankinson, demo potter
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Friday, May 3rd
Unwind: Yoga
Katie Bean, Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) Program

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLC 3rd Floor Lounge

Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
Julianna Hankinson, demo potter
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Virtual Reality Gaming
League of Legends & E-Sports

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PLC Atrium

Monday, May 6th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist
PLC Atrium
9:00 – 11:00 PM

Tuesday, May 7th
Unwind: Yoga
Katie Bean, Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) Program

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLC 3rd Floor Lounge

Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist
PLC Atrium
9:00 – 11:00 PM

May 3rd through May 9th
Play Breaks: Jigsaw Puzzles, Wall-Sized Posters to Color, and Lego Building
various locations throughout the PLC and Drexel Library

Nourish: Healthy snacks

Be in Your Own Zone: Free Earbuds and Earplugs while supplies last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserve a study room
click the “Spaces” box on the Library homepage

5-Minute Massages
Monday, 5/7 and Tuesday, 5/8
9:00 – 11:00 PM
PLC Atrium

 

 

 

 


Legos and Coloring

Monday, 5/7 and Tuesday, 5/8
24 hours
PLC Cafe

Healthy Snacks
Monday, 5/7 and Tuesday, 5/8
24 hours
PLC Cafe

FREE Earbuds and Earplugs   
Friday, 5/4 until supplies run out
Drexel Library Service Desk

 

 – Marian Courtney

The Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics will be co-sponsoring
the April Campus Coffee Hour with the Library

Friday, April 13th
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Post Learning Commons 2nd Floor Lounge

The Arrupe Center is showcasing the student-led undergraduate SJU Net Impact chapter of the international organization Net Impact. Net Impact is a community of 100,000 students and professional leaders empowering ethical and sustainable practices.

Enjoy coffee and snacks while you network with colleagues.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us.

During finals week, you may want to take a little break while studying to rest and rejuvenate. Here’s what we at the Library can offer you — if something appeals to you, by all means, treat yourself!

Tuesday, December  12th
24 Hours
Free earbuds and earplugs*

Wednesday, December 13th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Thursday, December 14th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Friday, December 15th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs

Saturday, December 16th
Open until 12 midnight, reopens Sunday at 9:00 AM

Free earbuds and earplugs

Sunday, December 17th
Opens at 9:00 AM, continuing 24 hours until Tues., December 19th when we close at 9:00 PM

Free earbuds and earplugs

* Earbuds and earplugs are available on request unless supply runs out

– Marian Courtney

To register for Wine and Cheese Reception*, click HERE

In the spring of 2012, the John and Maryanne Hennings Post
Learning Commons
,
a twenty-first century technology-inspired space was dedicated to complement the Library’s traditional services.
Located in the heart of campus, the 37,000 square foot facility is the intellectual hub of the University.

Designed as a one-stop shop for students with study needs: from
resources to expertise and instruction spaces, from information
technology to tutoring, from collaborative meeting rooms to quiet group study rooms, Post Learning Commons offers a variety of
student support services and environments. The expanded seating and cafe offers the extended campus community spaces to meet
informally in small groups.

Additionally, there is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections with a gallery for art collections to be on display.
The Wachterhauser Seminar Room, a technology-rich classroom type space, is a sought-after space for staff and faculty to use for
campus meetings and small events.

In anticipation of the upcoming 5th anniversary of the building of this versatile and well utilized facility, we have a series of
celebratory events planned.

Tuesday, April 4th through
Friday, April 7th

Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special
Collections 3rd Floor Post Learning Commons

Tuesday, April 4th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Wednesday, April 5th 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Thursday, April 6th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Photo booth and video recording
Prize wheel and snacks
Atrium of the Post Learning Commons

Friday, April 7th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wine and Cheese Reception*
Display from University Archives
Griffiths Scholars Lounge and
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collections
3rd Floor Post Learning Commons
*This event is for SJU faculty, staff and invited guests.

We are excited to share these events with you and hope that you can spare some time from your busy schedule to celebrate with us. If you are not available on Friday, we hope that you stop by to see the
exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons. We have
several cases filled with material from the SJU Archives, including
clothing, medals, materials from ground breaking, and other
interesting memorabilia.

Our History in Photos


#PLC5th

 

 

 

 

During Finals Week, there will be an assortment of activities and snacks available to students with the intention of minimizing stress
and strengthening well-being. Some of these will be Library
initiatives while others are student-generated and/or developed through a partnership between the Library and another department.
The following list is just some of what is being offered.

Tuesday, December  13th
24 Hours
Free earbuds and earplugs*

finals_fall2016Wednesday, December 14th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Thursday, December 15th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
5:00-6:00 PM 
Stress-busters and snacks in the Atrium with Adult Student Life
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Friday, December 16th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
2:00-4:00 PM
Pop-up Park in the Cafe with Student Life

Saturday, December 17th
Open until 12 midnight, reopens Sunday at 9:00 AM

Free earbuds and earplugs

Sunday, December 18th
Opens at 9:00 AM, continuing 24 hours until Tues., December 20th when we close at 9:00 PM

Free earbuds and earplugs

* Earbuds and earplugs are available on request unless supply runs out

During Finals Week, there will be an assortment of activities and snacks available to students with the intention of minimizing stress and strengthening well-being.

Wednesday, December 9th
24 Hourswordle 3
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs

9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium
11:00 PM-12:00 AM
Sandwiches for Students from Greek Council

Thursday, December 10th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Refreshments and various fun activities in the Atrium
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Friday, December 11th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplug

Saturday, December 12th
Open until 12 midnight, reopens Sunday at 9am
Coloring in the cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs

Sunday, December 13th
Opens at 9am, continues with 24 hours until Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Coloring in the cafe
Healthy snacks

Free earbuds and earplugs
2:00-4:00 PM

Letter writing “Hawks for Heroes”
8:00-9:00 PM
Coffee and Donuts with fun activities

Monday, December 14th
24 Hours
Coloring in the cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs

Tuesday, December 15th
24 Hours
Coloring in the cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs