Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

June Newsletter
Commencement 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 graduates! Here are some highlights of the commencement ceremonies.
Avila University
May 13th, 100th Commencement, 423 Graduates
Michelle L. Pace, B.S. Prehealth Professions and Biology
Richard Snedegar, M.S., Organizational Development Psychology
Chestnut Hill College
May 13th, 270 Graduates
Speaker: Chris Lowney, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives

College of Our Lady of the Elms
May 20th, 86th Commencement, 570 Graduates
Speaker: Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D., Social work professor and spiritual director

Fontbonne University
May 8th, Nearly 500 Graduates
Speaker: James White, Retired Jamba Juice CEO
Mount Saint Mary's University
May 5th, 1,200 Graduates
Speakers: Jacqueline Powers Doud, PhD, Served as both provost and president of Mount Saint Mary’s University over a 20 year period

Farah Pandith, Diplomatic entrepreneur, foreign policy strategist and author, and special Representative to Muslim Communities

Regis College
May 5, 87th Commencement
733 Graduates
Speaker: Knatokie Ford, PhD, Biomedical scientist and former Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

St. Catherine University
May 20th, 850 Graduates
Speaker: Joy Bartscher, District Court Judge in Minnesota's Second Judicial District.

May 20th: College for Adult and Applied Learning
Kelsey Johnson, President of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota.

May 21st: College for Women
Anne McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court Judge.

St. Joseph College
Long Island
98th Commencement, May 20th, 608 Graduates
Speakers: Amanda Rose Butera, Psychology B.A, Travis Salvatore Villez, Mathematics B.S, Veronica Kay Pezdan, Mathematics Education M.A.

May 21st, 176 Graduates
Speaker: Mary Edward, English Major & History/Speech Minor
The College of Saint Rose
​May 13th, 94rd Commencement, 1,500 Graduates
Speaker: Eve Burton, Senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst.
A Special Thank You 
We would like to thank President Sr. Mary Reap, College of Our Lady of the Elms, and President Jack P. Calareso, St. Joseph's College, for all of their dedication and service to the Sisters of St. Joseph. Both presidents will be leaving their positions in June.
Le Puy, France Student Pilgrimage Program
In June 2018, ACSSJ will offer an opportunity for two students from each of the nine member institution to go to Le Puy, France. Sisters Kitty Hanley and Joan Lescinski will be our guides.  The trip will take place from June 19th to 26th, 2018.  Thank you to the Le Puy coordinating group for your help in organizing the trip. 
Applications will be coming out early fall at

Meet Our New Social Media Intern
Alma Silver is a sophomore at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She is completing a major in Communications and Journalism as well as a minor in Psychology.  She is actively involved in her school's Honors Society and Student Senate.  Alma is excited to increase the organization's visibility through social media.  Alma is pictured on the right with Executive Director, Martha Malinski. Last week, they were able to meet in person at St. Catherine University.
End of the Year Survey
ACSSJ would like to invite participants in our "communities of practice zoom meetings" to provide feedback in an end of the year survey.  Click here to access the survey. The survey will take 3-5 minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for your feedback. 
The  2017 ACCU Mission Leadership Institute will be held July 30 - August 2, 2017, at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.  For more information please visit the Mission Leadership Institute website.  Mission Officers and other senior administrators are encouraged to attend.
Call for Papers
The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco is inviting submissions for a volume (or series, depending on numbers) on Catholic identity in context.  The essay should be approximately 3500 words in response to this prompt:
How do you promote dialogue, formation, and critical engagement around Catholic identity in your context? Name the challenges, tensions, opportunities, and questions you encounter in your work.
Submissions are due August 15, 2017

Please see full text of call for papers here.

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