Centennial Events

Centennial Events

Centennial Kickoff

October 3-4, 2015

As President Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., welcomed the community and Janine Stange ’99 belted out a glorious Star Spangled Banner, St. Joseph’s College’s centennial officially began. The celebration, which was kicked off through events held at SJC Long Island (October 3) and SJC Brooklyn (October 4), brought together families, alumni, faculty, staff and our students—in SJC style

At SJC Long Island, children of all ages enjoyed face painting, pumpkin decorating and other family-driven events under the tent outside of the John A. Danzi Athletic Center. Other events included: SJC Long Island thumping Maritime, 5-0, in women’s soccer, Stacey Smith ’09 performing hilarious improv in the Clare Rose Playhouse, and workshops on financial aid and work-life balance headed by key SJC staffers, as well as a faculty-alumni reception.

In Brooklyn—the College’s mother ship—the celebration continued. Classes from milestone (10, 25, 50, etc.) anniversaries returned to campus and joined in for a cupcake toast to jumpstart the celebration. Mary Chang also gave an Artist Talk while featuring her artwork.

February 2016

February 4: The Heart — Body, Mind and Spirit 

Guests were updated about College happenings, including academic updates and capital projects by Dr. Frost and then enjoyed a special presentation about heart health related to our physical, mental and spiritual self.

Thank you to Christopher Frost, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at SJC Long Island; Thomas Petriano, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Religious Studies; Laura Van Schaik-Harman ’06, Psy.D.; and Paul Romanello ’79, M.D.

February 25: 100 Years of Justice in New York City

Presented by Joseph Pascarella, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice and former New York police captain, “100 Years of Justice in New York City” explored the cultural, judicial and policing changes in Brooklyn since 1916.

Branded as The Dr. Lenore M. Kelly Centennial Lecture in the Social Sciences, the presentation was preceded by an introduction from SJC President Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.  Theodore R. Ericson ’80, M.S., executive director of Crossroads Unlimited Inc., presented a tribute to honoree Dr. Lenore Kelly — former SJC professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences.

March 2016

March 31: 100 Years Ago: A Multimedia Music Event

On March 31, the Council for the Arts co-hosted a Centennial Multimedia Arts event inside SJC Long Island’s O’Connor Hall, featuring music and readings from the year of the College’s inception, 1916.

In addition, the Board Room displayed photographs from St. Joseph’s College over the past 100 years. Guests dined on wine and cheese while listening to music from that era played by the Sunnyland Jazz Band and sung by a local a capella group. Images displayed on a large screen in the Muriel and Virginia Pless Center for the Performing Arts while members of the alumni and college community read from newspaper articles dated back to 1916, the diary of a soldier fighting in WWI, old yearbooks from the former St. Joseph’s College for Women, and the poem, “The Road Not Taken” which was written in 1916 by Robert Frost. Music was provided by the St. Joseph’s College Department of Music and included piano, flute, violin and percussion

March 31: In Praise of Pure Reason

Presented by David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D., professor and chair of mathematics and computer science, “In Praise of Pure Reason: How the Greeks Deduced the Sizes of the Earth, the Moon and the Sun as well as the Distances Between Them” explained how Aristarchus   Eratosthenes and Archimedes used math to learn astonishingly advanced information about the solar system.

Branded as The S. Patricia McKenna, C.S.J., Centennial Lecture in Mathematics, the presentation was preceded by an introduction from Vice President for Academic Affairs Jill Rehmann, Ph.D.; Adolescent Education Chair S. Nancy Gilchriest, SSND, Ed.D.; and Department of Communication Studies Associate Professor Joseph D. Ross, Ph.D.


April 2016

April 14: Making Space for Women

Presented by James Blakeley, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of History, “Making Space for Women: The Origin of Nuns” explored the growth of female orders after the Council of Trent in the 16th century.  The lecture highlighted the mission of those newly minted congregations to educate girls, care for the poor and minister to prostitutes. The presentation demonstrated that women were vital to the successes of Catholic renewal during the religious upheavals of the early-modern era.

The presentation was preceded by an introduction from Senior Vice President Christopher Frost, Ph.D


April 28: Storytelling in Healthcare: Whose Voice is it Anyway?

Presented by Margaret Eckert-Norton, Ph.D. F.N.P., B.C.,R.N., C.D.E, C.N.E., associate professor of the Department of Nursing, “Storytelling in Healthcare: Whose Voice is it Anyway?” explored the narrative inquiry in nursing research and practice. The lecture highlighted several case studies of women living with diabetes — each example crafting a larger story than simply a disease.

Branded as The Dr. Thomas G. Travis Centennial Lecture in Professional Studies, Eckert-Norton’s presentation was preceded by introductory words from former SJC President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D.; Associate Dean Linda Fonte; and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Chair David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D.


September 2016

September 20: Winning Messages? An Investigation of Parent/Child Communication in the World of Youth Athletics

Presented by Joseph Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of the Department of Communication Studies at SJC Brooklyn, “Winning Messages? An Investigation of Parent/Child Communication in the World of Youth Athletics” explored the impact of adult-to-child communication.

Branded as The Dr. Stanley A. Nevins Centennial Lecture in the Humanities, Ross’ presentation was preceded by introductory words from SJC President Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.; John P. Teehan ’84, Ph.D., professor and chair of Hofstra University’s department of religion; and Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., professor of biology.


October 2016

October 12: Meaningful Media and Modern Culture: Making Sense of [Emerging Trends]

Presented by William Philips, Ph.D., associate chair of the Department of Journalism and New Media Studies at SJC Long Island, “Meaningful Media and Modern Culture: Making Sense of [Emerging Trends]” explored the ways in which digital technologies have impacted processes of cultural production, from film, video and television to music.

The presentation was preceded by introductory words from SJC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Carrie Bhada.


October 27: Special Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Presented by Susan Straut Collard, Ph.D., professor of the Child Study Department at SJC Brooklyn, “Special Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” explored the history of special education internationally and domestically, with a special look at the federal laws of the last 50 years that affected classrooms across the country.

The presentation was preceded by a tribute to honorees S. Alice Francis Young, C.S.J., M.A.; and S. Margaret Buckley, C.S.J., Ed.D. by S. Helen Kearney, C.S.J., Ph.D. Introductory words were made by President Emerita S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., Ph.D.


November 2016

November 30: The Professor Josephine Belloso & Dr. Robert Radus Centennial Lecture in Fine Arts

Creating “Stage Presence”: Lessons from Martial Arts and Theatre Anthropology

Presented By: William A. Trevino, M.A., M.F.A. – Associate Professor of Communication Studies


January 2017

January 31: The S. Mary Beatrice Schneller and S. Mary Maier Centennial Lecture in the Sciences

“Microbiology and the First World War: A Centennial Perspective”

Presented by Michael Hanophy, Ph.D., professor – Department of Biology