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This article is about the university in the Pennsylvania. For the university in Lebanon, see Saint Joseph University. For the university in Connecticut, see University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut). For the former college and university in New Brunswick, Canada, see University of St. Joseph's College.

Saint Joseph's University
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Latin: Universitas Sancti Iosephi
Motto Spirit, Intellect, Purpose
Established September 15, 1851
Type Private Nonprofit
Research Coeducational
Religious affiliation Jesuit (Roman Catholic)
Endowment $193 million (5/31/2013)[1]
President Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J.[2]
Provost Brice R. Wachterhauser
Academic staff 312 full-time [3]
Admin. staff Total: 1,600
(1060 full-time / 540 part-time)[4]
Students 8,800[3]
Undergraduates 4,600
Postgraduates 3,550
Other students 650 (professionals)
Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
39°59′43″N 75°14′20″W / 39.99528°N 75.23889°W / 39.99528; -75.23889

Campus Urban - 114 acres (46.1 ha)
Former names St. Joseph's College (1851-1978)
Fight song "Oh When the Hawks
Go Flying In
"
Colors Crimson      and      Gray[5]
Athletics NCAA Division I, Atlantic 10
CAA, Big 5
Sports 20 varsity sports teams[6]
(10 men's and 10 women's)
Nickname Hawks
Mascot The Hawk
Affiliations AJCU, PCRC
Website www.sju.edu
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Saint Joseph's University (also referred to as SJU or St. Joe's) is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic Jesuit university located at the intersection of the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, the Lower Merion Township and the Pennsylvania Main Line, Pennsylvania, United States.

The school was founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College by the Society of Jesus. As of 2010, Saint Joseph's University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Joseph's University educates over 8,500 students each year in over 60 undergraduate majors, 12 special-study options, 28 study-abroad programs, 53 graduate study areas, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. It has 17 centers and institutes. Saint Joseph's is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States.

Saint Joseph's has grown in physical size and scope since 2001 with the addition of the Maguire Campus, construction of new campus buildings, and the addition of new majors and programs annually. For the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings, in the Master's Universities (North) category, Saint Joseph's was ranked number 8.[7]

History

As far back as 1741, a Jesuit College in Philadelphia had been proposed and planned by Rev. Joseph Greaton, S.J., the first resident pastor of Saint Joseph's Church. The suppression of the Jesuits (1773–1814) and lack of people and money delayed for over a hundred years the realization of Greaton's plans.

Credit for founding the college is given to Rev. Felix Barbelin, S.J., who served as its first president. Barbelin and four other Jesuits formed the first faculty of Saint Joseph's College. On the morning of September 15, 1851, some 32 young men gathered in the courtyard outside Old St. Joseph's Church, located in Willing's Alley off Walnut and Fourth Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania one block from Independence Hall. After attending High Mass and reciting the Veni Creator in the church, these men were assigned to their classes in a building adjacent to the church.

Before the end of the first academic year in 1851, the enrollment rose from fewer than 40 students to 98. In the following year, the college received its charter of incorporation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the enrollment grew to 126 students. The fledgling college soon outgrew an increasingly noisy and commercialized location on Willing’s Alley. The college moved into a building at 1234 Filbert Street in Philadelphia, then a prosperous residential neighborhood near the future site of City Hall. In 1889, Saint Joseph’s inaugurated its third site at 17th and Stiles Streets in North Philadelphia, in the heart of Philadelphia’s booming industrial zone. In 1927, in recognition of population shifts toward the western part of the city and into the western suburbs, the college moved to its current location, 54th and City Avenue, at the entrance to Philadelphia’s fashionable Main Line. After World War II, Saint Joseph’s began to acquire properties across City Avenue on the Main Line itself, propelling the institution physically as well as culturally into the suburbs.[8]

In fall 1970, the undergraduate day college opened its doors to women. Saint Joseph's was recognized as a university by the Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on July 24, 1978. The corporate charter was formally changed to reflect university status on December 27, 1978.

On November 10, 2011, the University's Board of Trustees announced that it had selected Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Associate Provost of University Centers at Loyola University Chicago, as the 27th President of the University. Gillespie is a member of the University's Class of 1972 and has served as a trustee since 2006. Gillespie is only the second President to also be an alumnus of the University, the first was Rev. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J., who served from 1900–1907 and again from 1908-1909. Gillespie was formally presented at a reception on November 11, 2011, and formally assumed the Presidency on July 1, 2012. Gillespie was inaugurated as President on October 12, 2012.

Current developments and plans

Two construction projects began in 2010-2011. These include the Post Learning Commons, a state-of-the-art library multimedia center which opened on March 12, 2012[9] and Villiger Hall, a beautiful 6-floor, 400 bed freshman residence hall which opened in the Fall 2012.[10] In addition, three NCAA Division I athletic fields are set for completion on the Maguire Campus for field hockey, softball, and baseball.

In September 2012, it was announced that Saint Joseph's signed an agreement to purchase the adjacent Cardinal's Residence on Cardinal Avenue at City Avenue for $10 million.

During a presentation to the faculty in April 2013, President Kevin Gillespie, S.J., announced that, partially thanks to the popular Magis campaign, the University is beginning to expand, as it has a freshman class of 1,300 students enrolled for the Fall 2013. By 2017, it hopes to enroll 6,000 undergraduate students[11]

Speakers and Celebrities

Many famous people including Vice-President Joseph Biden, Martin Luther King, Jr. Chuck D, Desmond Tutu,[12] Michael Nutter, Chris Matthews, James Cone, Chelsea Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, Tim Russert, Jonathan Weiner, Pat Croce,[13] Tim Wise, Ed Rendell, Dan Marino, Soledad O'Brien, and Rick Santorum have spoken at various locations around campus, including the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

The song American Pie (song) made its debut at Saint Joseph's University when Don McClean was opening for Laura Nyro on March 12, 1971 at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on campus.[14]

Demographics

61% of the student population is from out of state. 83% of the students are white, 5% are black, 2% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 1% are Native American. The student body is evenly split between men and women.[15] There is also a nearly even split between students who study at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Haub School of Business. Sixty-one percent of traditional full-time students reside on campus, and more live off-campus in the surrounding area or in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. The university is considered to be moderately selective during its admissions process and its freshmen retention rate is 89% while 47% of applicants are admitted which is fourth among the nation's twenty-eight Jesuit institutions. 38 states and 30 countries are represented by the student body. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and the average class size is around 30 students.[16] The middle 50% GPA is a 3.28–3.84 and the middle 50% on the SAT is 1110–1280.[17] The class of 2012 is the largest in the school's history with nearly 1,500 students.

Academics

College/School Dean
College of Arts & Sciences William Madges, PhD
Haub School of Business Joseph A. DiAngelo, Ed.D.
College of Professional and Liberal Studies Paul L. DeVito, PhD

About 98% of tenure-track faculty hold the highest possible degrees in their fields. The 2008 graduation rate was 90% and the freshman retention rate is 89%. About 51% of undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences while 49% are enrolled in the Haub School of Business.[18] The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has placed Saint Joseph's under the designation of "Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)".

College of Arts and Sciences

The goal of education in the College of Arts and Sciences is to "stimulate the mind to think more critically and more imaginatively; the heart to feel more compassionately; and the spirit to be more attentive to the intimations of the divine in the world." The College of Arts and Sciences comprises 16 departments, offering a wide array of majors as well as many interdisciplinary minors. These programs include actuarial science, aerospace studies (Air Force ROTC), Asian studies, biology, chemistry, classics (Latin, Greek, and classical studies), computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, English, English-professional communications, environmental science, European studies, fine and performing arts, foreign languages and literatures, gender studies, history, interdisciplinary health services, international relations, labor studies, Latin American studies, mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.

Graduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences include biology, computer science, criminal justice, education, gerontological services, health administration, health education, nurse anesthesia, psychology, public safety and environmental protection, training and organizational development, and writing studies. Many of the programs offer post-master's certificates in a variety of areas. The College also offers a doctoral degree in education.[19]

Erivan K. Haub School of Business

The mission of the Haub School of Business is to "support the aspirations of students to master the fundamental principles and practices of business in a diverse, ethical, and globally aware context. All degree programs stress the development of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values that prepare our graduates to assume leadership roles in organizations of all sizes and types." The largest undergraduate Jesuit business program in the country, the school is located in Mandeville Hall.


The MBA program offers concentrations in Accounting, Decision and System Sciences, Finance, Health and Medical Services, Human Resource Management, International Business, International Marketing, Management, and Marketing. An MBA from Saint Joseph's University is offered at SJU's campus or at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Courses at both locations are administered and staffed by Saint Joseph's.[20]

Undergraduate programs include Accounting, Decision and System Sciences, Finance, Food Marketing, International Business and Marketing, Management, Marketing, and Pharmaceutical Marketing.

In addition to the MBA program, HSB offers graduate degrees in Human Resource Management, Financial Services, International Marketing, Decision & System Sciences, an Executive MBA, Executive MS in Food Marketing, Executive MBAs in Food Marketing and Pharmaceutical Marketing, and a number of China Programs. The school also offers post-MBA certificate programs.

The Haub School of Business is one of only 15 business schools in the country to feature a Wall Street trading room. The room provides access to electronic sources of financial and investment data, analytical tools, and trading simulations. Students in certain classes must trade stocks to prepare themselves for specific careers.

The HSB was awarded The Beta Gamma Sigma 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Silver Chapter Award, and the 2010 Gold Chapter Award. The HSB has been ranked in numerous reports and studies done by national companies, magazines, and websites.

College of Professional and Liberal Studies

The PLS program is Saint Joseph's undergraduate continuing studies division. As early as 1852, the administration at Saint Joseph's organized educational opportunities for adults. A regular series of non-credit courses in several areas was offered beginning in 1942, and beginning in 1946, the Evening Division, which would eventually be known as College of Professional and Liberal Studies, was formally established. In addition to traditional on-campus programs and majors, PLS offers accelerated degree programs in English and professional communications, health administration, and leadership. PLS students wishing to pursue a degree during the day take advantage of the division's bridge program, and professionals in certain areas can take part in off-campus programs in professional communications, criminal justice, food marketing, and purchasing and acquisitions.

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers an enriched curriculum that broadens cultural interests, integrates knowledge, sharpens writing skills and encourages student involvement in the learning process. Students may enroll in General Honors, which is awarded upon successful completion of eight Honors courses, or a combination of six Honors courses and Departmental Honors, which is awarded upon successful completion of a two-semester honors level research project. Students of an exceptional caliber may apply for the University Scholar designation. Those who qualify are freed from four to ten of their senior year course requirements in order to complete an independent project of unusual breadth, depth and originality.[21]

Rankings

The University has been ranked 8th among Best Universities-Master’s (North) in both U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" since 1999 (out of 173 schools).[22][23] In addition, the publication ranks the Haub School of Business' part-time master's program 8th in the North region and the best in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.[24] HSB is also ranked by BusinessWeek (57th in the nation for its undergraduate program)[25] and The Princeton Review mentioned as one of "The Best 143 Business Schools" in 2007[26] and one of the best 290 in 2008.[27] Saint Joseph's was also featured on Princeton Review's list of top 222 colleges in the Northeast. Barron's Profiles of American Colleges rate Saint Joseph's as "competitive" among colleges and universities nationwide. CampusExplorer calls St. Joe's "selective".[26] and one of the best 290 in 2008[28] The Corporation for National and Community Service placed Saint Joseph's University on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.[29] US News and World report gives SJU a 80 out of 100 overall.[30] US News and World Report named Saint Joseph's Haub School of Business among the best graduate programs in the country in its 2009 edition.[31] The school's graduate education was also listed among the best.[32] College Prowler recently gave SJU high marks in Academics (B+), Local Atmosphere (A-), Athletics (B+), Nightlife (A-), Safety & Security (B+), and Facilities (B).[33] In 2010, US News and World Report ranked the Haub School of Business' part-time MBA program as the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania and one of the top 25 in the nation.[34] This is the 5th time in 6 years that the Part-Time MBA program has received this distinction from U.S. News. In 2008, for the third year in a row, the Haub School of Business was awarded the Silver Chapter Award by Beta Gamma Sigma.[35] In 2010, Beta Gamma Sigma awarded SJU's chapter the Gold Award.[36] The Princeton Review rated SJU an 85 out of 100 academically in its 2009 edition. In 2012, Forbes ranked Saint Joseph's as the 180th best college in the country.[37] The Haub School of Business and SJU's Marketing program were both ranked amongst the best in the country by the 2009 edition of US News and World Report. The undergraduate Marketing program was named one of the 24 best in the nation.[38] In addition, the Haub School of Business was recognized by Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey of business schools, for being one of the top 100 schools (at number 76)[39] in the world at integrating ethical issues into graduate business curricula for the years 2009 to 2010;[40] the ranking includes a component ranking of number 12 in the world for student exposure to ethics.[41] In 2010, SJU's Executive MBA program was ranked 20th in the nation. In the same ranking, the graduate programs in Finance, Management, Marketing, Accounting were ranked 20th, 23rd, 23rd, and 24th in the nation respectively.[42] CNN Money ranked SJU as the one the Top 10 least affordable colleges in 2011.[43] The 2011 US News and World Report ranked SJU as the 8th best Master's University in the North. The publication also ranked SJU's Marketing, Accounting, and Insurance undergraduate programs as 16th, 25th, and 11th respectively.[44] Lannon Hall (formerly Borgia) was named as the 2nd best dorm in the country by the Huffington Post.[45]

Campus

Saint Joseph's University's campus, often referred to as Hawk Hill, is located on City Avenue, which splits the University between the northwestern edge of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township. A bridge which goes over City Avenue, connects the two sides of the campus. Its 103 acres (0.42 km2) are concentrated from Cardinal Avenue to 52nd Street and Overbrook Avenue to City Avenue, but also includes individual buildings separate from the main campus. With the acquisition of the Maguire Campus, 57 of the 114 acres (0.46 km2) are located on the Lower Merion side of City Avenue. It is within 15 miles (24 km) of La Salle University, Harcum College, Rosemont College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Philadelphia University and Villanova University. There are 650 work stations on campus and all of the dorms are wired for access to the campus-wide network.[46] Two regional rail train stations on each side of campus provide students with easy access to Center City. St. Mary's, Claver, and Wolfington are all lawns located on the Main Campus while there are two quadrangles, College Hall Quad and Barbelin Quad. There are two library collections on campus, the Campbell Collection in Food Marketing & the Francis A. Drexel Library, both housed in a complex which includes the Post Learning Commons, which houses approximately 355,000 volumes, 1,450 print journals, 15,000 full-text electronic journals, 2,800 e-books, 866,000 microforms, 4,975 audio-visual materials. Two shuttles operated by Saint Joseph's run along City Avenue and stop at Mandeville Hall for students.

Main Campus

The Main Campus at Saint Joseph's contains the majority of academic buildings and freshmen dorms at SJU. Barbelin, Mandeville, Bellarmine, Post Halls, and the Science Center are all located there. It also includes the Campion Student Center, the Drexel Library, Chapel of Saint Joseph, Hawks' Landing parking facility, the bookstore, Sweeney Field, and Hagan Arena. The Main Campus is located on the Philadelphia side of City Avenue between Cardinal and Overbrook Avenues and 52nd Street.

James J. Maguire '58 Campus

On August 8, 2008, Saint Joseph's completed the acquisition of the adjacent Episcopal Academy after purchasing the property in 2005. The new campus 38 acres (150,000 m2) was named the Maguire Campus for the lead donor, a Saint Joseph's alum, James Maguire. Many existing academic departments such as the English, Education, Sociology, and Fine and Performing Arts departments will relocate to the Maguire Campus effective Spring 2011. The first building to be in use has been named Connelly Hall. The Maguire Campus is located directly across from the Main Campus on the Lower Merion side of City Avenue.

The athletic department is also taking full advantage of the acquisition as eight tennis courts, softball, baseball, soccer, and two multi-purpose fields already reside there. A gym and indoor pool will also be used for intramurals and recreation.

What was the old Episcopal Academy chapel will become a multi-use space which will house lectures, concerts, and social gatherings. There are talks of a small cafeteria and coffee shop being added to this space as well.

Along with all of the buildings and fields, the Maguire Campus adds over 300 parking spaces for faculty and students and a number of acres will be turned into green space. There are over 600 different species of trees on the Maguire Campus.[47]

The Maguire Campus is also home to the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support established in 2009 which was made possible with donations totaling over $8 million. The Center is located in Connelly Hall.[48]

Overbrook Campus

The Overbrook Campus is located about a mile from and Main Campus—near Overbrook Train Station, and overlaps both sides of City Avenue. It includes mostly upper-classmen residence halls (Ashwood,Lancaster Courts, Merion Gardens, and Pennbrook Apartments), a freshman residence hall, and Alumni House. The SJU shuttle that runs along City Avenue stops at the Overbrook Campus.

Buildings

Saint Joseph's most recognizable building is Barbelin Hall, opened in 1927 when the University moved to its current location. The hall is known for its Gothic architecture, particularly the gargoyles that mark what is called the Barbelin Quadrangle (or Barbelin Courtyard) and the tall, four-spired bell tower that can be seen from miles away. The bell tower that sits atop Barbelin served as the University's logo for several years and is located upon Philadelphia's highest geographical location. Barbelin Hall was built by John McShain who would later go on to construct many buildings in Washington, D.C. such as The Pentagon and The Jefferson Memorial.[49]

Barbelin, and adjacent Lonergan Hall, are two of eight classroom buildings on campus (these buildings also feature a few administrative offices, including Public Safety, Information Technology, and the Registrar's Office). Other academic buildings include John R. Post Hall, Mandeville Hall, Bellarmine Hall, the Science Center, Merion Hall, Connelly Hall, and Boland Hall, the University's fine arts building which features the University Gallery where paintings and other works of art are showcased to students and the public. Classes are also held in Claver Hall, which also serves as the home of the Honors Program.

Approximately 60 percent of Saint Joseph's University students live on campus. As of August 2012, Saint Joseph's University features two traditional residence halls (McShain Hall and Villiger Hall) and two suite-style residence halls (Sourin Residence Center and LaFarge Residence Center); these are freshmen residence halls. Villiger Hall is the newest freshman residence hall, scheduled to open its doors in August 2012 to the Class of 2016. Upperclassmen can choose to live in several campus houses, including Hogan, Jordan, Tara, Quirk, St. Albert's, Sullivan, St. Mary's, and Xavier Halls. Apartment-style living is available for upperclassmen on campus at Pennbrook, Lancaster Court (Weymouth and Hastings), Ashwood, Rashford, Lannon, and Wynnewood. As of August 2012, Saint Joseph's University features two Junior/Senior living communities (that is, communities that include only Juniors and Seniors) in the Merion Gardens Apartments and the Morris Quad Townhouses. Rashford and Lannon Halls are the newest upperclassmen residence halls; these were opened in 2004.

With the exception of Tara and Quirk Halls, all campus houses are located on the Lower Merion side of campus. Some of the Lower Merion campus houses that used to be student residences were converted into administrative offices. These include Bronstein Hall (Undergraduate Admissions), Regis Hall (President and Provost), and St. Thomas Hall (Financial Aid and Enrollment Management). Additionally, Simpson Hall (the current home of offices for the Student Newspaper, The Hawk, among other similar offices) used to be a residence center.

The Campion Student Center is where students generally go to eat. It formerly included the Hawk's Nest, Campion C-Store, Quizno's, Bene Pizza, Ancho Grill, Hawk Wrap, Grille Works, Freshens Smoothie Co., and Jump Asian Station. Following a renovation in the summer of 2008 however, it only retained Hawk Wrap and Grill Works, and added Frescura, in the food court, along with the C-Store outside of it; opting to expand a meal plan cafeteria. The Student Center also features the Forum Theater where current movies are shown frequently. Prior to the renovation, it featured an area called the Hawk Rock where students could play pool, watch movies, play videogames, or watch live bands or speakers. This area was removed during the 2008 renovation; it was replaced by what is now known as the Doyle Banquet Hall. A similar area was opened, however, in the former bookstore which is near Campion and adjacent to Simpson Hall. This area is now referred to as "The Perch."

The University's Jesuit Community lives in the Loyola Center, directly across the street from Barbelin Hall. It was once considered a fortress by many University Community members (including some of the residents). The Loyola Center joins Manresa Hall, which is the home of the infirm Jesuits, and features a Carriage House (which serves as a "guest house"). Other Jesuit Residences include St. Alphonsus House (at 5800 Overbrook Avenue) and Faber Hall (39 Berwick Road). A few Jesuits also live in residence halls; the University President maintains an apartment in the Merion Gardens Apartment building.

In all, there are 89 buildings on the university's campus.[50]

Athletics

Main article: Saint Joseph's Hawks

Saint Joseph's University is home of the Hawks, the University's athletic program. It fields teams in 20 varsity sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Hawks are part of the Atlantic Ten Conference; because the Atlantic 10 does not support men's lacrosse, the Hawks play in the competitive Colonial Athletic Association. Along with the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph's is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5, intensifying rivalries with Temple University and Villanova University along with another A-10 member LaSalle and of course the University of Pennsylvania. Saint Joseph's used to play all of its home Big 5 games at The Palestra honoring the Big 5 Palestra traditions and encouraged the other Big 5 schools to do so as often as possible. Starting in 2011 the games moved to the Hagan Arena. The Saint Joseph's school colors are crimson and gray. An impressive 89% of student athletes graduate.[51]

Men's basketball

Men's basketball is the most popular sport at Hawk Hill. The team has competed in nineteen NCAA Tournaments (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008) and has won seven Atlantic 10 regular season titles and two A-10 tournament championships and ranks 33rd all time with a .605 winning percentage.[52] The team is currently led by coach Phil Martelli. The 2003–2004 Saint Joseph's University Hawks were the last Division I College Basketball team to finish the Regular Season undefeated. Saint Joseph's ended the regular season with a 27–0 record and secured a No. 1 national ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Saint Joseph's University's basketball team was ranked 43rd best of all-time by Smith & Street's magazine in 2005.[53] Twenty-seven players from St. Joe's have been drafted into the NBA.[54]

The Saint Joseph's basketball teams play most of their home games at Hagan Arena on the school's campus, while some games are played at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. During the 2008–09 basketball season, the Hawks will play all but one of their home games at the Palestra.[55] Their first home game will be played against Rider University at the Wachovia Center in South Philadelphia.[56] Saint Joseph's University also offers 30 intramural and recreational programs.

Their major rival is Villanova University (the rivalry is known as the Holy War). Fans of the Hawks often chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!". Since the school's undefeated regular season, this chant has gained familiarity with the team's opponents. In 2003, Sports Illustrated listed that cheer among The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost), calling it "the most defiant cheer in college sports."[57]

Saint Joseph's is also a member of the City 6. Similar to the Big 5, the City 6 comprises six local colleges who compete in various extramural sporting events. The schools who compete are Saint Joseph's, Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University, Drexel University, and Temple University. About 75% of SJU men's basketball players graduate.[51][58]

Saint Joseph's University hosted first and second round games of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The games were played at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 19 and March 21.

In 2009, the 2004 Hawks were named the best single-season team of the decade by Sports Illustrated.[59]

Athletic facilities

  • John Smithson Field: Named after alum and former interim president John Smithson, the Hawks on-campus baseball field opened in 2012 on Maguire Campus. It features a synthetic surface with a dirt pitching mound and an AstroTurf 3D GameDay Grass surface. Bleacher seating capacity is 400 with much more space for standing room only.
  • SJU Softball Field: The softball team opened their on-campus field in 2012. It features a turf outfield and bleacher seating for 400 spectators.
  • Robert Gillin, Jr. Boathouse: Saint Joseph's University celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2000–01. In conjunction with that celebration, the SJU Rowing Program, along with Saint Joseph's Prep, kicked off a capital campaign to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art boathouse on the Schuylkill River. The boathouse provides a permanent home for the Hawk rowing programs. In addition, it provides the University with a significant presence on Kelly Drive. Named in honor of Robert Gillin, Jr., groundbreaking for the facility took place in the fall of 2001. The total cost for the project was approximately $3 million, plus an endowment fund to support ongoing operational costs.
  • Sweeney Field: Laid out in a natural bowl in the center of Saint Joseph's campus, Sweeney Field (formerly known as Finnesey Field) has been the home of Hawk athletic teams since 1929. Originally constructed for football and opened in 1929 with plans for an eventual 70,000-seat stadium, the field has undergone numerous changes over the years.
  • Tennis Complex at the Maguire Campus: The tennis team moved to the six refurbished courts on the Maguire Campus in 2009 with the first SJU Invitational.
  • Finnesey Courts: Adjacent to Sweeney Field stand the Finnesey Courts and home to the Hawk men's and women's tennis teams from the late 1940s until 2009. Prior to that SJU primarily played its home matches at the nearby Narberth courts. When courts were first built on campus, they were located where Bellarmine Hall now stands. Due to Bellarmine's construction in the summer of 1960, however, the Finnesey courts were torn down and rebuilt in their current location. These courts are still used by students.
  • Michael J. Hagan Arena: The on-campus home of the Hawks basketball teams, originally named for the Saint Joseph's graduates who gave their lives in World War II. The building was officially dedicated on November 11, 1949 and two weeks later, played host to its first basketball game, a 62–46 loss to Rhode Island on November 26. Following that initial setback, SJU would go on to win the next 23 games in the friendly confines of the Fieldhouse. Overall, the Hawks have compiled an impressive 305–76 record (80.0 winning percentage) on Hawk Hill. Among the highlights of the Hawks' homecourt advantage was a 34-game winning streak from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, an 11–0 record in 2000–01 and the unbeaten 11–0 mark as the Hawks made their perfect season run in 2003–04. All told, SJU has had only two losing records in the Fieldhouse over 57 seasons. The Fieldhouse held 3,200 fans but the arena has a capacity of 4,200. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Fieldhouse in the 1960s.[60]
  • Ellen Ryan Field: The Field Hockey team returned to campus after a multi-year hiatus with the addition of Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus in 2011. Ryan Field has a synthetic AstroTurf12 pitch and is situated adjacent to City Avenue

The university also has a 240 by 120 four-court multi-purpose area for basketball, tennis, and volleyball, an indoor four-lane 200-yard (180 m) jogging track, an 8-lane 25-meter indoor pool with a 300 seat observation area, four racquetball courts, locker rooms and saunas, a large fitness center, and nine outdoor tennis courts. The Maguire Campus includes another two gyms, a pool, and a weight room, this has been renamed to the O'Pake Athletic Center.

Student life

All students receive a HawkCard which can be linked to banking services and is also used as a swipe card which then gives students access to residence halls or other areas of campus. Students can also use their HawkCards to pay for meals or snacks at various locations around campus. Student life is documented in The Hawk, the school newspaper. Intramurals are popular on campus, especially thanks to the City 6 extramurals which pit all Philadelphia Division I schools against one another.

Organizations

The school offers many organizations for students to join. They include four national fraternities and four national sororities, a radio station, WSJR, and two newspapers, The Hawk and the HawkEye.

The Villiger Debating Society, the school's 150 year-old, nationally recognized speech and debate team, has finished in the top twenty in the nation for the past ten years.

A number of community service organizations exist such as Up 'Til Dawn, Habitat For Humanity, Hand In Hand, Helping Hawks, Students Against Sweatshops, and Students For Peace and Justice. A campus-wide student activities organization, the Student Union Board, and a student government organization, the University Student Senate, also exist.

There are over 100 organizations in all at SJU.

Publications and Media

Saint Joseph's University has two newspapers, the HawkEye and The Hawk. The HawkEye is a newsletter for faculty and alumni[61] while The Hawk is for students and written by students.[62] Another online only newsletter is called Hawk Hill Online.[63] The Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine showcases the best of student fiction, poetry, and artwork in an annual publication; students and faculty may download the magazine for free (available from the organization's website) or pick one up from select locations around campus.[64] The university also has a magazine called SJU Magazine that is printed every season. The Drexel Library has its own newsletter called Library Lines.[65] The Saint Joseph's University Press prints books and articles written by faculty and other authors.[66] The university's radio station is WSJR[67] and it is a member of the Philadelphia College Radio Collective.

Housing

Approximately 61% of students at Saint Joseph's live on campus, and on-campus residency is required for freshmen and sophomores.[68] There are a number of housing options including dorms, apartments, townhouses, and campus houses which can be found on various locations around campus.

Greek life

Traditionally Greek Life is associated with only with social fraternities and sororities. Saint Joseph's University fully recognizes fraternities and sororities on campus. These organizations are given full support by the University, including financially and with a full-time Greek advisor. Although not seen as a traditional fit for a vibrant Greek Community, the values of a Jesuit university match perfectly with Greek organizations, which both promote continual self-improvement. The Greek community is extremely active in philanthropy and community service. Collectively social fraternities and sororities also maintain a cumulative GPA higher than the all-men's GPA average and the all-women's GPA average, respectively. Additionally the University and each individual Chapter maintains a strict no hazing policy, which promotes constructive membership.

Although many Greek-lettered organizations exist on campus, below are the only social fraternities and sororities at Saint Joseph's University. These are not to be confused with business and honorary Greek-lettered organizations. Although these are Greek-lettered societies, these groups are not associated in anyway with the Greek Community listed below. These groups do not have representation on the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, or Greek Council, because they are not social fraternities. Examples of these non-social Greek-lettered organizations, include Phi Sigma Pi (honorary), Delta Sigma Pi (business), and Beta Gamma Sigma (honorary).

Approximately 9% of men and 19% of women are in social fraternities and sororities, respectively.[69]

Fraternities

Active Chapters & Colonies
National Fraternity Greek Letters Chapter Name Opened
Lambda Chi Alpha
ΛΧΑ
Phi Lambda
May 29, 1978
Sigma Pi
ΣΠ
Theta Chi
April 14, 2007
Sigma Phi Epsilon
ΣΦΕ
Pennsylvania Psi
November 12, 1988
Tau Kappa Epsilon
TKE
Colony #865
Fall 2011
Dormant Fraternity Chapters
National Fraternity Greek Letters Chapter Name Opened Closed Reason
Alpha Delta Gamma
ΑΔΓ
Upsilon
August 16, 1980
Not Available
Not Available
Pi Kappa Alpha
ПKA
Iota Rho
Not Available
Not Available
Hazing
Pi Kappa Phi
ΠΚΦ
Epsilon Tau
December 10, 1983
Not Available
Decline in Membership

Sororities

Active Chapters & Colonies
National Sorority Greek Letters Chapter Name Opened
Alpha Gamma Delta
ΑΓΔ
Zeta Pi
February 7, 1987
Alpha Omicron Pi
ΑΟΠ
Sigma Beta
February 5, 2005
Alpha Phi
Theta Theta
October 10, 1992
Sigma Sigma Sigma
ΣΣΣ
Delta Psi
November 18, 1983
Phi Sigma Sigma
ΦΣΣ
Colony
Opening Fall 2013
No sorority Chapter has ever closed or otherwise been dormant.

Traditions

  • Hawk Hill: In the early 1920s, when former University president Albert G. Brown, S.J. decided to move the college campus from its location just north of the city at Seventeenth and Stiles to its current site in Overbrook on Philadelphia's west side, he selected the location in part because its hilltop perch overlooking downtown Philadelphia provided a dramatic setting for the construction of the college's main building, Barbelin Hall. In fact, for many years Barbelin's signature carillon tower ranked as the highest point from sea level in the city of Philadelphia. Later, according to oral tradition, students and faculty frequently saw real hawks circling the skies above Barbelin, before swooping down on their prey. The familiar scene eventually led to the coining of the moniker "Hawk Hill".
  • Colors: The college colors of crimson and gray date back to the 1890s when it is related that a young seminarian leading a pep rally saw the colors on a book he was holding. Thinking they looked attractive together, he announced that these would be the school colors.
  • Fight Songs: "Oh When the Hawks Go Flying In!!" and "Mine Eyes".
  • The Hawk Will Never Die: The motto of Saint Joseph's athletics and the University itself. Chanted at basketball games, the mascot demonstrates the motto by flapping its wings the entire game including halftime.
  • The Seal: Although most do not, a few students avoid walking on the university seal in Mandeville Hall until the graduate.
  • Saint Joseph statue: Students rub the toes of this statue in front of Barbelin Hall for good luck.[70]
  • Chapel of St. Joseph/Michael Smith, S.J. Memorial: Being a Jesuit institution, the Chapel is an important and popular place for many students. Mass is celebrated weekly at the University at 11 AM, with 8 PM and 10 PM masses when students are on campus. Mass is also celebrated daily at noon, with other evening worship activities.
  • Basketball: A rich and important tradition at a school in a city known for college hoops.

Alma mater

Saint Joseph’s hail! In song we praise
Our mother dear and fair.
In life’s grim battle, we’ll march on
With faith and strength to dare.
For valiant deeds make stout our hearts
To prove your sons are true.
Let us rejoice and with one voice
Pledge loyal love to you.
Saint Joseph’s hail! Our blood runs proud
To hold tradition’s fame,
For words of gold on history’s scroll
Shed glory on your name.
To honor God, to love all men,
Crusaders for each fray,
Against the sky our colors fly,
Deep crimson folds and gray.[71]

Presidents

  • Rev. Felix Barbelin, S.J. (1851-1856)
  • Rev. James Ryder, S.J. (1856-1857)
  • Rev. James A. Ward, S.J. (1857-1860)
  • Rev. Felix Barbelin, S.J. (1860-1868)
  • Rev. Burchard Villiger, S.J. (1868-1893)
  • Rev. Patrick J. Dooley, S.J. (1893-1896)
  • Rev. William F. Clark, S.J. (1896-1900)
  • Rev. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J. (1900-1907)
  • Rev. Denis T. O'Sullivan, S.J. (1907-1908)
  • Rev. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J. (1908-1909)
  • Rev. Charles W. Lyons, S.J. (1909-1914)
  • Rev. J. Charles Davey, S.J. (1914-1917)
  • Rev. Redmond J. Walsh, S.J. (1917-1920)
  • Rev. Patrick F. O'Gorman, S.J. (1920-1921)
  • Rev. Albert G. Brown, S.J. (1921-1927)
  • Rev. William T. Tallon, S.J. (1927-1933)
  • Rev. Thomas J. Higgins, S.J. (1933-1939)
  • Rev. Thomas J. Love, S.J. (1939-1944)
  • Rev. John L. Long, S.J. (1944-1950)
  • Rev. Edward G. Jacklin, S.J. (1950-1956)
  • Rev. J. Joseph Bluett, S.J. (1956-1962)
  • Rev. William F. Maloney, S.J. (1962-1968)
  • Rev. Terrence Toland, S.J. (1968-1976)
  • Rev. Donald I. MacLean, S.J. (1976-1986)
  • Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. (1986-2003)
  • Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. (2003-2011)
  • Mr. John Smithson (Interim) (2011-June 30, 2012)
  • Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. (July 1, 2012 – Present)

Notable alumni

There are over 60,000 living alumni of Saint Joseph's who live in all 50 states and 59 countries.[72]

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Athletics website

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