Now more than three years removed from the devastating earthquake of 2010 that killed 314,000 and left even more homeless, Haiti has fallen off the headlines and out of news broadcasts. But for a growing contingent at Saint Joseph’s University, Haiti is a personal and professional constant.
On Saturday, May 11, nearly 2,600 students became alumni of Saint Joseph's University as the 162-year-old institution marked another weekend of commencement ceremonies. Jesuit author and historian John W. O'Malley, S.J., was given an honorary degree and spoke at the graduate ceremony and Elisabeth A. Hagen, M.D. ’91 (B.S.), under secretary for food safety for the U.S.
"My next chapter after graduation is ACESJU (the Alliance for Catholic Education SJU) as an administrative fellow at Gloucester Catholic High School in New Jersey. I will manage their service program, assist with admissions, and help lead retreats. At the same time, I will also pursue a Master of Science degree in Church Management from Villanova University and live in a community with other ACE fellows in Manayunk."
"I have been challenged academically, socially and spiritually. I’m a stronger and more confident writer; and, I have learned a lot about the United States and its culture. Also, participating in service trips and service around the area made me learn so much about myself. There are still many questions to be answered, but I feel much more fulfilled compared to when I first arrived."
A routine visit to the doctor the summer leading to his senior year of college changed Zack Tanenbaum’s life. “I received the most difficult telephone call I’ve ever had to answer,” he says. “My doctor expressed concern over the results from a recently ordered test. Weeks later, a biopsy confirmed I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”
Kelsea Henderson, a senior biology major at Saint Joseph's University from Salem, N.J., was only 13 when she was diagnosed with cancer. With less than a one percent chance of survival, doctors didn’t believe Henderson would live past the age of 15. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and 18 major surgeries, she defeated the frequently fatal disease.
"When I decided to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare administration, I chose Saint Joseph’s University because of its innovative program, reputation and core values. I learned that the program offers an excellent framework for studying the field of healthcare management."
"My SJU education has definitely made me a more well-rounded individual. By taking required GEP classes, which I probably wouldn’t have signed up for had they not been required, I learned more about topics in philosophy and theology that give me context to explore other issues and current events. As an educator I can also bring what I have learned to the children I will one day teach."
Anjelica De Sanders didn’t wait for her master’s degree in health education to begin spreading her knowledge of health issues and making a difference in the community. Named a fellow for 2012-13 by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF), Sanders has worked with the Black Women’s Health Alliance to actively address a health disparity in an underserved Philadelphia population.