<p>PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2012) — Picture 1,100 backpacks, spread out across a stretch of lawn on campus. Then realize that they represent the lives of the 1,100 college students across the country lost to suicide each year.</p>
<p>In the devastating aftermath of the 7.0 scale earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, humanitarian efforts to support the tiny country flowed from all corners of the world in the form of aid workers, food and charitable donations.
<p>Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will feature a lecture by Jason McElwain to mark the University’s 8th Annual Autism Awareness Day, on Thursday, April 12. McElwain made national headlines in 2006 when, as the manager of his high school basketball team, he was called off the bench to play in the final minutes of the game and scored twenty points.</p>
<p>PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2012) – Saint Joseph’s University will grant honorary degrees to James J. Martin, S.J., author and culture editor of America,the national Catholic, Jesuit magazine, and Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the nation, at the University’s 2012 Commencement ceremonies, which are set for Saturday, May 12.
<p>PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2012) - Chief actuary & risk officer of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. Michael E. Angelina will assume the role of executive director of the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance at Saint Joseph's University on April 1. Angelina is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in the field.</p>
<p>PHILADELPHIA (April 3, 2012) – The Saint Joseph’s University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is hosting the 23rd annual student research symposium on Friday, April 13. Gordon M. Burghardt, Ph.D., professor of psychology, ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, will join the SJU community as keynote speaker and recipient of this year’s Christopher Clavius, S.J.
<p>APRIL 11, 2012 (PHILADELPHIA) – “Eleven on the Thirteenth,” the 2012 Saint Joseph’s University Senior Art Thesis Exhibition, will open on Friday, April 13, marking the 13th year of the annual showcase. Held in the new gallery on the second floor of Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, this year’s exhibition features the collected works of 11 student-artists working with pastels, ceramics, painting and photography.
<p>Saint Joseph’s University will host two vigils this month aimed at increasing awareness about violence. The 12th annual Take Back the Night Vigil will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial. The event is organized and hosted by SJU’s award-winning REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program) group and calls attention to sexual and physical violence against women.
<p>PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2012) – Every day, many college students take for granted the fact that their water is clean, regulated and available. For more than a billion of the Earth's inhabitants, however, there is no guarantee of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Saint Joseph's students have initiated a week of programming to bring attention to this important global issue.
<p>PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2012) – In the last several months, national attention has been called to the impact of senseless violence on communities through the ongoing Trayvon Martin case unfolding in Sanford, Fla. In Philadelphia, 324 victims lost their lives to homicide in 2011 – an increase from 2010’s 306.