Midnight in Manhattan: Social Change on the Streets of the City
A few stray garbage wrappers tumble down Lexington Avenue, the brisk night wind whipping them towards the corner of 54th Street. It’s a chilly evening in Manhattan, and Eddie stands huddled near the subway entrance, cold and hungry.
Like nearly 50,000 other New Yorkers, Eddie is part of the city’s homeless population, unsure of where he’ll sleep or eat on any given night. But he knows that at least once a week, students from St. John’s University will stop by to provide food, clothing and – most importantly – friendship.
University Welcomes New President
On August 1, 2013 Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., S.T.D. began his first day as Interim President of St. John’s University, succeeding Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. who retired on July 31.
A Brand New Chapter for SJU
“This new brand is like a rallying cry for my fellow graduates,” said Anthony Giardina ’85C. “You wouldn’t believe how happy my friends are to have the ‘SJU’ back!"
During the first week of the fall semester, members of the Freshman Class got into the spirit of St. John’s by gathering on the Great Lawn of the Queens campus to take their place in University history. The newest members of the St. John’s family arranged themselves in a living formation of the recently unveiled new SJU logo.
"In the past few months, I have been absolutely amazed at the warmth and kindness St. John’s has afforded me. With the Vincentian mission so strong here on campus, though, it is no surprise that our community is as generous and inviting as it is."
Queens Campus Food Spaces
Dining on the Queens campus became more enjoyable with the renovations of three popular food service locations. Visitors to the St. Augustine Café can now indulge in a variety of healthy smoothies and frozen yogurt specialties created by Red Mango. The Red Storm Diner in St. Vincent Hall has been transformed with a 1950s retro look where students can enjoy the convenience and safety of on-campus late night dining. And the cafeteria in St. John’s School of Law, which now features amenities that include freshly baked bread and a Starbucks facility, has become more comfortable for diners with an open and spacious look.
Little Theatre Sign
There’s a new marquis for The Little Theatre, home to the Chappell Players Theatre Group on the Queens campus. Productions and other events are still displayed above the doors, but now those messages can be seen on a newly installed, totally electronic sign. The sign is programmable by computer, and the more modern, colorful look makes it an attractive addition to this popular on-campus facility.
Career Services Center
Recognizing the importance of career preparation for St. John’s students, the Career Services Center on the Queens campus has been relocated to new facilities in Chiang Ching-Kuo Hall. Designed to meet the needs of students, alumni and potential employers, the space features amenities such as private interview rooms, Internet connectivity and an orientation room in which company representatives can address groups of students about the opportunities for internships and employment available within their organization.
Having been in place for more than 15 years, the DaSilva Track on the Queens campus had outlived its life expectancy and was in need of renovation to meet NCAA Division I standards. A major portion of the reconstruction involved resurfacing the entire track and the installation of a new drainage system to alleviate the problem of water accumulation that had been an issue in the past. The new track now includes designated areas for shot put, discus and hammer throw, long jump and pole vault.
Employee Training Room
Reflecting the significant increase in training programs offered to St. John’s employees, an Employee Training Room has been created on the Queens campus. Located adjacent to the Office of Human Resources in the University Center, the facility features modern audio-visual equipment, adjustable lighting, white boards and flat screen monitors situated in strategic places around the room. The room is equipped for computer conferencing, allowing for interactive linkages with other campuses. Moveable seating is designed to allow participants to arrange into either large or small groups depending upon the specific activities of the training or conferencing session.