As employees in the St. John’s University community, there are countless ways that we can engage our students every day, from a quick chat on the sidewalk to organized events and sponsored activities, from sharing a meal in the dining hall to sharing a pew at church. While the opportunities are endless, the choice is each of ours. Any way we choose to connect with a student will make a difference in how he or she experiences St. John’s. The key is to make the connection, and to repeat it every chance we get.
On campus educational and student events provide significant opportunities to share time with students, explore learning together and show your support for their achievements.
Academic Lecture Series
St. John's University's Academic Lecture Series provides students with thoughtful and stimulating intellectual discourse in a setting outside of the classroom.
Events held throughout the year, such as Convocations, Commencements, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Spring Week activities, fairs and other programs are always announced on the Web events calendar and on My SJU. You can also visit Campus Life Activities online for more ideas on how to engage with students at events all year long.
There are many ways to make a gift to the University and make a difference in our community of learners.
It is through the sustained generosity of donors and special friends, dedicated alumni, parents, employees and students that St. John’s is able to spread its mission throughout the world and impact global change through a commitment to academic excellence and social justice. There are many ways to make a gift to the University and make a difference in our community of learners.
Employees may make financial contributions directly through payroll deductions. The Loughlin Society Patrons Program recognizes outstanding donors who are also St. John’s employees. In addition to special recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Donors, members receive VIP seating at selected on-campus events and invitations to Loughlin Society gatherings and other special events held throughout the year. To enroll in employee payroll deductions, contact the Director of Annual Giving at 718-990-6927 or email [email protected].
Programs run by University Career Services, such as COACH, give employees incredible opportunities to directly help shape a student’s professional development and career path. Other opportunities, such as the SAFE program, which was created by a faculty member in partnership with the University Freshman Center, partner faculty and employees with first year students to support them during their first college year. If your specific interest is to mentor an international student, the Language Connection has programs in this area as well. Read about opportunities to mentor a student:
COACH stands for Count on Alumni for Career Help. While centered on the idea of alumni-student mentoring, COACH allows employees, too, to share their diverse career experiences with students in a coaching role. Find out more and get involved as a COACH!
Consider mentoring a freshman or sophomore student during the upcoming academic year by participating in the Student and Faculty Engagement Program (SAFE). SAFE provides mentorship to freshman and sophomore students with the goal of helping them successfully transition to the University and develop a sense of belonging. The program was created in 2011 and has grown from a small cohort of 20 faculty to 75 mentors that include faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students and upperclassmen from across the University. To find out more about how you can mentor a student through this program, visit SAFE.
Conversation Partners Program
International students who are learning English may feel comfortable in the classroom, but less so with everyday, colloquial language. This program will connect an employee with an international student for informal weekly conversations for one semester. The student and employee can arrange to meet at a mutually convenient time and location and practice conversational English together. To find out more and complete an online volunteer form, visit Conversation Partners.
International Host Family Program
The IHFP is an immersive opportunity for international students to be paired with St. John’s employees, who serve as their “host families” for a year of their education. The program’s goal is simple: to improve the international student experience by connecting them with the campus, the community, and more broadly, with U.S. culture by giving them a sense of how “locals” live. The program aims to build cross-cultural ties that will make international students feel more at home at St. John’s and in New York, while helping them gain familiarity and comfort with U.S. traditions, customs, and expectations. To find out more and and participate in the program, visit International Host Family Program.
There might be an opportunity for your area to support an academic internship for credit, so elevate the idea to your supervisor and connect with the appropriate college for additional information. for guidance and tips on how to host an academic internship, download the guide. The Career Services website lists the academic internship contact information for each college, as academic departments have specific guidelines and requirements that vary by major. Find contacts here.
Employees and students are encouraged to continue the great mission of St. Vincent de Paul by integrating service to the poor into both academic and employment experiences at St. John’s.
Some of the ways you may choose to engage students through service are to participate in the following:
Founder's Week Celebration
Founder’s Week is held annually during the week of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul in September. The University organizes a full week of events. This week helps us to deepen our understanding of the Vincentian mission of St. John’s University and to celebrate the many ways that our Vincentian heritage continues to guide our entire University community. Find out more about our Founder’s Week celebration opportunities.
University Service Day
On the fourth Saturday in September, in celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John’s organizes a University Service Day. This annual event unites the University family on all campuses in volunteer efforts at service sites throughout the community. To participate, contact the Office of Mission in Queens at 718-990-6353.
St. John’s Bread and Life
Employees and students can volunteer in the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn. On Monday afternoon, students can volunteer in the Mobile Soup Kitchen from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Fridays, employees can volunteer for Friday in the Soup Kitchen from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can also learn more by visiting the Bread and Life service opportunities, the Bread and Life website, or by contacting Rafael Rivera in Campus Ministry at 718-990-3354
Members of the University community participate in several fund-raising walks throughout the year including the Good Friday Walk for the Homeless, the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk in October and the St. Mary's Children's Hospital Annual Walk in May.
Sponsor a Family
Sponsored through St. John’s Bread and Life, this holiday program helps and assists families in need in the Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Williamsburg communities. Volunteers can lend services by sponsoring, feeding, and providing toys for families in these areas. Contact Campus Ministry at 718-990-1363 to volunteer or make a donation.
Hunger Awareness Month
Participate in events each November as we fight world hunger through activities that raise awareness. Look for the Hunger Awareness events online.
Ozanam Nursing Home
St. John's students spend time with the elderly by engaging in conversation, reading and playing board games with the residents of Ozanam Hall of Queens. Find out more by calling 718-990-6465 or 5058.
Annual St. Baldrick's & Locks of Love Event
Every year, our St. John’s community comes together to raise awareness in the fight against childhood cancer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Participants are asked to raise money, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. As part of our solidarity with the children who suffer with cancer, anyone who participates is asked to shave his/her head. For those who wish not to shave his/her head, Locks of Love is also represented, where one can donate his/her “locks” in support. It happens every March – and it’s never too early (or late!) to get involved. Please feel free to contact Angela Seegel at [email protected] or 718-990-2680.
Walk for the Homeless
For over 30 years, the St. John’s University community has walked in solidarity for hunger and the homeless for those most in need at the Annual Walk for the Homeless. It takes place every Good Friday– and is open to ALL students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and all of our family and friends. Join us as we meet at St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus to check-in and commence our walk in the surrounding community, ending at Marillac Terrace Cafeteria to share a simple meal of soup and bread in keeping with the spirit of the day. Check us out on YouTube from the 2010 Walk for Homeless To find out more, contact: Jim Walters at 718-990-6327 or [email protected] or Angela Seegel at 718-990-2680 or mailto:[email protected] Staten Island Campus, contact: Melissa Gibilaro at 718-390-4497 or [email protected]
Additionally, you are encouraged to serve together with students and support various fundraising activities, blood drives and collections for the poor organized by the Office of Community Relations, Student Life, and Campus Ministry.
The Service Opportunities Council was created by the University Vincentian Mission Council to encourage all members of the University community - students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as our extended community of alumni and retired employees - to make a personal commitment to serve others, in particular people lacking economic, physical or social advantages.
As you can see, the options for engaging with students through service are everywhere. Visit the St. John's Service Opportunities website for even more.
Campus life at St. John’s is rich with a multitude of cultural and social experiences. We hope that you take advantage of the diverse cultural and social opportunities, and that your participation serves to further broaden and enrich your life and the lives of our students.
Faith and service engagement opportunities abound at St. John’s. Find out about how you can engage with students on a spiritual level.
Campus Ministry coordinates many opportunities for the University community to come together through spirituality. Some of these include interfaith services, liturgical ministry, music ministry, retreats, Lent programs, Catholic men’s and women’s groups, prayer and reflection.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
This student-run organization reaches out to the poor and those in need in New York City through volunteering, retreats and reflection. Employees can participate with students in many activities throughout the year. In Queens call 718-990-6115 and in Staten Island 718-990-4497, or call the main number, 718–990–6255.
Catholic Lecture Series
Our Catholic Lecture Series is intended for both Catholic and Non-Catholic adults, and addresses issues of Catholic belief and teaching.
Vincentian Mission Certificate Program
This compelling 16 month personal and professional development program rooted in our Vincentian charism. The program is centered on three major components: Education; Service; and Reflection; and is designed to empower staff and administrators to live out and reflect upon our Vincentian Mission. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Lucy Pesce at 718-990-3004 or [email protected].
Join the campus community as we celebrate Mass together. View our online Mass schedules for Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan.
The entire University community comes together to support our athletic teams. By coming out to the games, you show your support for our student-athletes and the University.
Red Storm Sports
The entire University community comes together to support our St. John's athletic teams. By coming out to the games, you show your support for our student-athletes and the University. View the Red Storm Sports web site for information and game schedules.
Intramurals, Recreation, Health and Fitness
The Campus Recreation Department provides the entire University community with the opportunity to participate in formal and informal activities ranging from team sports to individual and dual sports, as well as competitive and non-competitive activities. Fitness centers and a variety of courts on the University campuses offer great ways to engage students in healthy activities. All staff, administrators, students and faculty currently enrolled or employed, who present a valid St. John’s StormCard, may participate in any of the University’s Intramural sporting programs.
Abundant opportunities exist to engage student workers in your department in informal mentoring and by collaborating with them on meaning work assignments.
Talk with, listen to and help the student workers in your office. To speak with the Student Employment Manager in the Office of Human Resources, call 718-990-2331 or email Mary Cascio, or review the Supervisor's Guide to Managing Student Workers or the Toolkit located on the Student Employment website.
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