As St. John’s completes its 2016–2017 academic year, I am pleased to share with you some of the University’s accomplishments, as well as initiatives underway to ensure our students achieve success in their personal and professional lives.
In this issue of The President’s Newsletter, you will learn about innovative new academic programs launching in the fall 2017 semester. You will also read about the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the President’s Society, whose inductees represent the best and the brightest of our student body. The achievements of 10 recent graduates are highlighted, with each extolling the value of their St. John’s education. A story on Accepted Student Day highlights the record number of attendees at the event in Queens as well as the strongest showing in years on our Staten Island campus. A wrapup of season two of Sharing Knowledge: Presented by St. John’s University highlights our ongoing presence in the community, providing discussion and insights on educational and social issues.
St. John’s alumni continue to be highly supportive of the University, as evidenced by the establishment of the Lesley and William Collins Business Analytics Lab and the Paul and Carol Evanson Career Services Center in the newly renovated Tobin College of Business building, and the Partners for Student Success Scholarship Initiative. Their generosity and willingness to give back make it possible for St. John’s to continue its mission to provide affordable, quality education.
I am proud of the success we have had in strengthening our institution and in producing graduates who are prepared for the challenges and rewards that the future holds for them. I remain grateful for the support of all members of the St. John’s community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—who make it possible to achieve our goals.
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.President
Alumni from all class years are invited to connect with old friends and create new memories at St. John’s University’s Second Annual Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend (GAHW), on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, 2017.
On April 17, 2017, the Board of Directors of the financial holding company CIT announced a $30,000 scholarship gift to St. John’s University in the name of outgoing and long-serving CIT Board of Director Peter J. Tobin ’65CBA, ’96HON.
St. John’s University has received more than $5.5 million in gifts and commitments to date as part of three major initiatives established to strengthen the learning environment on campus and fund new endowed student scholarships.
St. John’s 2017 Accepted Student Day on April 8 recorded the largest turnout in the event’s history.
St. John’s University is offering five new academic programs this fall that are designed to prepare students for a constantly evolving job market.
In an ongoing effort to expand academic opportunities for students throughout the New York area, St. John’s University established a new partnership this semester with Suffolk County Community College (SCCC).
The generosity of alumni and friends who share St. John’s commitment to ensuring student success was evident this spring at three celebratory dinners that recognized academic, athletic, and professional excellence while providing financial support for the University’s students.
As a junior at St. John’s, Haley Manchon ’17C was on a University service trip to Ecuador when she began studying the ways that public health education can help people to avoid pollution-borne illnesses.
Now in its second season, the cable television series Sharing Knowledge, presented by St. John’s University, continues to bring insightful explorations of secular and religious issues in education and society to audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In an effort to maintain a strong educational presence on Long Island, St. John’s University has leased 11,000 square feet of space for its new Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, NY. The Suffolk County site replaces St. John’s former Oakdale campus.
Rev. Stephen M. Grozio, C.M., a priest who has embraced St. Vincent de Paul’s legacy by ministering to needy immigrant communities, has been elected Provincial of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians).
Four new members have been appointed to St. John’s University’s Board of Governors, which advises President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees on strategic issues and initiatives that affect students, faculty, and resources.
St. John’s University’s Alumni Insider’s View…US Capital program, offered by the Office of Alumni Relations and University Career Services, took first place for Best Practices in Career Development at the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer’s Association’s (MNYCCPOA) annual Spring Meeting and Alva C. Cooper Awards.
Throughout the fall and spring seasons, St. John’s University athletes have continued to achieve individual and team success nationally and in BIG EAST Conference play.
Recognized once again for the quality of its academic programs, St. John’s has earned a spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of top graduate programs, with the School of Law and The School of Education receiving high marks from the publication.
As the University concludes its 147th academic year, leaders representing the Church, business, law, and higher education addressed graduating students this spring as featured speakers at the St. John’s undergraduate and graduate Commencement Exercises.