With the start of the fall 2016 semester, I would like to share with you recent updates, achievements, and new developments here at St. John’s University.
In this issue of the President’s Newsletter, we highlight the accomplishments of our students in scholarship, athletics, and service. We also introduce three noted scholars and academic leaders who recently assumed the position of dean and 39 new faculty members with distinguished backgrounds in teaching and research. Furthermore, we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni who were recognized with distinguished alumni awards during our first Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend and the 90th Anniversary Gala of the School of Law.
I am also pleased to announce that William L. Collins ’76C, ’12HON has recently been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. Bill Collins is a dedicated alumnus who has supported St. John’s University in various capacities over many years. Please join me in congratulating Bill on his new leadership role.
In my State of the University address, I spoke about the major successes we realized this year in recruitment, enrollment, retention, and placement. I also emphasized the need to sustain change to ensure that we are building an even stronger foundation for student success both in the classroom and in their professional lives.
I remain proud of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and appreciate the continued support of the St. John’s community.
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.President
When St. John’s celebrated the Investiture of Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., in October 2014, the 17th President outlined a plan to bring renewed success to the University. That success would come from a shared commitment to new priorities based on traditional strengths combined with positive change.
When William L. Collins ’76C, ’12HON addressed the audience in Carnesecca Arena at the 2014 Presidential Investiture of Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., the St. John’s board member praised the University’s long history of educating “those of limited means.”
In pursuit of continued academic excellence and student success, St. John’s has appointed three respected scholars with solid records of leadership in higher education to head major divisions of the University.
“As a freshman, I knew I would be getting a good education at St. John’s,” Andrew Chang ’16TCB, ’16C observed recently. “But I never dreamed the University would give me the chance to live all over the world.”
A growing number of undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups are flourishing during their freshman year and beyond, ultimately completing their St. John’s education thanks to a unique mentoring program implemented by the Division of Student Affairs.
When St. John’s School of Law opened in downtown Brooklyn on September 28, 1925, it fulfilled a long-standing dream of Reverend John W. Moore, C.M. As the University’s seventh President, he believed the profession—and society itself—would benefit from an institution that combined a sound legal education with Catholic ethics and Christian ideals.
At the Grand Alumni Celebration Signature Event on Saturday, June 4, St. John’s presented outstanding alumni with some of the University’s most significant awards during a special ceremony at St. Thomas More Church and in individual college and school ceremonies.
From being drafted by Major League Baseball to making the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in record numbers, St. John’s student-athletes continue to excel both in their sports and the classroom.
More than 4,000 students who earned their graduate and undergraduate degrees this past spring during Commencement Exercises at St. John’s three residential campuses are now part of the University’s 178,000 strong SJU alumni network.
Each year, St. John’s organizes various academic, social, and spiritual activities to engage and enlighten the University community. Here is a sampling from this year’s calendar.
After its successful first season run, a talk show hosted by Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President, has been renewed by Telecare Television, which broadcasts Catholic programming.
More than 1,487 alumni—many accompanied by family and friends—returned to the Queens campus for St. John’s University’s inaugural Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend (GAHW), June 3–4, 2016.