This President’s Newsletter opens with a sense of celebration as we announce the launch of a new St. John’s tradition. The University’s first Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend in June offers a full slate of campus activities for graduates from all decades and their families.
The inauguration of this event—like the features within this newsletter—recognizes the enduring bond between St. John’s and its graduates while paying tribute to their personal and professional achievements.
Highlighted in this issue are some of the notable ways the University continues to transform students into successful alumni: from faculty scholarship—and its impact on classroom learning–to the role of faith and service in a St. John’s education; from the strength of our career placement programs to the character-building value of Red Storm athletics.
Our graduates succeed, and St. John’s is proud of their accomplishments, as evident in the honors bestowed at University convocations this past year.
I remain grateful for your continued support and commitment to St. John’s.
ents, faculty, staff, and alumni and appreciate the continued support of the St. John’s community.
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.President
From the Greatest Generation to the millennials of today, proud St. John’s graduates representing all class years are coming together this June for the University’s first Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
As they have for more than 146 years, our graduates make a positive difference in their occupations and communities. Excelling professionally, they also follow the example of St. Vincent de Paul by dedicating time and talent to helping others—including current St. John’s students.
St. John’s alumni have become leaders in virtually every field that impacts our world. This tradition is now evident in the achievements of a new generation. Though the following 10 graduates have earned their degrees only within the past decade, they already are making a positive impact on their communities and professions. Their achievements reflect the continuing strength of the St. John’s experience.
With nearly 60 years of combined experience at the University, Dave Masur ’03Ed.D., Head Coach of men’s soccer, and Jim Hurt, Head Coach of women’s indoor and outdoor cross-country and track and field, have two of the most extensive records of achievement in the history of St. John's athletics.
The value of a St. John’s education continues to attract high school students and their families, as indicated by the large numbers of guests attending the University’s Accepted Student Day events in April.
Each year, St. John’s professors conduct research and generate other scholarly works that contribute to knowledge in a wide variety of fields. This spring, their achievements were highlighted through the University’s Research Month activities—including presentations, discussions, and the 19th Annual Faculty Book Reception. Held at the Queens campus on April 4, the event displayed the range of expertise of those who prepare our students for success.
Introduced in 1995, AS-L reflects an ongoing, overall emphasis on engaging students in living the Vincentian Mission.
Student success—before and after graduation—is St. John’s top priority. The focus is evident in the achievements of University Career Services, where expanding programs and opportunities yield better career-related outcomes.
“The first time, you don’t know what to expect,” said Jennie Lynn Martino ’19SRM, an actuarial science major at St. John’s.