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  • May 15, 2012

    Dr. John and Anne-Marie Egan to Perform Four-Hand Piano Recital

    Dr. John and Anne-Marie Egan will perform a four-hand piano recital at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Homewood, Ill. The performance will be in honor of the parish's 100-year anniversary. The recital will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 pm CDT. Ample parking is available on the parish grounds, and the Metra Electric Line and Pace Bus can be used for transportation. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no charge to attend. Anne-Marie Egan is a Professor Emerita of Music at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, having retired in 2008 after 46 years of teaching music and French....

  • May 8, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College Junior Colby Alexis Receives Study Abroad Scholarship

    Junior Colby Alexis has received a James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The scholarships are awarded to members of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society who are pursuing a for-credit study abroad program during the coming academic year. Alexis, a Port Huron, Mich. native and Political Science major, will study at Leuphana University in L�neburg, Germany this summer. For the 2012 competition, the national selection committee reviewed more than 50 strong applicants, submitted by more than 20 local chapters. In this third year of the award's existence, the Society...

  • May 2, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College Alumnus to Receive Prestigious Award

    The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Jim Thordsen '75 as the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Charles Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction. A former basketball player at Saint Joseph's College, Thordsen will be recognized by the GLVC at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Spring Awards Banquet in St. Louis, Mo. on May 22. Thordsen has long been an advocate of Puerto Rico's athletics, tourism, and commerce ventures. The Santurce, Puerto Rico native played in the 1972 Olympic Trials and the 1976 Olympics as a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team. In Montreal, the 1976 Puerto Rican...

  • April 30, 2012

    Adam Ruggles Named Valedictorian for Class of 2012

    Adam Ruggles, a senior from Haubstadt, Ind., has been named Saint Joseph's College's class of 2012 valedictorian. A double major in Political Science and Philosophy, Ruggles' post-graduation goal is to attend law school at the University of Notre Dame. Ruggles is the youngest of four children, born to Joseph and Maureen Ruggles, and was raised in Haubstadt, a small, rural, German-American community in southern Indiana. He attended Saint James Catholic School before graduating from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Evansville, Ind. Ruggles says he chose SJC because of its size and strong...

  • April 25, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College Inducts Five Alumni into Sports Hall of Fame

    On Saturday, April 21, five Saint Joseph's College alumni were inducted into the SJC Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees include Nancy Scott Valenkamph '81, John Geske '81, Walter Prochno '76, Roy Kuennen, Ph.D. '77, and Rick O'Dette '99. While at SJC, Nancy Scott Valenkamph played basketball and volleyball. As a member of the volleyball team, Valenkamph was voted the team's MVP all four years she played and served as the team's captain in 1980. That year, the team was ranked in the top ten in the country. In Valenkamph's four years playing volleyball, the team had a record of 126-39. In his...

  • April 25, 2012

    Lake Village's Caitlin Wedding Named Senior of the Year

    On Friday, April 20, Elementary Education major Caitlin Wedding of Lake Village, Ind. was named Senior of the Year at the annual President's Senior Dinner. Wedding is the senior class vice president and has been a member of the SJC Art Club and intramural sports. She was the secretary of the Volleyball Club in 2009, a resident assistant for two years, an Admissions student ambassador and tour guide, and a student employee in the Office of Institutional Advancement and Marketing. Wedding is excited for the future, for which she believes her time at SJC has prepared her in countless ways. "I...

  • April 24, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College to Present Spring Choral Concert

    The Saint Joseph's College Concert Choir will present its annual spring choral concert on Sunday, April 29 in the Saint Joseph's Chapel at 4:00 pm CDT. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. "This concert is the culmination of a semester of performances both on campus and off," said SJC Director of Choirs Kelly Ford. "We have had a very busy season, and it will be good to perform for our friends here at SJC." Music will include some pieces from the Choir's tours and off-campus concerts, including "O Be Joyful" by Gilbert Martin. Featured ensembles will include the Concert Choir,...

  • April 23, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College to Offer Yoga for Relaxation and Yoga for Sports

    Saint Joseph's College will offer Yoga for Relaxation and Yoga for Sports. Yoga for Relaxation will be held on Monday evenings, beginning April 30 and ending May 21, 5:30-6:20 pm CDT. Yoga for Sports will be held on Tuesday evenings, beginning May 1 and ending May 22, 5:30-6:20 pm CDT. Both courses will be held in the Presidential Suite in the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse on the SJC campus. The cost for each course is $44 or $66 for both courses. The courses will be instructed by Melanie Clark, M.S.W. Melanie has nearly 16 years of experience teaching life skills, personal development...

  • April 20, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College Awarded $25,000 Grant from Brach Foundation

    Saint Joseph's College has received a $25,000 grant award from the Helen Brach Foundation. The grant will be used to strengthen preschool through 12th (P-12) grade teacher preparation through the implementation of a research-based co-teaching model. The co-teaching model involves two teachers, a licensed P-12, and the student teacher. Co-teaching is defined as the cooperating teacher and teacher candidate working together with students; they jointly share the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction as well as the physical classroom space. An assigned college supervisor...

  • April 18, 2012

    Saint Joseph's College Signs St. Francis Pledge

    Saint Joseph's College has become a Catholic Climate Covenant partner by signing the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. The Catholic Climate Covenant seeks to show respect for God's creation by focusing on the link between creation and poverty embodied in the life and ministry of St. Francis. The St. Francis pledge can be signed at By supporting the pledge, Catholic Climate Covenant partners agree to pray, to learn about and educate others on climate change, to assess their own environmental impact, to act to reduce the...


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