News & Events

  • April 9, 2014

    Students to Present Academic Works at 11th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium

    On Tuesday, April 15, Saint Joseph’s College will host its 11th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium. This year’s theme, “The World Outside SJC,” will have students focusing on global issues for their presentations. The Colloquium is held to provide an opportunity for students to discuss their coursework with visitors. Their presentations may include completed studies or works in progress. Students participate by making either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Oral presentations will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with approximately 10 minutes allotted for the presentation plus two-...

  • April 3, 2014

    SJC Receives $25,000 Grant from the Helen Brach Foundation

    Saint Joseph's College has received a $25,000 grant from the Helen Brach Foundation. The grant will be used to increase the fall-to-fall retention rate of 25 SJC undergraduate students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. Statistics on the state of education in the United States indicate that fewer domestic students are choosing to major and successfully complete degrees in STEM disciplines, and leaders in these fields have called for major initiatives to be undertaken nationally to address these trends. Programs to better prepare incoming students for...

  • March 31, 2014

    Theme Music from “The Hobbit,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy to be Featured at SJC Spring Band Concert

    The Saint Joseph’s College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present the annual Spring Band Concert on Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 pm CDT in the Halleck Student Center Ballroom. It is requested that those who attend bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Rensselaer. This year’s concert will feature the rousing theme music from such blockbuster films as “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy, as well as the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961). The Australian-born composer, arranger, and pianist was known for his experimental and...

  • March 27, 2014

    SJC Columbian Players to Revive Classic “Grease”

    The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College are excited to perform “Grease,” written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,for their annual spring musical. The show will be held April 10, 11, and 12 in the Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 pm CDT, and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $5.00 for general admission and free for SJC students, faculty, and staff. “Grease” is a nostalgic look back at the 1950s era of fast cars and swing dancing through the eyes of the Rydell High School graduating class. The score recreates the rock-and-roll sound of the 1950s with such...

  • March 25, 2014

    SJC Alumnus Kris Krouse ’02 to Lecture on Environmental Protection and Sustainability

    Saint Joseph’s College will host alumnus Kris Krouse ’02 as a guest lecturer in Core 6: Humanity in the Universe II on Friday, April 11 at 10:00 am CDT. The lecture takes place during a portion of Core 6 that discusses environmental consciousness. Students and employees are encouraged to join Krouse for lunch in the Halleck Student Center cafeteria immediately following the lecture.   Krouse is the executive director of Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Valparaiso, Ind. Established in 1981 as a charitable trust to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes region, the...

  • March 24, 2014

    SJC Welcomes Alumnus Jeffrey Capadona, Ph.D. ’00 as Guest Speaker

    On Tuesday, April 1, Jeffrey Capadona, Ph.D. ’00 met with students interested in a career in the sciences. Capadona joined students for lunch in the Halleck Student Center cafeteria at 11:30 am CDT before speaking in room 313 in the Evans Arts and Science Building at 1:00 pm. Capadona discussed how his education at SJC prepared him for an exciting and fruitful career in chemistry and biochemistry.                   Capadona graduated from SJC with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; he was also a baseball player at SJC. He earned his doctoral degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Georgia...

  • March 17, 2014

    SJC Names Presidential, Huhn, and Wilhelm Scholarship Recipients

    Saint Joseph’s College has announced the recipients of the Presidential, Thomas J. Huhn, and Philip J. Wilhelm Class of 1963 Scholarships. This year’s Presidential Scholarship recipients are Samantha Hoyt, Lacie Rieck, and Drake Fleck. The recipient of the Thomas J. Huhn Scholarship is Nicholas Morken. Samantha Hoyt is a resident of East Dundee, Ill. The daughter of Kelley and Douglas Hoyt, she intends to major in Biology and join the Choir and Columbian Players at SJC. She also plans to participate in service opportunities.  A student at Westminster Christian High School in Elgin, Ill., Hoyt...

  • March 13, 2014

    SJC to Celebrate Memorial Mass for Fr. Bill Kramer, Fr. Paul White

    Fr. Paul White

    On Wednesday, March 26, Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. will celebrate a memorial Mass for Fr. William Kramer, C.PP.S. and Fr. Paul White, C.PP.S., two priests of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood who passed away at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. Both ministered at Saint Joseph’s College for many years and were longtime faculty members. The Mass will take place in Saint Joseph’s Chapel at 4:00 pm CDT on the Saint Joseph’s College campus. Bishop Timothy Doherty will be principal celebrant presiding at the Mass. Bishop William Higi will attend, as well as members of the...

  • March 12, 2014

    Experience Life at SJC with Puma to Puma Visit Day

    Saint Joseph’s College will host an on-campus Puma to Puma Visit Day Saturday, March 22. Voted a 2014 top ten “Best Value College” in the Midwest by US News & World Report, SJC offers a guaranteed tuition rate for four years and provides financial aid to 100% of incoming freshmen. Attending a Puma to Puma Day is the perfect opportunity to experience life at SJC through the eyes of our students. Participants will learn about the College’s nationally acclaimed Core Program; meet current students and engage with professors; explore campus on an interactive tour; receive an overview of...

  • March 11, 2014

    Fr. Kostka Featured in The Daily Standard and Rensselaer Republican

    Fr. Leonard J. Kostka, C.PP.S. ’35

    Fr. Leonard J. Kostka, C.PP.S. '35 Featured in The Daily Standard and Rensselaer Republican


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    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.