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  • October 28, 2016

    SJC to Host Trick-or-Treat for the Hungry

    Student Volunteers in costumes

    On Halloween night from 6 to 8 pm CST, Saint Joseph’s College will host its annual Trick-or-Treat for the Hungry event, working through the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Rensselaer community. This service project has been a tradition of SJC’s Campus Ministry for many years and gives students the opportunity to serve the community while also re-living the fun Halloween traditions of their childhoods. Organized by students under the direction of Br. Tim Hemm ’70 C.PP.S., this project allows SJC students to further the College’s mission by directly contributing to poverty relief efforts and...

  • October 27, 2016

    SJC to Welcome Indiana Poet Laureate to Campus

    The SJC English Department and Prairie Arts Council Presents Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner.

    Next week, the Indiana Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, will be visiting Saint Joseph’s College. All students, staff, and members of the Rensselaer community are invited; there is no charge to attend. The reading will be held at 3:30 pm on Wednesday November 2 in the Courtney Auditorium in the Reverend Charles Banet C.PP.S. Core Education Center. Hosted by the SJC English Department and the Prairie Arts Council, Wagner will be reading from her latest publication, a collection of poems entitled The Harmonist at Nightfall, and sharing her insight as a writer, a poet, and a native of Indiana. Born...

  • October 25, 2016

    SJC to Host Inaugural Christmas in Collegeville Celebration

    Mayor of Rensselaer Stephen Wood and Dr. Robert Pastoor shaking hands.

    Saint Joseph’s College has new and exciting plans for December as “Christmas in Collegeville” heads to campus. SJC is creating a new tradition this year that will continue to grow over the next several years and will strengthen the spirit of the season in the community. To kick off the Christmas season, SJC will be hosting a week-long celebration that aims to bring the College and the community together in Christmas spirit. The celebration begins on Sunday, November 27, with a lighting ceremony presided over by SJC President Dr. Robert A. Pastoor and a representative from the mayor’s office....

  • October 13, 2016

    SJC Welcomes Award-Winning Author and Alumna Back to Campus

    Angela Palm '04 with her book Riverine

    The Saint Joseph’s College English Department and the Prairie Arts Council are pleased to announce an evening with Indiana native and award-winning author Angela Williams Palm ’04. Palm graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 2004 with degrees in both English Literature and Criminal Justice and will be reading from “Riverine: A Memoir of Anywhere but Here.” The reading will begin at 7 pm on Monday, October 24 in the Shen Auditorium located in the Rev. Charles Banet Core Education Center. A book signing and refreshments will follow. Palm’s memoir, the winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press...

  • October 13, 2016

    SJC Initiates Strategic Planning Project with Awareness Gatherings

    Education that Transforms Strategic Planning Initiative

    Alumni, friends, business, civic, and Catholic religious leaders from across the state and region have partnered with Saint Joseph’s College for the Education that Transforms Strategic Planning process. This process endeavors to address important academic, cultural, and infrastructural focus areas of the College. SJC President Dr. Robert A. Pastoor has named Ray Siegel ’69, President of RJS Associates in Chicago, chairman of the Strategic Planning Leadership Committee that will guide the process. RJS Associates is a consulting firm that handles interim management, mergers & acquisitions,...

  • October 6, 2016

    SJC's Columbian Players to Welcome Guest Director

    The Theatre

    The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College are pleased to welcome Angela Marcum as the special guest director for their production of Ken Ludwig’s award winning comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” on October 20,21,and 22 at 7:30 pm CDT in the College Theatre in the Evans Arts and Science Building. Angela Marcum hails from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her BFA in theatre with emphasis on directing and playwriting. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in theatre studies at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Angela has directed and performed with many...

  • October 4, 2016

    SJC Concert Choir to Perform "Songs for the Next Generation"

    Choir singing

    Saint Joseph’s College concert choir will be sharing “Songs for the Next Generation” at their annual fall concert on Sunday, October 9. The concert will be held in the SJC chapel at 4 pm CDT. There is no cost for admission. Director Harmony Murphy, who is expecting her first child, decided to make the theme of the concert children’s melodies. “I became inspired for this concert when I realized that I would be conducting this performance 36 weeks pregnant.  As most soon-to-be parents do, I thought about the world I wanted for my new daughter and I was sure I wanted there to be music in it. As...

  • October 4, 2016

    SJC Opens Doors to Former ITT Tech Students

    Students in class

    As you may have heard by now, for-profit college ITT Technical Institute has closed 130 campuses in the United States, suddenly leaving more than 35,000 students out of school and more than 8,000 employees without jobs. Due to serious issues with the U.S Department of Education, the college was forced to stop enrolling students and soon closed its doors for good. Overwhelmed, students now must rush to apply to new schools that have already started classes. But countless colleges have stepped up to help them, including Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana which is ready to welcome...

  • October 3, 2016

    SJC Presents Alumni Achievement Award

    Greg Roberts, Fr. William Nordenbrock, and Lou Offer

    On October 1, the SJC Alumni Association presented the Alumni Achievement Award to an alumnus who has excelled in his field and contributed significantly to his community. “The Alumni Achievement Award is given each year to a Saint Joseph’s College graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in various ways – unrelated to the College, or by active participation in service and volunteer organizations, or achievement by an alumna/us that reflects an interest or influence that was developed or furthered while the recipient attended Saint Joseph’s College. This year’s recipient is Very Rev...

  • October 3, 2016

    SJC Presents Alumni Service Award

    Greg Roberts, Susan Chattin, and Lou Offer

    On October 1, the SJC Alumni Association presented the Alumni Service Award during the half-time ceremony at Homecoming. The Alumni Service Award recognizes the selfless giving of time, efforts, and talents to Saint Joseph’s College by one of her graduates. This year’s recipient is Susan Chattin ‘85 Susan Chattin graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology in 1985 and earned her master’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in history in 1991. She began teaching full-time at Saint Joseph’s College in 1990. During her time at the College,...


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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

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

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    High Quality Academics

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


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

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    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.