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VOL. XLV No. 1: Winter 1994
Alumnagram is published twice a year by the Alumni
Association of St. Joseph's College, 245 Clinton Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Third Class Postage is paid to Brooklyn, NY.
Editor: Mary Elizabeth McLoughlin Farrell '35
Editorial Assistants: Mary Whelan Phelan '32
Eleanor McLoughlin '31
College Phone Numbers:
Switchboard Brooklyn: 718 636-6800
Switchboard Patchogue: 516 447-3200
Alumni Office Brooklyn: 718 636-6882
Alumni Office Patchogue: 516-447-3215
Brooklyn Fax: 718 398-4936
Patchogue Fax: 516 654-1782
Cover: Division of General Studies building.
Afghans for Aids: Knitted or crocheted 12" x 12" squares are
constructed into blankets for AIDS patients, resident of
nursing homes, a mother-child unit, and a disabled veterans'
hospital. For more information contact
Caroline DeGennaro Noto '67
BlOKStreet, Elmont, NY 11003 -516 437-7759
Mediplex Group: Ninfa (Niki) Trani Goren works with the
Mediplex Group which has rehab facilities across the counu-y
for Head Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, General Rehab, Psycho
Social and Short-term Sub Acute Rehab and Pediatrics. If I
can help anyone call me at 212-399-6900.
Florida Snow Birds & Other Migrants: We need to have your
insu-uctions on temporary address changes. Our 4th class mail
and Alumnagram are NEVER forwarded by the post office.
See inside back cover for convenient postcard.
Surrogate for Family: Elizabeth Eggleton '85GS, MPA, is
owner and manger of Surrogate for Family - a service to
match and monitor services for older adults. Located in
Western Suffolk County, the phone number is 516-543-8746.
Help Wanted: Editor for Alumnagram which is published
twice a year. This remunerative position involves journalistic
skills, i.e.. interviewing, writing, editing, layout etc. - also
assembling class notes, vital statistics and calendar. For more
information, phone Ruth Davis at 718-636-6880 or Mary E.
Farrell (current editor) 718-768-4827.
Need to Connect? Looking for a job? Are you in a position to
offer a job? We would like to get your feelings on having an
alumni connection. The connection would not only benefit the
alumni to alumni link but the alumni to new graduate as well.
If you have a job opening in your company or if you are
looking for a job, please let us hear from you. Send both
resume and job description to:
Irene Nebel, Counseling and Career Services
St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
CLASS AGENTS AND ALL ALUMS
It is imperative that you observe the deadline for the
summer edition of the Alumnagram
APRIL 25, 1994
Copy received after that date
will be saved for the next issue.
St. Joseph's College complies with Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 and with the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Section 504.
St. Joseph's College Library has just acquired a University of
Texas publication on Sacred An by the French Dominican
Marie-Alain Couturier. Father has been instrumental in
bringing "great modern masters to the creation of church art
Of interest to some alumnae is the fact that the translator is
Father Granger Ryan, who taught History at the college in the
late 30"s and early 40's. He later became president of Seton
College in Pennsylvania.
Sister Margaret Louise Shea, CSJ
Sister Margaret Louise Shea, CSJ
Sister Margaret Louise Shea, CSJ, a pioneer in pre-school
education and Director of the Dillon Child Study Center of St.
Joseph's College from 1942 to 1980, died on December 21,
1993, at the age of 83. Graced with a keen intellect, a deep
interest in childhood development and a generosity in serving
others. Sister Margaret Louise was an outstanding educator and
exemplary Sister of St. Joseph.
Born in Brooklyn, Margaret Shea attended Our Lady of
Perpetual Help elementary school, and after completing her high
school education at Bishop McDonnell's in 1930, entered the
novitiate of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Brentwood. While
a novice, she taught fifth grade at St. Teresa of Avila in
Brooklyn. Her first teaching assignment as a Sister was a sixth
grade class at Our Lady of Victory.
In September 1934, Sister Margaret Louise matriculated at St.
Joseph's College and began full-time study. The following
month, St. Joseph's College opened a pre-school for children
between the ages of 2 - 4 1/2, and offered pre-school development
courses. Sister took a lively interest in Child Study which was
under the aegis of the Psychology Department. In 1938, having
earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she taught at the
newly founded kindergarten of the preschool, while pursuing
studies for a master's degree at Columbia University. She
received he MA in January 1940 and was introduced to college
teaching by Margaret Gardner, the Director of the Preschool.
In 1942, when Margaret Gardner left St. Joseph's to be
married, Sister succeeded her as Director. Meantime a major in
Child Study was established which attracted so many students
that a Child Study Department was created and Sister became
From 1946 to 1949, Sister Margaret attended Catholic
University full time and received her doctorate in Psychology -
Psychiatry in 1950. She returned to the college as a full time
professor and Director of the Dillon Center. In 1955, she
succeeded in getting the Child Study Program registered in
Albany, which enabled students to receive their teaching
certificate for early childhood classes, automatically.
Acknowledged as a leader and expert in the study of child
development. Sister Margaret shared her expertise as an adjunct
professor at the Catholic Universities of Washington and Puerto
Rico during summers from 1960-68. A popular lecturer, she
willingly gave lectures on Child Psychology at parish and
diocesan programs, at New York City Board of Education, and
at State and County conferences. St. Vincent's Child Care
Services welcomed Sister as a consultant.
Sister Margaret was an active member of the Board of Child
Care Institutions in New York City and served on a task force for
the evaluation of the Day Care Centers of NYC Agency for Child
Development. In 1973, Sister Margaret received the Mary L.
Brady Award from the Catholic Teachers Association. In 1981,
the Brooklyn Borough President presented her with a Certificate
of Merit for her service on his Advisory board. Skilled in
psychological testing, she directed testing programs for several
religious congregations, including the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Professional memberships included the New York academy
of Education and the American Psychological Association. In
1981 Sister became a fellow of the Menninger Foundation, a
group devoted to mental health problems of the nation. Last
October, Sister Margaret, who, was an active member of the
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, flew to California to attend
their annual conference.
These professional involvements did not limit Sister's full
participation in the religious activities of her local convent
community and of the congregation. She served as a delegate to
the recent chapters. A charter member of the Board of Trustees
in Brentwood College, she also served as secretary from 1955 to
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Deans^ Presentations to the Board of Trustees
During 1993 our college Deans made brief presentations of their respective divisions to the St. Joseph's College Board of
Trustees. Thomas Travis, PhD., Dean of General Studies, both campuses, presented his report on February 17th. After a brief
history of the college read by S. Mary Florence Burns, PhD, S. Margaret Buckley EdD, Dean of Arts & Sciences in Brooklyn,
reported at the May 12th meeting, and S. Jean Marie Amore, PhD., Dean of Arts & Sciences, in Patchogue, on October 13,
1993. We wish to share these informative up-to-date reviews with you.
DIVISION OF GENERAL STUDIES
The establishment of the Division of General Studies in
the mid 1970"s and its almost overnight success, is best
explained in the context of two interrelated factors: the
first is that the State Education Department was directing
its colleges to increase educational opportunities for adults,
minorities, and women. To accomplish this, the State
encouraged colleges to be more flexible with regard to
transfer credit policies, program requirements, and
In response, St. Joseph's established the BS degree in
General Studies, a highly flexible degree designed around
the special needs of working adults. Special policies and
procedures were put in place to serve these new students:
non-restrictive admission requirements, transfer credit for
prior professional training, credit for prior experiential
learning, and convenient once-a-week classes offered
nights and weekends, oftentimes at the work site.
The critical second factor supporting the Division's
initial success was the push by the National League for
Nursing to encourage registered nurses to continue their
education and to earn the baccalaureate. From the
beginning, the Division targeted this population, and it
proved to be ideal. Within two to three years, we had over
a thousand nurses taking our courses.
The Divisions ability to respond to this almost
instantaneous demand underscores the important function
that General Studies serves for the College. By design and
in practice, the Division is an innovative, adaptive unit,
which - happily-enjoys a great deal of support not only
from the administration but from the faculty as well.
In 1979, th Division expanded its programs to include a
BS in Community Health and a BS in Health
Administration. There were two purposes for this
expansion. One was to better serve the nurses. The second
was the anticipation of a lessening demand from the RN
population. To prepare for this, we took our first steps
towards diversification. These new degrees were designed
to be marketed to an array of allied health professionals,
including X-ray technicians, dental hygienists, lab
technicians, and administrative support personnel. Our
objective was to get our promotional material into every
unit of every health care facility on Long Island and in
New York City.
In 1986, to strengthen our offerings to nurses, the
College registered a B.S. in Nursing (BSN). This is a
structured program that is costly for the College both with
regard to the expense of additional full-time faculty and
the need for specialized equipment. However, it is the
preferred degree of the National League for Nursing and
we deemed the BSN essential if we wanted to continue to
serve the nursing population. It has paid off. Today,
approximately twenty percent of our students in the
division of General Studies are in the BSN program, and
this new offering has done much to enhance the reputation
of the College with the health community.
Concurrently, we moved to diversify our programs to
serve a non-health population. This was necessary because
the enrollment for the health majors was declining - a
reflection of ( 1 ) trends in that profession and (2) an
increase in competition from other colleges.
In keeping with our mission to serve working adults, the
next obvious area to develop was management. At first this
took the form of developing a series of credit-bearing
certificates attractive to adults climbing the management
ladder. For example, we have business related certificates
in: Leadership, Management, Human Resources, Training
and Staff Development, and Data and Information
Processing. What we did with these was to bring them to
the work place and offer them on-site. The courses for
these certificates would be presented in three hour blocks,
typically at the conclusion of the working day. In this way
we encouraged college-shy adults to take incremental
clusterings of courses that bring them so close to a degree
that they can no longer put off making the final
commitment to earning the bachelor's degree.
To further encourage enrollment in the management
area, we developed a special, one-of-a-kind program called
the B.S. in Management of Human Resources. This is a
flexible degree: built on the prior learning assessment
rubric, and focused on the management of people. It is off
to a good start and attracting adult students from
management as well as the human resources sector.
Additionally. I want to highlight several activities that
support non-traditional learners and contribute to the
vitality of the communities served by the Brooklyn and
Law Enforcement Personnel Grants
Begun in 1989, this program involves offering tuition
grants to New York City Police attending the Brooklyn,
Campus. The success of this program has been
tremendous. Police currently represent approximately one-
fourth of our Brooklyn General Studies population, which
helps to explain the Division's record-breaking high
Training and Development
This effort is just getting off the ground. It involves
offering non-credit workshops and seminars - on site or on
campus - to employees of hospitals and businesses. We can
present a range of topics. For example, we have done
Supervisory Skills at Booth Memorial Hospital, and Lotus
and WordPerfect at our Suffolk Campus for the employees
of North Atlantic Industries.
The Summer Non-Credit program was started on the
Suffolk Campus in 1991. We offered 19 workshops and
enrolled 275 people. In the summer of 1992, the program
showed substantial growth, with 31 offerings and a total
enrollment of 456. And this is the trend we expect to
In closing, I would say that for the future the Division
will continue its efforts to identify new student populations
and to devise better ways to deliver our services to them.
In this way, we will make our contribution to help insure
the success of the College.
BROOKLYN ARTS & SCIENCES
St. Joseph's College of Arts & Sciences here in
Brooklyn is closely identified with the college founded in
1916 then known as St. Joseph's College for Women.
While many aspects of the college have evolved over time,
we continue to reflect the vision of the founders - to
provide an education characterized by academic excellence
and value orientation, with provision for career
Our student body of men and women comes from the
five boroughs, primarily Brooklyn and Queens. Most come
directly from high school, though we welcome returning
students. Although we recruit in the public and private
high schools, most come from Catholic high schools. Our
student body reflects the ethnic diversity of the
metropolitan area, with about 25-30% being minority
St. Joseph's is a liberal arts college, rooted in the liberal
arts tradition. We offer a wide range of majors, the newest
being Accounting and Business Administration, and the
largest being Child Study. We have strong majors in
Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics,
Psychology, Social Sciences, Spanish and Speech.
We are proud of all our graduates, many of whom gain
admission to medical and law schools and to graduate
programs, and who have gone on to successful careers. Our
reputation for preparing well-qualified teachers for the
elementary and secondary schools is outstanding.
Principals seek our graduates. We have a large and
supportive alumni group in the area.
The faculty's primary commitment is to teaching and
helping students to develop their full potential. Each year
our graduates are given a questionnaire. One question we
ask is what they value most in their education. Every year
the same response stands out - the close relationship with
faculty and other students. This is why applicants have
been attracted to St. Joseph's College.
Although the small size of our college imposes
limitations in terms of scheduling of classes and range of
faculty, it allows each student to be known personally and
to receive the support and challenge needed. We believe
this accounts for our high retention and graduation rates.
You have all read during the past year of violence and
hate-speech incidents on college campuses. This has not
happened at St. Joseph's because students know each other
as persons, therefore there is no atmosphere of fear or
We continue to maintain our commitment to Brooklyn
and the metropolitan area. We exist ina very competitive
educational environment, surrounded by the huge public
system and many private colleges. After a period of
struggle, we are seeing an increase in enrollment, the result
of serious and consistent efforts of our Admission staff.
We have weathered the worst of the enrollment crunch. We
are particularly pleased with the increase in the number of
transfer students, especially those coming from
Kingsborough Community College where an Early
Childhood program articulates well with our Child Study
We look to our past with gratitude and our future with
optimism. If we continue to grow, our big problem will be
SUFFOLK ARTS & SCIENCES
In 1971, St. Joseph's College established an extension
in Brentwood which served Junior and Senior years. It was
moved to Patchogue in 1979 with about 350 students.
Since then the Suffolk Campus, now serving all four years,
has grown to a current enrollment of 2,039.
I refer to an article I read recently, "Student
Expectations of College." It states that because, nationally,
the number of non-traditional students in colleges now
significantly outweighs the number of 18 to 22 year old
students, there has been a change in values, expectations
and beliefs. No longer is college the central activity of
their lives. Work and family overshadow this. Students
want education nearby and at convenient hours. They seek
a stripped-down version of college without extra curricular
life and activities or specialty courses.
The non-traditional adult student makes up about one-
third of the student body. We are being challenged more
than ever to be faithful to the mission of the College, while
at the same time meeting the needs of today's students.
The mission of the college has always been to provide
students with excellent professional preparation. We also
envision the college as a time of personal change, a time
for students to dream and reflect and to see differently,
themselves, the world, and their place in the world.
We see the narrow expectations of the adult student
reflected in .the younger full-time student who is working
thirty or more hours a week. Today, as we plan for the
future, our challenge is to continue to prepare each student
for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and
spiritual values, social responsibility and service - a life
worthy of the College motto: Esse non videri - to be, not to
seem, I think we are doing this.
We have an ideal population here. Of the 605 new
students accepted in September 1993, 150 are freshmen;
275 are transfer students from Suffolk. Nassau, and
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Farmingdale Community Colleges, Stony Brook and other
colleges; 180 are adult returning students. This has proven
enriching. The serious, experienced, adult students are
good models and friends for the freshmen, while the
freshman qualities of spontaneity, idealism, and openness
We draw high school students from Riverhead,
Mattituck and East Hampton in eastern Suffolk, to
Lindenhurst in western Suffolk, and occasionally from one
or two schools in Nassau. Our freshman class presents
students from about 40 public high schools and 14 private
schools. Over half of them receive financial aid (college
grants and state and federal funds) and 66% of them have
additional loans averaging $3700 a year.
As the number of women entering the work force
grows, we have an increasingly larger number of women
coming to college part-time. Business and Accounting,
majors that were predominantly male, have an almost
equal number of women and men. Many of these women
pursue their degrees while balancing a number of other
responsibilities and stresses.
Regarding our academic program, the Child Study
major is the largest, with an enrollment of about 450
students; Accounting and Business Administration majors
are second; Human Relations, Recreation Therapy, and
Psychology are also popular majors: and the traditional
liberal arts programs are strong in servicing students with
both major and core courses. The newest programs on our
campus, the math major and the math/computer science
major, have attracted a number of academically strong
Surveys sent to alumni one year after graduation are
consistent in indicating that 86% of alumni are employed,
62% of the 86% are employed in the fields related to their
major, and 43% of our graduates pursue graduate study
within one year of graduation.
Our buildings are well used. The Clare Rose Playhouse
has earned a fine reputation for itself in the Suffolk area.
Performances are usually sold out. Students receive
anexcellent experience from working there. The plays also
include cast members from the community who have
experience in acting in local theaters, and some interesting
networking has occurred. The Callahan Library, made
highly attractive by its structure and its state-of-the-art
services, has added significantly to the academic
environment of the campus. It is used well by faculty,
students, and the local community.
As we grow and plan new programs, we face some
practical as well as philosophical questions. How large do
we want the Suffolk Campus to become? What directions
should our growth and development take? How do we
address our immediate needs for more classroom and
office space, additional parking, and more appropriate
areas for students to gather and hold their varied events?
Escorted 14 Day Tour of Ireland
May 28. 1994
A leisurely tour featuring all the major historical and
scenic attractions of Ireland with two night stops
in most areas
SEE: Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Limerick,
Killarney, Cork and Waterford
Full Irish breakfast daily.
Professional Irish driver/guide
to escort yoii throughout your tour.
Accomodations in First Class and Superior First Class
hotels with private bath/shower
per person - double occupancy
Call Connie McGlinchey '39 '718-229-1245
or Fern Travel Service 718-357-8070
See Geneva, Lausanne, Berne. Interlaken and the
Jungfrau, Lucerne in Switzerland; and Stresa, Lake
Como, Borromean Islands, Milan, Venice in Italy.
March 31 -April 13, 1994
All SJC Alumni/ae and all friends of SJC
A detailed brochure is available.
If you would like one, contact:
S. Joan Ryan, St. Joseph's College
155 Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Join a congenial group for a refreshing interlude in the
mountains and lakes of Europe.
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Dr. Calherine Scorcia Kane '55
Dr. Catherine Kane, Pediatrician and Medical Director
at Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn, retired in June
1993, after thirty years of service to this well-known child
care agency. At the time of her retirement she was
responsible for the health and well-being of 800 foster
children. Her first association with Angel Guardian was as
a social worker during summer vacations, while attending
Downstate Medical School.
Catherine, a pre-med student at SJC, graduated in 1955.
Asked why she chose St. Joseph's, she says she didn't. She
had applied to and was accepted by Hunter College, but on
the day of her graduation was offered a full four-year
scholarship to St. Joseph's College. Coming from Bishop
McDonnell High School, a large school, Catherine loved
the smallness of St. Joseph's and the more intimate, caring
faculty. She has made wonderful, lasting friendships - she
still plays Trivia regularly with Joan Scanlon Owens, as
classmate pal. She enjoyed the opportunity of serving as
President of the Undergraduate Association and was
delighted in her junior year to be nominated to Who's Who
in American Colleges and Universities. Kay majored in
Chemistry and had a double minor in Biology and Math.