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THE PRESIDENT‘S SOCIETY
On May 1, 2003, 25 new members were inducted into the President’s Society. Over
200 Society alumni gathered to honor this year’s group of 26 graduating members and
to celebrate individual accomplishments and the promise of future successes.
Founded in 1968, The President’s Society is the highest honor society in the
University. It consists of those students who combine scholarship, integrity and
maturity with leadership skills demonstrated by their significant contribution to the
extracurricular life of the University.
Members of the Society are considered part of the President’s official staff and are
designated special duties at University functions. They are often paired with prominent
alumni, world leaders and well-known humanitarians. This is an opportunity to make
connections and build a network, as well as realize their role as leaders in something
even greater: the St. John’s Family. 3
“The President’s Society
offers our finest students
the opportunity to tell
and retell the St. John’s
story in their own words
to a variety of important
Associate Vice President,
University Ministry and
Special Events, who also
serves as coordinator of
the President’s Society.
Colleges and Schools
S T. JOHN’S COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
The College adds 18 new undergraduate
courses in biology, English, government and
politics, history, mathematics, physics,
psychology and sociology. A Master of
Science in Biology with a concentration in
biotechnology and a Master of Arts degree in
Criminology and Justice were also implemented.
Undergraduate enrollment rises, up 12%
from Fall 2001.
The Center for Psychological Services and education for outstanding minority students
Clinical Studies celebrates its 15th anniversary, from low-income families. In March, Ms. Lee
having provided psychological services to the met with Bill and Melinda Gates to discuss
community while serving as a training site for the impact of this program on her life and as
our doctoral students in clinical and school a student at St. John’s.
Cristina Ridgely, who is pursuing a degree in
Student Shari Lee, who is studying library and the joint BA/MA program in History and a
information science, is awarded a Gates minor in Africana Studies, completes a
Millennium Scholarship, a program set up to semester long internship at the Kenya
reduce the financial barriers to a college Mission to the United Nations. She will spend
the fall term studying abroad in Ghana.
Cristina is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar for the
2003-2004 academic year. This
year. Tuchscherer, a
Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
specialist in African
established by the U.S. Department of
history and languages,
Education assists first generation/income
A Historic Fulbright will conduct fieldwork
eligible college students and groups
on vanishing African
traditionally underrepresented in graduate
Dr. Konrad alphabets in the
education. She is one of 15 students
Tuchscherer, Assistant western grassfield
Professor of History at region of Cameroon.
St. John's University, is In 1999, Tuchscherer
awarded a Fulbright discovered the
Scholar grant to characters of an travel abroad to
conduct research in extinct writing system some 140 countries
Cameroon during the known as “Bagam.” for the 2003-2004
academic year through
Tuchscherer is one of the Fulbright
approximately 800 Scholar Program.
U.S. faculty and
professionals who will
A Revitalized Honors Program
St. John’s Honors Program has a new
headquarters, a new commons and a new
curriculum. With these changes St. John’s has
writing, research and critical thinking skills
welcomed a wealth of new Honors students.
gained are applied to an independent project
Dr. Lisa M. Dolling, Executive Director of the
of the student’s own design.
program, boasts, “We have students here
that could have gone to Vassar and Boston
The program offers a wide variety of special
College and Holy Cross and NYU…that
programs, services and facilities as well. Most
turned down scholarships to Villanova to
notable are the Preferential Residence Hall
come here because of the Honors Program.”
Assignments. Honors students who live
on-campus have the option of selecting a
The Honors Program features seminar-style
“quiet” wing of the residence hall where they
courses; opportunities for advanced research
can live among students who also seek a
and in-depth discussions with Honors professors;
more “study-friendly” atmosphere.
and the camaraderie of a diverse, close-knit
community of other remarkable students.
The revitalized Honors Program brings to the
University a stronger learning environment
All course work prepares students for a
and improved academic resources. The
“capstone experience.” This is where the
Program sponsors and promotes extra-
curricular activities at the University, from
guest speakers to reading groups. This is yet
another outstanding academic program that
provides every student with greater academic
and cultural opportunities here and after they
leave St. John’s.
THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Graduate applications increase 49%.
Two hundred-plus teacher’s certification
needs are served through on-line and
face-to-face courses supported by AT&T, the
U.S. Department of Education, the New York
The School receives $175,000 from New York
State Board of Cooperative Educational
State to supplement City funds for Teaching
Services and the New York City Department
Fellows in mathematics.
Faculty and staff assist in the professional
New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein
development of teachers in six
identifies St. John’s as having the best
low-performing school districts in
Teaching Fellows program. This is a program
through which people from fields outside of
education are prepared to become teachers.
The largest Inner City Games in the country
The number of Fellows assigned to the
6 is, once again, a huge success with 1,100
School doubled to approximately 140.
children participating. The School receives
grants totaling $525,000 towards a project
designed to tutor children from City housing
projects in computer and higher order
SCHOOL OF LAW
St. John’s School of Law moves to 69th from
89th place in the newly formatted U.S.News
and World Report Top 100 Law Schools list.
New York Archdiocesan Catholic Charities
Immigration Office partners with the School
to launch several new clinical and service
learning opportunities for students.
While the overall New York State bar passage
Annual alumni giving funds numerous
rate drops to 76%, the School of Law
student and faculty initiatives including a
improves to 83%.
Loan Assistance Program that encourages
graduates to take public interest jobs by
helping to pay a portion of their student loans.
THE PETER J. TOBIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS industry executives at the AAF National
Conference. This year’s team earns a wild
card berth, competes in the national finals
The undergraduate core curriculum for
for the eighth consecutive year and places
business majors is redesigned, focusing on
seventh out of 220 competing schools.
flexibility and choice. Experiential leaning is
mandatory. Transfer students carry over
The College is a charter member of the
more credits. All programs are more
Student Committee of The New York Society
attractive and competitive. Implementation
of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Finance students
is set for Fall 2003.
gain first-hand experience in finance and
investment through formal mentoring and
Experiential learning provides students with
internship programs. At one event, the
opportunities to excel in “real world” settings:
First Annual Investment Research Challenge,
five students present their securities research
“Stormfront Advertising,” St. John’s
report to a panel of Wall Street
advertising team, places second in the
Eastern Region Advertising Competition.
The competition is about as real an “ad world”
The Student Managed Investment Fund is
experience as there is. Teams develop all
established. A generous $250,000 7
aspects of a strategic advertising campaign
contribution by an anonymous donor lets
for corporate sponsors. The top 16 teams
graduate students now manage and invest
present their campaigns to a panel of
a fund under the tutelage of faculty and
advisory alumni. All returns are re-invested
in the Student Managed Investment Fund
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Over 1,500 high school students and more
than 500 transfer students apply to the
program and pharmacy continues to lead
the University as its most popular major. Pharmaceutical Association is region I First
Place winner for Operation Diabetes.
The five-year entry-level Pharmacy D. program
gets underway. Over 30 pharmacy organizations and 150
students attend the Annual Pharmacy and
The CVS Foundation awards the college Career Day Expo for on-site interviewing
$250,000 for renovations and technology and education.
Three fifth year students are elected to serve
The St. John’s Chapter of the Academy of as officers of the Student Chapter of the
Students of Pharmacy of the American Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New
York: president, vice president and treasurer.
8 The college is awarded over $687,427 in
research and educational grants and
COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
The programs offered on the Staten Island
campus saw significant growth. Enrollment
increased by 9.2%, adding to the largest
student body in 10 years. Student activities,
both academic and social, continue to be
added as enhancements to the educational
The M.P.S. program in Criminal Justice
Leadership has shown remarkable growth.
Over 90 enrolled students are offered classes
on the Queens campus and at the New York
Police Academy. Following state approval,
classes are introduced to the Staten Island
campus where 17 students enrolled in the
program are now pursuing degrees.
The installation of the wireless computing
platform is complete. Students enjoy 100%
coverage with a laptop and wireless software.
The campus receives approval from the New York
State Education Department for The Peter J. Tobin
College of Business to offer three master’s
programs, an MBA in Accounting and Finance
A new Freshman Center, located in Flynn
and an MS in Accounting.
Hall, provides all incoming freshmen with
additional assistance in meeting their academic
The Claire and Joseph Smetana Gallery is
and personal goals. During this inaugural
constructed. It will be the future home to digital
year, advisors conduct nearly 800 individual
portraits of Insurance Hall of Fame members.
Developmental Advisement sessions.
A master’s degree in Criminal Studies is
designed to provide more opportunities for
In celebration of Founder’s Week, a roundtable
students in the field of law enforcement.
discussion and video of St. Vincent de Paul’s rich
history informs and enlightens new and veteran
The 25th Staten Island Scholarship Dinner
students and employees.
draws over 327 alumni and friends. This event
raised $40,455 to expand the Staten Island
Throughout the year several students serve in
Fund, a scholarship program for local students.
Rome Caritas centers for the homeless.
An academic agreement between the Master of
Business Administration program Rome campus 9
A third doctoral education cohort begins and John Cabot University in Rome allows
Spring 2003. Total registration in educational students from John Cabot to enroll in the MBA
administration on the campus tops 100 students. and bypass foundational courses satisfied by
their undergraduate degrees.
The master’s degree in Library Science
program expands course offerings in the fall Maintaining a global perspective, the keynote
and spring semesters. speaker at this year’s Seminar Series,
Ambassador Rinaldo Petrignanai, President of
The Cultural Care Au Pair Program brings an Boeing Italia, lectures on the state of European
average of 100-200 international guests to and Italian relations before, during and after the
the campus from countries such as Poland, Iraq war.
Germany and Australia for a week of Cultural
Care education and an introduction to The Rome campus switches to Mega Virtual
American culture prior to living with their Private Network, for a faster, more reliable and
host families. cost effective Internet connection.
Academic Support Services
UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN CENTER
Nearly 14,000 Developmental Advisement sessions
are conducted on the Queens campus alone.
The Center inducts 742 students into the Phi
Eta Sigma National Honor Society and raises
$40,000 towards the endowment fund
established in 2002.
THE LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER
The tutoring staff doubles. The scope of
services expands. Students receive help
preparing for the LAST-ATS-W teacher
certification exam and the LSAT law school
UNIVERSITY LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES
A new tutoring site opens in Century Hall.
Its residence hall location and late night
hours satisfy a growing resident population.
Peer and professional tutors provide
assistance in math, science and English three
evenings a week.
CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Center provides support for particular
constituencies and hosts a day-long event for
the science faculty conducted by Ethel
Stanley, the Director of the college biology
curriculum project BioQUEST.
As a Vincentian University, St. John’s upholds
a moral and ethical learning environment and
so the civility and plagiarism workshops are
some of the most important contributions to
ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT of 18% over last year, a new attendance
record. All enjoy an eventful day of
Total freshman enrollment increases to 2,976, introductions to St. John’s.
the largest entering class in 14 years.
Two programs catering to honor students
The average composite SAT score for are launched: an Internet landing page for
standard admitted students at Queens early registration and a Scholars Dinner
increases by more than 20 points. for students with a least a 90% high school
average and 1200 SAT. 132 prospective
St. John’s welcomes 273 new international students. Honors Students and Presidential
Eleven hundred and one prospective
freshmen turn up at Open House, an increase
ON-LINE INSTRUCTION academics
The New York State Education Department
approves on-line master’s degree and
Professional Diploma programs in educational
administration - the first of its kind in the
state of New York.
St. John’s unique approach to on-line
instruction results in tuition grants exceeding
$150,000, securing a position as the
University to emulate when implementing
new teaching technologies.