May 03 Focusing on academics 4 5 6 7 18 2 9 3 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 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 academics “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 audiences.” Pamela Shea-Byrnes, 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. 4 psychology. academics 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 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 accepted annually. 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 5 St. John’s Honors Program has a new academics 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. of Education. 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 Suffolk County. 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 academics grants totaling $525,000 towards a project designed to tutor children from City housing projects in computer and higher order reading skills. 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 investment experts. 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 academics 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 Scholarship. 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. enhancements. 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 academics scholarships. 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 experience. 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. Locations MANHATTAN 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 STATEN ISLAND 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 ROME 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 OAKDALE Business Administration program Rome campus 9 A third doctoral education cohort begins and John Cabot University in Rome allows academics 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 admission examination. 10 academics 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 University culture. 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 Scholars attend. Eleven hundred and one prospective freshmen turn up at Open House, an increase 11 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.
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