USJ Superstars

Dr. Anthony Johnston, assistant professor of Education, served as the second author of Identity Focused ELA Teaching, which focuses on language arts instruction and

ways to incorporate students’ unique identities.

Dr. Johnston's profile

Beth Fischer, RSM, ’76, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Community Engagement, received the 2016 R. Regner Arvidson Exemplary Volunteer Award from Hands on Hartford. Given in recognition of a volunteer’s devoted service to the organization, Sister Beth – who oversees the University’s community partnerships – was honored for the work she has done with Hands on Hartford since 2005, when USJ opened the Wellness Center on Church Street in downtown Hartford. At that time, the University

partnered with the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry and began the Center’s dedication to service with one of its first outreach programs, Hands on Hartford’s Manna Community Meals Program. With undergraduate nursing students providing their services to this program as part of their clinical experience, the Center then began working with Hands on Hartford’s Manna Assistance & Advocacy Food Pantry in 2010. Sister Beth also teaches the Service Learning course in the Honors Program each spring.

Professor of English Dr. Kerry Driscoll co-curated the current exhibition at the Mark Twain House and Museum, entitled, "Travel is Fatal to Prejudice: Mark Twains Journeys Abroad." Driscoll, a Twain scholar, worked with author

Steve Courtney and interim curator Mallory Howard on the show, which consists of books, illustrations, and artifacts.

Dr. Driscoll's profile

Michele Maccarone Brophy, Assistant Director of Academic Advisement, was recently recognized for her work as the Co-Founder and first Co-Director of Career Beginnings, a program that helps first generation and low-income students pursue higher education. Sponsored by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Career Beginnings, which began in 1986,

pairs high school students with volunteer mentors from area businesses and the community. In addition, staff from institutions within the Consortium share information about admissions and financial aid. Over the course of its 30-year history, Career Beginnings has helped over 2,000 Hartford Public School students transition from high school to college.

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