The Office of Graduate Admissions has added a live chat feature to their Graduate Admissions webpage (www.usj.edu/graduate) for applicants, students, or anyone looking for more information to be able to ask questions directly to our staff! Just click anywhere on the “Chat Now” box or the ”We are here” arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen and you’ll be able to talk directly to us (once you supply the name and email address fields.) If there is no box, it simply means that none of our staff is available at that time!
We plan to keep the chat feature open all day during business hours which are 8:30am-7:00pm Monday-Wednesday and 8:30am-4:30pm Thursday-Friday.
Campus is closing at 4:00pm today so all on-campus graduate courses are cancelled this evening. All students in the off-campus education programs should check with the district where their courses are being run to determine whether classes are still in session this evening.
If you would like to get USJ Alerts, please visit http://ww2.usj.edu/e2c/secure%20alerts/index.html to set up messaging that can be sent to you via email or cell phone.
We wish everyone safe travels on their way home this evening!
Most people think of investing as an external practice instead of something that can be done internally. For example, some folks will invest in real estate, stocks, bonds or even gold bars before considering investing in themselves. A recent article from CNNMoney makes a direct correlation between level of education attained and employment gains during a difficult economy.
If you’re still not sure about going back to school, perhaps this article will give you some incentive: Jobs Recovery Favors Highly Educated Workers.
As we draw closer to the start of a college semester I always wonder what new graduate students are thinking about. Are they excited about doing something new or is anxiety setting in? After all, many have spent weeks submitting official transcripts, letters of recommendations, and other admission requirements to get to this point. I read tons of letters where students write about why they’re attending graduate school. As you can imagine there is a wide and extensive range of reasons. Some folks need a master’s degree to augment their credentials, others to make more money, and yet others to advance their knowledge in a particular subject. Whatever the reason, the overriding theme is to do something for themselves that will enhance their lives and sometimes, the lives of others.
There is a new challenge ahead and many new graduate students worry about being good enough to compete. Upon making the decision to apply to one of our programs, one student suggested, “this is life or death for me.” I don’t believe she was being literal, but instead used a little shock value to communicate how serious she is about obtaining her master’s degree. She later said she needed to “make up” for her poor undergraduate academic performance. I try to get students to understand there is little value in worrying about making amends for something in the past. The focus should be on today and the actions necessary to succeed at the graduate level. Sacrifices will have to be made and I am clear about advising graduate students to carve out anywhere between 15-25 hours per week/per class to complete assignments, readings & study time.
It seems when I start something new there is usually a combination of anxiety, fear of failing or having second thoughts (did I make the right decision?) We train ourselves to understand these feelings as part of the process but must be quick to quiet what I like to call “doubtful noise” in order to move confidently towards accomplishing our goals. Ultimately, attending graduate school is worth it, but it matters more what you do with the graduate school experience and how you use it upon completion. We are only a couple of weeks into 2013 and many have chosen to start graduate school in order to spark a new beginning. For that, I salute you!
The University of Saint Joseph is hosting a New Student Graduate Orientation event on Monday, January 21st from 2:00 pm-4:30 pm in the Bruyette Anthenaeum. This event is designed for students who have been accepted to a graduate program.
At Orientation you will meet faculty members, attend presentations by the Center for Academic Excellence and Public Safety, as well as receive your student identification card and parking pass. There will be information about other services USJ offers its graduate students as well. Light snacks will be served. For more information, please call Luis Moyano at 860.231.5381.
Hello 2013! We welcome everyone back to our blog as our office (and the entire institution) had from December 21-January 1 off to celebrate the holiday break! We hope everyone had an enjoyable two weeks that included getting to spend some time with loved ones away from work!
Now that we are back in the swing of things, I want to note that students interested in taking coursework for spring really need to get a move on getting to the point where they’re eligible to do so! Many of our programs are at or near capacity in terms of available seats in their respective coursework and others are only registering students for the next two weeks! Below are a few deadlines to keep in mind if you’d like to register for spring courses:
Jan 17 – Deadline for new students to register for online courses
Jan 22 – Deadline for returning students to register for online courses
Jan 22- Start of spring semester
Jan 25 – Deadline to drop online courses
Jan 31 - Deadline to add on-campus courses
Feb 5 – Deadline to drop on-campus courses
For those students interested in registered for summer or fall, courses will be listed in the Course Search feature of MyUSJ sometime in late February or early March and students will be eligible to register for coursework shortly thereafter.
One last post before the holiday break! We saw this “student” walking around campus today so we had to just let all the Biology students know who might be sitting next to them in class. Fassy is a llama who lives on a farm in Ashford, CT and routinely makes trips to campus to West Hartford for “classes.” Have a great break everyone!
Note: No llamas were hurt in the taking of this picture!
Just a reminder to all that after tomorrow afternoon, the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services will be closed until the University of Saint Joseph re-opens on January 2, 2013. We’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and we hope you all get to spend some quality time with your family!
In the holiday spirit, the Office of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services would like to announce that we have something of a “gift” to all of our current and future students going through the admission process! On February 1, 2013, a self-serve portlet will be launched that will allow students to view the status of their admission requirements through our internal website, MyUSJ.
The site will be linked to our internal student information system which will allow for the status to be accurate to the moment the information is entered into the system. All graduate students who have previously applied to start in Summer or Fall 2013 will receive an email with login instructions on how to use the system in early February. Those students who haven’t yet applied will receive instructions once their application is processed.
Welcome. This past Monday, December 10, 2012, the Nursing department greeted ten of our future DNP students in an Open House in the Nursing lab here on campus. Faculty members Gina Reiners, Nora Zinan, Susan Lynch, Kim Joerg, Heidi Smolka and Pamela Aselton were on hand to talk about the program and what to expect in terms of coursework and potential research projects. The topic of discussion was based on the upcoming courses the students will be taking as we open our Post-Master’s DNP program this coming January and this venue provided students the chance to meet each other, discuss their clinical backgrounds and research interests, and try on their new lab coats. Specifically, Dr. Reiners shared some of the materials she will be covering in the Management and Transformation Leadership class, Dr. Aselton discussed the research projects in the upcoming Biostatistics class, and various faculty members who are graduates of other DNP programs discussed their experiences in their programs with research and clinical hours.
There will also be a new student orientation for these students on January 14th from 10-2 pm to familiarize them with our library resources and how to fully utilize the electronic databases.