The shield of the University of Saint Joseph combines the insignia of the Sisters of Mercy, the Cross and Crown, with the Coat of Arms of Saint Joseph. The Coat of Arms, according to the medieval heralds, consisted of a blue field, upon which lay a silver carpenter’s squarethat overlays three silver lilies. The carpenter’s square symbolizes Saint Joseph’s occupation and is also a symbol of accuracy and truth. The lilies symbolize integrity and indicate that Saint Joseph was the earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose purity is represented by the chaste white lily. Three flowers are used to represent the Blessed Trinity. However, in the University shield, the center flower is replaced by the cross which, combined with the crown, represents the Sisters of Mercy under whose sponsorship the University was founded and continues to flourish.
A gift from the University Alumni Association in 1984, the Presidential Medal depicts the University shield and is cast in gold. The chain that supports the medal was crafted by John Cavanaugh in celebration of the University’s 60th anniversary.
The mace is carried in academic processions preceding the president. The mace derives from the medieval period when it was a formidable weapon used to protect a dignitary taking office or opening court. From the 16th century in England, and since the colonial period in America, the mace has become a symbol of office carried by a distinguished member of the procession.
The University of Saint Joseph mace was crafted by John Cavanaugh in commemoration of the University’s 60th anniversary. The design of the mace is derived from the educational goals of the University: to assist students in developing intellectual curiosity, a sense of integrity, and a commitment to service.
A mace is a symbol of authority. Since all authority has God as its source, the cross is the top element. It is mounted on an orb to indicate universality. Below is a sphere, a “perfect” geometric figure used here to signify integrity. Seven bands compose the sphere and are signs of the three theological virtues — faith, hope, and charity — and the four moral virtues — prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude. These virtues are the essence of integrity. Within the sphere is a quartz crystal to represent multiple facets of the whole piece. The crystal signifies the search for truth as presented to us in facets, or aspects, of Total Truth. The virtues listed above find their expression in service, which is symbolized by the band of hands around a disc element that serves to support the sphere. The mace is marked with the seals of the University of Saint Joseph and the State of Connecticut.
The mace is 36 inches long and weighs eight pounds. It is hand wrought of sterling silver, and the cross is coated with 24K gold.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) has announced the hiring of Karen Nell as its next head coach of the women’s lacrosse program and first-ever head coach of the inaugural field hockey program, which is set to begin competing in the fall of 2020. The announcement was made this afternoon by Amanda Devitt, USJ’s Director
Reading Time: 1 minute On May 7, 2019, Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN, director of the DNP Program and assistant professor of Nursing, joined Mornings with Ray Dunaway for National Nurses Week. During this radio interview, Joy discussed the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) online Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program, career opportunities in Connecticut, and latest trends in nursing. In
Reading Time: 1 minute In the 87 years since USJ was founded, many things have changed. The college is now a full-fledged university, it has a downtown Hartford Pharmacy program in addition to its bucolic West Hartford campus, and its curriculum has continued to evolve. In the fall of 2017, the women’s institution of higher learning became coeducational. But
Reading Time: 2 minutes Kemche Michalic ’20 is an Accounting major at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Since moving to America from the Philippines in 2011, Michalic has accomplished a lot in her personal and professional life. Not only is Michalic happily married, but she’s enjoying life as a mom. Her latest accomplishment was landing an internship as
Reading Time: 2 minutes Kelly Deegan ’19 is a Child Study major at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). As part of her Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Internship course, Deegan was given the task of finding an internship to prepare her for a career after college. After searching, she landed one at the Village for Families and
Reading Time: 1 minute Photo from L-R: Nana Kyem, Megan Ricci, Jessica Karwowski, and Tara Moseni Four students from the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Honors Program presented at the 2019 Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference from April 11-14, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of this year’s conference was “Generating Power: Impact. Influence. Endurance.” USJ students were selected to
Reading Time: 5 minutes The following students have been named to the University of Saint Joseph Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester. Students who are awarded this academic achievement have earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the semester, with no grade lower than a “B.” “Time and again, our students prove their dedication to the University’s
Reading Time: 1 minute On April 17, 2019, the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) held their 22ndAnnual Connecticut Immigrant Day at the state capitol. This ceremony recognized 19 immigrants living in the state of Connecticut who have made significant contributions to the state and nation, including the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Campus Ministry Music Coordinator Ezequiel Menéndez.