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Summer Remembrances

August 26, 2010

A rapt audience enjoys Capital Classics' "A Midsummer's Night Dream" on the SJC campus.

As summer winds down, I feel a sense of accomplishment and, I think, some justifiable pride in what has transpired. It has been an amazing season! The activities at Saint Joseph College have included myriad courses for students, along with internships and work experiences on campus and in the community. The campus has hosted several unique summer programs for youth, such as our own incredible AIMI dance program, created in partnership with the National Dance Institute of New York City and its founder, award-winning dancer and choreographer Jacques D’Amboise. Our faculty have taken the time to rejuvenate their spirits, enhance their scholarship, enrich their lives through travel, and contribute to the lives of others through their service activities. Our staff members used the summer to build relationships with incoming students, while continuing to meet the needs of those in our community who call upon them for guidance and support. We have also worked to keep our campus beautiful and improve systems and functionality.  

Among the highlights for me were: the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Capital Classics’ Shakespeare Festival, presented in partnership with the College’s Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, with a wonderful and lively version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream; successes in building international relationships, including Assistant Professor Michelle Stronz’s Global Women’s Leadership Institute program in Saudi Arabia, Associate Professor Vivian Carlson’s work with young people in Guyana, and the visit of Dean Thuwayba Al Barawani from Sultan Qaboos University in Oman to our campus; and, on a personal level, wonderful adventures with my grandchildren and the bounty of my garden.  

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Vivian Carlson (center) with friends at an orphanage in Guyana.

The Global Women’s Leadership Institute visited the Jeddah Souk (as seen from the roof of historic Nassif House).

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