Students, faculty, staff and administrators across both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses of St. Joseph’s University, New York, gathered Wednesday, Sept. 14, to celebrate the first in a new series of events entitled “We Are Wednesdays.”
The event, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement, Leadership and Intercultural Engagement, brought the SJNY community together to celebrate school pride. It took place in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium in Brooklyn and in the McGann Conference Center on Long Island during common hour.
“The first thing to celebrate is that we are here together in person,” said SJNY President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., who spoke at the Long Island Campus event while being remotely patched in to the Brooklyn Campus one. “The ability to do this is a real joy, and it’s something we don’t take for granted anymore.
“One other thing we have to be grateful for is that we’re St. Joseph’s University,” Dr. Boomgaarden said, receiving a round of applause. “We’re really happy to have received this new designation, and you’re a part of that. This will be the first full year where we are a university.”
Dr. Boomgaarden mentioned a third thing to celebrate: St. Joseph’s University again ranking as one of the nation’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report — this time moving up 30 spots from last year’s ranking.
The event included refreshments, music, a tie-dye station for t-shirts with the University’s updated logo, and a selfie station in front of a panel with the new logo.
Future similar events will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 9.