Athletic teams begin to wear Centennial patches commemorating the year


Banner/lamp post signs hung around campus


Campus community birthday celebration

12:15 in the dining hall
Cake for all and a happy kick off to the 100th Anniversary of Saint Joseph's

"Changing language: Change we can believe in?" – Ed Rielly

Part 1 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

The way we use language ignites strong passions, especially when we deviate from traditional “rules.”  Yet language keeps changing as long as we speak it. Should we embrace change or hold the line? Or try for somewhere in the middle?

Dr. Edward Rielly is a professor of English at the college and member of the department for 35 years, author/editor of 22 books and editor of the annual poetry publication e.g.


e.g. submissions deadline

All submissions for Centennial edition of e.g. are due to Dr. Edward Rielly at



Centennial Kickoff Celebration During Winter Carnival

The Centennial celebration will kick off in full force for the Saint Joseph's community during Winter Carnival weekend.


Winter “WHITE OUT” Men’s basketball game vs. Emerson College

Kick off the weekend early with SJC hoops in the Alfond Center gym as the Monks take on the Emerson College Lions in a GNAC conference game. The first 400 guests receive a commemorative winter carnival white out t-shirt and the half time show will feature the Saint Joseph’s College dance team.

7:00pm, Alfond Center


Sledding under the lights

Guests will enjoy an evening of sledding under the lights with music, bon fire and hot chocolate. Everyone welcome to join in the winter fun – please bring your own sled.

Want to make a full evening out of it? Come to campus and enjoy all-you-can eat dinner in the Mercy Hall café for $10 per person. Dinner is served from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

6:00 – 8:00pm
behind Mercy Hall
“Apres Sled” in the Chalet

Saint Joseph’s take on Apres Ski – wear your best ski sweater, enjoy karaoke with DJ Dan, and warm up with goodies to snack on and a “sober or spiced” hot chocolate mixology bar.

The Chalet


Public Skating

Lace up your skates and enjoy a few turns on Saint Joseph’s own Stone Pond. Outdoor picnic tables are available for your use if you want to enjoy a winter picnic, take a break, or just enjoy watching. Please bring your own skates.

10:00am - 3:00pm
Stone Pond

A bountiful all-you-can eat brunch is available in the Saint Joseph’s café for $9 per person.

10:00am - 1:00pm
Mercy Hall Café
Snowshoe Tour

Enjoy views of the lake and a beautiful winter setting as our snowshoeing tour takes you along the cross country running trail at the college. Please bring your own snowshoes. Maps will be available for those that would rather strike out on their own; or go with the group and tour guide.

behind Alfond Center
"Come in from the Cold" Open Swim

Warm up in the SJC pool. Lifeguards will be available for an afternoon open swim. Still chilly? Hit the saunas in the locker room as well!

11:30am - 1:30pm
Powder Puff Football tournament

An SJC annual tradition! Come watch the ladies of Saint Joseph’s compete in the snow for the title of 2012 powder puff champions. Teams consist of students, alumni, and staff. Always a great time for spectators and participants! Sign up by emailing

in front of Xavier Hall
Snow Sculpture Contest

Sign up in advance to show off your snow creativity! Teams compete for the best “centennial snow sculpture.” Get your team together, sign up by January 31 by emailing Prizes for the top teams! We will email participants specific details upon registering.

2:00 - 3:00

An all you can eat dinner is available in the Saint Joseph’s café for $10 per person.

5:00 - 6:30pm
Centennial Celebration: Chocolate Lounge & Ice Bar

You’ll be treated to a decadent dessert buffet in the chocolate lounge, sponsored by the SJC alumni association. Enjoy cocktails by a roaring fire, listen to the sweet sounds of Encore! - a string duo, and enjoy the first ever Saint Joseph’s ice bar on the patio. Offer a 100 year toast to the college as you enjoy drinks from a custom-designed centennial ice bar and sample chocolate and dessert prepared by Bon Appetit catering. Event is 21+.

Admission is $10 per person and cash bar. To register please call 207-893-7890 by Wednesday, February 1. Questions? Give us a call or email

Dessert Buffet

Fair Trade Chocolate Mousse Layered Shooter
Bittersweet-Goat Cheese Brownie
White and Dark Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks
Chocolate Dipped Almonds
Chocolate-Tawny Port Crème Brûlée Tart
Chili Chocolate covered Kettle Corn
Fresh Berry and Pastry Cream Cup

Cold River Vodka, Blue Curaco, triple Sec, - Garnished with an Orange Slice

Apple Martini
Cold River Vodka, Apple Pucker, Apple Juice - Garnished with a Cherry

Classic (Jumbo Olives)
Cold River Vodka, Sweet Vermouth - Garnished with a Jumbo Olive

Chocolate Martini
Cold River Vodka, Crème De Cacao, Caramel - Garnished with marshmallows

7:00 - 9:00pm
Alfond Center


"Extreme Shoes and the Promise of Excellence in Renaissance Venice" – Michelle Laughran

Part 2 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

Venetian women wore platform heels up to 20 inches high during the High Renaissance. Dr. Laughran believes the shoes were important instruments by which a woman could assert not only control over her financial resources and greater penetration of male-dominated urban space, but also her own individual excellence.

Dr. Michelle Laughran, associate professor of history and chair of the history department, is co-author of an article in a new book called "Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories," published by The University of Michigan press.



Feast of Saint Joseph Mass and Celebration

To celebrate the college’s namesake on his Saint Day, the community is invited to participate in a 100-candle lighting ceremony on campus, a celebratory Mass, and a festive meal to celebrate Saint Joseph.


"Common loons: Preserving a symbol of Maine wilderness" – Camilla Fecteau

Part 3 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

Common loons have long been a beloved part of the Maine wilds but environmental changes threaten their survival. Biology instructor Camilla Fecteau will discuss the life history of loons, the biggest risks to their success, and actions that we can take to preserve their place on our lakes.

Camilla Fecteau's scientific research has focused on the effects of mercury on the reproductive success of high-trophic-level birds such as common loons, belted kingfishers, raptors, seabirds and songbirds. 



The Centennial edition of e.g. will be available for purchase this month.


"Discover your personal brand and how to communicate it" – Mary Lynn Engel

Part 4 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

Branding is not only for soaps and for beer. Your personal brand can be about how you act, feel, look and think in a way distinctive only to you. After this presentation, you will be on the way to better understanding yourself, how others perceive you, and ways to bring the two together.

Business faculty member Mary Lynn Engel teaches the Branding and Brand Management course on campus, and her other specialties include strategic communications, public relations in health care, Fortune 50 corporations, and higher education.


"The Stories of Heroes and Heroines as the Source of Our Hope and the Grounds of Our Promise." – Father Monk Malloy

Part 1 of Centennial Lecture Series
7 p.m., Alfond Center Gymnasium

Father Malloy will share stories about various men and women from different periods in history (including the present) who merit our attention as examples of human virtue. His intention will be to both lift our collective spirits and to call all present to follow the example of these good people.

Father Monk Malloy, CSC, author, theology professor and longtime president of the University of Notre Dame until 2005, will present this talk.


Campus-wide Academic Poster Celebration of the Disciplines

The poster contest will be open to current on-campus students in each area of study. Students will be supplied with materials to use in the creation of their posters. More details on the guidelines for posters, deadline for submissions and the schedule for judging will be released during the spring semester.


Reflections on the First Year Teacher Panel

Education students get to ask questions of education alumni, who are invited back to campus for this teacher panel held during April school vacation. Alumni answer a range of questions about their first year of teaching, from how they found their first job to how they manage their own classrooms and school politics.


Spring Fling (on-campus students)



Senior Send-Off Sponsored by the Alumni Association

Graduates of the on-campus class of 2012 will have their send-off evening with motivational speaker Ed Gerety on Tuesday, May 8. The class first heard Ed during their freshman orientation at the beginning of their journey at Saint Joseph’s.


Baccalaureate Mass

Mass will be followed by receptions for both on-campus and online students; the pinning ceremony for nurses is also held on this day.


Commencement Exercises

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. More details on ticketing and seating, the times for commencement festivities, and parking will be released during spring semester.



Alumni Weekend

The annual alumni celebration gets an upgrade for Centennial! Additional festivities this year include the Alumni Awards celebration during the Lobster Bake, the annual Alumni Association meeting; Association-sponsored events; reunion activities and much more fun!



SJC On the Road/ Alumni Centennial Road Trip Celebration

Alumni social events will be planned during the week of July 16–20 across New England as the Centennial celebration hits the road! Destinations will be announced in late spring.


SJC Online Summer Session

The Centennial Summer Session for Saint Joseph's College Online will offer a variety of innovative courses, special workshops and seminars, and other educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels.


5th Annual Health Care Symposium

Registration is required



SJC Alumni Night at the Red Sox

The Annual SJC Alumni game at the Boston Red Sox with a Centennial twist!



Chillin' and Grillin' Welcome Back Barbeque for students


Academic Convocation

Convocation will be held in the gymnasium and begins at 11:15 a.m.


Saint Joseph’s College Golf Classic


Family Weekend



Blessing and Dedication of the Catherine McAuley Statue

On Mercy Day, the blessing and dedication of the statue of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy will take place at the entrance to Xavier Hall at 5:00pm. A light celebratory reception will follow.


Mercy Week



Centennial Gala at Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland

The Centennial Gala will be the flagship event of the Centennial year. This formal event is open to all members of the college community and friends, in celebration of our Centennial and in honor of the next 100 years to come. more details


Runnin' Monks 5K

Open to the public, cookout included. Register online at


"Trekking Saint Paul from Jerusalem to Rome" – Steve Bridge

Part 5 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

Come relive the exciting highlights and unexpected adventures of an ambitious quest to retrace the footsteps of Saint Paul. (Acts 1:8). This multimedia presentation will not only feature photographs and artifacts from some of the most sacred, exotic, and intriguing sites of the Holy Lands, but also foods and drinks from these regions as well. A veritable feast for the senses!

Theology professor Dr. Steve Bridge received a faculty grant to do research in the Middle East dedicated to retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. Thus far, he has visited Jerusalem, Turkey and Greece, and in 2012 will complete the journey in Rome.



Sister Consuela White Centennial Lecture in conjunction with Mercy Hospital

Lecture in honor of Sr. Consuela White,founder of the College's Nursing program. Judith Persichilli, RN, BSN, MA,CEO of Catholic Health East, will speak on “Nursing in the World of Health Care Reform”. The program pays tribute to the memory of Sr. M. Consuela White, RSM, who directed the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and founded and directed the Nursing Department at Saint Joseph’s College. Continuing Education Credit will be available to participants.

The event, including light refreshments, is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please register by October 26 by e-mailing Mary Record at at More information on this lecture can be found in the PDF.


A Depiction of 1912 Historic Events

7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall

This presentation of historical events from 1912 includes nostalgic narratives on Fenway Park, the Girl Scouts, the Titanic, Kotszchmar Organ and Saint Joseph's College.


Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The annual Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony takes place in Café Bon Appétit.  in Mercy Hall. This year’s induction marks the 10-year anniversary of the first class inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inductees for this class are Karen (Sandora) Fenderson ’89, Lisa Pichaske ’98, Coach Jim Graffam, and the 1986-87 Men’s Basketball team. For full event details please see the Hall of Fame page on The ROCK.


"Promoting critical thinking: Ideas for innovation" – Gail Marchigiano and Nina Eduljee

Part 6 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

How can we encourage our students to think? As educators, we can guide students to move beyond memorization by designing classroom assignments that promote higher levels of thinking. Discover strategies that encourage the "innovative" part of education – analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, applying, and making connections that promote true learning.

Nursing professor Gail Marchigiano has published research on nursing education, teaches medical-surgical and critical care nursing, and guides senior nursing students in their clinical practicum. Psychology professor Nina Eduljee's research examines cross-cultural attitudes towards technology, comparing college students in India with those in the United States.



"Relating growth of the Andes mountain range in Venezuela to erosion and eventual sediment accumulation: a field and laboratory geologic research project" – Johan Erikson

Part 7 of our Centennial Faculty Lecture Series
7 p.m., Viola George Auditorium - Alfond Hall
30 min., 30 min. Q&A

Taller but narrower than the Rocky Mountains, the Andes in northern South America have a story to tell about the different ways that mountain ranges grow. Come hear and see how river sands, radioactive elements, and the Earth's magnetic field can be used to decipher 15 million years of mountain growth and erosion.

Geologist and natural sciences associate professor, Dr. Johan Erikson has conducted research in Maine that has implications for interpretation of long-term climate changes and their effects on the landscape.