It is said that change is inevitable. To Brian Curtin, not only is it inevitable, it is a huge step in the right direction. Less than one year after taking over as director of athletics at Saint Joseph's College, Curtin has brought about an updated look for the college's familiar monk logo. Alumni of all ages may remember different versions of the college's mascot, varying from a roly-poly cartoon-like monk of the early '70s, to the familiar cartoon "thumbs up" monk of the late '90s. Today, a more modern-looking monk will decorate sweatshirts and travel mugs and other college memorabilia. But, when it comes down to it, "It's all about tradition," says Curtin.
When varsity athletics began in 1970, the need for a distinct identity was at an all-time high. That year, the college hired Chris Kiernan as director of both admissions and athletics, and he was given the challenge of building a successful program from scratch - with very little money. But Kiernan was determined. After making some phone calls, he learned Assumption Prep School was closing, and the school agreed to give him all of its uniforms bearing the name of its mascot, the monk. From that point forward, the name stuck, and Saint Joseph's still has the only college team in the country named the Monks.
Athletics at Saint Joseph's has now grown to a much larger program, encompassing 14 varsity teams with some of Maine's nicest facilities. Saint Joseph's recent acceptance into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference also marks the first time the college will be a full member of an NCAA Division III conference. Curtin and local designer Patrick Corey of Windham took all of this into consideration when they sat down to discuss changes to the familiar emblem.
"Saint Joseph's has a very rich tradition, and we didn't want to lose sight of that history," Curtin says. "When coming up with a design, it was important to keep with tradition, but represent a new identity for the program as it has evolved."
The new logo was unveiled for the first time at the college's annual athletics award banquet this spring. Curtin says that the logo has been very well received. And like the rich, lasting tradition of Saint Joseph's College athletics, this logo will make its mark for many years to come.
Dr. Randall Krieg has been named vice president for academic affairs. He most recently served as the academic dean for arts and sciences at St. Joseph's College New York on its Long Island campus in Patchogue, N.Y. He has also served as the assistant vice president for academic affairs and the director of graduate programs at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., where he was also an economics professor with expertise in labor economics, ethics and service learning.
Krieg, who began his position on July 1, brings diverse leadership experience to campus. He has a substantial background in institutional assessment, curriculum formulation, accreditation, strategic planning, distance education, study abroad and student academic services. Krieg has also had experience supervising admissions, student services and career counseling. A widely published economist, he holds a master's and doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin.
Krieg lives in nearby Windham with his wife, Anita, and daughters, Emma and Kyra.
Reis Hagerman '79 is the new vice president for enrollment management, and, as an alumnus, knows Saint Joseph's well. He lives in Scarborough, Maine, with his wife, Cathy '79. Their daughter Lauren is a sophomore nursing student and a member of the women's soccer team at Saint Joseph's. They also have a son, Timothy, and a daughter, Lindsay.
Most recently, Hagerman was a senior education manager with the College Board in its higher education division, where he worked closely with college admission and financial aid departments. Previously, he was the director of the Maine Education Assistance Division for the Finance Authority of Maine. Prior to those positions, he was associate director of admissions here at Saint Joseph's and dean of admissions and financial aid for Westbrook College.
While at Saint Joseph's, Hagerman was a student athlete, and looks forward to working closely with athletics. He is extremely pleased to be returning to Saint Joseph's at this exciting time in the College's history.
Lynn Brown of Standish began her appointment as Dean of Student Affairs on June 1. Brown joined Saint Joseph's College last September as the associate registrar, after eight years as assistant principal at nearby Bonny Eagle High School. She also held the position of guidance counselor within that school district for 12 years.
Brown earned a B.A. in psychology and sociology with a minor in religion from Wheaton College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned a master's degree in counseling from the University of Southern Maine, as well as an assistant principal certificate and a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership.
Brown's husband is Will Sanborn '86, who is the Saint Joseph's baseball coach and associate athletic director. They have a daughter, Morgan, and a son, Lincoln.
by Jeff Ferguson '08