Mission and Goals of St. Joseph’s College
The mission of St. Joseph’s College is to provide a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, rooted in a liberal arts tradition that supports provision for career preparation and enhancement. The College aims in this way to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service – a life that is worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri – “To be, not to seem.”
Independent and co-educational, St. Joseph’s College provides affordable private education that serves a diverse population of academically eligible students.
St. Joseph’s College affirms the dignity, freedom, and inherent value of each person. This affirmation is realized through a student-centered environment wherein the faculty’s primary commitment is to excellence in teaching. In this open, supportive atmosphere, students are challenged to develop their full potential and are encouraged to acquire a spirit of inquiry and a joy in learning.
To accomplish this mission, St. Joseph’s College has established the following goals:
- to offer curricula that foster the knowledge and intellectual skills associated with the liberally educated person;
- to encourage students to develop personal value systems and responsible self-direction;
- to foster committed participation in the local and global communities;
- to help students develop as whole persons by providing individual attention, interactive teaching, and opportunities for active participation in academic and extracurricular programs;
- to prepare students for their careers by offering the necessary professional and pre-professional education;
- to provide for the needs of a diversified student population with varied educational and professional experiences;
- to foster an environment of openness to the exploration and understanding of diverse ideas, traditions, and cultures;
- to support educational programs and services that will contribute to the vitality of the communities served by the Brooklyn and Suffolk Campuses.
The Graduate Programs
St. Joseph’s College has shown a strong commitment to graduate education since the first master’s degree program was accredited in 1995, the M.A. in Infant Toddler Early Childhood Special Education. Today, St. Joseph’s offers many master’s degrees in Education, Human Services Leadership, Management, Nursing, and Fine Arts. All are grounded in the mission and goals of St. Joseph’s College and all emphasize an orientation to lifelong learning and professional development. Offered in a collaborative and collegial environment, these graduate degree programs continue a tradition of small class sizes, individualized attention and support, as well as resting on a strong educational and technological foundation. The faculty are leaders in their professional fields, with notable academic credentials to support their individual programs.
St. Joseph’s College for Women, as it was then known, was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, in response to the need for a day college for young women. The College received its provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on February 24,1916. From its earliest days, the College articulated its mission in terms of academic quality, value orientation, and career preparation. These values, coupled with the financial support and leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph, brought early success and the College quickly outgrew its original facilities at 286 Washington Avenue. In 1918 the College moved to its present site at 245 Clinton Avenue, and the first baccalaureate degrees were conferred on twelve graduates on June 17, 1920. The College was accredited in 1928 by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges\ and Secondary Schools. The Regents granted St. Joseph’s College an Absolute Charter in 1929. Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., Professor of Philosophy, who served as Dean of the College and later its President, guided its growth during the significant years that followed.
Under the visionary leadership of Msgr. Dillon, the College placed great emphasis on the holistic development of each student, encouraging personal independence and integrity. This student-centered culture has continued to characterize the College. Academically, the College pioneered in the study of child development, and in 1934 opened a laboratory pre-school, now the renowned Dillon Child Study Center.
With a reputation for strong academic programs and a faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, the College undertook its first extensive building program during the presidency of S. Vincent Therese Tuohy. McEntegart Hall Library opened in 1965 and the Dillon Child Study Center in 1968.
S. George Aquin O’Connor’s presidency, 1969-1997, coincided with a period of radical change in higher education. To meet new societal needs, the College admitted men to full matriculation, developed the Long Island Campus in Patchogue, created the School of Professional and Graduate
Studies for adult students, introduced undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business, Nursing, health professions, and a Master’s program in Child Study. In support of these academic programs, Callahan Library was constructed on the Long Island Campus in 1988. For the enrichment of student life, the Danzi Athletic Center opened on the Suffolk Campus in 1997.
S. Elizabeth Hill, MA, JD, elected President in 1997, has emphasized the importance of both continuity and change. Undergraduate programs continue to grow even as the College has introduced new master’s programs in Management, Executive MBA, Literacy, Nursing, Special Education and Human Services. Reflecting the technological world in which we live, all College classrooms are now smart classrooms, equipped with the latest technological support. All buildings are wired, and the two campuses are connected with videoconferencing, enabling a number of small advanced courses to be taught simultaneously on both campuses. The Business and Technology Center opened on the Suffolk Campus in 2001. The purchase of the St. Angela Hall property in 2001 made possible major renovations in the landmark-status buildings on the Brooklyn Campus.
At ninety-seven years, the College looks back on a history of innovation and adaptability to changing circumstances and needs. The College has grown from its roots in Brooklyn, with its first graduating class of twelve students to two campuses and an enrollment of over 5400 students and twenty-two thousand alumni. The College looks forward to celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of its founding with renewed dedication to transforming lives, one student at a time.
St. Joseph’s College has two campuses: the main campus is located in the residential Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and the Suffolk branch campus is located in Patchogue.
The Main Campus
St. Joseph’s College, as an urban college with a campus, offers easy access to all transit lines, to the Long Island Expressway, to all bridges in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, as well as to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island.
The Long Island Campus
The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College is located in Patchogue at 155 West Roe Boulevard. It is bounded on the north by Sunrise Highway. It is easily accessible from the south shore locations via Southern State, Sunrise Highway (Exit 52) and from central and
northern Long Island via Veteran’s Highway, Patchogue-Holbrook Road, Nicolls Road or Route 112.
Sister Vincent Therese Tuohy Hall
Named in memory of a late President of the College, the Administration building contains classrooms, an auditorium, computer facilities, student government offices, student lounges, a gymnasium, the fitness center, and administrative offices. The chemistry and physics laboratories and the art studio are on the third floor.
This beautiful Federal-style building contains formal parlors, a formal dining room, a chapel, the Admissions Offices, student lounge and kitchen, and the biology instructional and research laboratories.
St. Joseph’s Hall
This five-story building houses the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Alumni Office, several academic department offices, and the Psychology Laboratory. The beautiful Bloodgood Garden, located behind St. Joseph’s Hall, provides space for alumni reunions, student gatherings, and receptions.
Lorenzo Hall, located at 265 Clinton Avenue, houses the administrative offices of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
McEntegart Hall, a fully air-conditioned five-level structure, houses the college library, the Academic Center, a nursing education laboratory, and a video conference room. There are also five classrooms, seven computer laboratories, a chapel, cafeteria, and faculty and student lounges.
McEntegart Hall Library has a large reading area and numerous study carrels that provide an excellent environment for research. In addition, the Library maintains the St. Joseph’s College Archives, a curriculum library (including centralized children’s books and textbooks and two seminar rooms) and the Library Instructional Technology Center. The Library will be undergoing the first floor Renovation Project, which will add enclosed group study rooms, a Faculty Resource Center, and the Tech Deck (state of the art computer lab as well as a medium sized classroom.)
The Library’s collection includes over 134,000 volumes, (including 51,000 3-books), approximately 1,800 audio-visual units, 1,812 microforms units, and over 25,800 serial subscriptions (including periodicals, newspapers and government papers.) Patrons have access to numerous full-text electronic databases. A fully automated and integrated library system, Voyager 7.0 by ExLibris Group, ensures efficient retrieval and management of library resources. Membership in ALB (Academic Libraries of Brooklyn) and METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) gives students access to libraries throughout the city and provides resource sharing on a regional basis. Full membership in OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), allows limitless access to all types of resources. The Library provides reference and instruction services to all patrons which include instant messenger chat, email, and in-person references. The Library’s website (mcentegart.sjcny.edu) provides constantly updated information to library patrons.
St. Angela Hall
This former elementary and high school was acquired in 2001 and contains 16 classrooms, the ACES Center, the Office of Campus Ministry, some faculty offices, an auditorium, conference room and lounge.
Dillon Child Study Center
This Center, an enduring memorial to Monsignor William T. Dillon, late President of the College and founder of the Child Study Department and its Laboratory Preschool, opened in 1968.
The first floor of the Dillon Center contains the offices of the Director, the school nurse, staff offices and a conference room. The Center’s preschool inclusion class with observation room, a mixed three and four year old classroom, and a multi-purpose room are also located on the first floor. Two preschool classrooms and Kindergarten room, each with its own observation booth, are located on the second floor, as well as staff offices with additional rooms for therapy, computer and library resources. These facilities make possible increased service to the community.
The Center provides for an enrollment of approximately 100 preschool children. The Center also facilitates the growth of auxiliary programs and interinstitutional cooperation with nursing schools, colleges, and other educational agencies.
The Outdoor Theatre
Overlooking the Mall is the Molloy Memorial Outdoor Theatre.
Long Island Campus
The main building which was named O’Connor Hall in 1997 in honor of S. George Aquin O’Connor, contains:
- Administrative and Faculty Offices
- Classrooms and Computer Centers
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology Laboratories
- Nursing Department Laboratory
- Art Studios and Music Room
- Local History Center
- Faculty and Student Lounges
- Office for Counseling
- Auditorium and Chapel
The Callahan Library at the Long Island Campus is a 25,000 square foot, free-standing facility with seating for more than 300 and access to over 50 public computers. A curriculum library, open lab areas, classrooms, seminar/quiet study rooms, and a videoconference room are located in this building. Two state-of-the-art library instruction rooms were added in 2012. The lab includes 28 student workstations; the Smart Board-equipped classroom is furnished for group instruction. Special collections include the Long Island Campus Archive as well as fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Catalog holdings include over 165,000 books (print and electronic), audiovisuals, testing kits, and other instructional aids as well as subscriptions to over 37,000 online and print journals. Memberships in the international bibliographic utility OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and LILRC (Long Island Library Resources Council) facilitate extensive electronic access to available information. Resource sharing is handled through ILLIAD (inter-library loan), enabling students to request delivery of materials available electronically from other libraries to their e-mail accounts (articles) or for pick-up at Callahan Library (books). The LILRC Research Loan Program (RLP) makes it possible for students whose library accounts are in good standing to apply for short-term borrowing privileges at participating libraries.
Courtesy of remote access software, students and faculty enjoy 24/7 accessibility to e-resources both on-site and from home through the college portal. The web-based OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) encompasses the Callahan and McEntegart (Brooklyn) collections and may be searched by students and faculty at both campuses. Librarians provide library and information literacy instruction throughout the academic program from orientation sessions through thesis preparation. Faculty-selected course materials are available through the Electronic Reserve System and librarian-published LibGuides (online research guides for disciplines/courses offered) are regularly updated. The hours of library service are adjusted throughout the year to meet student needs and are posted in the lobby as well as on the library website (http://callahan.sjcny.edu/home).
Clare Rose Repertory Theatre
The Clare Rose Repertory Theatre is an integral part of the development of St. Joseph’s College and serves as a major teaching facility for the College’s theatre courses, as well as the performance space for the College and local theatre productions
John A. Danzi Recreation/Fitness Center/Outdoor Field Complex
The Outdoor Field Complex opened in April 2012. We are located approximately one mile east of the L.I. Campus on Sunrise Hwy. Service Road. The complex is home to the Golden Eagles Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Soccer, and Track & Field teams, Women’s Lacrosse, Softball and Baseball. A schedule for all SJC home athletic events is listed at www.sjceagles.com.
This new 24.8 acre complex is state of the art. All venues have a Musco lighting system to allow us to host night contests. The facility contains a number of outstanding venues that are home to several of our Div. III NCAA teams.
- Danzi Stadium: Includes a 400 meter all-weather track, long jump pits, high jump and pole vault areas, steeple chase course, Synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse, press box and a grand stand featuring bleachers for up to 1,500 people.
- Gregg Alfano Field: Includes a Synthetic turf infield, clay pitcher’s mound, a natural grass outfield that reaches 403ft. to center (310ft. to right and 326ft. to left), bleachers for up to 300people, a press box and dugouts.
- Softball Stadium: Includes a clay infield, a natural grass outfield that reaches 210ft. to dead center, 200ft. to right and left field. There is seating for up to 400 spectators along with a press box and dug outs.
- 6 Tennis Courts: These courts were constructed with a Deco surface, the same material the pros play on at the U.S. Open.
The complex is also available to the SJC Community Including faculty, staff, students and alumni- with valid College I.D. Check out our monthly newsletter to see our hours of operation for the use of the tennis courts and track. College groups wishing to use a venue need to complete a facility use form prior to the event for approval. Outside organizations should fill out the facility use form and will be contacted for further information. For more information call: (631) 687-5135
In addition, the Campus features parking facilities for more than 900 cars. This beautiful suburban setting provides a unique background for a satisfying intellectual, social, and extra-curricular collegiate experience.
A high-speed, fiber optic intra-campus and inter-campus network connects all offices, classrooms, computer labs and libraries on both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses. The network provides both wired and wireless internet access to all students, faculty and staff. All classrooms are equipped with projectors, computers, speakers, and DVD/VCR players that provide our faculty with an easy tool to display content to their students. Several of our classrooms are outfitted with SMART’s interactive whiteboards that allow professors to save their whiteboard notes and distribute to students easily.
Two real telepresence video conference classrooms connect the two campuses, allowing for a real-time distant learning experience. The rooms are equipped with SMART interactive whiteboards, high definition video cameras, televisions, document camera, and computers.
MySJC Portal is a single sign-on portal that gives students a convenient way to access their personal records including billing, grades, financial aid, class schedules, Google Apps email, Blackboard and more.
Students are provided with a Google Apps account for communication and collaboration. Included is over 25GB of storage and the power of Gmail, Google Chat, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.
An integrated online library system enables students to search for and check out books at either campus. Online databases and other electronic resources are available to students from either campus, or from their home computers.
Accreditations and Memberships
The following accredits the College:
||Middle States Commission on Higher Education
||3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
||The College’s nursing programs are accredited by:
||National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000 Fax (404) 975-5020 www.nlnac.org
The College’s teacher education programs are accredited by the New York State Board of Regents (RATE). Application is pending for accreditation by TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council).
||New York State Education Department
||5N Mezzanine, Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
||NYACTE (New York Association for Colleges with Teacher Education)
||President Kate DaBoll-Lavoie
Chair, Department of Inclusive Childhood Education
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
The College’s programs are approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans.
The College is a member of many associations, including the following:
- American Council on Education
- Association of American Colleges and Universities
- College Entrance Examination Board
- Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, State of New York
- Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation
- Council of Independent Colleges
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- Long Island Association
- Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education
- National Association of College and University Business Officers
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- National League for Nursing
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
- The College Board
Classes for the academic year 2013-2014 will begin on September 4, 2013. To accommodate the needs of the adult population, courses are scheduled in varying patterns – days, evenings, and weekends – including fourteen weekday sessions, and six-week and twelve-week sessions. These are available for Fall and Spring semesters, with a variation of the pattern during the Summer and for the Long Island Campus Weekend College Trimester Program. Students should consult Web Advisor for a schedule of classes each semester for specific class meeting times and dates.