Thursday, March 31, 2011

James Adler and Friends in Concert

Don't forget to get your tickets for this exciting upcoming performance! Pianist and composer James Adler, Saint Peter's College Fine Arts Department faculty member, presents an evening of original compositions and traditional favorites at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City on Tuesday, April 12. Tickets are $15 (seniors/students $10) and may be purchased or reserved online.

If you can't wait until April 12, many videos of Mr. Adler's performances are available on YouTube. The video below is from a performance by him in December 2010.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WSPC Radio Wins Three Awards at IBS 2011 NYC Conference

From March 11-13, WSPC Radio participated in the 71st Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Radio and Webcasting Conference in New York City. On Saturday, March 12, the "Academy Awards"of college radio were presented with WSPC Radio capturing two coveted trophies: one for Best Campus News Coverage to Johnette Figueroa and Rozlyn Smith and another for Best Talk Program to Stephanie Danis and Sushanta Mozumder. WSPC Radio was nominated as a finalist in three other categories: Most Creative Show, Best Station Contest/Promotional Event and Best Podcast. Certificates were awarded for each. In addition, WSPC Radio was presented with the highest award for Station Operations, The Platinum Mic Award. In all, there were 29 award categories from hundreds of submissions from the more than one thousand college and university IBS member stations from coast-to-coast.

WSPC Radio-TV General Manager and Adjunct Professor of Communications Joe Lamachia accompanied student staff members and also was invited by IBS Chairman Len Mailloux of Simmons College in Boston to be a moderator for panels on "Writing," "Commercials and Advertising," "Jazz Programming," "An Audience with the Pros: On-Air Personalities," "Faculty Advisors and General Managers" and "Playing the Voice-Over Game." 
The WSPC radio team’s dedication and professionalism paid off against some very stiff competition such as DePaul University, Point Park University, SUNY Fredonia and Stony Brook, William Paterson University, Goshen College, Central Methodist University, Mt. San Antonio College, Middle Tennessee State University, Simmons College and many more.

Photo (Left to Right) Garvey Potter, Francisco DeJesus, Jesse Reo, Roz Smith, Jay Figueroa, Chris Kenner, Sushanta Mozumder

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Ignatian Examen

Saint Peter’s College is one of twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and the only one in New Jersey. Since 1872, Saint Peter’s College has offered a university education based on the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, service and faith. Dedicated to providing a high quality and affordable Jesuit education to our students, the College offers an extensive scholarship program and the second lowest Jesuit tuition rate on the East Coast.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, knew that the body, mind and spirit could be uniquely nourished in educational institutions. A critical component of his spirutality was a type of prayer simply called the Daily Examen or the Ignatian Examen. The basic idea is to take a close look at one's day - the triumphs and trials, the good and the bad, and see where God fits in. Lent is a wonderful time to develop practices of reflection and introspection. The video below, produced by the California Province Jesuits, shares experiences with the prayer.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saint Peter's Peacocks in the NCAA Tournament!

The #14 Saint Peter's College Peacocks (20-13) are set to take on the #3 Purdue University Boilermakers (25-7) in a Southwest Region Second Round Game in the 2011 NCAA Championship. The Peacocks are coming in off a MAAC Championship and three straight victories, while the Boilermakers lost its last two contests, including a quarterfinal game in the Big Ten Tournament. Tonight's game is being broadcast live on TNT with a 7:20 EST tip-off from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. You can also listen to the game on the Westwood One Radio Network (Check your local listings) and on Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242.

On campus, the Office of Student Activities is hosting a viewing party beginning at 6:30 p.m. in McIntyre Lounge. Pizza and snacks will be served.  Admission is free.  Fun, family-friendly atmosphere with a giant inflatable basketball toss, contests and prizes throughout the game!

Go Peacocks! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lenten Activities and Calendar

During Lent, the Office of Campus Ministry at Saint Peter's College offers many opportunities for reflection and prayer on-campus. They post a weekly calendar, News from the Pews, on their website. If your schedule simply does not work with these events, BustedHalo shares their very popular Fast Pray Give Lenten calendar online. The calendar and website are very popular with young adults across the country and internationally as well.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Irish Literature Exhibit

For the rest of March, the O'Toole Library features an exhibit on the Irish Renaissance and the works of Lady Augusta Gregory, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, John Millington Synge, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. This exhibition in offered in conjunction with the English department’s symposium held on March 30. Co-Curators: Daisy DeCoster, MLIS, Assistant Librarian, Reference and Ilona MacNamara, Associate Librarian, MLS, MA, Reference and Exhibits Coordinator. Supported by David Orenstein, Ph.D., Director of Library Services.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congratulations to Enzo Fonzo!

Tonight, at the Seventh Annual Dinner/Awards Night held by the Rotary Club of Jersey City, Saint Peter's College Director of Career Services Enzo Fonzo will receive a Community Service Award in honor of his contributions to the community. Rotary is the oldest and largest international service organization, and it offers these awards in keeping with the motto of Service Above Self. Congratulations to Enzo Fonzo for this outstanding achievement!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent Begins

Around the world, many Christians celebrate the beginning of Lent today on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of fasting, almsgiving and repentence before the joyous celebration of Easter. The day acquired the name of Ash Wednesday due to the ashes placed on the foreheads of worshippers. As ashes are imposed on a person's forehead, the person administering the ashes repeats one of the following prayers:

Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.
—Genesis 3:19
Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
—Mark 1:15
Repent, and hear the good news.
—Mark 1:15

Anyone may receive ashes in a Roman Catholic Church. Similarly, many other Christian denominations also allow ashes to be received by anyone. Catholics (and many other Christians) follow rules of fasting that include abstaining from meat and only partaking in one full meal and two smaller meals.

At Saint Peter's College, there are several opportunities for community celebration on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Mass
12:00 p.m., Roy Irving Theatre
Rev. Stephen Hess, S.J., newly-appointed associate vice president for student life and development, will celebrate this Mass.

Ecumenical Prayer Service
3:00 p.m., Roy Irving Theatre
Cheryl Schenk, senior assistant director of admission, will lead prayer at this service. The Voices of Praise Gospel Choir will provide music.

5:00 p.m., Chapel of Saint Peter

7:00 p.m., Christ Chapel (Vet’s Memorial Residence Hall) If you are interested in attending this Mass, please contact Ginette for details at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 MAAC Champions!

Fantastic news for the entire Saint Peter's College Community - after a thrilling game last night, the men's basketball team are 2011 MAAC Champions! A full recap is available online. This victory secures the Peacocks a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and fans who made this happen. Go Peacocks!

Yamaha Piano Salon Performance

Pianist and composer James Adler, Saint Peter's College Fine Arts Department faculty member, presents an evening of original compositions and traditional favorites at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City on Tuesday, April 12. Tickets are $15 (seniors/students $10). Tickets can also be reserved online and paid for at the door. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets today!
Concert time: 7:30 p.m.
Yamaha Piano Salon
689 Fifth Avenue
(enter on 54th Street), 3rd floor
New York City
The concert features the world premiere of four new works:
  • Fantasy Grotesque on a Medieval Theme for Piano Solo, by James Adler
  • Piano Fantasy on "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", (from Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) for Piano Solo, adaptation by James Adler
  • A Song of the Road, for Lyric Baritone and Piano; poetry by James Whitcomb Riley and music by James Adler
  • Five Bagatelles for Piano, by Johannes Somary (composed for and dedicated to James Adler)

Also featured in the concert:
  • Reflections upon a September morn, for Mezzo-Soprano, Oboe/English Horn, and Piano; poetry by Walt Whitman and music by James Adler
  • Reverie, Interrupted, for Tenor Saxophone and Piano, by James Adler
  • Scherzino, by Leo Ornstein
  • Selections from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, by Max Bruch
  • Mephisto Waltz No. 1, by Franz Liszt
Joining Mr. Adler on this program will be guest artists Virginia Brewer, oboe and English horn; Christopher Grundy, baritone; Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano; Fran Novak, clarinet; Jordan P. Smith, tenor saxophone; and Michael Vannoni, viola.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Women’s History Month: The Feminist Movement

The O'Toole Library at Saint Peter's College is offering a special exhibit to celebrate Women's History Month. During March, stop by any time during library hours to view a collage and timeline of the women’s movement created by the Saint Peter’s College members of Females on Campus United in Solidarity (F.O.C.U.S.), with 30 books from the O’Toole Library collection on display. Designed by: Marilyn Cohen, Ph.D., director of women’s studies; the members of F.O.C.U.S., Chelci Bidos, Fiorella Cacho, and Karla Mendez; and Ilona MacNamara, associate librarian and exhibits coordinator. The exhibit is supported by David Orenstein, Ph.D., director of library services.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Peacocks Advance to MAAC Championships!

Big news from Saint Peter's College! The #4 Saint Peter’s College Peacocks (19-13) used an 18-1 run to end the first half and held off the #1 Fairfield University Stags (24-7) in the second half to come away with a 62-48 victory and advance to the Championship Game of the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Basketball Championships. This will be the Peacocks seventh appearance in the Championship Game and their first since 2006. They will face Iona in tomorrow’s game at 7:00 p.m.

“I’m really proud of our effort. Just to come in and have the confidence that we did after losing to them 12 straight times,” said Saint Peter’s Head Coach John Dunne. “They weren’t playing their best and we capitalized on that in the first half. In the second half we certainly had a let down emotionally and they were real fired up. We knew they were going to make a run. It was really tight and fortunately we were able to hit a couple of key baskets and make our free throws down the stretch.”

Congratulations and go Peacocks! Read the full story on the Athletics website.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Presentation by 1010 WINS Reporter John Montone ’76

Students and faculty from Saint Peter's College are preparing for a special event on this Wednesday, March 9. The very popular morning drive street reporter for 1010 WINS, John Montone '76, will be speaking and engaging in a Q&A session at 12:00 p.m. Read more about him online, and listen to some of his recent segments and topics. General Manager of WSPC Radio-TV and Adjunct Professor of Communications Joseph J. Lamachia will moderate the event.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tune in to the Peahens!

The first round of the MAAC Tournament will be live today! Listen at 2:00 p.m. on as the Saint Peter's College Peahens take on Rider. And don't forget about the alumni reception on Saturday before the men's game on Saturday!