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Saint Peter's College (New Jersey)

                   
Saint Peter's College, will become St. Peter's University in September, 2012
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Motto ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin: "For the Greater Glory of God.")
Established 1872 by Society of Jesus
Type Private coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $25 million [1]
President Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.
Academic staff 118
Undergraduates 3,200
Postgraduates 500
Location Jersey City, NJ, USA
Campus Urban, 15 acres
Colors Blue and White            
Athletics NCAA Division I
Mascot Peacock
Affiliations Association of Jesuit Colleges
Website http://www.spc.edu
  Footbridge over Kennedy Boulevard links the campus as it grows eastward

Saint Peter's College is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic college in the United States. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, it was founded in 1872 by the Society of Jesus. Today, Saint Peter's College is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Peter's College offers over 33 majors to more than 3,200 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Its college mascot is the Peacock (the women's sports teams are called the Peahens), and its sports teams play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which it is a founding member.

The school is located on a 15 acre (61,000 m2) campus just south of Journal Square, and is 2 mi (3 km) west of New York City. Evening and weekend classes are offered in Jersey City, Englewood Cliffs, and South Amboy.

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  History

The college was chartered in 1872 and enrolled its first students in 1878 at Warren Street, in Jersey City, on the present site of the St. Peter's Preparatory School. In September 1918, the college was closed, along with several other Jesuit colleges and high schools, because of declining enrollment in the face of World War I. Although the war ended only two months after its closing, and despite clamoring from alumni, it took until 1930 to re-open the college. The college was temporarily located on Newark Avenue, before moving in 1936 to its current location on Hudson (now Kennedy) Boulevard, between Montgomery Street and Glenwood Avenue.

Civil rights have had a long tradition at the college. It was first desegregated in 1936, when the college admitted its first black student. The college granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965, and the next year it became coeducational.

The college has made an effort to reach out into the New Jersey suburbs, with a satellite campus at Englewood Cliffs opened in 1975 and an extension at South Amboy's McCarrick High School opened in 2003.

Recent years have seen much construction for the college. In 1975, the college constructed the Yanitelli Recreational Life Center, a sports complex. Beginning with the 1983 acquisition of its first residence hall, the college has converted four apartment buildings to dormitory use, and constructed two brand new dormitories.

  Recent developments

  Gannon Hall

Gannon Hall, the science building and one of the first structures on campus, underwent an $8.2 million renovation.

In 2004, the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over Kennedy Boulevard linked the East Campus and the West Campus. In 2006, the began a $50 million capital campaign. Further expansion of the east side of the campus calls for plans for a student center, funding for which has been mostly secured.[2]

On December 24, 2006, sitting college President James N. Lougran, S.J. was found dead in his home.[3] On May 10, 2007, the Board of Trustees appointed Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., as the 22nd President of Saint Peter's College. Dr. Cornacchia is the first layperson to serve as President of the 135 year-old Catholic, Jesuit College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

In 2008, Saint Peter's was awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to create the Center for Microplasma Science and Technology. This grant allowed the college to expand upon its 20 years of studying microplasma as part of its research on water purifiers in conjunction with United Water. Saint Peter's graduates U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative Albio Sires helped secure the $2 million grant.[4]

On the day after his narrow defeat in the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential primary election, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama held a rally at the college's Yanitelli Center.[5]

In March 2011, it was announced that the college would take over Saint Aeden's Church at McGinley Square from the Archdiocese of Newark[6]

In March 2012, it was announced the college has been granted the university designation by the New Jersey State Secretary for Higher Education and will change the school's name in September, 2012 to Saint Peter's University. [7]

  Student clubs and activities

Saint Peter's College has numerous clubs and organizations that participate in a broad range of activities. Saint Peter's College has over 50 active student-run organizations. Ms. Jan M. Reimer, an alumna of the college, is the current Director of Student Activities.

  Argus Eyes Drama Society during their 2007 Spring production of Godspell.

Cultural: A Taste of Africa Student Association, Asian American Student Union (AASU), Black Action Committee (BAC), Indian & Pakistani Culture Club (Indo-Pak), Irish American Club, Italian Club, Latin American Service Organization (LASO), Middle Eastern Culture Club (MECC), Multicultural Heritage Club (MHC), Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA).

Performing Arts: Argus Eyes Drama Society, Dance Team, SPC McMullen Chorale, Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

Pre-Professional/Academic: Accounting Society, Collins Chemistry Club, Computer Science Club, Criminal Justice Student Association, Delta Sigma Pi, English Club, Gannon Debate Society, John T. Coughlin History Club, Mendel Biology Society, Philosophy Club, Psychology Club, Society of Physics Students, Sociology Club, Saint Peter's Art, Culture & Entertainment (S.P.A.C.E.), Student Education Association, Student Nurses Association, Theology Club.

Service-Oriented: , Project Peace, Peer Educators.

Special Interest: Alliance of EOF Students of New Jersey (AESNJ), Alpha Phi Delta, Anime and Manga Club, Commuter Student Association, Female Organization for Campus Unity & Solidarity (F.O.C.U.S), Protecting & Respecting Individuality Diversity & Equality (P.R.I.D.E), Students Against Violating the Earth (S.A.V.E.), Student Alumni Association (SAA), Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Student Entertainment Board, Student Senate.

Honor Societies: Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice), Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), Beta Beta Beta (Biology), Eta Sigma Phi (Classics), Kappa Alpha Alpha (Honors), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Kappa Pi (Art), Order of the Cross Keys, Pi Mu Epsilon (Math), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Psi Chi (Psychology), Sigma Tau Delta (English), Will and Ariel Durant Society, Most Noble Order of the Peacock (MNOP).

Publications and Media: The Communications Club of Saint Peter's College, Pauw Wow (Newspaper), Pavan (Literary Magazine), Peacock Pie (Yearbook).

As of September 2008, a Graduate Student Union, is being formed by current graduate student, Niamh Sarno. The purpose of the GSU is to provide money for underprivileged graduate students to travel to educational leadership conferences throughout the country, and to have speakers talk at the Saint Peter's Lecture Hall, Pope Hall.

  Athletics

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Competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the college fields 17 athletic teams. The men's teams are known as the Peacocks, and the women's teams are the Peahens; Saint Peter's is the only NCAA Division I institution with this mascot. The baseball, softball and soccer teams play at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, in Lincoln Park. All other teams play at the The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center, located on campus. The school also uses the Jersey City Armory for some events. On June 14, 2007, it was announced that the football team would be disbanded.[8]

Basketball has long been the most popular sport at the college. Under legendary coach Don Kennedy, the men's team gained national attention by defeating heavily favored and nationally ranked Duke University in the 1968 NIT quarterfinals, en route to a fourth-place finish.

Saint Peter's has won the MAAC men's basketball championship and the accompanying automatic bid to the NCAA tournament three times (1991, 1995, and 2011) and has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times (1957, 1958, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1989). The women's basketball team has won seven MAAC championships and automatic bids to the NCAA tournament (1982, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002); it also won the MAAC championship in 1983 and 1984, years when the MAAC champion did not receive an automatic NCAA tournament berth.

In recent years the basketball program has seen a resurgence, owing much to the success of Keydren "Kee-Kee" Clark '05. In 2004 and 2005, Clark led the nation in points scored per game, becoming just the eighth player to repeat as NCAA Division I scoring champion. On March 4, 2006, Clark became only the seventh NCAA player to score more than 3,000 points in his career; on the next day, he passed Hersey Hawkins to become the sixth-leading scorer of all time. At the time of his final game on March 6, 2006, Clark held the NCAA all-time record for 3-point shots, with 435. A second fourth-year student and a forward on the basketball team, George Jefferson, died on June 21, 2005, due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In 2011, Saint Peter's won the MAAC tournament to make the Peacocks' first March Madness appearance since 1995.

  Yanitelli Center, Home of the Peacocks/Peahens

John Dunne was named the 14th head coach in Saint Peter’s College men’s basketball history on May 24, 2006. On November 25, 2007, the Peacocks defeated Rutgers University 65–58 at the Jersey City Armory. This victory was Saint Peter's first win against a Big East Conference opponent since defeating Seton Hall University at the Meadowlands in 1995.[9]

The men's soccer team has also enjoyed some success of late. The Peacocks were crowned the 2003 MAAC Men's Soccer Champions after defeating Loyola College (Maryland), 2–1. In 2006 the Peacocks returned to the MAAC Men's Soccer Championship finals where they were outlasted by Fairfield University, 1–0. The Peacocks again returned to the MAAC Men's Soccer Championship Finals in 2007, where they fell to Loyola College, 1–0. In 2007, the men's team earned a place in the 2007 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament with the first at-large nomination in school history. The Peacocks met the University of Virginia in the first Round of play at Charlottesville, Virginia. Saint Peter's lost by a score of 3–1. In 2010 Saint Peter's College Mens Soccer term earned their 2nd MAAC Championship title defeating Iona College 2–1.

The women's bowling team is one of the most successful programs at the school, winning its first-ever championship title in 2009.[10]

The golf team enjoys access to the prestigious Liberty National Golf Club on the beautiful Jersey City waterfront — home to The Barclays 2009, first stage of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. Liberty National is noted as a unique course because of its proximity to and panoramic views of both the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

  Alma mater

The Alma Mater was composed by Frederick Joslyn, with lyrics by Richard I. Nevin.

Hail, Alma Mater, deathless Saint Peter's. Our loving hearts acclaim thy resurrected name.

Nor war nor time has power to bind thee, thine is the spirit proud and free. And as year on year comes winging, we will still be singing praises to thy fame.

Hail, Alma Mater, hallowed Saint Peter's. With each new day we see how much we owe to thee

Truth is our guide, we shall not wander, God is our strength, we shall not fail. And our love will ever bind us, so that death will find us thine eternally.

  Peacock mascot

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As mentioned above, Saint Peter's College is the only NCAA Division I institution whose mascot is the peacock. This choice was made for several reasons. Primarily, the land on which Saint Peter's now stands was once owned by a man named Michael Pauw, whose last name means "peacock" in Dutch. His extensive holdings included most of Hudson County and were part of the Pavonia, New Netherland settlement.

In pagan mythology, the peacock is considered to be a symbol of rebirth, much like the phoenix. For Saint Peter's, it is a reference to the closing and reopening of the college in the early 20th century.

At one point in the 1960s, live peacocks roamed the campus. Many institutions within the college derive their name from the peacock:

  • The school newspaper is titled the Pauw Wow.
  • The literary magazine is titled the Pavan.
  • The school's yearbook is titled the Peacock Pie.
  • The drama society calls itself Argus Eyes, in reference to Argus "Panoptes", who, according to Greek mythology, had his 100 eyes preserved by Hera in the tail of the peacock.
  • One of the major dining facilities is named the Pavonia Room.

  Succession of Presidents

No. Name Date of ascension
1 Victor Beaudevin, S. J. April 3, 1872
2 John McQuaid, S. J. July 31, 1874
3 Peter Cassidy, S. J. July 1, 1888
4 John Harpes, S. J. October 22, 1891
5 Joseph Zwinge, S. J. August 26, 1900
6 John W. Fox, S. J. July 14, 1902
7 Edward J. McGrath, S. J. January 21, 1907
8 Joseph A. Mulry, S. J. October 10, 1911
9 James F. McDermott, S. J. April 15, 1915
10 Thomas F. Graham, S. J. July 7, 1921
11 Joseph P. O'Reilly, S. J. September 30, 1925
12 Joseph S. Dinneen, S. J. August 15, 1931
13 Denis J. Comey, S. J. June 21, 1937
14 Vincent J. Hart, S. J. August 15, 1943
15 James J. Shanahan, S. J. December 3, 1949
16 Edward F. Clark, S. J. June 16, 1960
17 Leo P. McLaughlin, S. J. June 13, 1965
18 Victor R. Yanitelli, S. J. September 8, 1965
19 L. Edward Glynn, S. J. July 1, 1978
20 Daniel A. Degnan, S. J. July 1, 1990
21 James N. Loughran, S. J. July 1, 1995
22 Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D. October 20, 2007

  Notable alumni

Saint Peter's has approximately 28,000 living alumni worldwide. Saint Peter's alumni are distinguishing themselves in the fields of arts & entertainment, business, government, law, medicine and sports.

  • In the field of sports, Saint Peter's graduates include: Keydren Clark, Two-time NCAA basketball scoring champion and seventh all-time leading scorer in NCAA history; Bob Hurley, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame basketball coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey; Richard Rinaldi, former NBA player for the Baltimore Bullets and New York Nets, who, as a senior, averaged 28.6 ppg for the Peacocks; and former MLB relief pitchers Frank Brooks and Víctor Santos.
  • Other notable Saint Peter's graduates include: George J. Borjas, the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; Nicholas J. Cifarelli, physician known for starting the first Bioethics Advisory Committee in the United States; John Henning, award-winning TV and radio news reporter in Boston, Massachusetts; and Joseph McGinn, pioneer of minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery and medical director of The Heart Institute of New York[15]

  References

  External links

Coordinates: 40°43′37″N 74°04′16″W / 40.727027°N 74.071045°W / 40.727027; -74.071045

   
               

 

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