Over the last few years, the St. John’s University Department for Institutional Advancement has taken steps to extend outreach to our alumni community. The University seeks to develop and maintain donor gift plans by focusing on intuitive ongoing faculty research and department projects that relate to the St. John’s Vincentian mission.
Our faculty provided the Department for Institutional Advancement stories of personal experience in the field that exemplifies the passion that guides them through their careers. Currently featured on the University website are faculty spotlights on three of our DLIS professors: Dr. Kevin Rioux, Dr. Christine Angel, and Dr. Shari Lee.
Susan Damiani, Director of Gift Planning, decided to feature DLIS faculty because of the department’s inherent connection to our alumni’s desire to preserve history. Damiani expressed a need for alumni to engage and reconnect with the University through inspiring stories typical of exemplar professor-student relationships. Engaging research projects, including Academic Service-Learning, are inspiring and truly sets St. John’s apart from other universities in the area. Value-centered teaching and learning in the DLIS program is an excellent example of how the education at St. John’s is unique among other area Catholic institutions.
Damiani makes particular note of Professor Christine Angel’s feature story. A truly inspiring take on hands-on-training offer through DLIS, Dr. Angel recalls one student experience that transformed from a course assignment to the discovery of self. Of the interview, Damiani said she, “uncovered a gem with no intention” [of ever doing so], proving the quality and dedication to St. John’s and the Catholic faith by both students and professors.
The faculty spotlights that are located on the Gift Planning section of the University website also brings greater attention to the Department of Library and Information Science. Although small in comparison to other programs available at St. John’s, our faculty continues to contribute to society and the library and information science world on a grand scale. Our professors provide students hands-on training and application of course theory taking into consideration today’s social justice issues, serving the underserved and upholding the University’s Vincentian mission.