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Seton Hall Hosts Weeklong Series of Events in Celebration of Charter Day  

Statue of Mother SetonSaint Elizabeth Ann Seton Charter Day celebrates the founding of Seton Hall in 1856 and the granting of our charter by the New Jersey State legislature in 1861. It is a special annual opportunity to reflect on our history and purpose, our Catholic identity and mission.

This year, the University will celebrate our Charter in a weeklong celebration, with the main program on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in Bethany Hall. Throughout the week, there will be giveaways, raffles, trivia contests, Charter Day themed desserts in the dining hall. Stop by the Walsh Library to see the window exhibit of Stillman Professor Thomas Tarbutton's campus photographs.

Charter Week 2019 events include:

Monday, March 25

Blue & White Out Day
All day - Seton Hall University Students, Faculty and Staff are asked to wear blue/white as we kick off Charter Week. Join the University community as we celebrate our roots. Specially made tee shirts and other gifts will be given away at various events.

Cafeteria Giveaways
Noon
- Stop by the cafeteria at for special giveaways, including blue and white candies with Charter Day labels.
Cafeteria, Bishop Dougherty University Center

Hot Chocolate Bar
Noon
- Stop by for our hot chocolate bar with all the fixings. Rain day is Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Presidents Hall

Walking Tour
Noon - Tours will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus. The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Professor Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.

Employee Service Recognition Awards Ceremony
1:30 p.m.
- The Employee Service Recognition Awards will recognize those who have reached the 10-year milestone and higher in increments of 5 years – 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. Invitations have been mailed for those who will receive an award pin and certificate. Light refreshments will be served.
Bethany Hall

Tuesday, March 26

Walking Tour
Noon - Tours will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus. The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Professor Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.

The Charter Day Program
3 p.m.
- The afternoon's commemoration will include the presentation of the Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service, awarded annually to long-serving employees for distinguished service and commitment to the University's mission. Also included will be the President's Award for Student Service and the Servant Leader Scholars. For the first time ever, a Seton Hall University student, Ms. Chelsea Dantas, will emcee our program. Catherine O'Donnell is our keynote speaker, author of Elizabeth Seton - American Saint, and associate professor of history at Arizona State University. We encourage the IHS and Law School Communities to attend the Charter Day Program, but if you are unable to attend, the program will be available on the University's YouTube channel after the event.
Bethany Hall

Birthday Cake and Celebration
4 p.m. - To commemorate the University's Charter Day Celebration, birthday cake will be served immediately following the Charter Day Program. A photo booth will be on hand and raffle prizes will be awarded. Birthday Cake will be served on the IHS campus as well.
Bethany Hall

Seton Hall University Alumni Jazz Concert
7:30 p.m.
- The Seton Hall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, highly acclaimed by the University and the community for its energetic, entertaining and educational jazz performances, will be celebrating its ninth appearance on the Jazz 'n the Hall series. There will be a table with special Charter Week giveaways.
SOPAC, South Orange, NJ.

Wednesday, March 27

Movie
11 a.m.
- A Time for Miracles, is the inspiring story of America's first native-born saint, Mother Seton. Starring Kate Mulgrew as St. Elizabeth Seton, also starring Lorne Greene, John Forsythe, and Rossano Brazzi. Expert commentary by Dr. Karen Passaro. Light refreshments will be provided.
Chancellor's Suite, Bishop Dougherty University Center

Maker Space
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Events to be offered include:

  • SHUmazing Race*: Groups or individuals will be given clues to find things on campus. Participants will learn about the history and design of several spaces. Prizes for fastest completion.
  • Scenes from Seton Hall's Past and Present: Participants will be taught how to insert themselves into old photos, edit photos to add some Seton Hall spirit or recreate classic Seton Hall photos with your camera and our green screen. Prizes for best / most creative works.
  • The 1856 Maze: Learn to program a Sphero robot to navigate a maze designed to commemorate the year the University was founded. Prizes for fastest run through the maze.
  • Raspberry Pi Game Console: Learn to build and program Raspberry Pi computers to play classic video games.
  • Virtual Scuba: Learn how a member of the SHU faculty is using Virtual Reality to help students experience marine life in their Scuba class.
  • Space 154 will be open access during the events so participants can come in at any time and participate. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded, as well as pizza and snacks for lunch.

*The SHUmazing Race will be weather dependent.
Space 154, Walsh Library – Lower Level

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Presents: Catholic Symbolism of Cesar Chavez and the Labor Rights Movement
2:00 p.m.
- Background:
On March 10, 1968, at an outdoor Mass in the small agricultural town of Delano, Calif., the farmworker union leader Cesar Chavez ended a 25-day hunger strike by receiving the body of Christ. Seated next to him was another prominent American Catholic, Robert F. Kennedy. Chavez would later go on to cultivate strong ties with American Catholic bishops and Catholic Universities (including Seton Hall University), and eventually meet with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican to discuss the plight of farm workers in America. Join us for a lecture and panel discussion on Chavez as an exemplar of Gospel and the Catholic traditions of nonviolence in the spirit of Jesus, Pope Francis, and Dorothy Day. A special exhibit will also be on display of the Archdiocese of Newark's legacy supporting the labor rights movement. The talk with be led by Anthony Nicotera, J.D., D.S.W., L.S.W., Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Father Jack Martin, a retired priest with over 50 years of experience as a steadfast advocate of civil rights and humanitarian aid for the most marginalized members of society.
Chancellor's Suite, Bishop Dougherty University Center

Thursday, March 28

Walking Tour
Noon - Tours will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus. The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Professor Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.

Movie
4:30 p.m. - Band of Pirates is the story of a team forever remembered as the squad that heralded Seton Hall's arrival as a major force in college basketball. An introduction to the History of Seton Hall Basketball will be offered by Alan Delozier, University Archivist and expert commentary by Robin Cunningham and Kathy Matta regarding the 1988-89 Pirates. Light refreshments will be provided.
Beck Rooms, Walsh Library

Center for Catholic Studies, Catholic Studies Program, University Core Curriculum, Center for Catholic Studies and Department of Religion Presents: Blessed John Henry Newman Cause for Sainthood
12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - The Invocation and Introduction of the Conference will be presented by Monsignor Gerard McCarren, Associate Professor, Spiritual Director, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University. Speakers include:

Please feel free to attend any or all of the different presentations.
Chancellor's Suite, Bishop Dougherty University Center

Friday, March 29

Fourth Inclusion Speaker
10 a.m.
- Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict
Sections B & C, Bethany Hall

For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Charter Day homepage »

Categories: Campus Life

For more information, please contact:

  • Laurie Pine
  • (973) 378-9841
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