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Parent and Family Newsletter
From the Division of Student Affairs

A Note from the Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs

We are excited to welcome back everyone today as the spring semester begins! Our first-year students are returning more experienced and ready for a great second semester.

We continue to encourage your students to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them: get to know their professors, engage with student organizations, utilize the many academic support services provided, and take advantage of University Career Services.

Please remember to check the important dates below; for those families with seniors, graduation will be here soon, so please keep an eye open for communications related to commencement and senior week events later this spring. Finally, let me wish every member of the St. John's family a Happy New Year!

— Kathryn T. Hutchinson, Ph.D.

In This Issue:

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Revolutionizing the Interview Process

According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 55% of employers surveyed are moving away from in person and/or on campus interviews to using virtual platforms to evaluate candidates in the first-round. The Economic Times reported in 2019 that “AI-powered video interviews are transforming the future of HR.”

So what is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) interview?

An AI Interview or video interview is a job interview that is conducted remotely and uses video technology as its medium for communication. The AI technology analyzes things like facial features, expressions, emotional recognition, and intonation of voice. This analysis is then used to identify candidates who are strong matches for the position/company.

Career Services has taken steps to prepare our students. Quiet interview spaces are available. We have partnered with Big Interview, an online interview practice tool that can be used from any computer with a webcam. Launched by Career Services in fall 2017, Big Interview provides students an opportunity to practice tough interview questions - giving them the ability to record, review, and share their answers with career advisors and faculty for feedback. Students can choose from dozens of interview sets in over 20 different industries/majors, and utilize nearly 40 lessons to learn all the best interviewing techniques.

Big Interview is accessible to all students on the MySJU Career Services tab. Once the student has prepared for their interview, they may reserve an office with Career Services that will allow them to successfully complete the interview in a professional space with no distractions. Contact Career Services at 718-990-6375.

Message from the Office of Residence Life

As we start the new semester, the Office of Residence Life is pleased to announce the deposit period for our Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year. University housing allows for increased participation in campus life, more options, peace of mind, and less cost per month on average than a private apartment off campus.

Students can now begin making their deposits. Please log into your UIS account to make an on-line deposit or you can make a payment over the phone by calling 718-990-2000. All deposits are due by Friday March 6, 2020. Students with an on-time deposit and application will be eligible to self-select their housing in April. Please see the Housing Selection webpage for more details on this process.

Room and board rates for the 2020-21 academic year will be available in March. Students will be able to choose from traditional and suite style housing on campus or apartment style living in our off campus facilities where they will find a combination of single, double, and triple room configurations.

Studies show that students who live on campus academically out perform those who reside off campus with peers. Choosing to live on campus invites you to be a part of a dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff who call St. John’s their home. You can skip the hassle of dealing with a private landlord, because living in campus housing brings with it built in amenities and peace of mind. The front desk of our buildings are staffed 24/7 and supplemented by routine patrols by the Department of Public Safety. Furthermore, all utilities, internet, an attractive new television line up, and laundry are all included in your cost. Our Residence Life staff places full time professional administrators and a team of 82 resident assistants throughout our community to help you navigate college life and build an exciting living-learning community.

We hope that you’ll take this opportunity to call St. John’s your home next year. Please visit our website or contact our office at 718-990-2417. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Supporting Students with Disabilities

University Career Services places a great deal of importance on assuring that all of our students are connected to opportunities, including our students with disabilities. Our goal is to reach out and communicate more effectively with these students and their families. In the fall of 2018 our office launched #InclusionWorks, a special newsletter for parents and families who would like information on the services, internship/job opportunities and events aimed specifically at students with disabilities. We invite you to sign up online be part of the distribution.

The Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) definition of disability states that an “impairment” may be physiological, mental, or psychological. There is not an exhaustive list of disabilities under the ADA; however many medical conditions, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder would easily be considered a disability within the meaning of the law. US corporations are demonstrating a strong commitment to establishing an inclusive environment, and increasing the number of internship and employment opportunities for students with disabilities. Career Services works directly with these employers and our students to establish effective relationships. A sample—but by all means not an inclusive—list of these employers, include the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Ernst & Young, PWC, Jet Blue, Northwell Heath, JP Morgan, Citi BNP Paribas.

If you would like to stay connected to learn more about University Career Services opportunities for students with disabilities, please sign up online.

Important Dates

  • Monday, February 17, 2020: Presidents' Day holiday (no classes)
  • Monday to Sunday, March 2–7, 2020: Spring break (no classes)
  • Thursday to Monday, April 9–13, 2020: Easter recess, residence halls remain open (no classes)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5–6, 2020: Study/snow day (no classes)
  • Thursday to Wednesday, May 7–13, 2020: Final examination week, extended hours for academic resources will be posted on MySJU. View the schedule »
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020:
    • Queens Baccalaureate Mass at 4 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, Queens campus
    • Family Grad Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Carnesecca Arena, Queens campus
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020: Queens Undergraduate Commencement at 10 a.m., Great Lawn, Queens campus; View the details »

Upcoming Career Events

  • Spring Career Fair - Queen Campus, Taffner Field House
    Thursday, February 20 - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Spring Career Fair - Staten Island Campus, Campus Center Upper Level
    Monday, February 24 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Pharmacy Career Day - Queen Campus, D'Angelo Center
    Monday, March 16 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Clinical Health Sciences Career Fair - Bartilucci Center
    Friday, March 27 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Just In Time Career Fair - Queen Campus, Taffner Field House
    Thursday, April 16 - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Nonprofit Industry Networking Event - Queens Campus
    March 10 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Criminal Justice Industry Networking Event - Queens Campus
    February 25 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Industry Networking Night - Staten Island Campus
    March 16 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Computer Science/Tech Industry Networking Event - Queens Campus
    March 23 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Communication Connections Industry Networking Night - Staten Island Campus
    March 24 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

University News and Announcements

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University Ranked #50 on Poets&Quants List of "Best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2020"

St. John’s Students Advocate for Homeless at World’s Big Sleep Out

St. John’s ROTC Student Recognized as One of Nation’s Top 3 Cadets

St. John’s Student Entrepreneurs Propose New Ideas at Pitch Johnny

About the Division of Student Affairs

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to promote student success through collaborative partnerships that support the educational mission of the University.

For more information or assistance, please contact us at 718-990-3376 or

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