Academic Dean’s Letter

Welcome to the St. Joseph’s College community!

Your decision to attend St. Joseph’s College marks your entrance into a community that dates to 1916. Our community is rich in values and treasures intellectual adventure. Included in this package is our Common Reading Book, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis. This book serves as an introduction to your college experience.

As a first-year student, you will be participating in the College’s common reading initiative, called The SJC Community Read. This program includes a discussion of complex issues raised by an important book, and culminates in a campus visit by the book’s author. This year’s author, Ayana Mathis, will be on our campus in September.

We’ve designed a program to introduce you to the academic and intellectual culture of college through a common book that all first-year students will be reading and our whole community will be discussing. This fall, you will have an opportunity to share and compare ideas about the issues raised by The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Your peer orientation leaders, as well as your First Year Experience instructors, will all have read The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, and will lead you in a discussion of the book within the St. Joseph’s College community.

To aid with this experience and to ensure a deep and meaningful discussion, we will be using a QLC Assignment. Yes, an assignment. This brief assignment will provide a prompt for discussions in September. So, read the book and prepare the following on a typewritten sheet to be handed in during the first meeting of your First Year Experience (the first week of class):

  • A Quote (Q): Bring your favorite quote from the book!
  • A Life Lesson (L): What life lesson have you taken away from the book?
  • Character (C): What character or person had the most impact on you and why?

Again, on behalf of the entire St. Joseph’s College community, welcome and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Richard A. Greenwald
Academic Dean