Seton Hall University was ranked as the 21st best employer in New Jersey, according to Forbes.
As a school of approximately 6,013 undergraduate students, Director of Media Relations Laurie Pine noted that the close-knit environment that the university cultivates is one of the most beloved parts of her job.
“I think [Seton Hall] has a real intimacy,” said Pine, also a Seton Hall alum. “You get to know your students and your colleagues.” She added that her supervisors maintain an open-door policy and she feels that employees acquire “very close mentoring.”
Furthermore, Pine emphasized the opportunities provided to her as a member of the Seton Hall staff. For example, the Media Relations team received an honorable mention award for their “What Great Minds Can Do” multimedia marketing campaign. Pine also received the University Advancement Leadership Award “for recognition of the work I had done with our whole [media] team to promote Seton Hall.”
Father Nicholas Sertich, also a Seton Hall alum and the current director of Campus Ministry, offered only one word when asked about the work environment of the university:”homey”.
“When you come to work, you have the feeling that you can sit down and have a cup of coffee with your co-workers and discuss how the weekend was,” he said. “There’s a lot to get done, but it’s restful.”
He also spoke about the support of his supervisors: “They thank us in many ways. We have Christmas parties. We have a Thanksgiving party where they invite all of our families to join us.”
Additionally, Sertich commented on the diverse nature of Seton Hall. He described the array of ethnicities, religions, and races observable simply by walking across the Campus Green. “It looks like a giant mosaic,” he said. “But just like a mosaic, it’s those little parts, each individual one, that make up the beauty of the whole.”
Despite Seton Hall’s foundation as a Catholic university, he said, “Any student walking on this campus should feel just as much at home as anyone else – Catholic or not, religious or not.”
He added “our goal at Seton Hall has always been to cultivate [a] sense of home no matter where you’re from, no matter what you believe, and no matter your background.”
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