Happy New Year! I hope our Pioneers enjoyed their winter break! In just three short days, they will be back on campus. We have missed their energy and are looking forward to having them back for a rewarding spring semester.
While our students and staff had some time off, that hasn’t stopped them from making us proud. Linda Strong, director of SHU’s RN-BSN and RN-BSN/MSN nursing programs, was selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She will share her knowledge and expertise in public health nursing and emergency preparedness. Congrats, Linda.
SHU’s director of performing arts, Jerry Goehring has been named the commercial producer for the musical revival of The Secret Garden. Jerry is no stranger to big plays and musicals as he was lead producer of the 2012 Broadway musical adaptation of A Christmas Story. Good luck with the production, Jerry. We can’t wait to see it.
Lisa Stump, a healthcare informatics adviser and adjunct professor, was named a Most Influential Women in Health IT by Healthcare IT News. Congrats, Lisa. What a triumph.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has voted to accept our request to change the degree level of our athletic training program. The program will now be offered at the master’s degree level. Congratulations to all faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this happen.
Band members from Sacred Heart University, Robert Morris University and Saint Francis University joined forces in a special first-ever performance at Walt Disney World last week. The bands were representing the Northeast Conference (NEC) in which each of the colleges’ athletic programs compete. The band performed on the Waterside Stage at Disney Springs, one of the premiere performance venues of its kind. Great work!
In keeping with tradition, SHU students participated in CURTIS Week during the last few days of winter break. Students were involved in a week of immersion and engagement in the Bridgeport community. They stayed at the Hall Neighborhood House performed community service at a variety of nonprofits throughout the city each day. Evenings were spent sharing a meal and reflecting on issues faced by the community.
While some of Pioneers were busy volunteering and learning locally, one group of students worked with Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi before going to New Orleans to work with the nonprofit Camp Restore on another project during their winter break. I can’t wait to hear about our students’ experiences.
We have many home games this weekend. Our men’s ice hockey team faces Holy Cross tonight at the Webster Bank Arena at 7 and again on Saturday at 2. Our women’s ice hockey team battles St. Michael’s tonight at 7 at the Sports Center of Connecticut. Our men’s volleyball team plays North Greenville at 2 and again on Saturday at 2. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, let’s take a moment to remember the importance of his work and the ongoing need for his kind of wisdom.
Have a great weekend. Can’t wait to see everyone back on campus Tuesday.