I want to start this week by welcoming some special visitors. We have five Fulbright Scholars from Brazil who are here in the U.S. for 18 months and will be at SHU through the end of the summer studying English in the Intensive English Program offered through the English Language Institute. So far they have been enjoying living in Fairfield and loving their time on our campus. Welcome to Vitoria, Filipe, Mariana, Dennis and Bruno.
We also welcomed this week about 60 admitted students from the surrounding area here in Connecticut. They attended a reception in the art gallery Tuesday evening.
Speaking of Tuesday evening, I hope you had a chance to stop by this year’s Dancing with Heart event. It was a great mix of talent and fun. Congratulations to winners Susan Gannon and Stephan McNicholas.
Also on Tuesday evening, Professor Janet Boughton performed on the violin in the Chapel as part of the Faculty Concert Series. We have talent everywhere we look.
We had a special event for donors last weekend, and after dinner we headed to the Edgerton for the student performance of Chicago. It was another tremendous display of talent. We certainly picked a great way to show our guests the kind of programs their gifts are supporting.
Another great showcase of student talent was the second annual “Sing Out! A Concert Against Bullying” that was reprised Wednesday afternoon in the Chapel. I wish more faculty and staff members had been able to get there. The music selected by 4 Heart Harmony was very personal as were the testimonies shared by some very brave students who want to ensure that others don’t experience the bullying that has been part of their lives. This is an important concert that should be on all of our calendars every year.
Other events on campus this week included speakers on “Women with HIV-AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa” and “The Persian Gulf and the Arab Spring: Reactions and Future Outlooks,” and Glenn Patterson was here to discuss his latest novel, The Rest Just Follows. We also heard from Julia Balfour on the keys to success with social media.
Congratulations to Nicole Trudell ’14 of the bowling team. She was named a second team All-American by the National Tenpin Coaches Association Wednesday night at the NCAA Bowling Championship banquet. This honor makes her a three-time All-American as she was named to the second team and NTCA Rookie of the Year in 2010-11 and the third team her sophomore season. Earlier this year, she was also named to the All-Northeast Conference first team and the Northeast Conference Championship All-Tournament team. Kudos to Nicole and best of luck to her and the rest of the team as they head to the 2014 USBC Intercollegiate National Championship beginning Wednesday.
Congratulations are also in order for Professor Damon Maulucci who is getting rave reviews for his recently released film, Detonator. The most recent one came from VARIETY, which described it as a “fine feature debut” and “punchy drama.” The film has also been praised in the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and more. It is available through iTunes and OnDemand.
Our Relay for Life Team is continuing to work toward their aggressive goal of $50,000 (to commemorate our 50th anniversary). Please consider helping them by organizing a team or sponsoring team members. To create or join a team, or to make a donation, please visit www.relayforlife.org/sacredheart. You should also consider stopping by the event on April 25 at the Pitt Center. It begins at 6 p.m. and continues for 12 hours. It is always filled with both fun and moving moments. We all have been touched by cancer or know someone who has, which is why this event should have meaning for all of us.
Tomorrow is our 25th annual Discovery Gala, which is our major fundraiser of the year. All the money raised goes to student scholarships. This year’s Gala, which includes the Beach Boys’ performance in the Edgerton, is sold out, and we have raised a record-breaking $750,000 for our students.
Linda Lavin will be on campus Sunday as part of the American Legends series. She is a Tony winner and Emmy-nominated actress who won two Golden Globes for her title role in the long-running TV series, Alice. She will be at the Edgerton for conversation and Q&A.
Enjoy the weekend!