I want to welcome back all the students who were away for the Columbus Day break. We are almost halfway through the semester. I can’t believe it. Good luck studying for mid-terms, and let’s make the second half even more successful than the first.
Even with many of the students away, things were busy here on campus. On Monday, we had our second open house for prospective students and their families with well over 400 families in attendance. They had a chance to attend various presentations providing both general information and information about programs and activities of particular interest. In addition, they were treated to a Columbus Day-inspired Italian lunch! We are already looking forward to our next open house on Saturday, November 1.
For the third consecutive year, SHU had the honor of hosting the NEACAC Regional College Fair. More than 180 visiting colleges and universities were on campus Tuesday to showcase their offerings to prospective students and their parents. Upwards of 1,000 attendees made their way through the Pitt Center to check out the displays and talk with the representatives. A big Jersey shout out to Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Operations, Chartwells and our Student Ambassadors for their contributions to both these events.
Also on Tuesday, the faculty gathered for their annual Fall Faculty Institute, which focused on two of the most important high-impact practices—the seminar pedagogy in the First-Year and Catholic intellectual traditions seminars and the globalization of the curriculum. Our own Michael W. Higgins led the discussion on the Catholic intellectual traditions, and then attendees heard from Hilary Kahn of Indiana University on internationalizing the curriculum. The keynote address came from two faculty members and two students from St. John’s College in Annapolis who discussed the seminar pedagogy associated with their Great Books Program. Jason Tipton, who was here in June for professional development on the First-Year Seminar, was among the guests from St. John’s. The day’s activities also included a model of the seminar pedagogy with our own students and faculty, which was led by Michelle Loris. Congratulations to Laura Niesen de Abruna for organizing an informative and comprehensive agenda.
On Wednesday, we had the second installment of Linda McMahon’s “Women Can Have It All” series. Her guest was Stacey Schieffelin, founder and president of ybf (your best friend) beauty and Models Prefer. By all accounts, Stacey was vibrant and engaging as she answered Linda’s questions and later those of the students in the audience. She expressed the belief that women can have it all—though perhaps not all at the same time. She also said that prioritizing and time management were key to her success.
We received a very special letter this week from a grandparent who, along with his granddaughter Sara, had seen the SHU marching band perform in a program at the College of Holy Cross. He wrote to tell us that while they enjoyed all 12 of the bands that performed, Sara was enthralled with the show put on by SHU. He said that, although she had never heard of Sacred Heart before this event, her dream now is to attend SHU and join the marching band. Congratulations to the band not only on this year’s amazing half-time routine, but on being such great ambassadors for SHU. The marching band also participated in the Columbus Day parade in New York City on Monday. They have a busy calendar that goes beyond our home football games.
It has come to my attention that Finance Professor Ralph Lim recently had a small role in a skit on Saturday Night Live. Be sure to congratulate him on his terrific performance next time you see him. To check it out, click here.
If you haven’t yet seen the newly renovated chemistry labs, I encourage you to head over there on Wednesday between 1 and 3 p.m. to see the state-of-the-art spaces during the open house to commemorate National Chemistry Week.
We reached an agreement this week for our women’s hockey team to practice and play at the Connecticut Sports Center in Shelton. The Center is home to the only double decker NHL ice arena in the World. The double decker design features one rink stacked on top of the other. The facility includes a spacious locker room for the team that attaches to an athletic training room. The women will also have access to strength and conditioning facilities and office space for the coaching staff at the rink. I think you will enjoy watching the Pioneers play at the Sports Center. Our first-ever game there will be Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m. against SUNY Canton. The Pioneers open their season on Friday, October 17, with an exhibition at Yale.
If you haven’t filled your calendar for the weekend, there are some exciting things happening here on campus. In the world of athletics, the men’s ice hockey team takes on Bentley tonight at 7:05 at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The men’s soccer team plays Bryant at 1 tomorrow afternoon, and the field hockey team faces Monmouth at 1 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re more into books, author Jodi Picoult will be at the Edgerton tonight to discuss her latest novel, Leaving Time. You might also want to stop by 63’s patio tonight for Habitat for Humanity’s annual sleep-out. They will be collecting food for a local food pantry and bringing attention to the issue of homelessness. In addition, there are several performances of Almost, Maine in the Little Theatre over the weekend.
However you decide to spend the weekend, make it a great one!