There was a lot of excitement around here yesterday as news crews from throughout the area descended upon us to report on our mumps outbreak. It must have been a slow news day! That said, we want all of you to remain healthy as you wrap up classes and study for exams. Some guidelines for avoiding illness can be found here.
Last week brought us plenty to celebrate. Friday was our eighth annual Relay For Life fundraiser, which raised $51,845, surpassing our goal. Everyone involved should be very proud. This is wonderful work.
Our annual Discovery Gala, which raises money for our scholarship programs, took place on Saturday. It was a terrific event filled with tasty food and great conversations with donors and students. More importantly, we raised more than $750,000 that will help students who might not otherwise be able to attend SHU. The evening ended with an amazing performance by Bruce Hornsby, who is truly a master at the piano.
Our Horizons at SHU program, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, also held its Circus of Learning Gala on Saturday. It was an opportunity for our Horizons students to showcase the many skills they have learned in the program.
Earlier on Saturday, we hosted our fourth annual Literacy Conference. We heard from guest speakers, and our graduate students presented workshops. We also hosted a seminar called “Getting in the Game: A Symposium on Women in Sports Media.” Students and guests heard from ESPN’s Jemele Hill.
On Sunday, guests from Father Bruce Roby’s home country, the Federated States of Micronesia, visited SHU and attended Mass. We welcomed our special guests, the President Peter M. Christian and First Lady Maurina, with leis. Also on Sunday, SHU hosted Brass Fest. Participants heard great performances and learned how to perfect their brass-playing skills.
April is sexual assault awareness month, and staff had a table outside of Outtakes promoting safety. To raise even more awareness, today we encouraged everyone to wear denim as a reminder of the campaign for sexual violence prevention and education.
Pioneer magazine is out! Remember to pick up a copy of the Olympic-themed magazine. Our students work hard putting the publication together, and it’s a great read! The final issue of The Spectrum is also on the newsstands. This year’s staff did an exceptional job covering the happenings on campus as well as local and national trends. We look forward to seeing what those who are moving on from these publications will do in the future.
We would like to congratulate Bill Mitchell, one of our trustees, on receiving Kolbe Cathedral High School’s Making a Difference Award. Bill is very active in the community and extremely deserving of this honor.
Julie Stewart, director of our family nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing programs, has been named a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, which is the highest honor for a nurse practitioner. Congrats, Julie.
Students engaged in a little end-of-the-year fun in University Commons on Tuesday. An inflatable bounce house was set up allowing them to participate in a type of human “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game. Students strapped into the bounce house and then attempted to collect as many inflatable balls from the middle of the bounce house as possible. It was quite a sight to see!
There was even more entertainment Tuesday night during the annual Mr. SHU event. Male students sang, danced and strutted their stuff in this pageant-type event. Congrats to all the participants. You were fantastic.
Emily Wachtel, screenwriter and producer of the film Lucky Them was on campus Tuesday to talk about her movie. Following a screening, a lively discussion took place.
Faculty, staff and alumni had a chance to check out our latest acquisition this week during a cocktail party and tour at Great River Golf Club. It was a great turnout and a nice event.
Celebrating students and staff is what we do here. Wednesday brought the annual Campus Life Leadership Awards. So many deserving people were honored. Thank you to everyone involved and to those who won—cherish your Big Red trophy!
“Joy of Love” was an interesting and educational colloquium about Pope Francis and his most recent publication. Thanks to all the organizers and participants who put it together so quickly. I hope those who attended enjoyed it and participated in the group discussion.
Dozens of Sacred Heart nursing students demonstrated their comprehension in the field of nursing at a senior capstone event this week, and our business students taking Financial and Economic Forecasting presented their annual analysis of the state’s economy on Thursday. It was very eye-opening. Also, on Thursday, the MAX offered a look at the work of our School of Communication & Media Arts students. We caught a glimpse of the best in student productions including photography, audio, video magazine production, photojournalism, critical writing and more. We also saw the work of our talented art and design students at their senior portfolio night. This afternoon, our freshmen business students presented their plans for new businesses and products. Presentations and awards will continue into the evening. I love this time of year when we get to see the fruits of our students’ hard work.
Speaking of our exceptional students, Sabina and I hosted dinner for the student ambassadors this week. It was a pleasure to have the chance to thank them for the critical role they play in making visitors to campus feel welcome. We are looking forward to hosting more student dinners next week.
It’s shaping up to be another very busy weekend. I am hoping to see many of you Saturday morning in downtown Fairfield as we participate in Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event. Again, here is a video featuring our students with some disturbing information about violence against women. It’s an important initiative, and I would like to see a strong showing from the SHU community.
Saturday is also our first Spring Preview Day for high school sophomores and juniors. We look forward to welcoming the young people and their families for a first look at our vibrant campus.
Spring Fest is always a fun time. Come out to the patio at 63’s Saturday afternoon for some relaxation before finals. Also on Saturday, our Dance Ensemble will be performing at the Edgerton followed by our Dance Company. Each group will be performing a spring showcase. Be sure to head back to the Edgerton Saturday night to see the concert band’s “The Art of Anime” concert.
On Sunday, get ready to feel nostalgic as the choir offers a “Throwback Concert” at the Edgerton. The concert will feature tunes from the 1990s and 2000s. A little later in the day, our Ballroom Dance Ensemble will be performing its showcase at University Commons.
Don’t forget the late night breakfast is Monday. Staff and faculty, it would be great to have you come by to serve our students as they prepare for a week of arduous exams.
The weekend weather report looks like it will be more conducive to studying than playing outside. Perhaps that’s a good thing!