Those of you who know me well won’t be surprised to learn that I am counting down the days until Welcome Weekend. Because of the size of the incoming class, this year’s move-in will begin Friday afternoon. Student affairs has planned a weekend that is packed with activities—both informational and fun. Incoming freshmen will participate in everything from an academic session, floor meetings and bystander training (the traits of a caring Pioneer) to an ice cream social, a hypnotist, basketball and volleyball games, Bungee Extreme and a performance by “Eyes to See.” I know you are all as excited as I am to welcome the Class of 2018 to the SHU community.
SHU’s Office of International Admissions and the English Language Institute has had the pleasure of welcoming a high school group from Tokyo, Japan, to campus for a pre-college look at the United States. It was a first visit to this country for 11 high school juniors and three faculty members from Jissen Gakuen High School’s Global Education Center. The group enjoyed a trip to New York City during their stay and also took a step back to colonial times with a visit to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. They commented on Sacred Heart’s friendliness, beautiful campus and residence halls and good food. My thanks to all of you who helped them to feel welcome.
I want to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the success of SHU’s CT Challenge team this past weekend. The kudos and thanks have been pouring in as the team did a tremendous job of both raising funds for a great cause and honoring the memory of Don Cook’s son, Chris. Special thanks go out to Team Leader Tiana Williams and Honorary Chair Bobby Valentine, but they would not have been successful without the many riders, virtual riders and volunteers—including many of our student-athletes who volunteered at various times and locations. The SHU team surpassed its goal of raising $15,000, part of an event total that is expected to surpass $1.8 million. Wow!
I also want to thank and congratulate the teams from undergraduate admissions and financial aid for their hard work with the incoming freshman class. I had a chance to get together with them Wednesday night for a barbecue to celebrate everything they have done to facilitate the arrival of the Class of 2018 in a few weeks.
Over the past few years, one of my favorite days of the summer has become the day I am visited by the Horizons at SHU students. I love having a chance to read to them and watch them dance and sing. They are a very real reminder of why we all do what we do. This summer, the program consists of 65 Bridgeport students in grades K-4. In addition to math and reading classes that help address summer learning loss, the students have been gardening, swimming, dancing, singing, learning martial arts, playing games and more. They are particularly focused on music this year and will be performing during Family Weekend in the Edgerton Center. The same students have been coming since we started the program three summers ago, and a new class is added each year. Not only does the program ensure that they keep up with their peers, but they begin to feel at home on a college campus at a very young age. I hope to see every one of them have a successful college experience eventually—and if it is here at SHU, that will be the best possible outcome!
As is the case every summer, improvements—both minor and major—have been taking place on campus. I have certainly heard and seen a lot of activity here at the Administration building as windows are replaced and renovations are made to the second floor. We are particularly excited about our new state-of-the-art chemistry labs. I think the students and faculty will enjoy the new spaces.
We received a tweet from WTNH SportsEdge earlier this week wondering which NEC team has the coolest logo. Really? They have to ask? Of course, it’s SHU!
Have a great weekend!