This week brought one of my favorite days of the summer—when I get to hang out with the kids in our Horizons at SHU program, read to them and watch them sing, dance and enjoy ice cream treats. The program becomes more special each year as we add a new group of students. It is great to see the confidence of those who have been coming for years and the way they help out the younger ones.
A small group of alumni got together for a happy hour this week in Rochester, N.Y. We actually have a significant number of alums in that area, and we are hoping to host a bigger event when the SHU hockey team plays RIT. There was also a gathering at Just Jake’s in Montclair, N.J. Again, our ultimate goal is to start alumni organizations in various areas around the northeast, and these gatherings are a good start.
Professors Susan DeNisco and Julie Stewart were recently invited to serve as judges at the 30th Annual Belsky Research Day, part of the Danbury Hospital medical residency program. The event is committed to medical education and investigative research to identify new and innovative therapies as well as display improvements in the delivery on clinical care. As nonphysician faculty judges, the two shared their clinical expertise in primary care and infectious disease with medical residents and members of the hospital’s medical and education research team. This year, there were more than 50 abstracts to review. Thanks to Susan and Julie for representing SHU so well.
This weekend is the Connecticut Challenge, and I want to wish all the members of the #TEAMSHU all the best, whether you are biking or volunteering at a checkpoint. It is not too late for the rest of us to support the team with a pledge or by purchasing a ticket for Bobby Valentine’s bike raffle. Go Pioneers!
I also want to call attention to the Coach Nof Tackles Cancer Campaign in support of head football coach Mark Nofri. Our student-athletes are partnering with the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness and support the fight against the disease. The campaign will run throughout the year, with SHU hosting a “Blue Out Game” when we play Duquesne on November 7. In addition to supporting this excellent cause, we are keeping Coach Nofri in our thoughts and prayers as he battles this disease.
Enjoy the weekend!