It’s inspiring to see our students exercise their creativity through work that uses current events to explore personal themes. On September 24, our Theatre Arts Program opened their production of Time Stands Still, a story about a photojournalist who survives a bomb blast in Iraq, only to find it throws her life at home into conflict. If you didn’t catch it at the Edgerton when it opened, I recommend that you see this critically acclaimed play when it continues on campus tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
Congratulations to Julie K. DeMartini, an assistant professor in our athletic training program. Julie is the co-author of a new position statement on exertional heat illness published by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The statement gives trainers best practice prevention, treatment and return-to-play recommendations for avoiding heat stroke—a condition that results in far too many deaths of student-athletes. Julie’s work will be read by over 30,000 Certified Athletic Trainers across the country.
On Monday, the Bobby Valentine Sacred Heart University Golf Outing raised money to sponsor SHU’s athletics program. The tournament welcomed 143 participants, including presenting sponsors Tom and Mike Mendiburu from High Point Solutions and official hosts Don and Jennifer Tory, who attended with their son Jason, a graduate from the class of 2015. Thanks for being with us again, Jason, and thanks to everyone who helped the tournament raise over $250,000.
Tuesday, SHU hosted a day-long Global Service Learning Workshop in the Forum of the Martire Business & Communications Center. Guest presenter Dr. Eric Hartman from the University of Kansas shared expertise on planning service learning trips that maximize the benefits for the communities where students visit. It was exciting to see faculty and staff from colleges all over Connecticut in attendance. Thank you to our Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning, along with CT Campus Compact, for coordinating the event.
Wednesday was our Nursing Career Forum where nursing students had a chance to meet with potential employers. Helping our students land internships and jobs is a key component of our nationally ranked program.
At the same time, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Career Development and Placement Center offered a workshop featuring speakers from the SHU faculty and staff, Kaplan Test Prep and regional universities. Students from all majors and class levels attended to discuss topics ranging from navigating the application process to maximizing the graduate school experience after acceptance. Thank you to the coordinators of both events for helping our students develop their careers and expand their minds.
Today, students in our Masters of Science in Finance and Investment Management program (MSFIM) had a chance to lunch with John Chalykoff, dean of our Jack Welch College of Business. A unique aspect of the MSFIM program is the way it integrates academics and research with practical application, professional development and social activities. Today’s lunch followed suit, as students from all over the world came together for a discussion of global business practice. These lunches, coordinated by the students, will continue throughout the semester and beyond.
Many of our athletic teams are home this weekend, which means lots of opportunity to cheer on our Pioneers. Saturday, you can watch the women’s volleyball team face off against Central Connecticut State University at 2 p.m. Then, on Sunday, it’s men’s tennis vs. Siena at noon, women’s soccer vs. Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m., women’s volleyball vs. Bryant at 1 p.m. and men’s ice hockey vs. Dalhousie at 3:30 p.m. It all ends with the Athletics Appreciation Mass at 5 p.m. in the chapel, where you can offer up your thanks (and a prayerful Go Pioneers!) and hope for good health, strong efforts and, yes, victories in the matches ahead.
Finally, while the forecast says hurricane Joaquin will wander out to sea, Public Safety and everyone else here on campus remain prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us. In the event that you need emergency information, you will be updated regularly through email, text, phone calls, our website and social media.
Have a great weekend!