I bring you another installment of my video blog to kick off the start of the academic year. Feel free to share this on social media and follow me as well. @SHUprez on Twitter and Instagram.
Have a great move-in weekend and welcome home!
I bring you another installment of my video blog to kick off the start of the academic year. Feel free to share this on social media and follow me as well. @SHUprez on Twitter and Instagram.
Have a great move-in weekend and welcome home!
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As I walk around the campus, I am excited to see that some of the students are already back, and I am looking forward to next week at this time when the freshmen will be starting to move in. Thanks in advance to all of you who will be out in force next weekend to welcome them and help them get their belongings into the residence halls. We will also be holding our international orientation on Tuesday and our transfer orientation on Thursday, which provides more opportunity for all of us to welcome new incoming students.
Students will be arriving this weekend for our annual Community Connections program. This is a service immersion program for incoming freshman—a total of 49 have signed on this year—who join with volunteers from the upper classes, faculty and staff to perform service projects in Bridgeport, while also learning about the culture of this neighboring city. This year’s agenda includes volunteer work at Northbridge Health Care Center, Hall Neighborhood House, the Connecticut Food Bank and others. The students will also do beach clean-up, paint barrels and assemble backpacks for Bridgeport students. However, it will not be all work. They will attend various religious services around Bridgeport, have a variety of ethnic meals, learn to salsa dance, visit Captain’s Cove and more. I hope it is a meaningful experience for all involved, and I will plan to share some photos in next week’s blog.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been working so hard to put the finishing touches on the campus to get it ready for the incoming students. Everything from new banners along Jefferson and Park and the beautiful flowers and plants everywhere to the fresh paint wherever it is needed is making a difference. I also expect our returning students, especially, to be impressed with the progress we have made on our construction projects. The Student Success Center, new residence hall and the football field and track all look a lot different than they did last spring. We have also replaced the Pitt Board Room with the Academic Services and Student-Athlete Development Center where student-athletes can study between practices and workouts.
The College of Nursing has been named among the top 25 schools for nursing specialties by Nursing School Hub. We were honored for our home care nurse program. We are in good company on the list with such schools as Duke, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. Congratulations to all involved.
Congratulations also to Art Gerckens and his colleagues for being among 24 postal councils that were recently recognized by the U.S. Postal Service for their achievements and creativity in communication, leadership, membership growth, innovation and educational program offerings. Fairfield County was recognized for Innovation of the Year and Education Excellence.
Sacred Heart continues to get recognition in the press. Jim Castonguay, chair of the communication & media studies program, and David Taylor, assistant professor of marketing & sport management, were quoted in an article in the Fairfield County Business Journal about preparing students for media jobs in Connecticut. In addition, several news outlets, including the Hearst papers, ran a story about Katie Burke joining our faculty.
Finally, I want to share an article that was written by one of our students, Kim D’Adamo, about her experiences as a SHU student in Dingle and published in West and Mid Kerry Live magazine on page 31. It’s beautifully done. It is our hope that more and more of our students will be able to take advantage of these international opportunities in Dingle, Rome, Luxembourg and many other locations abroad.
Have a great weekend!
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Last night was the annual family night for our Horizons at SHU program. As always, it was an exciting and emotional evening as the students, who now range from kindergarten through fourth grade, show off the things they have learned during their six weeks here at SHU. The Edgerton was packed with family members and friends of the students as well as friends of the SHU Horizons program, including board members and SHU staff. Whether they were singing, dancing or demonstrating their martial arts skills, the pride these young people took in their new skills was clearly evident. It was wonderful to watch their joyful faces and be reminded of how great a difference this important program is making in their lives.
Sacred Heart has been getting a lot of great press lately, and I want to thank the faculty members who have made themselves available to speak with reporters. Some examples include a story in U.S. News & World Report on online programs with a quote from Professor Linda Strong, director of our RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs; a story in the Hartford Courant and other outlets about the great work our business students did for the Town of Fairfield; two fantastic stories in the Waterbury Republican-American about the Biology Department’s work on horseshoe crabs and the use of reef balls for cleanup in Long Island Sound that feature commentary from Professor Jennifer Mattei; a story in the Stamford Advocate about Katie Burke, a top media consultant to politicians and government officials, who is joining SHU as an executive in residence; and a pickup by the Connecticut Post on Director of Bands Keith Johnston’s recent expedition to Haiti to teach music to talented musicians. Thanks again to everyone for making SHU look so good.
The summer often provides a chance for me to catch up on books I have been meaning to read. This year, I have been reading The Road to Character by David Brooks where he challenges his readers to focus on the deeper values that inform our souls, such as kindness, honesty, faithfulness and bravery. I also read The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution by Joseph Ellis, which is a fascinating look at the beginnings of this country. If either of these topics interest you, I recommend these books.
Enjoy the great weather this weekend!
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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!
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It’s been great to see so many kids on campus for camps, special programs and such. I am always especially pleased to see the students in our Horizons program. This is such a special program as the same children come back year after year. Not only do they get a jump start on their upcoming academic year, but they get to know us and become comfortable on a college campus. This program builds their confidence and inspires them to set high goals for their future education.
We also have 14 students from TEC University in Costa Rica here. They are in the middle of a three-week visit where they are taking English lessons on campus in the mornings and doing volunteer work in Bridgeport in the afternoons. A group of our students participated in a similar program at TEC University during spring break.
Our FTMA program was part of Stamford’s ARTWALK 2015 celebration a couple weekends ago. The two-day event showcases talented artists, photographers and sculptors in a festival atmosphere that includes great food and plenty of live music. Our FTMA students were able to display a huge video installation piece with FTMA and SHU logos onto the side of the Ferguson Library. It was essentially a creative billboard and was a great way to reinforce SHU’s presence in Stamford.
We have made a lot of progress in the renovations to Campus Field. The new turf is being laid and is just about complete. There are now red end zones for football, with Sacred Heart in the south and Pioneers in the north. The turf should be completely installed in the next few days at which time the final installation of the track surface will begin. The project is scheduled to be completed the first week of August.
Congratulations to Rob Pescatore on winning an (ISC)2 scholarship while participating in the annual US Cyber Challenge Eastern Regional Cyber Camp’s “Capture-the-Flag” competition, which demonstrates knowledge and skill in cybersecurity. A primary responsibility of the (ISC)2 Foundation is to develop our country’s cybersecurity workforce and Rob will now be able to participate in educational sessions there. Rob earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SHU and is now an adjunct professor here.
I want to encourage everyone to consider joining the SHU teams for the upcoming Connecticut Bike Challenge on July 25-26 and the Corporate FunRun on July 30. These are two great opportunities to get outside with your colleagues for fun and comradery and—in the case of the former—to raise money for a SHU scholarship.
Have a great weekend!
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This week kicked off with an event that was very special to me as I was inducted into Seton Hall’s Athletics Hall of Fame. This honor was both humbling and meaningful. I would never take credit for the success of Seton Hall Athletics during my tenure as chancellor—anything I achieved was because of the talent and cooperation of the coaching staffs and student-athletes. That said, this honor was particularly rewarding because it came from my alma mater where I earned two degrees and developed into the person I am today. It came from a place where I will always feel at home. It was a wonderful experience to have my family and Sacred Heart colleagues attend, to introduce them to friends at Seton Hall and to see my two SHU experiences merging in such a meaningful way.
Another important event also took place on Monday—our annual Pioneer Open. This year’s event was at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, which is a beautiful course and ranked number one in Connecticut. The Pioneer Open provided a chance for us to invite our friends and benefactors out for an enjoyable day of golf, networking and camaraderie. From what I hear, those who attended had a fantastic time. Congratulations to the Advancement team for organizing a great outing.
Huge congratulations are in order for our student-athletes who tied with Wagner to win the 2015 Northeast Conference Institutional Academic Award. The Pioneers’ 22 NEC teams combined for a grade point average of 3.279. While this award goes to those who play in the NEC conference, all our student-athletes are deserving of kudus for their academic performance. Our nearly 800 student-athletes combined for a GPA of 3.27. Across all 31 varsity sports, the Pioneers had 51 student-athletes post a semester GPA of 4.0 during the year, with 467 earning Dean’s List recognition. In addition, 423 student-athletes were recognized with academic honors by their respective conferences. Congratulations to all of you for being winners both on and off the field!
I also want to again congratulate Board of Trustee member Pat Maggitti on his appointment as provost at Villanova. He starts this new job August 1 and will be the chief academic officer and the second-ranking officer at the University. Villanova is in good hands with Pat.
Congratulations also to Professor Khawaja Mamun who has been asked to be the research trainer at Bangladesh Bank (the central bank of Bangladesh) for the training program titled “Econometric Research with Time Series: Bangladesh Perspectives.” He will be in Bangladesh from July 21 to August 3 to conduct this training.
Our offsite alumni happy hour events continue to be successful with more than 100 alumni turning out in New York City last night to network and reconnect. We are optimistic that these outings will lead to alumni chapters around the country.
Tonight a group of MBA students who have been working with the Barnum Museum will present their work to museum officials and receive their feedback. Earlier this week, another group met with representatives from the Town of Fairfield to provide recommendations for enhancing the downtown area so that more people will shop and dine there. As part of these projects, students research similar entities, do surveys and much more. It is great to see this Action Learning Program is benefitting both the students and area businesses and nonprofits as it was designed to do.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Yesterday was a special day at Sacred Heart as we broke ground for the new Center for Healthcare Education. Nearly 200 of you showed up to celebrate, which was great to see. This is an exciting time for Sacred Heart as we continue to grow. It is wonderful to share these moments with so many from the SHU community as well as our friends from Bridgeport, who have also become important members of our family.
Last night was the Fourth Annual SHU Media Exchange. It is an outstanding program that is put together entirely by MACOMM students under the guidance of faculty. This year’s event focused on women and minorities in the media. The moderator was Faith Daniels, and the panel consisted of Anita Ford Saunders, director of Marketing Communications at the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; Ana Ceppi, vice president of Business Development at Univision Communications; and Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter and News at ESPN. The evening also included a cocktail hour and a post-event reception for networking. A great job by our students!
Also last night, Alumni Relations continued its series of happy hour events with a successful gathering in Stamford at Bobby Valentine’s eatery. More than 100 alumni turned out to mingle, network and hear about the great things going on at SHU.
For the second consecutive year, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided $10,000 to Sacred Heart for the Bank of America Problem-Based Learning Projects for Not-for-Profits Organizations program. The program benefits both our WCOB students and area nonprofits as it gives the students the opportunity to consult with the nonprofits and help to resolve real-world business problems. The grant funds three teams of students over the course of the academic year. We are very grateful to Bank of America for its generosity.
The economic outlook for the state developed by Lucjan Orlowski’s economic and financial forecasting class continues to get recognition. Most recently, the Fairfield County Business Journal carried a story about it. You can read that article here.
I want to encourage everyone to consider getting involved in the Connecticut Bike Challenge on July 25-26. Once again TEAMSHU will be riding in honor of Chris Cook, the late son of C. Donald Cook, executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics, emeritus. This year, the CT Challenge will award a $10,000 scholarship in honor of Christopher to a student that creates a team. It will go to a cancer survivor who attends SHU full time. TEAMSHU has a goal of 50 bikers this year and a fundraising challenge of $20,000. Seventy-five cents of every dollar raised by TEAMSHU will go to the scholarship. SHU will also host a rest stop on the ride course, so those who can’t bike can volunteer at the rest stop. It is a fun and rewarding event. You will have a great time. You can join TEAMSHU by clicking here.
I would also like to encourage you to participate in our ongoing United Way campaign. The campaign runs through next week, and monies raised will help your friends and neighbors in coastal Fairfield County, with a special focus on children. We have already raised more than we did in the previous two years, and I thank those of you who have already made a contribution. You can make an online gift here.
Enjoy the weekend!
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It’s great to be back on campus after a wonderful vacation. While in Italy, I was able to meet up with our students in Rome—something I always try to do—and take them out to dinner. We had a fantastic evening of good food and good company. I loved hearing their stories about their studies and experiences in Rome.
I also love the excitement that always surrounds freshman orientation. We had approximately 1,300 incoming freshmen on campus the past two weeks for three orientation sessions. Both they and their parents were enthusiastic and excited as they heard about what they can expect when they arrive back here to stay in August. I want to thank all of you for all you did to make their visit here welcoming and productive. Thanks and congratulations to Denise Tiberio and her entire team. I especially want to thank the student volunteers who do so much to make the newest members of our Sacred Heart family feel welcome. I am not the only one who is grateful. We got some wonderful feedback from parents posting on Facebook. You can read their comments here. There are also several great videos from these events. Here’s a link to one of them. You can find others on YouTube and Facebook.
I want to take a moment to update you on the two pieces of legislation that we all worked so hard to defeat.The PILOT bill was amended in the House so that the property taxes would be levied only on University-owned residential houses used for student housing. The Senate did not take up this bill during the regular session so, while the bill is dead at this point, it is expected that the proposal approved by the House will be considered again in the upcoming special session.
The proposed cuts to the Governor’s Scholarship Fund were limited to $2 million in FY16. We expect that no institutions will be cut from the program, but there will likely be a limit placed on either the amount of money a school may give out per year or the number of awards. Those details will be in the implementer bill, which will be finalized in the upcoming special session.
All in all, the news is good. I want to thank all of you who wrote letters to your legislators. You truly made a difference. Once the decisions are final and we have all the details, I will communicate with the entire SHU community again.
In my last blog, I talked about the great work that the students from Lucjan Orlowski’s economic and financial forecasting class did in preparing their annual economic outlook report for the state of Connecticut. Since then, a reporter from the Connecticut Post wrote a fantastic story on their work, which was published in all the Hearst newspapers. You can read it here. The report has also been shared with state lawmakers, various local city officials and area economic development directors. Congratulations to the following students who worked on this comprehensive report: Kimberly Ball, Adria Abboud, John Brownell, Kenneth Byram, Matthew Cole, James Cooksey, Kyle Czarnecki, Anthony Dolisi, Jonathan Flood, Scott Gaffney, Vincent Iannitelli, Margaret McCabe, Raymond Satagaj, Steven Sullivan, Emma Trapani and Adrien Viani.
Faculty members recently gathered for the Digital Learning Summer Institute, which has a goal of empowering faculty to enhance their teaching practices through effective integration of the digital learning environment and build a community of practice among faculty as they develop their digital pedagogical strategies. Under the leadership of the provost, Laura Niesen de Abruna, the Office of Digital Learning partnered with IT and faculty facilitators—Anita August, Wendy Bjerke, Jim Castonguay and Amanda Moras—to design and deliver this initiative collaboratively. The weeklong institute was attended by 21 faculty members with representatives from all our Colleges. The participating faculty worked in seven college-based teams to meet common program objectives.
For the first time, the Alumni Relations team is offering a series of happy hour events for alumni over the summer. The gatherings will take place in eight cities throughout the Northeast, and they are already proving to be popular. Approximately 80 people came to an event at Red’s in late May, and 20 alums gathered in Boston last night. Responses on Facebook indicate that more than 100 plan to attend the upcoming event in Stamford, and 160 have sent an RSVP for New York City. These events provide alums with an opportunity to network and meet people in their city as well as to hear from Alumni Relations about all the great things that are happening at their alma mater. The hope is that alumni chapters will develop in these areas as a result of these events.
Once again, our talented students and faculty are doing us proud. Laura Niesen de Abruna has been tapped by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to attend their convening of higher education leaders to talk about organizational change in U.S. Universities. She will be heading to Seattle in July.
Gail Samdperil, associate dean of the College of Health Professions, is a recipient of one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2015 Athletic Trainer Service Awards.
Nathan Lewis has three works in the exhibition titled “Remythologies: New Inventions of Old Stories” currently on display at the Housatonic Museum. You can check out the exhibit now through July 24.
Rising sophomore Ross Doty won a seat as a Town Meeting representative in last weekend’s town election in Walpole, Mass. This makes Ross the youngest elected official in Walpole in recent memory.
Alumna Keely Backus has been named 2015 Teacher of the Year for the town of Norwich. Keely has been with the Norwich school district since her internship for SHU.
Upward Bound student Geranne Darbouze will be unable to attend SHU’s summer Upward Bound program because she will be participating in the 2015 Telluride Sophomore Seminar entitled “Dreams of Freedom and Realities of Confinement” at the University of Michigan. While there, she will receive individualized writing instruction and attend programs by guest lecturers. Congratulations to all!
I want to close with a big congratulations to our women student-athletes on winning the 2015 Joan Martin Commissioner’s Cup. The cup is presented annually to the NEC institution that achieves the greatest overall success in women’s athletics. Our Pioneers accumulated 107.64 points, two points clear of runner-up LIU Brooklyn (105.81) and Central Connecticut State (105.48) to win the cup for a league-record eighth time. Sacred Heart last won the women’s commissioner’s cup in 2011-12.
Have a relaxing and safe weekend!
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I am enjoying a little rest and relaxation in Italy with my family. It is one of our favorite spots to visit. I hope all of you will get some time off in a favorite place before the summer ends.
Commencement exercises at the arena two weekend ago were a great success. Commencement is the culmination of everything we all work for and, of course, all the students have been working toward during their time with us. It is always a joy to congratulate them and wish them well and to see their families celebrating their accomplishments with them.
For the first time ever, we will have more than 1,000 graduate students on campus this summer. We have already passed that number, and we are still enrolling in some courses. This is great news as our strategic plan calls for focus on our graduate programs.
In other graduate program news, we had a lot of activity last night between well-attended information sessions in University Commons and the Martire Forum that focused on business, education and communications programs; an event in Curtis Hall that created a networking opportunity for students with cybersecurity professionals; and a mini film fest at the Avon Theatre in Stamford that was hosted by the FTMA program and showcased student films from this year’s class.
Students from Lucjan Orlowski’s economic and financial forecasting class recently presented the findings in their economic outlook report for the state of Connecticut during a program at the Martire Forum. Most of their discoveries indicate that Connecticut is lagging behind the rest of the country in recovery from the most recent recession. They focused on such areas as housing, labor, the state budget and the state’s financial sector.
Freshman orientation sessions will be taking place over the next few weeks. Thanks to the orientation leaders who are already on campus training for their important role. Please welcome our newest Pioneers and do everything possible to make this last visit before move-in a great one.
Before I close, congratulations are once again in order for some of our amazing students and faculty. First, I want to acknowledge the baseball team for winning the NEC championship. They are currently in Texas training for what they hope will be a first-ever NCAA tournament win for SHU baseball. The tournament is double elimination, so they are guaranteed two opportunities. The first comes tonight at 8:05 eastern against Texas Christian University. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. All regional games will be televised on an ESPN network. Go Pioneers!
I also want to congratulate Kieran McGirl ’15, who is currently working as a producer for New England Sports Network. In the final episode of NESN’s Next Producer, Kieran was named the winner, along with three co-eds from Boston University. The teams split the $20,000 prize and all four were given jobs at NESN. Way to go, Kieran—and thanks to everyone in the SHU community who supported Kieran with votes for his outstanding film.
Congratulations to Ken Daly, III, who has been named Teacher of the Year for his school district of Wallingford. Ken is on track to complete his Educational Leadership - Administrative Certification program of study in June and will continue on for his 6th-Year Certificate of Advanced Studies in administration.
Finally, kudos to Edward Joyner, former associate professor of education here at SHU, who was recently sworn in by Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven as the newest member of its board of commissioners. He will be tasked with governance and policy development as a commissioner. We wish him success and great wisdom.
Have a great weekend!
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Happy Senior Week! The week has been jam-packed with activities with still more to come! I very much enjoyed the Presidential Brunch yesterday. It was great to see all of you seniors relaxing and enjoying the break in between finals and commencement. I also enjoyed the graduation receptions at the College of Education and University College. I understand the evening activities have been fun as well. Students who participated in last night’s trip to Mohegan Sun were treated to a private concert by 50 Cent, and I hear our old friends Boomer and Carton were on hand as well.
I also had dinner this week with the resident success assistants. They are a special group, and I know we all appreciate everything they do to ensure that the residential life experience is a good one.
There is still more to look forward to, and I am especially excited about the family dinner dance on Saturday. It is always a great time and so nice to celebrate with both students and their families. I also always look forward to the pinning ceremony for our graduating nursing students. It is a special and moving event that commemorates all their hard work.
All of these activities lead up to the grand finale—commencement! We have two outstanding commencement speakers this year. Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company, will share his thoughts at Graduate Commencement on Saturday, while George Mitchell, former U.S. senator and senate majority leader from Maine, will address the Undergraduate Commencement crowd on Sunday. I want to encourage all of you who will be at the commencement ceremonies to take lots of photos and share them on social media. The hashtag for commencement social media is #PIONEER15.
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of presenting diplomas at the Senior Athletics Gala to four members of the women’s rowing team who will be unable to attend commencement because they will be rowing in the MAC championship on Sunday. Congratulations to Lauren DuFresne, Alissa Kneeland, Allison McCusker and Jaclyn Smith. And we wish you and the rest of the rowing team the best of luck on Sunday. Go Pioneers!
I want to take a moment to share a story that shows the positive impact students can have in the local neighborhood. There are four young men who attend SHU and live next door to a woman named Ruth. The boys have developed a special friendship with Ruth. They help her out when she needs it, and she provides a family-like presence that eases any feelings of homesickness. In fact, one of the boys—Joey Falcone—recently participated in the Mr. SHU contest, and Ruth was right there to cheer him on. She even came on stage to present him with flowers. I know I was one of many who thought they were related. What a nice surprise to find that she is his neighbor here at college. I know that many of you are out there helping your neighbors shovel snow, rake leaves, move heavy boxes, etc. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.
In addition to all the events with the seniors this week, we also had the annual appreciation barbecue for faculty and staff. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. The food was great, the music was terrific and the weather cooperated. It was wonderful to see everyone taking a moment to celebrate another great year here at SHU.
As always, I am thrilled to acknowledge the accomplishments of our incredible faculty and students. Last week was the annual faculty awards event where we honor members of the faculty who have been promoted, received tenure or a sabbatical award. We also honored a group of faculty with research grants and grants for their creative teaching techniques—in particular the use of the high-impact practices that we have been focused on for the past few years.
This past Friday night, the freshmen students from the Welch College of Business presented their ideas and business plans for a new business or product. This year, a new requirement for freshmen business students was the Intro to Business class which involved groups of four or five students working together to research the feasibility of their business idea. I want to congratulate all of the students for doing an outstanding job In particular, congratulations to Nicole Cavataro, Katerina Christopoulos, Kristen Citerella, Christina Dimauro and Jacqueline Foley who won the Poster Session prize for their solar-powered heated sleeping bag that also serves a phone charger. And big kudos to Cameron Bernstein, Cara Connery, Daniel Cohen and Patrick Skinner who took the top prize for their presentation on Weel-Dee—an application that introduces student renters to landlords who want to rent to students.
I also want to congratulate Derick Horn and John Bellucci. These two students in our MSA program have passed all four parts of the CPA exam even before completing their coursework. This is no easy feat. They are well on their way to a successful career.
A round of applause also to SHU Upward Bound student Breianna Campbell who has been named Barnum Festival Queen. With her excellent grades and winning personality, she is the perfect choice to represent Bridgeport at this annual celebration.
I also want to give a nod to our women’s outdoor track & field team for winning the NEC championship. Their hard work and commitment has been rewarded. Congratulations also to their coach, Christian Morrison, who was named NEC Coach of the Year for both cross country and indoor track & field.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to congratulate all of you who will be graduating this weekend. Your hard work has paid off, and the trustees, administration, faculty and staff join your family in friends in being extremely proud of you. We have enjoyed every minute that we have spent with you. Your enthusiasm, curiosity and commitment have enriched all our lives. We will miss you, and we hope you will come back often to your home on Park Avenue.
Best of luck to all of you.
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