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!