It was a busy week on campus.
On Monday, Jack Curry, long-time analyst and reporter for the New York Yankees, was on hand to talk about the sports media industry during an intimate forum with sports communication students.
On Wednesday, we broke ground on our 87,000-square-foot, 216-bed residence hall. Later in the day we welcomed Senator Chris Murphy who was here to commend us for the launch of our new SHU Safe application. Senator Murphy has called on the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to adopt the innovative technology and use it as a model for other colleges. We are grateful to Senator Murphy, who was also on campus for Fresh Check Day, for his support of SHU and our efforts to keep our students safe.
Wednesday was also the open house for our new state-of-the art chemistry labs and the latest in our Faculty Concert Series—a performance by the Joe Carter Trio. And we concluded the day with the annual University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture that we hold in conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Fairfield County. Mary Ann McDowell, associate professor, biological sciences, at the University of Notre Dame, spoke on “Fighting for Global Health.” Given the Ebola scare, this was a very timely topic.
We heard from the folks at St. Vincent’s Medical Center this week who thanked us for the photo/plaque we gave them for their care and compassion following Kaitlyn Doorhy’s tragic accident. The letter said, “Our critical care team will be proudly displaying the artwork in our Intensive Care Unit in honor of Kaitlyn and her family. This recognition helped all of us on our journey of healing. Thank you for embracing us into that circle of support.”
We received great news this week when we learned that our football team is nationally ranked for the first time in our history. Sacred Heart is ranked number 22 and number 24 in this week's FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll, respectively. In addition, our next four games, including tomorrow’s Family Weekend game, will be shown on ESPN3. Congratulations to the football team, Coach Mark Nofri and his staff and Bobby Valentine for this outstanding accomplishment. Let’s keep the winning going!
It’s Family Weekend, and I am looking forward to meeting the families of our students at this weekend’s events starting with tonight’s reception. A full weekend of activities is planned, including a tailgate party and the football game against St. Francis, SHU Hoops Madness, a performance by the Cat’s Pajamas and more. Thanks to the Student Life Office for their hard work in putting this all together.
For all of you Pioneer sports fans, there are plenty of home games this weekend in addition to the football game on Saturday. The soccer team takes on St. Francis this afternoon at 4:30, and the men’s hockey team goes up against Colgate at 7:05 p.m. tonight and 3:05 p.m. tomorrow at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The women’s volleyball team takes on St. Francis tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the men’s soccer team challenges Robert Morris at noon and the women’s volleyball team plays them at 1 p.m. The field hockey team takes on Rider at 3 p.m. Go Pioneers!
Have a wonderful Family Weekend!