It’s a good thing that the parking situation has me walking a little more, because all the events to kick off the semester have me eating a bit more than I should. I hope you all had as great a time as I did at the Gala last Friday. It was wonderful to see everyone—thanks to those of you who made a point of saying hello. The music was perfect and, of course, the food was delicious. It was also fun to see so many of you wearing bow ties. Very classy! Personally, I hope this is a tradition that continues to grow—at the Gala and at other SHU events.
I hosted a barbecue for the students who are housed at the Trumbull Marriott this week. It was chance to check out their digs, which are very nice. The Marriott has done a great job of creating an environment that is more like a residence hall and less like a hotel. Marriott management made a point of telling me that our students have been excellent guests and outstanding representatives of the University. Thanks to everyone for making the best of an unusual situation.
I also hosted a reception this week for the new members of the faculty. It was great to have a chance to meet them and hear about their special research interests and their plans for the year. There are some exciting things happening. I am proud of our top-notch faculty who are delivering innovative and creative programs to our students.
Speaking of our outstanding faculty, I want to congratulate Kerry Milner and Anna Price, both from the College of Health Professions—the winners of the Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program for this year. The program is made possible by the generosity of Richard J. and Barbara A. Naclerio and was created to support and facilitate the work of emerging academic leaders from among the faculty. The Naclerios share the University’s vision of cultivating academic excellence through innovative research endeavors, and we are very grateful to them.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday was very moving as the community once again filled the Chapel to remember Kaitlyn Doorhy. During the service, we presented a plaque with a photo from the candlelight vigil to representatives from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in appreciation for all they did for Kaitlyn and her family.
Also on Wednesday, the class of 2018 heard from Michael Sandel, Harvard University professor and author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? The students were required to read his book over the summer. As he always does, Professor Sandel engaged the students in a lively debate on a number of ethical dilemmas in an attempt to determine what constitutes justice. The topics ranged from killing and eating one ailing member of a shipwrecked crew to save the lives of the others and torturing a prisoner if you think he knows where a bomb has been planted to surrogacy, bidding for adoptable babies and sperm donation. In each case, there were strong opinions on both sides. The lecture kicked off the 2014-15 Student Affairs Lecture Series.
Congratulations are also in order for Scott Gaffney and Michael Slaughter who are two of the five winners in the 2014 CFBTA (Commodity Futures Brokers and Traders Association) Scholarship Program. Applicants must be interested in a career in the financial industry, and winners are based on merit, need and an essay. Scott and Michael were chosen from more than 100 applicants.
One of our students is quoted in a blog post called College Students Remember 9/11 that includes comments from today’s college students who were in elementary school back in 2001. To read the blog, click here.
Congratulations also to the University Band on their invitation to perform the National Anthem prior to the Mets home game on Tuesday. The Mets have set aside a block of tickets in the Big Apple Reserve section of Citi-Field for SHU at $20 each. The National Anthem will be performed at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has begun its Fall 2014 Campus Visit Program. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday throughout the semester. We are expecting a large numbers of participants once again. As always, I know I can count on you to be warm, welcoming and helpful to our guests.
Earlier today, you received an email from Paul Healy with information about the various programs we have in place to keep the members of our community and our visitors safe. Please take time to read through his message and then store it in a place that is easily accessible should you need it. The safety of everyone in our community is our top priority at all times.
Tomorrow is our annual SHU Day event for faculty and staff. I hope you are all planning to come out for the Oktoberfest celebration that will precede the football game against Assumption at 6 p.m. Immediately following the game, a Student Life-sponsored fireworks display will take place. Let’s continue the great support for the football team by once again filling the stands with red shirts for the game!
Also playing at home this weekend are the field hockey team against St. Louis tonight at 7 and the men’s soccer team against Marist at noon tomorrow. Go Pioneers!
Enjoy the weekend!