In case you hadn’t noticed, the “news” this week is really the weather. Yet another major snow storm hit us. I can’t say enough about our Campus Ops people for all their work to keep the streets and parking lots cleared. It is a monumental task, and great thanks to all of them for braving the elements in their efforts to keep all of us safe.
Kudos go out once again to the Department of Graphic Design and Visual Arts. Illustrations by three students and one grad were accepted by the prestigious Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. The students are Rachel Bellando and Katherine Connolly of Rockville Center, NY, and Maria Damianou of Monroe, CT. Britt Gardner of Guilford, CT, who graduated in May of 2010, also had a piece accepted. Sacred Heart’s program continues to garner recognition and awards. Congrats to Professor Jack de Graffenried and all your colleagues.
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult drew a capacity audience to the Edgerton Center Monday to discuss bullying and writing. She praised Connecticut as a state that has adopted an anti-bullying program based on one of her novels. She’s had 17 best-selling novels, including My Sister’s Keeper, which was made into a major motion picture. The Student Affairs lecture series has been able to bring terrific names to campus, thanks to the hard work of Denise Tiberio and her team.
Also, this week, we saw the start of a very promising series of discussions by members of the faculty. Dean Seamus Carey of the College of Arts and Science hosted a panel featuring Dr. Michael Higgins, our vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity, who spoke of his newest book, Suffer the Children unto Me, about the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Responding, in a lively conversation, were Dr. Jim Castonguay and Dr. Brian Stiltner. The result was engaging and thought-provoking discussion with faculty. The Dean’s Forum will be held twice a semester and is designed to offer faculty members the chance to discuss their research and writing with their colleagues. And this was a very good start to it.
Remember to “Pack the Pitt” tomorrow for basketball and a whole lot more – beginning at 1 o’clock. And, may it not snow.