Thanks to a $22,000 grant from the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative, our University will be able to re-energize its substance abuse programs, enhance peer education on these issues and continue our very successful “social norming” strategy that works to educate the campus community about the actual state of alcohol use at SHU. We are especially grateful to Nancy Dekraker of the Counseling Center, for writing the successful application, and to Janice Kessler, for her work as the coordinator of the program for alcohol and other drugs.
We’ve been particularly fortunate this semester in the number and variety of guest speakers on campus. This week alone, we hosted nationally recognized educational reformer, Dr. Steve Perry; the widely respected authority on issues relating to boys and men, Dr. Michael Kimmel; the Yale historian and memoirist, Dr. Carlos Eire, and baseball’s legendary Bobby Valentine. Thanks to everyone involved in these presentations: they prove once again how important learning is that takes place outside the classroom.
Our academic landscape has grown greener with the formal introduction of an Irish Studies minor. Participants will earn at least three credits at our campus is Dingle, Ireland, and will have a growing choice of options here on campus. This program would never have gotten off the ground were it not for the hard work of Professors Gerry Reid and John Roney, and we wish everyone the “luck of the Irish” in this great new program.
Once again this year, Sacred Heart’s small but potent graphics art department is making national news. This is the 34th time since 2004 that an illustration by a Sacred Heart student has been accepted into one of the two nationally juried student competitions by the prestigious Society of illustrators of New York, and of Los Angeles. Junior Maria Damianou’s drawing in graphite, “Walken,” has been accepted into both societies this year. Congrats, Maria, and to Professor Jack de Graffenried and all the team.
I hope you are following the developments at the Legislature in Hartford as drastic cuts are threatened in scholarship aid to Connecticut students. This is a critical issue for many of our students and, so, for the future vitality of our University. A representation of students will travel this Monday, February 28th, to the Capitol. The students will meet at 3:30 P.M. at the Governor's office and walk as a group to the Legislative Office Building. The Appropriations Committee hearings begin at 5:00. SHU students--wear your SHU tee shirts or sweatshirts and join your fellow classmates on the bus to the capital to show your support. SHU will provide transportation so just meet outside the Edgerton Center and board the bus, which will leave the University at 2:00. Food will be supplied, and SHU students will stay until 6:00 and then be transported back to campus.
A number of students are participating in alternate spring breaks this week, continuing a very proud tradition for the University. Among them, we wish Godspeed to our delegation heading to El Salvador – including Father Jerry Ryle. They go with our prayers and heart-felt support.