You know that President Obama recently made a state visit to South America but managed to keep a close eye on things at home. Well, I took a page from that book myself. I have spent a great week vacationing with family in Florida, but Sacred Heart is never far from my thoughts, and I found that even in the absence of the interim president, many great things are going on!
Ten years ago, the Most Rev. William E. Lori, who is the chairman of our Board, was installed as the Bishop of Bridgeport in our very own William H. Pitt Center. He was on campus again last Sunday evening to visit with Canadian bishop, the Most Rev. Noel Simard, who celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. And I am very proud to say that members of the Sacred Heart University choir were a major part of Bishop Lori’s Jubilee Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral in Bridgeport last Saturday as they raised their voices in song. Thanks to all the students of our choral programs for all of the wonderful work they do.
Campus Ministry is sponsoring their regular retreat called Encounter with Christ, this weekend. A send-off service on Friday in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit got the retreat going, and we send over 50 students, faculty and staff off with our prayers and best wishes.
And take note of the concert this Sunday afternoon with the Sacred Heart University Concert Band under the direction of Keith Johnston. Our talented students will team up with the noted harpist, Fran Duffy. It’s free, and it’s in the Edgerton.
Our talented fencing athletes will compete with their counterparts from across the country this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. A field of 144 competitors will participate in the 2011 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships. Ohio State University is hosting the championships on March 24-27. Our fencing team is terrific, but the competition is very stiff, and we wish everyone great success.
And students from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University will compete head-to-head in another kind of contest with contenders from the state’s best schools of business in the second annual ACG Connecticut Cup Competition. Sponsored by the state’s chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, the contest is designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the state real world experience and practical knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. On March 28, teams from SHU will meet their counterparts from Quinnipiac, the University of Connecticut and Yale to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG Connecticut community. Good luck to our business school students!
The University’s profile as a leader in science education will be enhanced once again when we host several hundred science students at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. More than 20 schools ranging from Yale and Fordham to the military academies will be represented. Special thanks to Professors Mark Beekey and Suzanne Deschenes and their team for making all the arrangements for what should be a terrific gathering of future scientists and innovators.