It seems as though I was just watching you all unpack and move into the dorms, and now you are wrapping up your final exams and getting ready for the winter break. I had a chance to stop by the Late Night Breakfast in the Chartwells dining hall Monday night. The faculty and staff volunteers were dressed in festive attire as they served a study-break breakfast to students. I love this tradition, because it epitomizes the reason we all come to work every day – to support our students.
Congratulations to the women’s basketball team for breaking the top 25 in the College Insider's Mid-Major poll. The women, who are off to their best start in program history with a 9-1 record, ranked 24. This is the first time the Pioneers have ranked in the poll this season. Led by Callan Taylor and freshman Gabrielle Washington, the women are averaging 67.3 points per game.
Did you have a chance to attend either the Christmas Extravaganza by our choirs or the Holiday Voyage by the concert band last weekend? If you did, you experienced some amazing musical performances. Alumna Allegra DeVita was back to perform as a special guest of the choir. It was wonderful to welcome her back again and hear her incredible voice.
The holiday festivities continue tonight with our third annual performance of the Messiah in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The chapel is the perfect setting for this magnificent work, which will be performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph Schola Cantorum. Our grateful appreciation goes out to the generous sponsors who helped make this event possible.
Since this is the final blog of the semester, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and blessed Christmas and a fun, relaxing winter break. Let’s enjoy the holidays and time with our families and friends and then come back refreshed for another successful semester.