There was a lot going on here on campus last weekend starting with a wedding in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Saturday afternoon. It’s a beautiful venue for a wedding, and I am thrilled that alumni take advantage of it.
Our annual Relay for Life event took place Saturday evening. This is always a moving event, beginning with the Survivors’ Lap. We run the gamut of emotions as we remember loved ones who succumbed to cancer while celebrating the survivors – many of whom turn out for the event. Perhaps most impressive was that it was a student-run event. It was well-organized, well-attended and raised a stunning $41,000 for the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to the Student Events Team and the Relay for Life committee for an incredible job well done.
More student talent was on display Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon with performances by the University’s six choruses on Saturday and the University Band on Sunday. I attended both concerts and came away feeling respect and awe for the skill and craft that I witnessed. I am well aware that it took a lot of hard work to get to that point, and I offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations to both the students and their teachers for such spectacular performances.
The Fourth Annual Communion Breakfast at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in University Commons was a great success with approximately 160 in attendance. Catholic University of America’s Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love’s presentation on how educators can build a better world was well received as were remarks from Archbishop-elect William E. Lori. During the event, co-sponsor Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County presented its inaugural Education Leadership Award to Jo-Anne Jakab, principal of Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport for the past 17 years. She is a well-deserving recipient, who received Sacred Heart’s Bishop Curtis Award in 2006.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Bishop Lori on his recent appointment as the 16th archbishop of Baltimore. Although he will be sorely missed here in Bridgeport, the promotion is well deserved. I want to thank him for his support of Sacred Heart University and his personal friendship to me.
Yesterday, we had the great pleasure of hosting Jeffrey A. Asher, executive director of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), and David Wasch, government programs manager of CHEFA. They were here to present the check for the $75,000 grant that CHEFA awarded to us for the purchase of a state-of-the-art SimMan 3G patient simulation system. They had a chance to view the new SimMan 3G, which will be used for clinical nurse training. The patient simulators allow nursing students to practice and improve their clinical reasoning skills in the lab as the SimMan reacts to the care provided and can display vital signs that include breathing, sweating, temperature, dilation of the eyes, and more.
The Relay for Life Event last weekend also kicked off Greek Week. With greater participation in the Greek community here at Sacred Heart, the event expands this year from a weekend of activities to a full week. The Greek students are participating in a variety of events and competitions this week from a Family Feud tournament and skit contest to the Greek Olympics that will close Greek Week on Sunday. The week of activities is designed to build unity among the nearly 450 students who participate in SHU’s Greek life. It will also benefit the community as canned goods will be collected for the St. Charles Food Pantry during a barbecue on Saturday.
Congratulations to the Sacred Heart Winter Guard on their seventh-place finish at the Winter Guard International Regional competition in New Jersey this past Sunday. We wish them the best of luck as they compete at UConn this coming weekend to retain their championship title.
Kudos also to the women’s bowling team on its second NEC crown in three seasons. The title came with a dramatic 4-3 win over top-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson in the finals Sunday afternoon. The prevailing theme of this week’s blog seems to be that there is incredible student talent here at SHU no matter where we look. We can all be very proud to be part of this community.
We begin Holy Week on Sunday with the celebration of Palm Sunday and Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. As we enjoy Easter break, I hope we also take time to remember His sacrifice for us and the joy of His resurrection. Have a relaxing, safe and blessed Easter break.