It’s been another busy and exciting week on campus as we barrel toward graduation. Why do the semesters seem to pass so quickly? The Discovery Gala was a wonderful event, and our new commons was the perfect setting. Approximately 300 people came out to mingle and dine in a 1960s Las Vegas setting. Even more exciting, we raised more than half a million dollars for student scholarships. Congratulations to Megan Rock and the University Advancement team! The Midtown Men did not disappoint as their high-energy performance left a capacity crowd at the Edgerton Center completely entertained.
For several days this week, we hosted a Lilly Fellows Network conference on the topic of Integrating A Faith-Based Education for the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses. The keynote speaker was Father David Tracy, a Greeley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies from the University of Chicago. Attendees also heard from several other distinguished speakers, including our own Dr. Michael Higgins. By all accounts, the conference offered a wealth of information and a successful exchange of ideas. Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Loris and her team for an exciting and well-run event.
This week also saw the inaugural event for Sacred Heart’s Center for Urban Policy and Action. The Center opened with a conference entitled A Call to Action: Keeping the Promise to Connecticut’s Children. Special guest Governor Dannel Malloy shared his vision of education reform. Other attendees included several state commissioners, educators and politicians. The mission of the Center is to provide a mechanism for systematic study and analysis of education, public health and economic policy issues confronting urban communities and for developing practical, creative solutions to these issues. This is the first of many events the Center will sponsor. Kudos to Dr. Ed Hendricks, director of the Center, and his interdisciplinary team who worked so hard to ensure a successful launch.
We celebrated Opening Day at the new state-of-the-art Pioneer Park with a barbecue and a doubleheader against Yale. The women got their first win and first loss in the new stadium out of the way as they split the two games with a 7-4 win in the first game and a 3-0 loss in the second. I encourage you all to make plans to enjoy a game in this wonderful new facility.
I imagine the students, faculty and staff who braved the dunk tank on Wednesday would have preferred the near-90 degree temperatures we had on Monday. Nonetheless, everyone had a great time, and the event raised $280 for the Class of 2014.
This was Volunteer Week both nationally and here at Sacred Heart. Our first-ever Volunteer & Service Learning Week incorporated a variety of activities, including faculty excursions to area nonprofit organizations, cleanup of our community gardens, a recyclables collection and a campus-wide cleanup. I’m hopeful this will become an annual event.
The Theatre Arts program’s production of Spring Awakening opened last night to rave reviews. I saw it last night, and it is not to be missed. Congratulations to an extremely talented cast and a crew that did not miss a beat. You can still catch one of the three remaining shows over the weekend.