It’s been quiet on campus this week with the students off for the summer and many of the faculty taking time off. I am looking forward to the summer programs we have lined up that will bring students of all ages to our campus. In addition to our traditional summer camps, this year we are giving qualified high school juniors and seniors a chance to earn college credits by taking one of 15 courses offered as part of our new Pre-College Program. We hope the three-week program will not only give teens a jump start on their college credits, but will also provide a chance for them to explore new interests, while experiencing academic life on a college campus.
Equally exciting is our inaugural Horizons program. In affiliation with Horizons National, we will have 32 first- and second-grade students from Bridgeport Public and Cathedral Education Cluster schools on campus for six weeks this summer. The program will address summer learning loss, a phenomenon in which low-income children fall behind in reading and math skills in the summer, while middle-income students keep pace or jump ahead. These programs are exactly how we should be using our campus space during the summer months.
Of course, we also have our own students taking classes as well. On Tuesday, students in our Masters of Arts in Communication Program will sponsor the SHU Media Exchange. The event offers a moderated panel of experts, including Vinnie Fusco, general manager/executive in charge of NBCUniversal Stamford Media Center; Meryl Moss founder/president of Meryl Moss Media Relations; Bud Grebey, vice president, Corporate Communications, Tronox, Inc.; and Kip Bergstrom, State of Connecticut executive director of the Commission on Culture and Tourism. The panel will be moderated by John Seigenthaler of NBC Nightly News and Seigenthaler Public Relations. It promises to be a dynamic discussion about agency trends, the expansion of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor” and the emergence of the media industry in our state.
Our 23rd annual Pioneer Open golf fundraiser took place on Monday. Despite a rainy day, we had a full field at the Brooklawn Country Club, and everyone had a great time. Congratulations to the University Advancement team on exceeding their goal and raising $235,000 through entry fees and the live and silent auction (which included a Pebble Beach golf package). The money will be used for much-needed student scholarships.
A great big cheer goes out to the Sacred Heart baseball team for its second consecutive NEC championship. There was a bit of déjà vu involved as the Pioneers once again entered the tournament as the second seed; once again won behind complete-game victories by Tony Scribner, Nick Leiningen and Kody Kerski; and once again closed out the tournament with two straight victories over Monmouth at Dodd Field. The team will play in the NCAA Regionals June 1-4. Go Pioneers!