One of the things I love about summer is the chance to dive into some books I’ve been meaning to read. Of course, I read year-round, but there is something about summer with its longer days of sunlight and extra vacation time that allows me to get to the stack of books on my to-do list. This summer’s list included:
- Bloodmoney by David Ignatius, which was a summer beach read – an entertaining novel about espionage.
- Transforming a College by George Keller, which I asked the trustees and leadership team to join me in reading. It’s about the transformation of Elon College in North Carolina, and I think it can inform our discussion as we plan our next steps to bring greater distinction here to Sacred Heart.
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, which is the book we asked all incoming freshmen to read over the summer. It’s about two kids with the same last name who grew up in the same city (Baltimore). One became a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran and business leader, and the other is in prison serving a sentence for felony murder. The author will speak on campus here in the fall.
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, which I was inspired to reread after reading the Wes Moore story. Both books reminded me that we often remain isolated from the poverty of spirit as well as material that surround us.
I hope you have had a chance to do some reading over the summer and have discovered both entertaining and thought-provoking treasures.
The University Board of Trustees had a productive retreat over the past weekend. It was good to take time to go over some of the key strategic issues that are facing us and talk about where we will be focusing our energies during the next five years. We talked about the quality of our academics, faculty and facilities. A grateful thank you to all the Board members and senior staff who gave up a precious summer Saturday for this work.
We had folks from the Golf Channel on campus Thursday afternoon and evening to film the Path to College program offered by First Tee of Metropolitan New York. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course is one of First Tee’s five locations in the tri-state area, and our close proximity made for a natural partnership. Faculty and staff from Sacred Heart regularly offer presentations to the program’s students in grades 7-12 on interview practice, resume building, financial aid & planning and college essay writing. The Golf Channel was here to film one of those presentations.