The celebration will conclude tomorrow evening with a special concert performance of Mass of the New Light by composer Peter-Anthony Togni. The piece was specifically written for this occasion.
My thanks to Dr. Higgins and his committee for an outstanding job on the planning and execution of this event. The festivities are just beginning as next year we will celebrate the golden anniversary of this University’s founding.
Also this week, Sacred Heart University is hosting the Academy of International Business - US Northeast Chapter’s 2012 Annual Conference. The theme of the conference is “Business without Borders,” and the agenda offers a variety of presentations and workshops related to this timely topic. It is a great honor to host such an esteemed event, and my thanks to Professors Khawaja Mamun and Jing'an Tang who worked hard to make sure that everything ran smoothly for our guests.
The morning presentation was by Jill Kinsey of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. She shared data on how our students perceive the quality of the environment here at Sacred Heart. She was inundated with questions from the audience who wanted to hear more about strategies for improving our engagement with our students. Many faculty members in attendance commented that the Institute was the equivalent of a conference they would pay to attend. Our thanks go out to the provost, Laura Niesen de Abruna, for putting together such a dynamic agenda.
While the faculty was discussing active and engaged learning here at SHU, the students were studying for midterms. Can we really be halfway through the semester already?
A great way to kick off the weekend will be the SHU Hoops Madness this evening at the Pitt Center. The event commemorates the official start of the basketball season when practices begin for the teams. The men’s and women’s teams will be introduced, and there will be raffle prizes, a pep rally and a scrimmage between the men’s varsity and a team made up of faculty and staff. Now that should be interesting!
Have a wonderful weekend.