This week we said goodbye to former Sacred Heart President Emeritus Thomas Melady with a memorial mass. Because his influence is embedded in the history of this University—as well as many achievements outside of his time here—we also honored him with a posthumous honorary doctorate. We had planned to give it to him during a special 50th Anniversary ceremony at our Founder’s Day celebration. Instead we presented the degree certificate and hood to his wife and daughter during Wednesday’s service.
Our own Lucjan Orlowski will receive an honorary doctorate from Wroclaw University of Economics (WUE) on March 6 during WUE’s version of Founder’s Day. WUE is honoring Lucjan for his “scholarly accomplishments and contribution to the science of economics.” Since it was established in 1947, WUE has bestowed just 24 honoris causa doctorates. Be sure to congratulate Lucjan on this well-deserved honor.
Peter Kavanagh, retired senior producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was on hand Wednesday night to discuss the dichotomy between the secular and religious media and how it is impacting the new pope. One of the points he made was that today’s media is lacking in substance and content, and the Church needs to learn how to work within those confines.
We also heard from New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen on Wednesday. She spoke before a full house at the Edgerton Center as part of WSHU’s Join the Conversation series. Also on hand was Ann Leary, author of The Good House and co-host of the NPR weekly radio show Hash Hags. Ms. Quindlen shared insights into her new novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and discussed the challenges of having a writing career while raising children.
We heard from our neighbors this week that a group of studentswere running on Eckert Street after the last big snowstorm and stopped to rescue a blind, deaf dog in the middle of the street. Its owner is extremely grateful to them for saving the dog’s life. I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am always happy to hear great feedback about our students.
Congratulations to our four students whose illustrations have been accepted into the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’ national juried competition. This year, only a little over 16 percent of entries submitted were accepted into the show, which says a lot for the talent of seniors Michael Abate and Kelley Aneson, junior Rachel Fogarty and sophomore Adrianna Mallory. What a great way to put SHU on the map!
Congratulations are also in order for our outstanding web management team. They received a Silver Winner award for Social Media Hub and Merit Winner award for Institutional Website from Higher Ed Marketing. Congratulations to Nancy Boudreau, Caitlin Robles and Kim Galiette for all they do to keep our website both exciting and operational.
If you weren’t at the Pitt Center for Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game, perhaps you caught it on TV. Despite a heartbreaking five-point loss, it was great to get the exposure provided by TV airtime.
Congratulations to junior Megan Floyd for being named a Primetime Performer by College Fencing 360 for her performance at last Sunday’s Philadelphia Invitational. She turned in a 13-2 day while competing against fencers from #7 Northwestern, #8 Penn, Duke, North Carolina and Fairleigh Dickinson. Way to go, Megan!
What better way to get fired up for the Super Bowl game than by attending Saturday night’s first-ever performance by the SHU Dance Company? The dancers will perform a variety of dance genres going back to the 60s up to today.
The Super Bowl will feature two West Coast teams battling it out on my home turf of New Jersey. Should be interesting to see the first cold-weather championship in many years. Please come on over to Reds to catch the game with friends. Hope to see you there. Just also keep in mind as you attend your parties that Monday is not a holiday from classes.
Enjoy the weekend!