This was an incredibly busy week on campus with a great many programs and events. There was truly something for every interest. We had a lecture on mindful eating and several colloquia—a talk on problem gambling with a first-hand account; a discussion with business leaders and leaders of charitable organizations on why businesses need to consider issues of global and local poverty, health and education; a showing of the film, The Central Park Five followed by a discussion; a talk on domestic workers’ rights and a screening of the film, Blackfish. The John F. Welch College of Business also featured a Q & A with Frank Martire, chairman and CEO of Fidelity National Information Systems (FIS) and vice chairman of SHU’s Board of Trustees. Moderator Linda E. McMahon (also a SHU trustee) asked the right questions to ensure that the roomful of business students benefitted from Frank’s wisdom and experience. We are extremely grateful to all our guests this week who took time to visit and share their expertise about these very important topics.
It was also a great week for cultural experiences. I am in awe of the talents of our students and staff, and that continued to be the case as I attended the Friends choral program, the Great American Band Concert and a performance of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown over the weekend. I hear last night’s Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute concert by Joe Carter and the Brazilian Jazz All Stars was also incredible.
This week, we hosted a special workshop on affordable housing for the town of Fairfield, which was sponsored by the local neighborhood group, the Stratfield Village Association. It was very well attended, and it was our pleasure to provide a forum for this necessary discussion on an important topic.
The John F. Welch College of Business hosted a reception in Stamford Wednesday evening to showcase our new master’s programs in digital marketing and human resource management, as well as the Doctor of Business Administration in Finance. All these programs are offered at our Stamford Graduate Center in Landmark Square. The event, co-hosted by the Business Council of Fairfield County, welcomed prospective students, alumni and regional business representatives. Approximately 60 people attended and had a chance to network with colleagues and meet program directors, faculty and staff.
Once again, it’s nice to see so many visitors on campus today as we welcome more than 400 admitted students and their families, making this the largest admissions event of the semester. Today’s visitors are interested in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Isabelle Farrington College of Education or are undecided. Please make them feel welcome.
Among our 50th Anniversary events this week was a Senior Pub Night at Red’s to celebrate just 50 days until Senior Week. (Can that possibly be true?) The pub was packed with students enjoying the special 50th anniversary cake and the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
Congratulations are also in order for the men’s fencing team for posting its highest-ever team finish at the NCAA Fencing Championships. The team placed 11th in the team competition, winning 50 bouts over the four days of the tournament.
Kudos also to alumna Kate Hann who is this year’s winner of the Nightingale Award at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. The award recognizes nurses who go beyond the call for patient care, volunteer their time and mentor other nurses. Kate is one of the youngest to ever receive the award.
Our 50th Anniversary Outdoor Movie Night series starts up again next week with a showing of Forrest Gump to celebrate the 90s. Come by for some pizza, popcorn and an Oscar-winning performance by Tom Hanks.
And if you are free Saturday night, I strongly recommend that you go by the Chapel for “Sing Out! A Concert Against Bullying.” Last year’s program of music and testimonies was deeply moving, and I am looking forward to more of the same.
Have a great weekend!