I am heading back to campus today after a trip to Florida, but I did not want to go two weeks without writing a blog, especially when so many great things are happening on campus. With my daughter away at college for her freshman year, it was nice to continue our family tradition of spending her spring vacation in Florida. We all enjoyed the chance to relax together.
We received a lot of good news this week, including that SHU is ranked 17th on The Princeton Review’s just- published list saluting the best graduate schools to study video game design for 2014. SHU was the only Connecticut school to appear in the top 25. Congratulations to Dom Pinto, Bob McCloud and Frank Sardo for their outstanding efforts in making our program such a great success!
We also learned that we have been awarded the JedCampus seal, which is awarded to schools that exhibit comprehensive programming in both mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Mary Jo Mason and the rest of the staff at the Wellness Center have worked hard to build up these programs on campus, and this award indicates that they are on the right track. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Sarah Pfeffer, who recently graduated from our master’s in communication program. A film she produced while doing an internship with the Biology Department, entitled Project Limulus, has been selected for a screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival during the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Florida next week. A tip of the hat also to Tracy Deer-Mirek whose photos were used in the film. In addition to the screening of Sarah’s film, Professors Jennifer Mattei, Mark Beekey, Michele Guidone and LaTina Steele will be presenting at the meeting.
Julie Savino was in Hartford this week to speak before the legislature in support of the Governor’s Scholarship Program. She also offered some suggestions to eliminate some of the challenges that have surfaced in administering the scholarship program. Our thanks to Julie for discussing this important issue.
Our Horizon program’s participation in the Fairfield Community Foundations Day of Giving last Friday was a great success. In conjunction with the New Canaan Horizons program, we raised more than $12,000. Out of the 270 charities that participated in the event, Horizons was sixth in funds raised and 38th in number of contributions. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who went online and made a donation.
More than 300 families of students admitted into our School of Nursing are on campus today, and we are expecting more than 400 families of students admitted into the College of Health Professions to be here tomorrow. As always, we ask that you go out of your way to be friendly and helpful and give them a taste of the special community we have here at Sacred Heart.
It’s exciting to see how much progress has been made on the construction of our new academic building on the corner of Park and Jefferson—especially considering the relentlessly cold and snowy winter we have had. The insides of the building are already beginning to take shape.
As always, there were some interesting programs on campus this week for the SHU community and our neighbors in area towns. These included a talk by Tim Zimmerman, co-writer of the documentary film Blackfish, as part of the Student Affairs Lecture Series. An award-winning writer, he has reported on everything from extreme cave diving to communicating with dolphins. There was also a panel discussion on criminal justice in the 21st century to commemorate Criminal Justice Month. And this week’s colloquia celebrated Women’s History Month with a talk by Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, president of the National Women’s Studies Association; offered a discussion on creativity by Professor Leesa Sklover; and included a showing of the controversial film Compliance, which tells the story of how strip-search scams were perpetrated on female workers in fast food restaurants around the United States.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you won’t have to stray too far from campus. Comedian Eric O’Shea is performing tomorrow evening, and the legendary Jack Jones will be here Sunday afternoon. The grand opening and a reception for the Student Art Exhibit in the Art & Design Gallery at the Edgerton is Sunday afternoon with awards presented at 1 p.m., and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown will be performed in the Little Theatre all weekend.
Have a great weekend!