Campus has seemed too quiet for me since the end of the semester and the departure of the students, but that, thankfully, is about to change. We already have 28 orientation leaders onsite gearing up for three freshman orientations that are slated for the next couple of weeks. We have almost 1,350 students registered to attend the orientations, which will take place Monday, June 2 – Tuesday, June 3, Thursday, June 5 – Friday, June 6 and Monday, June 9 – Tuesday, June 10. That means we are expecting more than 450 students and 400 parents at each of the three sessions. They will be wandering around campus and staying in the dorms. (Yes, some of the parents really do choose to stay in the dorms!) I know we can count on all of you to welcome them, assist them and make them feel a part of this special community.
Student Life has planned a very busy couple of days for the visitors. Their activities will range from information sessions on the First-Year Academic Experience, the responsibilities and expectations for a Sacred Heart student and life in the residence halls to meetings with their academic advisers and career coaches. There will also be quite a bit of fun mixed in. Welcome to the class of 2018!
This year marks the 10th year of the Presidential Seminar, which is a year-long program for a group of 10 to 12 full-time faculty members. The seminar has two phases—the first of which has been happening over the past two weeks. That involves an eight-day immersion program of study of the Catholic intellectual traditions on which this University was founded. The second phase will be four full-day workshops In October, January, February and April designed to deepen the study that began last week and this week.
The seminar has four objectives—to give participants a better understanding of the Catholic intellectual traditions, to articulate and explore the implications of the traditions for their work as teachers, to examine the research opportunities that engagement with the traditions creates and to incorporate the traditions into their academic lives. The immersion program was facilitated by Father Tony Ciorra and Professor Michael W. Higgins of Mission and Catholic Identity.
We received good news recently. Sacred Heart was ranked 33rd by U.S. News Media Group in its rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans. The rankings include more than 197 online degree programs nationwide.
Anyone who regularly drives by our new academic building on the corner of Park and Jefferson can see that progress has been rapid. It is really starting to take shape. We will also be starting work on our new Student Success Center across the street on Park Avenue. It continues to be an exciting time at SHU with much change and growth still taking place.
Have a wonderful weekend!