This weekend marks the beginning of summer, but we have already gotten a taste of summer weather. My family and I have had a nice vacation in Europe, but I am looking forward to getting back to campus. While we were in Italy, we had a chance to meet up for dinner with the students who are studying at John Cabot University in Rome. They enthusiastically shared what a great experience it has been both to study in Rome and sightsee and tour on the weekends. I hope many more students will take advantage of the various opportunities that SHU offers for study abroad.
Our freshman orientations have concluded, and there was good news for Heartfelt Designs—the student-run T-shirt business that donates its proceeds to our spring mission programs. Their orientation shirts sold out so quickly that two rush orders for additional shirts were needed. Not only did the team make a profit of $1,015, but they were able to share the T-shirt program with students and parents—many of whom showed great interest. The shirts will be back on sale at the beginning of the fall semester.
In true pioneering spirit, we are testing two patent-protected backboards for a trial period for sports manufacturer, TrueBounce. The TrueBounce backboard is backed by a unique technology that “softens” shots by absorbing 28 percent of the energy of the ball, creating a true touch off the backboard. It will be interesting to see if the new technology improves the in-game experience for players as the manufacturer suggests.
Momentum is building for the SHU CT Challenge team, and there is still time to join. The team has set a goal of 75 members – either actual riders or virtual riders. So far about 20 are on board, including team leader Tiana Williams and Bobby Valentine, who is a spokesperson for CT Challenge and is riding for the second time. The team is riding in honor of the late Christopher Cook, son of former executive director of Athletics, Don Cook. SHU is also sponsoring a rest station the day of the ride, so there will be a call for volunteers to help with that. For more information about the SHU CT Challenge team, click here.
More kudos are in order for our student-athletes. A total of 136 of them were named to the NEC Sports Academic Honor Roll, which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.2. In addition, Pioneers made up 18 percent (34 students) of the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.75. Thank you for making us proud both on and off the field.
Barb Susi ’71 and Sue Pulos ’81, ’85 MBA from the alumni team, the Prologues, and Joe Giffune from Delta Tau Delta fraternity will be at Fairfield’s town meeting on Monday to pick up a proclamation honoring SHU’s participation in the food drive that was part of the town’s 375th anniversary celebration. The Prologues and Delta Tau Delta spearheaded the drive, which took place during our annual Relay for Life event, after Betsy Browne ’90 of the celebration committee invited our participation.
I heard from a recent graduate, Jennifer Biagiotti, who decided to make her senior project a film about the many good works of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She did an internship there and was inspired to spread the good news through her project, which features a SHU alum who was first diagnosed with cancer at age 17. She is hoping her film can inspire others to give back by supporting the very worthy Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation has provided $10,000 to Sacred Heart University for the new Bank of America Problem-Based Learning Projects for Not-for-Profits Organizations program. The program will combine elements of two existing programs in the University’s John F. Welch College of Business—the Center for Not-for-Profit Organizations and the Problem-Based Learning Lab. The Bank of America Problem-Based Learning Projects for Not-for-Profit Organizations program will support three problem-based learning projects each academic year that focus on a critical need of a local not-for-profit organization. We are grateful to Bank of America for partnering with us in this new project that will benefit both area non-profits and our students who are preparing for careers in business.
Summer means softball, and SHU’s fourth annual faculty and staff softball season is under way. I’m looking forward to seeing who emerges victorious this year.
Enjoy the weekend!