It was wonderful to see so many family members of our students on campus for Family Weekend last week. There were activities planned for all interests. Among the many visitors were family and friends of Kaitlyn Doorhy. Her life was commemorated at a ceremony at the tree that her roommates planted in her memory near the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. We also announced this week that the H.W. Wilson Foundation has given $100,000 to Sacred Heart University to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Kaitlyn. The scholarship will be given each year to a junior from Long Island with a financial need. We are extremely grateful to the H.W. Wilson Foundation for this generosity in celebration of Kaitlyn’s life.
In the spirit of Halloween week, author Bill Hall was here on Monday to talk about his book, The World’s Most Haunted House. The book prominently features the 1974 Bridgeport poltergeist—a story that he shared with those gathered in the Edgerton Center to hear his talk. Bill is a Sacred Heart alumnus and a native of Bridgeport, and it was great to have him on campus to share his passion with our community.
We also received a gift of $150 from Michael Musto of Gennaro’s Steakhouse in Fairfield. He had offered the families of our students a 20 percent discount if they wanted to eat at his establishment during Family Weekend. He also offered to donate 5 percent of the proceeds to SHU. Although only a few families mentioned that they were from SHU, he rounded up his gift total in a big way. We appreciate his generosity and support.
Today is the second annual 100-inning Halloween-themed game between the softball and baseball teams. It began at 11 and will go until dusk. Along with the fun, they are raising money for their southern trips for games in the spring. Stop by Pioneer Park, throw a couple bucks in the collection can and enjoy watching your fellow Pioneers play while decked out in their favorite costumes.
Tomorrow the calendar turns to November, and that means the annual turkey drive is under way. Student Government has set a goal to raise enough money for at least 500 turkeys to feed families in the local community on Thanksgiving. There will also be boxes at various locations on our campuses for donations of the trimmings—stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, pies. Your gifts are welcome.
This weekend marks the third and final of our undergraduate open houses. Once again, we are expecting a large number of prospective students and their families. All members of our community are welcome to attend any of the open house events to welcome our future Pioneers. As always, we are asking everyone to be ambassadors for SHU when you encounter any of our guests.
Our sports teams will be busy again this weekend. Although the football team has an away game at Wagner, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on your Pioneers here at home. The women’s soccer team takes on Robert Morris at 5 p.m. today, while the men’s hockey team will challenge Holy Cross at 7:05 at the Milford Pavilion. The men’s basketball team has a scrimmage against Bridgeport at 6 tomorrow evening, and on Sunday, the women’s soccer team plays Wagner at noon. Finally, the women’s volleyball team plays LIU Brooklyn at 1 p.m. Go Pioneers!
Have a happy and safe Halloween! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back before you head to bed Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Enjoy the extra hour and the entire weekend!