We were definitely reminded that winter is here this week with today’s light dusting and almost-blizzard Colbie on Monday and Tuesday. I want to take a moment to thank all the staff who were here during the storm to clean up the pathways and roadways and care for our students. My thanks especially to Campus Operations, Public Safety, Chartwells and Student Affairs. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. I also want to express my appreciation to all the parents who sent emails to Paul Healy or to me acknowledging our efforts to keep them informed about what was happening during the storm to make sure the students were safe and comfortable. It was great to hear from everyone.
Congratulations are in order this week for faculty, staff and a former student for their outstanding achievements. Kudos to Dean Robin Cautin on the recent release of The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology Set. Robin is the co-editor and co-author of this five-volume set that has well over 500 entries. A lot of work went into getting these volumes ready for publication.
Michael W. Higgins has been named an International Fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta. Yet another addition to his growing resume. Congratulations!
Art Gerckens, manager of the Mail & Duplicating Center and SHU alumnus, is the new president of the Derby Board of Alderman. He was unanimously voted in by his fellow alderman. This is the kind of public service that Sacred Heart is all about.
Finally, alumna and music faculty member Allegra De Vita is the New England winner for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Of course, those of us who have heard her sing are not at all surprised. We are very fortunate that she comes back to perform for us so often. We wish her nothing but the best in what promises to be an exciting and successful career.
I want to share with you a video that we put together on our housing program at the Trumbull Marriott. We are grateful to our residential staff and the hotel and all its staff members for what they have done to accommodate our students, and we thank the students for being open to an alternative experience. To watch the video, click here.
I hope you all have been supporting our campaign to win the Stanley Together for Safer Schools Grant. We are hoping to win funds for our new building that will house Public Safety and WSHU. You can vote every day online and by text and Twitter. Paul Healy sends out a reminder every day, so none of us have an excuse for not participating.
Speaking of new buildings, the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center is complete except for a few finishing touches inside. Our dedication of the building is set for Saturday, March 14, and we plan to host our annual Discovery Gala, which raises funds for student scholarships, there on March 28. Classes will begin there in the fall—something I know students and faculty are greatly anticipating.
This will be an exciting sports weekend, and I am not just talking about the Super Bowl. “Pack the Pitt” takes place tomorrow with the women’s basketball game at 11:30 a.m. and the men on the floor at 2 p.m. Not only will you be giving your support to your fellow Pioneers, but you will have a chance to win some great prizes and collect free SHU paraphernalia. I won’t comment on Sunday night’s big game, but I will say this: Go Pioneers!
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend!