This is an exciting time for us and for Catholics throughout the United States. The pope is charismatic and articulate, and his messages are on point. He is not afraid to point out that issues like climate change, income inequality and immigration are moral rather than political issues, and it is up to all of us to act. It’s been great to see so many members of our community gathering in the Presentation Room to hear his remarks and celebrate his visit to this country.
The Saudi Student Club organized a Saudi National Day celebration on Tuesday, which was attended by many of our international students—most of whom enjoyed the opportunity to don traditional Saudi wear and learn about a new culture. Saudi National Day is celebrated in Saudi Arabia on September 23 to commemorate the day when King Abdulaziz announced the country as a kingdom in 1932.
On Wednesday, accounting students had a chance to meet with area employers to gather information about internships and future employment. The firms that turned out in the Martire Forum included H&R Block, Ernst & Young, Citrin Cooperman, Deloitte and many more.
I want to encourage everyone to take a look at the latest issue of the Sacred Heart University magazine, which is available online. It contains some great articles about the exciting research and projects that students and faculty have been working on.
Carlyanne Rice-Ehalt and Emma Sanchez recently attended an Upward Bound conference in Atlanta where John Quiñones, ABC correspondent and host of What Would You Do?, was the emcee for the awards dinner. He shared his own experience with Upward Bound, crediting the organization with helping him realize his dream of attending and graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and later earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Quiñones is just one of many success stories to come out of this outstanding program.
We were excited to learn that the team that services our Chartwells account has been chosen as the 2015 Regional Account of the Year. Sacred Heart University dining was selected as the top account from 60 colleges and universities in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The team was chosen based on achieving overall business goals set forth in a national company-wide recognition program named “Be-A-Star.” We were more than happy to give positive feedback when asked to fill out a Chartwells survey. We think they do an incredible job. The overall National Account of the Year will be announced in mid-October.
The first of three fall open houses takes place tomorrow. As always, this is an opportunity to show prospective students and their families what a special community we have here at Sacred Heart. I would like to encourage all of you to participate in this important and exciting event. In particular, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the check-in at the Pitt Center first thing in the morning and the Student Life & Athletics Fair over lunch. I hope that everyone who is on campus will introduce themselves to the visiting families, welcome them to campus and provide any assistance they may need.
There are not a lot of home games this weekend, but the women’s volleyball team would appreciate your support as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Best of luck to them and to all the teams who are traveling, including the football team, which will try to get back on track at Dartmouth after a heartbreaking loss to Marist last weekend. Go Pioneers!
If you are looking for some entertainment over the weekend, check out Time Stands Still in the Little Theatre. Performances of this critically acclaimed play will take place tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets are available at the Edgerton Center box office.
Enjoy the supermoon lunar eclipse on Sunday, and have a great weekend!