I have to admit that I love the beauty of this campus right after a snowstorm. 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, Residential Life and Student Affairs.
Today we bid a fond farewell to Father David Buckles who has been our chaplain for the past three semesters. We wish him all the best as he takes on a new ministry as a hospital chaplain in New Jersey. At the same time, we give a Pioneer welcome to our new chaplain, Father Bruce Roby, who most recently served the St. James parish in Stratford. He begins his ministry here on Monday.
The students who participated in our Freshman Fall Abroad program are back on campus, and they gathered for a recognition ceremony this week that I was fortunate to attend. These Pioneers kicked off their college careers by spending their first semester at either our campus in Dingle, Ireland, or our partner university in Rome, Italy. Beyond their academic accomplishments, students were commended for their community engagement in supporting refugees in Rome and assisting with charitable events in Dingle. Their actions reflect their commitment to the mission of our University even while abroad. We are immensely proud of our students’ efforts and are excited to have them back on campus and sharing their international experiences with the SHU community. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the many opportunities that SHU offers for a global experience.
I am excited to share our plans to offer a new graduate certificate in big data analytics as part of a partnership between the Jack Welch College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program, planned for next fall, will look at business analytics, data warehousing, business forecasting, big data marketing and statistics. It is a combination computer science and digital marketing certificate that will meet the needs of many working professionals.
Earlier this week, Public Safety and the Commuter Council held an outdoor information session about safe winter driving. They handed out ice scrapers and hot cocoa. It was a fun way to remind the campus community that a little extra caution is necessary during winter weather.
On Thursday, students in Professor Julie Mujic’s Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union class heard from a faculty panel on “The Significance of the Soviet Experience.” Participants included Professors Charlotte Gradie, Jonas Zdynas, Robin McAllister, Abderrahmane Soudani and Lucjan Orlowski. I love to see our faculty supporting one another for the benefit of our students. This is the first of four lectures where Julie’s students will hear from faculty guests.
Congratulations to Professor June-Ann Greeley on her invitation from Boston College to participate in a panel discussion at a conference in April. The panel will focus on the church and the declining number of congregants. We look forward to hearing all about the conference when June-Ann gets back.
We are excited to host the Global Game Jam on our Stamford campus this weekend. Participants will join a team of developers from around the globe while creating a game based on one central theme. Participants will also contribute ideas and playtest games. I believe there are one or two teams from SHU participating. We wish them the best of luck and hope everyone has a great time.
If you’ve visited our athletics website recently, you probably noticed something different. The website underwent a redesign this month, and it looks great. The same stories, information and photographs are there, but there are also some new features and a fresh format. Visit the site to see all the great things our athletes are doing.
It’s another busy weekend on the home courts for our student-athletes. Tonight the women’s ice hockey team battles William Smith at 7 with a second match-up at 2 Saturday afternoon. These matches will take place at the Sports Center in Shelton. Also on Saturday, the women’s basketball team will face Bryant University at 1 p.m., and the men will take on Bryant at 3:30. We wish good luck to everyone playing home and away. Go Pioneers!
Enjoy the weekend.