It’s been a short week for us, but a busy one nonetheless. Last Saturday, high school students from all over Connecticut came to SHU to participate in Connecticut History Day’s Fairfield Regional Contest. Students showed off their projects on a variety of historical happenings and people. Thanks to Professors Charlotte Gradie, Sally Ross and Jennifer McLaughlin for organizing the event and, especially, to the 75 student, faculty and staff volunteers who served as judges, hall monitors and more.
Also last weekend, our choirs joined forces to present “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” The selections highlighted the call of Pope Francis for all people to praise God for his glorious creation. It was a moving concert.
Holy Week began with Palm Sunday. Those who attended Mass here on campus were treated to inspiring readings of the passion by our students. Easter Mass will also be celebrated in the Chapel on Sunday.
Our Student Art Exhibit in the Art & Design Gallery opened on Sunday and showcases some brilliant work by our students. The exhibit continues through April 8. You will want to make a point of stopping by.
Wednesday was our annual Founder’s Day celebration! It was a great opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to our dedicated faculty and staff—some whom have been with us for 40 years. The celebration began with a moving service in the Chapel, continued with the presentation of awards and some great performances by students and staff and concluded with a reception in University Commons. The photo booth seemed to be popular. Stay tuned for a compilation of the photos that were taken during the celebration.
On Thursday, Southern Illinois University economics professor AKM Mahbub Morshed was on campus to discuss the impact of rapidly expanding big-box chain-stores such as Wal-Mart on price convergence among American cities—something he believes has been overlooked. We thank Professor Morshed for visiting and sharing his views.
Psi Chi (The International Honor Society of Psychology) is running a service project for the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. The Center provides literacy and life skills training to low-income women in the Greater Bridgeport area. The organization is in need of canned goods. If you are interested in donating, there is a drop-off box in the Psychology Department and at Oakview. The organization particularly needs tea bags, oatmeal, cereal, jelly, peanut butter, small bags of dried beans, canned tuna, canned fruit, canned soups, tomato sauce and small bags of rice. Gift cards to Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Kohl’s, Target and CVS are also welcome.
Mark your calendar for next Thursday at 2 when the Honorable Elaine Chao, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor, will be the featured guest in Linda McMahon’s “Women Can Have it All Series.” She will discuss her incredible career, life experiences and how to balance work, family and personal time.
Also on Thursday, SHU’s first-ever Literary Spotlight will take place in the Art Gallery. Local authors will share their work with students, and students will have the chance to express their thoughts as well. This event gives new authors exposure and the opportunity to engage with current creative writing students. The Literary Spotlight is scheduled to occur each semester going forward.
If you are around this weekend, our women’s tennis team takes on LIU Brooklyn at 1 on Friday, and our men’s volleyball team plays Harvard at 4 on Saturday. Good luck to our Pioneers playing home and away this weekend.
I wish all Christians in the SHU community a blessed Easter and a wonderful long weekend for everyone. Enjoy the spring weather predicted for Sunday, and come back refreshed and ready for a successful close to the semester.