I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see campus in full bloom. Our hanging plants on the poles next to our SHU banners and the blossoming flowers on the trees and bushes are a beautiful sight. The arrival of warmer weather is welcome also!
Last week our faculty immersed themselves in digital learning for SHU’s annual weeklong Digital Pedagogy Summer Institute. On Friday, I joined faculty at the Forum in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center to see the many projects they developed as part of the conference. I was impressed and am looking forward to seeing their projects piloted with students this fall.
Faculty are also participating in the Presidential Seminar, a two-part immersion program that includes studying the Catholic intellectual tradition. SHU has been conducting the seminar for the past 12 years. Faculty will participate in the seminar for the next two weeks and will continue with four full-day workshops during the school year. Faculty will also present projects that relate to their discipline based on what they learned. The Presidential Seminar is a way to connect faculty with our mission and the foundation of our mission. I always look forward to the great projects that come out of this seminar.
Professor John Roney has been busy in Dingle. He has already presented two papers on understanding the costal environment of Ireland this spring and has more in store. Keep up the good work, John. Understanding Ireland’s coastal environment will be the theme of SHU’s international conference in Dingle next June.
Speaking of Dingle, nearly 100 SHU students are studying there this summer. Other students are in China studying business, in Luxembourg learning about finance and health-care systems and in France learning about fashion brand marketing. We also have students studying in Italy, Japan and Spain. We hope all of our students abroad are having fun, learning a lot and gaining a global perspective on their chosen industry.
One of our trustees, Charles V. Firlotte, president and CEO of Aquarion Company in Bridgeport, wrote an interesting article about managers in the workplace. He explains why good managers are essential to running effective businesses. Read his article here.
Congrats to our film students for getting honorable mention awards for their short documentaries, On Gun Reform and College Debt Reform, from the Civic Youth Film Challenge. Making the documentaries was a requirement for students taking Digital Media Production II, a course in the School of Communications and Media Arts. It is a great recognition for our students and our University. The filmmakers of On Gun Reform are Alexandria Grobleski, Arianna Tate, Sean Lee, Kelsey Hor, Sabrina Garones and Luke Stannard and the filmmakers of College Debt Reform are Dylan August, Jeff Ehalt, Tevin Falzon, Alyson Gannon, Corey Gittleman and Dan Marro. Well done!
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. Let us remember and pray for those who lost their lives serving our great country. Enjoy the weekend.