It has been another beautiful week on campus and wonderful to see the place filled with students and parents. We’ve already greeted two groups of our newest Pioneers and their families for orientation, and our final group will visit next week. Our student ambassadors and admissions staff did an outstanding job making our new students feel at home. It was great seeing their excitement as they walked around campus and chatted with new friends. I’m also always amazed at how quickly students and families embrace the spirit of SHU. One example that struck me especially this week was when parents of an incoming student who had met Kaitlyn Doorhy’s parents and sister and heard their story took the time to place a fresh bouquet of roses under Kaitlyn’s memorial tree. It was a kind and thoughtful gesture that did not go unnoticed. Thank you.
On Monday, Sacred Heart held its annual Pioneer Open golf tournament. The well-attended event at our Great River Golf Course in Milford raised money for our scholarship programs. We thank everyone for coming out and supporting the cause.
Fun news for our alumni: our Alumni Association officially kicked off its Summer Series on Thursday at Great River. Every Thursday throughout the summer, the Association will host a get together somewhere in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Massachusetts. Catch up with former classmates over good food and drink.
Congratulations to Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity, whose book, The Unquiet Monk, won an honorable mention award in the category of biography from the Catholic Press Association (CPA). In total, Michael has received 16 awards from the CPA. Great work.
Nearly 100 third- and fourth-grade students from Trumbull and Bridgeport schools came to SHU on Wednesday to participate in Professor Randall Glading and Charles Britton’s Classes Without Walls initiative. After weeks of talking to their peers via the Internet, the students met face-to- face at our Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center for learning activities, parachute games on the quad and lunch at Linda’s.
Athletics has much to celebrate this week. Our women’s track and field coaching staff was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Women’s Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year on Wednesday. Also on Thursday we learned that for the fifth time in the award’s six-year existence, the SHU athletic department won the NEC Building Communities Award. The award is presented annually to the NEC member that demonstrates the highest dedication to making an impact in the community. The 9,000 hours of community service this year by student-athletes and coaches is an incredible feat when you consider schedules filled with classes and practices. Congratulations to everyone.
Next week we kick off our United Way Campaign. As we do with our Horizons program and many of our programs with area schools, the local United Way does a lot to improve the lives of children in the surrounding communities. Please join us in supporting this worthy cause.
Enjoy this incredible weather and a great weekend!