Earlier this week, I shared the sad news that Melvin Gordils, a student in SHU’s physical therapy program, lost his life in a car accident over the holiday weekend. Since then, I have heard from many of you about the impact Melvin made on you as a student and a person. Professor Peter Ronai shared that Melvin was a “kind, positive spirit with an upbeat personality and a good sense of humor. He was always one of the first students to try out practical activities in class.” Professor Beau Greer said that every Friday Melvin always wished every student in the class, either individually or by group, a good weekend. “In my senior seminar, while some other students seemed more interested in texting during documentaries, he was always sitting on the edge of his seat during them. I’m sure this is a function of his age as well, but compared to his peers, he was the most genuinely interested in learning I’ve seen in my 10 years at SHU,” Beau wrote.
Professor Marie Hulme said Melvin’s thoughtful insight into literature made her spring 2015 semester one of the most enjoyable in all her teaching years. She kept Melvin’s remarks from the 2015 faculty institute where he presented on a project titled “Our Odysseus.” He contributed original prose poems to describe characters from the book Odysseus. Melvin made the following comments at the institute. “Through this project, I was given the opportunity to use my creativity while deepening my understanding of the poem. I would just like to read some of my original prose poems written about three of the main characters. I wrote them after my classmates provided me with details about them and I re-envisioned that information into original interpretations of those characters.” His words highlight what SHU is all about and what we hope students accomplish here. We continue to keep him, his family and his friends in our thoughts and prayers.
We received the exciting news this week that our student-athletes won the Northeast Conference (NEC) Overall Commissioner’s Cup and the women’s cup. We were second in the chase for the men’s cup. The women’s cup is presented annually to the NEC member that achieves the greatest overall success in women’s athletics, and the Commissioner’s Cup is given to the NEC member that has the highest record in overall standings.
Even more importantly, our SHU student-athletes combined for an academic year GPA of 3.31 during the 2015-16 season. Over the two semesters, there were 54 perfect 4.0 semesters and a total of 537 Dean’s List honorees. During the year, Pioneer student-athletes recorded 8,392 hours of community service, taking part in events such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the CT Challenge Bike Ride, MS Walk and reading to school children in Bridgeport. Congrats to our athletes and entire athletics department.
Derek Moore, SHU’s assistant wrestling coach, was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in San Jose last weekend. Derek, a California native, was one of 10 inductees. Just last month, Derek graduated with a master’s in business administration and was his class speaker at commencement exercises. Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Derek.
Artwork from Trumbull students was on display at SHU’s Art & Design Gallery on Sunday, May 22. Faculty and students from the school system took in the display, enjoyed refreshments and listened to the Trumbull High School’s string ensemble. It is our pleasure to host these types of community events and give back whenever we can. I hope everyone in attendance had a nice time.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of hosting the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Inside the CEO’s Office event at our Martire Center and serving as their guest speaker. I’d like to thank the BRBC for the opportunity to share the exciting things that are happening here and the positive impact we have on area businesses.
Who’s ready for some golf? On Monday, SHU is hosting one of its biggest scholarship fundraisers, the 27th annual Pioneer Open. Held at our own Great River Golf Course, this tournament raises funds for University scholarship programs. Good luck to everyone playing and remember to have fun!
This coming week, we welcome our newest Pioneers to campus in the first of three orientation sessions. I know our admissions and student life teams have a lot of fun activities in store as well as all the necessary information to ensure they are ready when they arrive here in August.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Enjoy!