I could not be happier to welcome our students back to campus. I hope everyone is well rested and ready to dive back into their studies and extra-curricular activities. It was exciting to see families arrive on campus today to move into the residence halls with their sons and daughters. Thank you to the upperclassmen and all the members of the SHU Welcome Crew who helped move students’ belongings into their rooms. They made what could be a stressful experience a seamless one. I look forward to meeting more of our freshmen during Welcome Week.
While the bulk of our freshmen are arriving today and over the weekend, some were already in the area for the past week participating in Community Connections. Community Connections introduces our freshmen to service opportunities in the surrounding community and increases their understanding of urban issues. About 50 freshmen led by 15 upper classmen volunteered in local nonprofits and charities. Some were also involved in nearby Habitat for Humanity projects. Thank you to everyone involved in this program that has been educating our students and bettering our community for the past 20 years.
Faculty convocation was held on Wednesday. Following Mass, they got together in University Commons to discuss what each college has been working on over the summer. New faculty members were welcomed as well. I hope everyone has a rewarding year.
It was also an exciting week for those involved in our master’s in physician assistant program. Our inaugural class was introduced to their classmates, professors and new classrooms located at Stamford Hospital’s newly renovated Tandet Building. Ceremonies to officially open the space are scheduled for October 6. This is an important program for us and for the state, which is in desperate need of these kind of medical professionals. Good luck to all involved.
This past weekend, graduate students from our School of Media Art and Communications participated in ceremonies commemorating the School’s first graduating class. Students, friends, family and SCMA faculty gathered in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center where they heard speeches from administration and guest speaker Frank Whaley before getting their diplomas. Congrats, grads.
Congratulations to Jocelyn Novella, director of counseling, who has been selected to participate in the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leaders Workshop in mid-September. The workshop is designed to help students and new faculty members in their first few years of employment to discover how leadership can encourage their own professional development and to help engage talented and dedicated leaders. What a wonderful opportunity!
There are plenty of fun and exciting activities planned for the weekend, including our second annual Mass on the Grass at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Come at 4:30 for the concert and stay for the Mass. It’s a very special event.
Again, welcome back everyone! I’m looking forward to meeting the new members of the SHU community and to another fun, successful and rewarding year!