Campus is certainly beautiful this time of year. The leaves are starting to change and peak foliage will be here soon. It should be a perfect weekend for students to take a break from studies and head to the opening hockey game of the season Saturday afternoon or participate in the Fall Fest activities Sunday afternoon outside 63’s.
This month is domestic violence awareness month. Yesterday the Center for Family Justice held a vigil in Fairfield where members of SHU’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity spoke. Our Title IX director, Leonora Campbell, was also in attendance. To raise more awareness for domestic violence victims, October 18 is Purple Tie Tuesday. If you normally wear a tie—or even if you don’t—please consider a purple one on Tuesday.
We held our first open house of the semester on campus Monday. The sunny, windy day brought out many potential students and their parents. We had a great turnout, and I think everyone enjoyed touring our state-of-the-art facilities and meeting with friendly and informative faculty and staff.
Hundreds of high school students came to the Pitt Center on Tuesday for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling Regional College Fair. Representatives from over 165 colleges and universities set up booths and gave out information. This was the fifth year we’ve been asked to host the event. Thank you to everyone on the organizing committee for making sure the event ran smoothly. It is a great reason for more potential students and parents to come to our campus.
While many students were catching up on sleep and schoolwork on Monday and Tuesday, faculty was busy expanding their minds at SHU’s Faculty Institute. For this institute, we initiated discussions for development of SHU 2020, the new strategic plan for the University. Faculty met in smaller groups for dialogue and discussion around future strategies for enhancing academic excellence and expanding support for student development. A couple sessions on grants were also offered to interested faculty. Conversations were in-depth and interesting. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Campus Ministry is holding a Heart Warming Clothing Drive now until October 28. They are looking for donations of new or used clothing to help the Bridgeport Rescue Missions. Last year, they collected 970 pounds of clothes. Let’s help them reach their goal again. Collection boxes are in Hawley Lounge, Campus Ministry, Volunteer Programs and Service Learning and all freshman residence halls. The Welch Experience and Alpha Kappa Psi are also hosting a clothing drive, Save A Suit. They are looking for gently used professional attire for college graduates and military men and women. Collection is happening throughout the entire month of October. The drop off box is outside room W342 at Martire. Please help these worthy causes.
About 40 students who participated in Community Connections in August returned to the Hall Neighborhood House Monday to paint a wall in SHU red. The SHU shield was drawn by two graduate students about a month ago, and these students went back to paint the shield. More painting needs to be completed, and once it’s done, the room will be dedicated to SHU. The room will provide a gathering spot for all students before and after their volunteer activities at the home.
We hosted a thought-provoking colloquium on Wednesday. Attorneys Robert Pellegrino and Michael Jefferson came to SHU to talk about identifying, understanding and reducing racism. The colloquium gave students the opportunity to talk about race in an honest and judgment-free zone.
Last night we hosted the CT Skills Challenge, an event that provided students the opportunity to get noticed by the state’s tech companies. During the challenge, students took an hour-long test that required them to use their coding abilities. I hope it was an exciting and educational event.
Next Wednesday in the Pitt Center, we are holding our annual Internship and Career Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be more than 100 employers from a variety of industries seeking to hire students for internships and full-time positions. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. It’s a great opportunity to make some valuable connections. We hope to see many undergraduate and graduate students there!
As I mentioned earlier, our first home hockey game of the season is Saturday at our new home in the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, which is well branded to show our presence there. Free student tickets and shuttles to and from the arena will be available for every home game. Shuttle buses begin one hour prior to the scheduled game and stop one hour following the game. The game against Union starts at 2 p.m.
And speaking of branding, have any of you seen this billboard? We have similar billboards touting our top-10 fastest-growing Catholic college ranking in The Chronicle of Higher Education posted in strategic spots from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Women’s tennis plays Hofstra at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Also on Sunday, both our men and women’s golf teams will play in the SHU Fall Classic at our Great River Golf Course. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing at home and away.
Earlier this week, we sent out an email about the attractive rates that are available to faculty and staff at Great River. As you can see, one member of the SHU community wasted no time taking advantage of this opportunity.