It’s our annual Family Weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing the families of our students. There are a number of great activities planned and, of course, we are all hoping for another victory by the football team.
Students had a great time at last weekend’s Fall Fest. They enjoyed tasty treats, played games, such as the ever-popular corn hole, and just took a break from schoolwork to relax.
This week was packed with eye-opening lectures and discussions. Author Chris Mooney came to campus to discuss the Republican war on science on Monday. I was pleased to see a packed Forum for our Hesburgh lecture series on Tuesday when Dominic Vachon, director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, discussed what science says about compassion and the difference it makes in our lives. Then on Wednesday, scholar and author Phyllis Zagano was here. She talked about women in the ordained diaconate. Anthony Scaramucci, author and entrepreneur, was the featured speaker at the Dean’s Leadership Series on Thursday. We honored Anthony at our Discovery Gala in the spring and were thrilled to have him back to share his business insights.
Faculty and staff joined senior officers and me as we gave our annual State of the University address on Wednesday. It was an opportunity to report on the success and growth happening at SHU and share the challenges that need our attention. Thanks to all of you who came out to hear the presentation.
On my way to the address, I couldn’t help but notice all the students dressed in business formal attire. They were off to our career fair at the Pitt Center. With over 60 employers in attendance, the fair was a great opportunity for students to talk to potential employers and find internships. Students had the chance to perfect handshakes, find out what jobs they might be interested in, pass out resumes and simply network. It was great to see so many of our Pioneers take advantage of this significant opportunity.
Doctorate of physical therapy and pre-physical therapy students recently participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Fairfield County. Team captains came from each class and the pre-physical therapy club orchestrated fundraising events during September. They raised more than $5,000. Congrats, everyone, and thanks to Professor Donna Bowers for overseeing the group’s efforts and participation. Donna does the walk every year in honor of her late husband. This year, although she was in Phoenix, she did the walk at the same time as the students and finished just in time to catch the Arizona sunrise.
Mark your calendars. Next week we have two very exciting events happening on campus. On Tuesday at the Edgerton, you have the opportunity to see the film documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood, before its official release. The film starts at 8 and you can stick around for a conversation following the viewing. Then on Thursday at the Forum, trustee Linda McMahon is back for another interesting installment of her Women Can Have it All lecture series, featuring Connecticut’s own Cindi Bigelow of Bigelow Tea. The program begins at 2 p.m.
Get excited for basketball season tonight! SHU Hoops Madness starts at 9 p.m. See our dance team, cheerleaders and band perform as a well as a special appearance from the hip-hop duo Black Sheep. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and there will be giveaways and raffles.
Be sure to check out the choirs’ performance, Hope from the Heart, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. If you haven’t heard the choir, you should. They are a talented group.
In addition to the football game against Robert Morris at 1 p.m. on Friday, there are several opportunities to cheer on our Pioneers this weekend. The women’s volleyball and soccer teams and the men’s soccer team all have home games this weekend. Go Pioneers!
Enjoy Family Weekend and say hello when you see me around campus.