We’ve had a multi-cultural week beginning with our Diwali celebration on Saturday. Attended by hundreds of students, faculty and staff, the festivities included delicious Indian food, music and dance.
A great series of lectures started on Monday with our inaugural Dr. Thomas P. Melady Distinguished Lecture in Global Studies event. Austin Long spoke about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The School of Communication and Media Arts hosted Jamere Jackson, chief financial officer of Nielsen, on Tuesday. Our annual Kristallnacht commemoration took place Wednesday afternoon with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg. We commend his courage and thank him for coming to SHU to talk about his experiences. The Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics hosted an ethics of discourse event with Todd May, a Clemson University philosophy professor, at the Schine Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday evening, the Departments of History and Government, Politics & Global Studies hosted “Russia’s Global Probes” with Stephen Blank. Surely there was something for everyone this week.
Earlier this year, faculty from our College of Nursing went to Ghana to work with faculty of the Holy Family Nursing and Delivery Training College. SHU hopes to have clinical emersion experiences for undergraduate and graduates at their facilities. Please take a look at the video of their trip. Great work.
Our theater arts program put on an incredible production of Tick, Tick…Boom! this month. Read a review written by an alumna who shares our sentiments.
SHU became involved in the College Fed Challenge Competition several years ago. This year, with the guidance of Professor Gerald McClogh, faculty adviser, our student competitors have been extremely successful. The team, consisting of presenters, Lucia Melgar-Torres, Dan Cohen, Mike Lenard, Nicole Esposito, and Chris Tumio, and researchers, Sandie Samrin, Mike Losardo, Conor Wylie, James Chiavaro and Jacob Tomanelli, will advance to the semifinal stage of the competition on November 18. They will give a presentation on the economy to a panel of New York Fed economists and staff experts, as well as participate in a Q&A with the judges. They will play the role of monetary policy makers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course of action. The winning team will represent the NY Federal Reserve District in the National College Fed Challenge on December 1 at the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Good luck!
“Worlds Imagined: Correlations between Art & Poetry,” is the newest exhibit in the Art & Design Gallery. It features the work of our faculty. It also explores the symbiotic relationship between art and poetry. This is an international exhibition with a diverse selection of artists and poets from nine countries. On Thursday, there was an opening reception with poetry readings. You can visit the exhibit until December 16.
Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is underway. Drop off your non-perishable goods in a small, sturdy box on Wednesday, November 16, at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit by 2 p.m. or at the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning before Friday, November 18. Give what you can and help those in need in our community. The 7th annual Turkey Drive continues until November 22. This year’s goal is to buy 500 turkeys for our needy neighbors. To donate visit, www.sacredheart.edu/turkeydrive.
Today is Veterans Day. Please be sure to thank the veterans who cross your path and think about the sacrifices our armed forces have made to keep us safe. Earlier today, members of our Veterans Club went to Darien High School to talk to students about their military experiences.
International Education Week is next week. A variety of interesting events are planned throughout the week, including salsa dancing in the Martire lobby, a Jamaican food demonstration at 63’s and an international karaoke night at Holy Grounds. I also encourage staff and faculty to attend the reception Tuesday, November 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art & Design Gallery. World languages is the theme with tables distinguished by language. You will have a chance to practice what you already know or learn some new phrases. Hope to see you there.
This morning we held a risk management symposium and launched our Center for Applied Business Research at the Forum in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. Erik Norland of the CME Group was the keynote speaker.
I look forward to meeting new families and potential Pioneers this Sunday at our Open House. As always, I know I can count on all of you to provide a warm welcome.
The Crosstown Classic against the Fairfield University Stags is tonight! Our women’s basketball team will battle Fairfield at 5, and the men take center court at 7. Both games will be played at the Webster Bank Arena. Women’s volleyball plays Bryant at 2 on Saturday and Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at 4. Our men’s ice hockey team is playing Robert Morris at 3 today at the Northford Ice Pavilion and will face them again on Sunday at 3 at the Webster Bank Arena. Good luck to all our student athletes playing home and away.
Have a great weekend, everyone!