Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Now it is time to jump back into coursework and prepare for exams. In just a couple weeks we will be breaking again for the winter holidays.
The Graduate Student Advisory committee hosted a great Friendsgiving feast last week. Held in the Martire Forum, students gathered for food and fun. Some students brought side dishes, while others brought canned goods that were donated to area food pantries.
Three of our students have qualified for the CT Skills Challenge final hackathon event. Our students placed among the top 50 coders in the state. They will compete in a final competition this weekend at the Yale School of Management. Good luck!
Our Ethics Bowl debate team made it to the quarterfinal round of the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl at Marist College. Our Pioneers defeated Franklin Pierce, College of Westchester and St. Francis University in the first three rounds. Unfortunately, the team lost to West Point—just missing a spot at the national competition. They put in many hours of hard work, and we are proud of their performance.
Congratulations also to Professor Nathan Lewis, whose portrait of art critic and curator Stephen Kobasa is featured on the cover of the December issue of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s magazine, The Arts Paper.
On Tuesday, our To Write Love On Her Arms chapter presented Stories of the Mind, a short film program, followed by a discussion. The To Write Love On Her Arms movement is dedicated to presenting hope to people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The group exists to inform, inspire and encourage a path to treatment and recovery.
‘Tis the season! We held our annual Christmas tree lighting on campus Thursday night. The rain stopped and we were able to enjoy the occasion with members of the choir. Their carols certainly put us in a festive mood. The singing continued when our student orientation leaders joined my wife and me later that evening for dinner and a Christmas sing-a-long. What a great way to kick off December and the Christmas season.
The Department of Catholic Studies continued its film series on Thursday with a showing of Of Gods and Men, a film that asks what we live for and what we die for. I hope many students had a chance to see this thought-provoking film.
If the tree lighting didn’t get you into the holiday spirit, don’t worry; we have several winter-themed musical performances scheduled for the weekend. On Friday and Saturday at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, SHU’s Dance Program will present its inaugural dance concert of the season, “Winter Light.” Enjoy original works of choreography performed by the SHU Dance Company, SHU Dance Ensemble, SHU Irish Dance Ensemble (The Claddagh Dancers) and special guest performers. Also on Saturday, our Instrumental Chamber Ensemble will perform music from classical, contemporary and popular styles. Then on Sunday, we present the Festival of Lessons and Carols. Join the Liturgical Choir along with Blended Hearts, 4 Heart Harmony, SHU L.O.V.E. and special musical guests in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit as the Christmas story is celebrated in scripture readings, anthems and carols.
It’s not too late to join your colleagues tomorrow for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Deanna Scozzarri, a SHU physical therapy doctorate student, is the event’s young adult honoree.
For the second consecutive year, SHU will host its RUNScience clinic for local running coaches and athletes at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center on Sunday. The clinic will include expert speakers in the fields of biomechanics, nutrition and physiology. Good luck to those organizing the event.
Our men’s rugby team are Tri-State Conference champs! This is their first conference win. I am proud of this team and all of their hard work. Congrats!
Be sure to see some of our home games this weekend. Our men’s basketball team battles Hartford on Saturday at 1, and our women’s hockey team faces Franklin Pierce at the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton at 2. On Sunday, our men and women’s fencing teams will compete in an all-day Tradition Tournament at the Pitt Center. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
Have a great weekend!