We finally received a real blast of winter, and I hope everyone stayed safe and warm during the storm. As always, my thanks go out to those employees and vendors who were on campus yesterday ensuring that our students were fed, warm and happy, that sidewalks and roads were cleared and preparations were in place for all contingencies.
Students, staff and faculty gathered in the classrooms surrounding University Commons on Wednesday for the first-ever CASCon conference put on by the College of Arts & Sciences. The event showcased the work of SHU faculty from multiple disciplines. The work ranged from technology, Catholic studies and literature to sustainability and approached the topics from unique and interesting angles. I hope many were able to attend.
Professor Michelle Loris moderated a wonderful colloquium on Wednesday, “A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation: Sacred Texts that Unite and Divide,” sponsored by the nonprofit Peace Islands Institute. Three panelists, including SHU’s Fr. Tony Ciorra, were involved in the discussion. What a great evening.
The Hersher Institute of Ethics is sponsoring a school supply drive for the nonprofit organization, buildOn. Throughout the month, they are encouraging the donation of pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders and folders. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the philosophy/religious studies office.
The Pitt Center was indeed packed for Pack the Pitt on Thursday night. We watched our men’s basketball team beat St. Francis Brooklyn by a score of 68-56. What a great game, and thank you, Pioneers, for making the snowy trek to cheer on our student-athletes.
A group of our local legislatures were here this morning for a great discussion over breakfast on issues impacting not only SHU, but the community and state. We appreciate their support and willingness to hear our feedback.
We have a lot to look forward to this weekend. On Saturday, we are hosting our annual Siblings Weekend. I cannot wait to see our Pioneers with their brothers and sisters around campus. Also on Saturday, we are hosting Alumni Day. This is a great opportunity for former students to see what’s going on here, get a tour of our new West Campus, watch a basketball game and, of course, catch up with old friends.
Our women’s swimming and diving team received the Scholar All-America Award from the Northeast Conference for the fall semester as a result of their stellar performance in the classroom. A big congratulations to coach John Spadafina and the rest of the swimming and diving staff who are building champions, and hats off to the student-athletes. Great job!
Our student-athletes have another competitive weekend ahead of them. Tonight our men’s volleyball team takes on Charleston W.V. at 7 and again on Saturday at 7:30. Our men’s ice hockey team plays Canisus at 7 at the Webster Bank Arena and again on Saturday at 2. Our women’s hockey team battles Rhode Island at 8 at the Sports Center of Connecticut and again Saturday at 1:30. Our women’s basketball team plays Central Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 and our men’s basketball team battles them right after at 3:30. Our women’s lacrosse team plays Post at 1 on Saturday. Go Pioneers!
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Have a great weekend. Enjoy the time with your siblings!