We had another eventful week filled with good news, lectures, athletics, celebrations and art. There’s always something for everyone here at SHU.
Great news from our College of Nursing: our graduates from the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program received a 100 percent pass rate on the national FNP certification exam. This confirms the excellent work of our faculty and students. Great job!
Our film and television master's program was featured recently in the Hearst publications. The article focused on the program’s emphasis on storytelling and the use of new technology. SHU professors Justin Liberman and Damon Maulucci were interviewed.
Keith Johnston had a great trip to Cuba earlier this month. He traveled to Santiago to give master classes and perform a concert at the Orquesta Sinfonica de Oriente. Keith conducted a week of classes and rehearsals with the orchestra’s brass section. I am looking forward to reading about it in an interview that Keith gave to the Fairfield Citizen upon his return.
This week, members of our human resources team picked up the award for promoting a healthy workplace that I mentioned in my last video blog. Congratulations again for your efforts on behalf of all of us.
A team of 20 nursing students and four faculty members from the College of Nursing returned home last weekend after a successful one-week immersion in Guatemala. This type of service is the hallmark of who we are.
Last weekend, campus was flooded with siblings and alumni. Our annual Siblings Weekend united brothers and sisters for a fun weekend of activities. Former students also joined us on Saturday for Alumni Day where they reconnected with old friends, visited campus and toured the new West Campus. It was great to see Pioneers from the past, present and future!
Valentine’s Day was Tuesday, and I hope everyone spent the day surrounded by people they love. Folks from our LessThanUThink anti-drinking campaign handed out Valentine’s Day swag and reminded peers that it doesn’t take much alcohol before you begin to be impaired.
State Sen. Tony Hwang visited Professor Gary Rose’s senior seminar class on Wednesday. The senator talked about the difference between federal and state law and answered questions from the class.
Also on Wednesday, we held two educational and interesting lecture events. “Building Trust Between Police and Community” was one colloquium that offered insights into the challenges in an era of increased transparency and accountability. The Hersher Institute for Applied Ethics invited Fr. James Keenan, a professor of moral theology at Boston College, to speak about his book University Ethics. The discussion from this event is ongoing.
The Art & Design Gallery’s new exhibit, Artist’s Life Cut Short, features the work of Stefan Novotny, a local resident and artist who died of a heroin overdose. The exhibit will allow visitors to engage visually with Stefan’s dreams, doubts, demons and passions. An opening reception was held on Thursday – I encourage all to visit.
Each year I am honored to participate in Delta Tau Delta’s launch of the White Ribbon Campaign. Members of the organization and other Pioneers pledge to end violence against women and girls. It is an important cause, and I hope many of you were able to attend their event today.
This weekend, SHU has much music in store. Our theater arts program presents Working: A Musical in the Little Theatre. Get your tickets now. Also Gospelfest takes place Saturday at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The event features our Liturgical Choir, SHU L.O.V.E., the Pioneer Choir, guests choirs from the University of Bridgeport and guests from various churches. This is always an inspiring and uplifting event.
On Saturday, our men and women’s ice hockey teams play. Our men’s team battles Bentley at the Webster Bank Arena at 7 in their last home game of the season, and our women’s team faces Post University at the Sports Center of Connecticut at 4:15. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
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Have a wonderful weekend!