It looks like we have another six weeks of winter ahead of us! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday – but I think we can handle the cold and some more snow. Our campus sure looked like a winter wonderland earlier this week.
I want to thank everyone who attended the prayer service on Tuesday. It was a wonderful turnout, and it exemplified our inclusiveness and the value we, as a community, place on the rights and dignity of every human being. To watch a video of the full service, click here.
Our students continue to impress me with their talents. Graduate students assisted with the making of this Dan Patrick Show promotional video for the Super Bowl filmed at the Martire Center. What a fun clip! Senior Sarah DeNisco also has a knack for making videos. She is a finalist in NESN’s Next Producer contest. Take a look at her video and vote for her here.
Professor Jonas Zdanys held a book talk at the Art & Design Gallery Wednesday for his new book of poetry, St. Brigid’s Well. The book was inspired by his teachings at SHU’s campus in Dingle. Can’t wait to read it.
If you have not stopped by Bergoglio Hall, I suggest you do soon. Professor Nathan Lewis’s mural, “Finding their Voices” is on display. Nathan said the scrolls of text that wind through the image are quotes from various thinkers that students encounter in their studies. Since the mural is in Bergoglio Hall, Pope Francis is shown at the top left. His hand reaches out in blessing next to the flag bearing the symbols of the University’s coat of arms. If you follow the flagpole it leads to a group of honor students in the Ethics Bowl. Another circle shows students celebrating at Red’s. They are holding the different types of drinks offered there with one holding car keys as a designated driver. Big Red jumps in from behind to photo-bomb the group. Other rings show the rugby team working as a community, a student dance and the choir. The foreground figures on the left bask in the sun of the quad reading books as sunlight illuminates their mind and bodies. The figure in the foreground is from the Winter Guard team and is wearing the colors of the University, while throwing the flag skyward. Thank you for this incredible piece of art, Nathan.
Campus Ministry is holding a "Soup-er Bowl" from now until Super Bowl Sunday. The purpose of the event is to have a little fun before the big football game but, more importantly, to collect food for the Homeless Outreach Team of Bridgeport. Campus Ministry is asking students, faculty and staff to drop off cans of soup at their offices using either the Atlanta Falcons-decorated box or the New England Patriots-decorated box. There’s even a scoreboard keeping track of how many cans have been collected for each team. May the best team win!
While the pros play this weekend, our student-athletes will also be busy competing. Our men’s volleyball team takes on Alderson Broaddus tonight at 7, then plays Lincoln Memorial Saturday at 7 and again at 1 on Sunday. On Saturday, our women’s basketball team battles Bryant at 1 and our men’s basketball team plays Bryant at 3:30. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy the game!