I hope students enjoyed the day off from classes on Tuesday during what will hopefully be the last major snowstorm of the semester. I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly before and after the blizzard to make sure our campus was up and running and our students were safe, dry and well fed. Your work ethic and dedication to Sacred Heart did not go unnoticed. I don’t want to leave anyone out—you all know who you are—but I particularly want to acknowledge the folks from SHU Dining, Public Safety, Campus Operations, Residential Life and Student Life. Thank you.
It has been a busy first week after spring break. Many students and faculty are getting back into the swing of things after volunteering abroad on mission trips and in the states for Habitat for Humanity. Through the Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning, students and faculty went to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Columbia, and students and faculty involved in Habitat helped build homes in Iowa, North Carolina, California and Michigan. Teresa Thetford, program director for the physician assistant program; Christina Gunther, director of global health programs; and Constance Glenn, a professor in the College of Nursing, went to Uganda for a site visit. I look forward to hearing more about your trips.
Last weekend, we held our annual CAPP Mass and breakfast sponsored by the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. We heard from Bishop Frank Caggiano and Sr. Mary Grace Walsh on the mission of Catholic education. It was a great celebration of education and educators.
On Thursday, we held our Welch College of Business research forum. Special guest, Professor Paul Baines of Cranfield University’s School of Management, presented his research paper on “Measuring the Effectiveness of Police Social Marketing as an Aid to Counter-terrorism Communications.”
Earlier today, the College of Nursing sponsored the St. Vincent’s Mammography Coach on campus, providing easy access to mammograms for faculty, staff and area residents.
A few members of SHUpermen sang at an 80th birthday surprise for a longtime Mitchells employee. Mitchells, a clothing store in Westport, is owned by Bill Mitchell, a SHU trustee. It was fun to join the SHUpermen for this special birthday.
I am excited to see the theatre arts program’s newest play in the Little Theatre, Spoon River Anthology. Be sure to get your tickets for the show running this weekend and next. Our student-performers always do an amazing job.
This weekend kicks off our annual admitted student days. On Sunday, we welcome the students who have been accepted to our College of Health Professions. Be sure to give our future Pioneers and their families a nice, warm welcome.
As we approach our first admitted student day and embrace the others that follow, we are excited to offer our new Pioneers the opportunity to begin their college careers at our SHU in Dingle Campus in Ireland. The Freshman Fall in Dingle program is designed to provide intended biology, exercise science and health science majors, as well as those who have been accepted to the honors program, a semester abroad that fits seamlessly into their curriculums. Sophomores can also spend fall in Dingle. For more information visit, http://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/shuindingle/programs/
Professor Bob McCloud, who is on sabbatical in Dingle, was recently part of a gathering to explore the possibilities presented by the Internet of Things, an emerging use of technology. Bob, a computer science professor, and others explored and developed the use of new technology to facilitate the creation of new businesses and jobs. Great work, Bob!
Today, for the second consecutive year, our women’s basketball team will be making an appearance in the postseason. SHU will travel to Jamaica, Queens, to take on St. John’s University at 7 p.m. for the opening round of the WNIT tournament. The game will air live on ESPN3. Good luck, ladies!
Looking for something to do on Saturday? Stop by the Student Art Exhibit at the Art & Design Gallery between 1 and 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m., and refreshments will be served. You can also hear SHU’s combined choirs, accompanied by the orchestra, harp and organ, as they offer Choral Masterworks. The full performance will include Gabriel Faurē’s famous “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine.”
On Saturday, our men’s lacrosse team faces Robert Morris at noon, and our women’s lacrosse team plays UMass Lowell at 3. Our women’s tennis team takes on Providence College at 1 on Saturday. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
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Have a great weekend!