What an incredible week to start off the Lenten season. There was much to see, do and celebrate.
Senior and women’s ice hockey team member, Teagan Ketchum, received the surprise of her life when her brother, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, showed up at Shelton’s Sports Center of Connecticut at the beginning of the women’s ice hockey game last weekend. Teagan had not seen her brother, Trevor Ketchum, for 14 months and was shocked to see him approach the ice before the faceoff. Fortunately, we were able to capture the moment. Our post has received well over one million views, and several news outlets, including ESPN, reported on it.
Our CrossFit gym took part in a workout day to raise funds for a little boy from Trumbull, Cameron Simpson, and the rare genetic disorder he has, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC). Across the state, gyms worked out for the AHC Foundation, an organization developing research for treatments and a cure for the disease. Thank you to those who participated.
Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with amazing music and dancing. Joe Carter, director of academic music programs, performed with Professor Ali Ryerson on Tuesday as part of our faculty concert series. They celebrated the music of Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. We also saw the smooth moves of our students, faculty and staff at Dancing with Heart. Students teamed up with a faculty or staff member and literally danced their hearts out on stage at the Edgerton Center. Wednesday night, The Center for Irish Cultural Studies, the Gaelic American Club of Fairfield and the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society presented Lúnasa with Karan Casey at the Edgerton. Another great performance.
We heard from a panel of faculty from our School of Communication & Media Arts on Tuesday night as they discussed issues surrounding the media in a colloquium titled “Fake News, Real Problems.” They shed some light on the timely topic. The School of Communication & Media Arts also held an opening reception for a student photography exhibit on Wednesday afternoon, featuring the work of Nicole Croteau and Nicolette Turza. The exhibit was arranged by Professor Rick Falco. Stop by the SCMA office area to see the powerful images. Congratulations, Nicole and Nicolette.
SHU has applied for a federal grant in conjunction with the police departments from Trumbull, Fairfield and Bridgeport. The grant is for a comprehensive program between SHU and external agencies for the reduction of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus.
We have two new additions to our SHUsquare page. Students can learn more about media literacy and digital culture from professors Bill Yousman and Lori Bindig. They can also read alumnus Chris Minardi’s ’15 take on his experiences after SHU.
Speaking of alumni, I always enjoy reading about what our Pioneers are up to. Jason Guberman ’08 is doing incredible things. Jason and others are trying to save Jewish history in the Middle East. You can read all about his work and his organization in Newsweek.
Professor Nathan Lewis, whose artwork you can find in Linda’s and Bergoglio Hall, has his own solo exhibition, “Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction.” It opens Saturday at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford. A reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. If you get the chance, stop by and check out his amazing work.
As you know, construction is going on at the former Jewish Home site to make room for our campus expansion. Part of that expansion will include a New Jersey-style diner. I have asked members of student government to help come up with a name—similar to the way students named 63’s and Red’s. Stay tuned to hear what they suggest.
Congratulations to our indoor women’s track & field and cross country team on winning the 2017 Women’s Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field Team Championship. These championships are earned after months of training and commitment from student-athletes and coaches. Well done.
Our women’s basketball team is the number two seed in the 2017 NEC tournament and will begin their march to the NCAA tournament on Sunday here at home against St. Francis Brooklyn. A win on Sunday, and the Pioneers will host the NEC semifinal on March 8. The Forever Pioneers are buying every student, faculty and staff one ticket to each home postseason game.
In addition to the women’s basketball game, our men’s volleyball team plays Harvard at 7 tonight. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
As you know, this coming week is spring break. Enjoy your time off, and whether you are relaxing at home or volunteering abroad, stay safe and have fun.