Spring might officially be here, but it certainly has not felt like it. However, it is nice to see more Pioneers out and about as the days get longer.
If you have not done so already, I urge you to read the editorial I wrote for the Fairfield Citizen about the inadvisability of taxing private colleges. Please encourage legislators, local politicians, your family, friends and neighbors to think about the value and benefits that private colleges bring to everyone in Connecticut.
Our beautiful Bergoglio Hall was featured in Talking Stick Magazine, a bimonthly publication focused on housing news, innovation and professional development. The sophomore residence hall was featured as the magazine’s “spotlight.”
It was another busy weekend here, beginning with the SHU-hosted CT History Day with dozens of students from nearby high schools visiting campus for the second straight year. Also, on Saturday, we heard members from our choirs perform in the Choral Masterworks Concert as they presented Fauré’s Requiem.
Frank Martire, chairman of SHU’s Board of Trustees and executive chairman of Fidelity Information Services, participated in the Dean’s Leadership Series on Wednesday. He provided students with knowledge and advice on what it takes to run a successful business and be a good person. I want to personally thank Frank for taking the time out of his busy schedule to share his insights with our students.
Last weekend members of the Irish Dance Ensemble marched in Bridgeport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. The group had a great time representing SHU. On Wednesday at the Edgerton, we saw the ensemble showcase their talent at the annual Claddagh Dancers performance.
The new SHU Fit workout center at West Campus is officially open to faculty and staff. On Wednesday, many took the trip to our new campus to check out the facility and find out what it has to offer.
As a way to inspire young writers, the Department of English hosted Literary Spotlight on Thursday. Three writers read passages from their latest works. Students were able to ask questions and get advice.
Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Relay For Life. Teams signed up on Thursday in University Commons and had some fun playing games and dressing up for a photo booth. Relay For Life is a great cause, and I encourage you to participate or donate.
Today we welcome all of the high school seniors who have been accepted to SHU’s College of Nursing. I hope our potential Pioneers have an enjoyable visit. I know I can count on all of you to offer a warm welcome.
Next week, La Hispanidad is hosting Social Justice Week. A variety of events will take place during the week, including a safe zone training, a cultural night, a diversity workshop and lectures. The week’s premier event happens on Thursday, when guest speakers will share their stories related to social justice.
Today we commemorated the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Campus Ministry and Residential Life hosted a reception in Romero Hall at the Christian Witness Commons with Salvadorian-themed refreshments as they recognized a man who dedicated his life to fighting social injustices.
As always, there is a lot going on this weekend. Our Art & Design Student Exhibit continues at the Art & Design Gallery. See our students’ incredible work through April 21. SHU’s Dance Ensemble will perform its Spring Finale show Friday and Saturday. Our talented student and guest dancers will perform in a variety of dance genres. On Saturday, SHU Bands is hosting “Pioneer Blast!” where the pep band will bring its high-energy sound to the Edgerton, performing music from artists such as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Metallica and more. Then on Sunday, the Band’s percussion group, Heartbeat, will present a concert, “Pulse.” Also, if you have not seen it yet, this weekend is your last chance to catch the theatre arts program’s Spoon River Anthology in the Little Theatre.
Congrats to our Winter Guard team who are the Winter Guard International East Power Regional Champions. They beat 12 other guard teams over the course of two days, finishing first in their class. They are seeded seventh out of 65 teams. The team is preparing for the World Championship competition in Dayton April 6-8. Good luck!
Congratulations are also in order for senior hockey player Justin Danforth who has signed with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Justin is the first player in SHU hockey history to play in the AHL. Great job, Justin!
Our student-athletes have another busy weekend. Our men’s tennis team plays Saint Francis today at 1:30 and faces Mount St. Mary on Saturday at 11. Our women’s tennis team also plays Mount St. Mary on Saturday at 11. Men’s lacrosse plays Hobart at 1 on Saturday in the Face Off For a Cause tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and our women’s softball team plays Maine at 11 and 1 on Saturday. Good luck to our student-athletes playing home and away.
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