It has been an emotional week for the Sacred Heart community, and while I know it has been tough, I am so proud of the way the community has come together during this difficult time. We are, indeed, SHU.
This week brought events for all interests. Career Development and the Jack Welch College of Business presented a series on Wednesday in the Martire Forum designed for students interested in pursing a career on Wall Street. Students participated in a panel discussion on Demystifying Investment Banking.
Guest speaker David Ibarra from ESPN spoke at the opening of the 25th annual Art & Design Expo on Thursday. This year, the exhibit featured the work of graphic design in broadcasting. We also held our second Literary Spring event of the semester with author Jilly Gagnon who shared her work with students and faculty. Later in the day, our master of science in digital marketing program presented a Digital Marketing Evening, moderated by Associate Dean Anca Micu. A panel of three esteemed marketing experts talked about reaching and measuring audiences.
The cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar will wow you this weekend. The show opened last night with all SHU student ticket sale proceeds going to Shamrock the Runway for Prevent Child Abuse America. This is a fundraiser that Caitlin Nelson was spearheading in her role as philanthropy chair for Kappa Delta. More than $2,000 was raised. Thank you to the entire theatre arts team—and to the students who attended the show—for your generosity. I encourage our students, staff and faculty to see the show this weekend.
I was happy to attend Theta Phi Alpha sorority’s Tie Dye with Theta Phi fundraiser this week. The event raised money for Camp Sunshine, a camp in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Two of our Isabelle Farrington College of Education graduate students organized a book drive for Bridgeport’s Dunbar School. Many of the school’s classrooms lack libraries filled with books. Our students are asking for brand new or gently used books for kindergarten to sixth-grade students. Books can be dropped off at the Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning now until December. Monetary donations can be made here.
Talal Albakri, a graduate student in the master’s of communication program and intern in international admissions, will be performing with his band Al Farabi at BRIC in Brooklyn tonight. Check out Talal’s singing talents and the rest of the band’s sound here.
It is wonderful when we find out one of our Upward Bound students has been accepted into the college of his or her choice. It is even better when we find out that the choice is SHU. Joseph Robles, a senior in the Upward Bound program, has been accepted into the pre-health advisement program at SHU for fall 2017. Joseph has been participating in Upward Bound since 2014. Congrats!
Peer educators from s.w.e.e.t. (student wellness education and empowerment team) presented two programs at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education BACCHUS Initiatives Region 1 Spring Conference at Suffolk University in Boston. The conference was a great opportunity for peer education groups to get new program ideas on a variety of health and wellness issues, gain new knowledge and skills to support peer education efforts, network with other groups and much more.
Speech-language pathology professor Robin Danzak has been working with a group of bilingual, talented and gifted students from two Bridgeport public schools. The 27 students visited SHU at the end of March and had a great time visiting campus, hearing from SHU students, eating lunch and getting a tour of the Martire Center from communications and media arts professor, Gregory Golda.
Our student-athletes have a busy weekend ahead. Our men’s baseball team plays Stony Brook today at 3. Our men’s volleyball team faces Penn State tonight at 7 and St. Francis University on Saturday at 7. Our women’s lacrosse team battles Central Connecticut State University today at 3 and Bryant Sunday at 1. Our women’s softball team takes on Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at noon and again at 2. Our men’s tennis team faces St. Francis Brooklyn Sunday at 10, and our women’s tennis team plays Bryant Sunday at 2. Good luck to all our student-athletes playing home and away.
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