SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY NEWS



Kolbe Cathedral HS Principal Jo-Anne Jakab Wins Education Leadership Award at CAPP Breakfast
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Jo-Anne Jakab is the recipient of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County's inaugural Education Leadership Award. The award was presented by CAPP at the Fourth Annual Communion Breakfast for Educators at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 25.


Academic Research Showcase Concludes With Discussion On Christian Marketing
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - On Wednesday, March 14, Dr. Peter Maresco, representing the John F. Welch College of Business, gave the final in a series of four lectures that made up Sacred Heart University's Academic Research Showcase. The Showcase is part of this year's Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series.


Economics and Finance Professors Receive $45K Grant from CME
FAIRFIELD, Conn - A $45,000 grant awarded by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group Foundation will allow Sacred Heart University Economics and Finance professors to carry out advanced research designed to help financial market participants better understand financial futures behavior and, in turn, better manage financial risks.


SHU Hosts Bridgeport High School Students Through the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Program
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - On Wednesday, February 22, a group of Bridgeport high school students visited Sacred Heart University to learn about Project Limulus, a research program investigating the population dynamics of horseshoe crabs. Through the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership Project, about 30 students heard from Dr. Jennifer Mattei about human health and its connection to the Long Island Sound ecosystem.


Paul Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care Reinvents Senior Living During Talk at SHU
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Paul Hogan, chairman and co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care spoke at Sacred Heart University's Schine Auditorium on Wednesday, February 29. He talked about his innovative company which provides non-medical care for seniors and has grown to be the largest business of its kind, providing services to more than one million seniors internationally since its founding in 1994.


New Student Commons to Be Dedicated in Honor of Linda E. McMahon
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University will name its new student commons in honor of Board of Trustees member Linda E. McMahon. McMahon, who provided a $5 million gift to the university for capital projects such as the student commons, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2004. The Linda E. McMahon commons will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13.


Academic Lecture Series Continues with Talk on Educating Educators On Youth With Autism
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - On Tuesday, February 28, Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher, representing the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, gave the third in a series of four lectures that make up Sacred Heart University's Academic Research Showcase. The Showcase is part of this year's Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series.


Sacred Heart University Students, Faculty and Staff Provide a Merry Christmas for Local Families
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Students, faculty and staff members at Sacred Heart University collected food, toys, clothes and other gifts to ensure a merry Christmas for 75 local families. The University worked with Golden Hill Methodist Church and St. Charles Parish to make the donations, said Maura Cook, assistant coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Sacred Heart.


Gallery of Contemporary Art to Exhibit 'Voices in the Streets' Polish Posters
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Gallery of Contemporary Art will feature Voices in the Streets: Polish Posters from the Collection of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. The exhibit opens on Sunday, January 22, with a reception from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Following the reception, Dr. Marek Bartelik, exhibition curator, will give a talk at 3:30 p.m. The exhibit will include 39 works by artists belonging to the legendary Polish School of Poster, reaching back to the 1950s and focusing on the generation active in the 1970s and 1980s - prior to the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. It will run until March 1 and is free and open to the public.


Students Participate in Annual CURTIS Week
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Students and staff are out in the community for Sacred Heart University's annual CURTIS Week, which runs from January 11 to January 16 this year. CURTIS Week, which stands for Community Understanding & Reflection Through Inner-city Service, honors the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport and founder of the University. This annual program is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-Car.


Organizations Honor Nursing Professor Linda Strong
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - It's been a good few months for Linda Strong, Ed.D., R.N. She was the recent recipient of an Outstanding Volunteer award from the New England Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) after she was nominated by the Stratford (CT) Department of Health. Strong has long been a volunteer for this civilian group that provides support to local public health departments in times of disaster, such as a flood or epidemic.


Four SHU Faculty Members to Present in Academic Research Showcase
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Four members of Sacred Heart University's faculty have been selected to present in the Academic Research Showcase portion of the Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series. One proposal from each of SHU's four colleges was selected. The Academic Research Showcase is an opportunity for Sacred Heart University to feature its outstanding and talented faculty. Proposals needed to be within the lecturer's academic field and, in keeping with SHU's inaugural theme for the year -- A Time for New Beginnings -- participants were asked to choose a topic related to the theme.


National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrated November 13-19 at SHU
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - This week - November 13-19 - is National Nurse Practitioner Week. It provides an opportunity for the graduate nursing faculty at Sacred Heart University to celebrate the important work these unique health-care professionals do every day. According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the oldest and largest national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, there are approximately 148,000 NPs working in the United States and about 2,500 practicing in Connecticut.


SHU Social Work Professors Address National Association of Social Workers at Conference
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Three Sacred Heart University Social Work professors addressed the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Social Workers at the Cromwell Plaza in Cromwell on November 15. The focus of the fall conference was "Living in a World of Diversity and Disparity: Working to Achieve Social Justice." "We have a very talented team of professors, and they are truly experts in their field. They are committed professionals who brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to the conference," said Joan Pollack, who heads the department of Social Work. "I think this is a great opportunity to share our program with our colleagues from around the state and also to provide exposure for Sacred Heart University."


Teamwork is Key to Success During SHU Medical Missions
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Two groups of Sacred Heart University students and faculty from the College of Health Professions spent time away from campus during October on medical missions. While one group went to Guatemala and the other to Jamaica, both found that cooperation and teamwork was critical to their success.


Students, Occupational Therapists Gather for Inaugural Workshop to Honor Late Alumna
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Several dozen Sacred Heart University Occupational Therapy students, professionals and aspiring occupational therapists descended on the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, to participate in the "Applying Sensory Integration Principles for Diverse Populations" workshop. The event was an inaugural benefit to raise money for the recently established Christine E. Busher Memorial Occupational Therapy Award Fund. Busher, a Sacred Heart alumna, died unexpectedly in 2009. She was much admired and respected by the Sacred Heart community and also served as an adjunct instructor at the University.


Megan Rock Named as Vice President for University Advancement
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Megan Rock has joined Sacred Heart University as vice president of University Advancement. She will oversee the Division of University Advancement, which includes the Development Office and the Alumni Relations Office. In that role, she is responsible for increasing the philanthropic support for the University. This will include planning, initiating, directing, reporting and evaluating all fundraising activities for the University from private and public sources, as well as working to engage alumni with the University.