Calendar of Events


April 2013

  • April 10: Founders Day

June 2013

  • June 12 - 16: Thirteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society

  • June 15: Annual Henri Nouwen Lecture on Contemporary Spirituality and Keynote Address of the General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society | Ronald Rolheiser: Merton, Solitude and Difficulties in Being Present to the Now | 8 pm – Chapel of the Holy Spirit                            

August 2013

September 2013

  • September 4: 50th Anniversary Convocation and Induction of the Class of 2017 | 2 pm – William H. Pitt Health & Recreation Center
  • September 6: 50th Anniversary President's Gala (By invitation) | 8 pm – Tent in South Lot
  • September 16: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series sponsored by the Isabelle Farrington College of Education | "The Wonderful, Wild Women of Children's Literature" with Dr. Ed Murray & Two-time Newberry Honor Award-winning Author, Patricia Reilly Giff | 7:30 pm - Oakview Building, Room 180
  • September 18: 50th Anniversary University Mass of the Holy Spirit | 2 pm – Chapel of the Holy Spirit
  • September 1850th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents a panel discussion  by SHU Faculty on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Issues of Race, Poverty, Health Care, and Ethics | Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series, the College of Health Professions, the Farrington College of Education, the Welch College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences 3:30 pm — Schine Auditorium
  • September 18: 50th Anniversary Student Affairs Lecture Series presents “Talking Baseball and Beyond” featuring Dwight Gooden, Bobby Valentine and author Ellis Henican | 7 pm – Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
  • September 18: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents the documentary “Living on A Dollar A Day” with discussion by the student film-makers who wanted to understand the conditions of extreme poverty in the world, so they went to Guatemala and lived on a dollar a day. | Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series, College of Arts and Sciences | 7 pm — University Commons
  • September 20: An Evening with Kevin Nealon7 pm - Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
  • September 20 - 22: 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend

  • September 23: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series | Bishop Curtis and Beyond: Sacred Heart and the Catholic University of the next 50 years | 3:30 pm - Schine Auditorium
  • September 25: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series - Health Care Reform Panel | Dr. John Murphy, President and CEO, Western CT Health Network and Dr. Susan Davis, CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services, sponsored by the College of Health Professions | 7:30 pm - Schine Auditorium 
  • September 26: Unveiling of the Sacred Heart University Mural by Professor Nathan Lewis | 4 pm - Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts Gallery

October 2013

  • October 1:  Religion & Immigration, "God's Heart Has No Borders" with panelists Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn and Chair of the US Bishops' Committee on Immigration; Dr. Will Sweet, Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology and Cultural Traditions Coordinator, St. Francis Xavier University; and Stephane Kirven, SHU assistant professor of Criminal Justice. Sponsored by Mission & Catholic Identity | 7 pm - University Commons
  • October 3: 50th Anniversary Film Series | Movies Through the Decades: The Godfather | 8 pm - The Edgerton Plaza Video Wall
  • October 4 - 6:50th Anniversary Family Weekend

  • October 9: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series on Libraries: The Future is Open – Or is it? | Jaron Lanier, scientist, musician and author who coined the term, “virtual reality” will speak on “Who Owns the Future.” | Sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library | 7 pm – Schine Auditorium
  • October 10: 50th Anniversary Film Series | Movies Through the Decades: Rain Man8 pm - The Edgerton Plaza Video Wall
  • October 16: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series | The Value of the Liberal Arts, Andrew Delbanco | Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences | 2 pm – University Commons
  • October 18: WSHU’s Join the Conversation presents Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love and a new novel Signature of All Things) | 7 pm -  Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • October 18-20 and 25-27: Sacred Heart University's Student Theatre presents "Boeing-Boeing" | The Little Theatre  Visit www.edgertoncenter.org for showtimes and tickets

  • October 27: 50th Anniversary American Legends Series - Mitzi Gaynor | Sponsored by the ECPA American Legends Series | 3 pm - Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • October 29: WSHU’s Join the Conversation presents Wally Lamb (author of She’s Come Undone; new novel We Are Water) | 7 pm -  Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

November 2013

  • November 6: Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht | A commemorative service presented by distinguished conductor, educator and artistic innovator, Murray Sidlin will follow a showing of his documentary, Defiant Requiem | Sponsored by the Division of Mission & Catholic Identity | 2 pm - University Commons
  • November 9: Missa Gaia or Earth Mass presented by the combined Choirs | 7:30 pm -Chapel of the Holy Spirit

  • November 13: “Slices of Life” a Colloquia by Joanna Leone ’89. Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series and the SHU Italian Club | 2 pmUniversity Commons 

  • November 13: Panel discussion on “Patient Safety and eHealth” featuring Linda Godleski, MD; Director, National Telemental Health Center and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Susan Brown, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, Greenwich Hospital; and Emmanuel Yung, PT, DPT, OCS, MA, FAAOMPT, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University. Sponsored by the Healthcare Informatics program at Sacred Heart University | 6 pm -  University Commons

  • November 14: A screening and discussion of the documentary “Crossing Borders,” which follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel through Morocco, discovering "The Other” and the implications of a clash of civilizations in our global world. Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series and the Office of Global Affairs | 7 pm - Curtis Hall Theatre

December 2013

  • December 3: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Academia’s Response to Global Health: Training Activities, Opportunities, and Ethics presented by Dr. Majid Sadigh, Director of Global Health at Danbury Hospital | Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series, the College of Health Professions, the Farrington College of Education, the Welch College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences | 7:00 pm — University Commons 

  • December 4: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents “Poverty and Women and Children: The Powerless Majority,” by June Ann Greeley, Stephanie Kirven and Colleen Butler-Sweet | Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series, the College of Health Professions, the Farrington College of Education, the Welch College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences | 2 pm — Shine Auditorium

  • December 4: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents “The Ripple Effect: Perspectives on Health in Developing Countries” panel by students from Nursing, OT and PT | Sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series, the College of Health Professions, the Farrington College of Education, the Welch College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences | 7 pm — University Commons 

  • December 5: A Choral Christmas Extravaganza | 8:00 pm  Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • December 6: The New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents St. Nicholas and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols | 7:30 pm – Chapel of the Holy Spirit 

  • December 7: Irish Christmas Concert featuring Cherish the Ladies | Presented by Sacred Heart University's Center for Irish Cultural Studies the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society | 8 pm - Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts 

  • December 8: Christmas Concert presented by Sacred Heart University Bands, "Holiday Voyage" | 2 pm — Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • December 14: First Annual SHU Dance Company Showcase | Presented by the Sacred Heart University Dance Company | 6:30 pm - Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts For tickets, visit http://www.edgertoncenter.org/dance_program.php

January 2014

February 2014

  • February 10: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series on Libraries: The Future is Open – Or is it? | William John Sullivan, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, on “The Future is Open – Open Source and Free Software” | Sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library | 6 pm – Schine Auditorium

  • February 12: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series presents a Black History Month lecture on "Pop Music and Activism: Jazz to Hip Hop" by American Historian and Author Jeffrey Ogbar, Ph.D., vice provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut | Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series | 2:00 pm — University Commons
  • February 12: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series sponsored by the Farrington College of Education | The Power to Change – Encouraging Minority Achievement in Education, presented by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, prominent American educator and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County | 7 pm -- Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • February 14: 50th Anniversary Retro Concert Series presents Sheena Easton | Sponsored by the ECPA Retro Concert Series | Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • February 19: A Really Big SHUTo celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show,SHU Students, Faculty and Staff will perform a live tribute concert featuring hits of the “The Fab Four.” The night will also feature narrative and a slideshow highlighting points of their influential career. | 7 pm — Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • February 27 - March 7: International Immersions Community Service Program

March 2014

  • March 11: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series presents a Women's History Month lecture by Dr. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, president of the National Women's Studies Association and chair of the Women's Studies Department at Southern Connecticut University | Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series | 2:00 pm — University Commons
  • March 12: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series presents a Women's History Month lecture, "A Real Life Milgram Experiment: The Strip-Search Scam." The controversial film "Compliance" tells the real-life story of how strip-search scams were perpetrated in fast food restaurants throughout the U.S. In over 60 restaurants, female employees were subjected to strip search and degrading acts. Clips of the film will be shown, discussed and analyzed from psychological, sociological, criminological and theological perspectives. Discussants include SHU faculty: Dr. Christina Taylor, Dr. June Ann Greeley, Dr. Amanda Moras and Professor Patrick Morris | Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series | 2:00 pm — University Commons
  • March 16: 50th Anniversary Retro Concert Series - Jack Jones in Concert | 3 pm  Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts   

  • March 19: Founder's DayThe anniversary of the signing of the charter that established Sacred Heart University in 1963. Traditionally, faculty and staff are honored for milestone anniversaries of employment at the University.
  • March 19Alumni Authors Showcase Series: Meet the Authors | Sponsored by Colloquia Series, Ryan Matura Library, English Department, Alumni Relations | 6:30 pm  University Commons

  • March 23: The Great American Band Concert presented by the Sacred Heart University Band | 3 pm — Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
  • March 26: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents "The Theology of Domestic Workers' Rights" by Meghan Vesel, M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and deputy director of the Connecticut Office of the Brazilian Immigrant Center | Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series | 7:00 pm — Schine Auditorium 

April 2014

  • TBD: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Health Professions

  • April 3 - 6: "Chicago" presented by Sacred Heart University's Student Theatre | Edgerton Center for the Peforming Arts – Visit www.edgertoncenter.org for showtimes and tickets

  • April 8: 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series: Global Health, Education and Poverty presents “Women and HIV-AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa: Progress Toward Preventive Measures” by Jennifer A. Unger M.D., MPH, assistant professor and clinical instructor, Department of Global Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington and recipient of the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research Award and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award | Sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series | 3:30 pm – Schine Auditorium 
  • April 10: The Glass House Christian Music Series presents Holly Starr | 8 pm – Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

  • April 12: 25th Anniversary Discovery Gala with a special performance by The Beach Boys | 6 pm - Linda McMahon Commons

  • April 22: Special Spring Convocation honoring Conor Gearty | 9 am Chapel of the Holy Spirit
  • April 23: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series on Libraries: The Future is Open – Or is it? | Kathleen Fitzpatrick, author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, on “The Future is Open – Open Access Publishing” | Sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library | 2 pm – Schine Auditorium

  • April 28: Jennifer P. McLaughlin, an SHU instructor of history, will present, “A Call to Arms: War and Commemoration in Fairfield from the Pequot War to the Memorial Day Parade,” on Monday, April 28th at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Town of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary Celebration.

May 2014

  • May 3: University Band & Choirs present "Movies and More!" | 7:30 pm — Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
  • May 14-15: Connecticut Children's Theatre presents "The Velveteen Rabbit" | 10:30 am  Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
  • May 17 - 18: Commencement Weekend 2014 

June 2014