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Rupendra Paliwal Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Rupendra Paliwal has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sacred Heart University. Paliwal has served as acting provost for the past six months. “In his short time as acting provost, Rupendra has demonstrated a collaborative leadership style focused on actions and outcomes. He has shown the ability to understand diverse viewpoints and to tackle tough and complex issues,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “As our next provost, I am confident that Rupendra will assiduously promote our mission by working collaboratively to further strengthen the academic reputation of the University, its colleges and programs, while fostering a culture of innovation and experimentation.”

Professor Roney Discusses Ireland's Coastal Environment While on Sabbatical in Dingle

June 13, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University Professor John B. Roney has been presenting a variety of lectures on understanding the coastal environment in Ireland while on sabbatical in Dingle. The history professor plans to continue this work throughout the spring and summer.

Physician Assistant Program Receives Accreditation

June 10, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted accreditation-provisional status to Sacred Heart University’s master of physician assistant studies (MPAS) program*. The commissioners, whose members include PA program directors, MDs and PA educators found zero observations-or areas in need of improvement. “This can be considered analogous to a perfect score on our accreditation. The PA Program team is extremely proud of this accomplishment and is looking forward to welcoming the first class,” said Teresa Thetford, director of the PA program.

Senior Health Science Majors Show What They’ve Learned with Final Research Posters

June 10, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Excited to start new chapters in their educational experiences, approximately 45 Sacred Heart University seniors vying for their bachelor’s degrees in health science recently displayed their final research posters to faculty judges. Clotilde Dudley-Smith, assistant professor, College of Health Professions, and Stephen Burrows, chair, Health Science & Leadership, and program director, healthcare informatics, assessed and scored the presentations.

Students Help At-Risk Middle-Schoolers Stay in School and Thrive

June 10, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In 2001, a cohort of Sacred Heart University undergraduate students started working with local middle-schoolers who appeared to be at risk academically and were projected to abandon their education well before graduating high school. The goal was to intervene and put the youngsters on a path to a more educated and successful future. In 2016, SHU’s Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) is still going strong, celebrating its 15th year of ensuring that the students of Bridgeport’s John Winthrop School succeed in their studies and beyond. In that time, more than 100 SHU students have helped over 200 middle-schoolers.

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