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Class of 2018 Welcomed at New Student Convocation

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Members of the Class of 2018 and new undergraduate transfers were formally welcomed to Sacred Heart University at the annual New Student Convocation on Wednesday, August 27. For the second consecutive year, SHU welcomed the largest cohort of first-year students in school history. This year’s class numbers more than 1,400.

Message from the President: The Passing of Kaitlyn Doorhy '16

August 23, 2014

Fairfield, Conn. - The Passing of Kaitlyn Doorhy '16 - It is with a heavy heart that I share news just issued this afternoon by St. Vincent's Medical Center that Kaitlyn Doorhy has passed away as a result of the injuries she sustained when she was struck by a motor vehicle yesterday. Last night, more than 700 people gathered in the quad, along with Kaitlyn’s parents, for a candlelight vigil—offering up love and prayers and coming together as our community always does, good times or bad. I know your love and support meant a great deal to the Doorhys and will continue to in the coming days and weeks. SHU President John J. Petillo

Undergraduate Program in Global Studies to Launch this Fall

August 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In the ongoing effort to further internationalize its campus and its educational offerings, this fall Sacred Heart University is launching a new undergraduate major in global studies. “The global studies major is designed to equip students with global competencies through a broad-based and multidisciplinary understanding of transnational processes that prepare them for global engagement,” says Lesley DeNardis, associate professor and director of the new global studies program. “Young adults today need to prepare themselves for a role as global citizens who are poised to contribute to the human community, one which now transcends national borders and boundaries. Students who understand the diverse historical, political, cultural, social, religious and economic influences present in different societies will be prepared to participate as global citizens as they confront and contribute to resolving global challenges.”

Zdanys Receives Grant to Publish Fifth Book of Poems Written in Lithuanian

August 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University Professor Jonas Zdanys of Wallingford has received a grant from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture to complete and publish his fifth volume of poetry written in Lithuanian; it will be his 42nd published book overall. This latest work, entitled Ikaro Prisikelimas, which means ‘the resurrection of Icarus,’ continues the themes he began to explore in his book of prose poems entitled The Kingfisher’s Reign. Zdanys was nominated for the grant by the publisher and received the award after intense competition for support based on his book’s literary and cultural merit. The book is scheduled to be published in September in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, by the Lithuanian Writers Union Publishing House.

Costa Rican Students Visit for English Lessons and Service Opportunities

July 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A group of 16 students and two professors from the Institute of Technology (TEC) in Costa Rica recently completed a three-week visit to Sacred Heart University where they took advanced English classes through SHU’s English Language Institute (ELI) and volunteered at a variety of locations in Bridgeport. The trip was part of a mutual agreement of collaboration between SHU and TEC that was signed in December 2012 and kicked off with a service learning trip to Costa Rica by SHU students during their spring break in March 2014, said Matthew Kaye, director of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning.

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