Freshman to Volunteer During 'Straight from the Heart' Day

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Over 150 freshman and more than 30 members of the faculty and staff at Sacred Heart University will volunteer Thursday during “Straight from the Heart,” a day-long event filled with nearly 20 different community service projects.

The event, which is organized by SHU’s Mentoring Office, starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.  Shuttles will be running continuously all day, with the Edgerton Center lobby being the main meeting point. 

“The event is a perfect example of holistic education and learning outside of the classroom, since each student group will be lead by a faculty or staff leader,” Dr. Valerie Wherley, director of Student Mentoring, said.

The projects and their respective leaders are listed below.

  • Habitat for Humanity:  Ray Gordon (Res. Life) and Matthew Kenney (President’s Office)
  • Merton Center (breakfast):  DJ Moores (English)
  • Caroline House:  Mandy Pittman (Campus Ministry)
  • Columbus School Read-Aloud:  Jean Silva (Mathematics) and Janice Kessler (Counseling Center)
  • Beardsley Zoo:  Barbara Pierce (Biology)
  • Alpha Community Services:  Mark Jareb (Biology) and Jill Angotta (Learning Center)
  • Merton Center (lunch):  Joel Quintong (Res. Life) and Jennifer McLaughlin (History)
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission (lunch):  Eileen Solomito (Academic Advisement)
  • Groundwork Bridgeport Clean-ups: Tim Speicher (Human Movement and Sports Science) and Sean Heffron (Mentor Office)
  • Bryant School Read-Aloud:  Bridget Lyons (Economics and Finance) and Thomas Forget (Academic Affairs)
  • Jewish Home for the Elderly:  Annette Bailey (Social Work)
  • FSW Family Services:  Cara Jordan (Admissions)
  • Black Rock Arts Center:  Pat Walker (Education and Health Professions) and Nathan Lewis (Art and Design)
  • Discovery Museum:  Michelle Loris (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Winthrop After-school Program:  Phyllis Machledt (Volunteer Services) and Carol Hampton (English)
  • Maplewood Annex After-school Program:  Maureen Conard (Psychology)
  • Playground Painting at Winthrop:  Mike Fazzino (student leader)
  • Bridgeport Mobile Soup Kitchen (dinner):  June-Ann Greeley (Religious Studies)
  • “Feel the Warmth” Soup Kitchen (dinner):  Jerry Reid (Sociology)

For more information, please contact Dr. Valerie Wherley at 203.396.8355 or email at