SHU Alumnus Wows NACA Audience with Musical Talents

News Story: November 21, 2008

Jeff LeBlanc, a Sacred Heart University alumnus from the Class of 2008, made his mark at the Northeast Regional Conference of the National Association for Campus Activities in November. The four-day event in Hartford, which attracted participants from 120 schools in New England and metropolitan New York, allows talented performers interested in appearing before campus audiences to audition before those in attendance. An acoustic guitarist, LeBlanc beat out 30 other acts at the conference’s on-site showcase by a vote of the 950 students and campus activities professionals in attendance. His competition included acts that have been coming to the NACA sessions for 20 years: this was LeBlanc’s first such conference.

The performer, who is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Sacred Heart, signed contracts with at least three schools after being voted to the top spot on Saturday night. He intends to become a professional educator but will continue to perform his music, according to Rob Gilmore, a student activities program assistant at Sacred Heart. The SHU delegation, which included eight students, snagged front-row seats at the audition/performance to support LeBlanc at his NACA stage debut.

The Sacred Heart participants met their counterparts from dozens of colleges and universities to discuss programming and marketing options for the coming year.