April 22, 2016
It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you to the Fourth Annual Academic Festival at Sacred Heart University. This Festival is the culmination of many hours of dedicated work from students and faculty who mentored them. Sacred Heart University’s mission challenges its students to think critically, analyze carefully, evaluate with a sense of justice and proportion, and convey conclusions in an intelligible and articulate fashion. The university is committed to challenge students to think beyond the classroom through expanded, vibrant and engaging, learning experiences. I am grateful to our students who responded with great enthusiasm to this challenge. I also applaud the efforts of our faculty members who place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, writing skills, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies. We continue to expand students’ opportunities for deeper learning through engagement in high impact practices and to integrate and apply what they’ve learned.
I strongly encourage members of our community to drop in on some of the morning or afternoon talks in such diverse disciplines such as Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English, Marketing, Mathematics, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish, and Sports Management, and to browse the afternoon posters in Accounting, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Digital Communication, English, Exercise Science, Finance, Health Science, Management, Marketing, Media Arts, Nursing, Psychology, and Sociology. I am sure that you will find these presentations to be enriching and thought-provoking. Finally, I extend my special thanks to Professors Marlina Slamet, Keri Matthews, and Jennifer McLaughlin, as Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Academic Festival Committee, for spending their time and effort in organizing this significant event in the life of our academic community. Wishing our students a very successful and productive experience.
Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.
Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs