May 1, 2013
It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you to the First Annual Academic Festival at Sacred Heart University. This Festival is the culmination of many hours of dedicated work from students in all five Colleges who responded with great enthusiasm and spirit to our Mission’s challenge “to think critically, analyze carefully, evaluate with a sense of justice and proportion”, and “to imagine, create and appreciate”. I am grateful to you our students for embracing the life of the mind, and I wish you a very successful and productive experience. I especially applaud the efforts of our faculty who mentored our presenters and who live out the Mission daily in “expanding human knowledge and deepening human understanding”. Whether you are a student, a faculty or staff member, or a visitor to campus, I strongly encourage you to drop in on some of the morning or afternoon talks in diverse disciplines such as Accounting, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, History, Nursing or Sociology, or to browse in the afternoon posters in Athletic Training, Biology, Exercise Science, Marketing, Psychology, and other disciplines. I am sure that you will find these presentations to be enriching and thought-provoking. Finally, I extend my special thanks to Professors Suzanne Deschênes, Marlina Slamet, and Keri Matthews, co-chairs of the Academic Festival Organizing Committee, for organizing with their committee this significant event in the life of our academic community.
Laura Niesen de Abruna, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs