In Spring 2012, honors students taking Dr. Brian Stiltner’s religious studies elective “Writing with Public Purpose” are blogging about the role and value of “public intellectuals” who write about religion and ethics. Visit http://writingwithpublicpurpose.blogspot.com to see what our students are writing!
Senior Theses & Capstone Projects
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As a university grounded it the Catholic intellectual tradition, the values our students embrace when we send them forth at graduation are as important to us as their professional success. Sacred Heart University is a national leader in service learning, so it can provide honors students with unique opportunities to engage in course-related service projects. We expect that our honors students will not only get the most out of their education at Sacred Heart, but will also contribute the most to our community while they are here and to the community at large when they graduate.
Used Book Drive
Started by honors student Mike Fazzino several years ago, the annual used book drive has become a tradition for the program. At the end of each semester, the Honors Council works with the SHU Bookstore to collect used books that cannot be returned. Donated books are then shipped by the Bookstore to Asian countries where they are distributed to students in need. To date, the program has been very successful in collecting large numbers of books for this cause.
Honors students visited the nearby Winthrop Elementary School and read a book out loud to the students. Afterward, students facilitated a discussion about the book and answered any questions that the elementary students had about being in college. The Read-Aloud program encourages kids to stay in school, begin to think about the future that education can bring them, and help them believe that they can go to college too. The experience is always rewarding for readers and kids alike!
It's wrong to deprive someone else of a pleasure so that you can enjoy one yourself, but to deprive yourself of a pleasure so that you can add to someone else's enjoyment is an act of humanity by which you always gain more than you lose.
— Thomas More