Alumni Authors Share Books, Writing Experiences

From left are alumni Christopher Conway ’92, Adrian Stroud ’82 and Dawn Foss ’06 ’08 MSN.

News Story: April 8, 2014

Three Sacred Heart University alumni authors were on campus recently to share their books and experiences with the SHU community. Attendees heard from Adrian Stroud ’82, author of Prisoner of War Number 2378; Christopher Conway ’92, author of The Road to God Knows Where; and Dawn Foss ’06 ’08 MSN, author of I Will Stand.

Stroud, a veteran police officer from Newtown with a degree from SHU in media studies, wrote a book about the time that his father, Kenneth, spent in a POW camp in Indonesia and the impact it has had on the rest of his life. Stroud told the crowd that his time at Sacred Heart has influenced his success as a public relations officer and his ability to help those who may be experiencing the worst times of their lives. He encouraged the students in attendance to just keep writing—advice he said he intends to follow himself.

Conway’s book is a novel about a man setting out to spread his deceased father’s ashes off the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. As a media studies major at SHU, Conway said he learned to be a story teller. His love affair with Ireland also began at SHU when he joined his religion professor and 12 other students on a trip to the Emerald Isle. Since then, he has been back 10 times and had no trouble deciding to set his novel there.

Foss is a Stamford resident with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SHU. Her book encourages young people to treat one another with respect and to draw near to God. She credits SHU with helping her to grow her own faith. “I loved the way that God was always acknowledged at Sacred Heart,” she said.