SHU Builds Tradition With Customized Flags

News Story: February 25, 2014

In celebration of Sacred Heart University’s 50th Anniversary, hand-sewn applique flags will be displayed in front of the William H. Pitt Center and at the front entrance of the main academic building on the University’s Fairfield campus.  

The flags were the brainstorm of SHU President John J. Petillo and were designed by Jennifer MacLeman, director of graphic design at SHU.  A total of four flags were commissioned. The other two will be used for formal university occasions and convocations.

“We want to continue to build our academic tradition, and one of those is to have an official University flag,” said Michael Iannazzi, vice president of Marketing and Communications and vice chairman of SHU’s 50th Anniversary celebration. “The flags are designed in Sacred Heart colors—brilliant red, gray and white—incorporating elements of the University shield.”

The University also commissioned a new mace for this anniversary year. It is used during formal ceremonies that include an academic procession and made its debut during the Special 50th Anniversary Convocation that opened the year in early September. It is a 54-inch rosewood mace with two three-inch antique silver plated brass medals and brass braiding on a rosewood staff. The new mace signifies the growth of Sacred Heart during the past 50 years as well as its continued commitment to tradition and academic rigor, Iannazzi said.