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     The John F. Welch College
     of Business Established

                                n January 25, President Anthony J.
                                  Cernera announced that Sacred
                                  Heart University’s College of
                                  Business would be named for the
                                  legendary former chairman and
                                 CEO of the General Electric
                               Company: John F. Welch, Jr.
                    Identified throughout the world of business
     simply as “Jack,” he was associated with GE for an
     incredible 41 years. Fortune magazine has called him the
     Manager of the Century, and BusinessWeek dubbed him
     “one of the greatest innovators of the past 75 years.”
                                                                       Mr. Welch’s personal endorsement of Sacred Heart. Mr.
          As part of his commitment to the University, Mr. Welch
                                                                       Welch noted that “I see myself in many of the Sacred
     has volunteered to stay actively involved with the John F.
                                                                       Heart University students, and I strongly support the
     Welch College of Business through ongoing advice and
                                                                       University’s mission of providing them access to a top-
     guidance. Further, he is providing the largest gift in the
                                                                       notch education. While I was at GE, I watched Sacred
     University’s history to assist students in financial need and
                                                                       Heart University’s tremendous growth. The job that has
                                                                       been done here is just phenomenal. The University is
       “I see myself in many of the Sacred Heart                       poised for greatness, and I want to be part of the next
        University students, and I strongly support                    phase of its transformation and growth.”
        the University’s mission of providing them                         In its first year, the Welch College of Business hosted
        access to a top-notch education.”                              numerous guest speakers, including Cindi Bigelow, the
                                                      -John F. Welch   CEO of Bigelow Tea Company; Larry Bossidy, the former
                                                                       chairman and CEO of Honeywell; and William Schultz,
                                      to foster faculty development
                                                                       the executive director of Amnesty International. In addition,
                                      and research.
                                                                       the College sponsored a series of luncheon talks for faculty
                                         Dr. Cernera pointed out
                                                                       members designed to stimulate discussion on a variety of
                                      that Mr. Welch’s decision to
                                                                       issues related to teaching and classroom management.
                                      lend his name and support
                                                                       Topics included giving feedback to students; incorporating
                                      to the College of Business is
                                                                       global issues in classes not geared to international busi-
                                      a truly transforming moment
                                                                       ness; and dealing with diversity in the curriculum and
                                      for Sacred Heart University,
                                                                       the classroom.
                                      and expressed immense grati-
                                      tude on behalf of the entire
                                      University community for

Putting Faith and Theology into
Practice on the Front Lines
This past spring, Sacred Heart’s                   their experiences in the real world          reflected the work that faculty and
Center for Christian-Jewish                        of their ministry. The conference            staff at Sacred Heart’s CCJU have
Understanding (CCJU) sponsored                     included discussions with Rabbi              done for the past seven years, as
its second annual Colleagues in                    Joseph H. Ehrenkranz and Dr. David           the center continues to promote
Dialogue conference, bringing back                 L. Coppola, directors of the CCJU,           Christian-Jewish understanding
30 clergy from past Seminarians’                   as well as a panel presentation by           throughout the world.
Institutes to meet, reflect and discuss            participants. These real-life stories

An Engaged Learning Community

The IDEAL Committee—Involvement of Departments in Engaged and               Greek Orthodox Primate
Active Learning—sponsored workshops throughout the year to explore
a wide variety of approaches in active learning. These included “The
View from the Trenches,” “Plagiarism: The Discussion Continues,”
                                                                            Honored with Doctorate
“Active and Engaged Learning: A Student Perspective”—presented by six
                                                                                    acred Heart University bestowed the Doctor of Humane
SHU students —and “Ideas, Strategies, Concepts and Projects for SHU
Adjunct Faculty.”

The SHU in Ireland program continues to build its foundation. A new resi-
                                                                            S       Letters degree, honoris causa, on His Eminence
                                                                                    Archbishop Demetrios at a special convocation on
                                                                            November 9. The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in
dent director was hired to manage the Dingle site, and an anthropology      America is the spiritual leader of 1.5 million Greek Orthodox
course was added this year. Four additional new courses are planned for     faithful. Bishop William E. Lori of the Roman Catholic Diocese
the 2006-2007 academic year.                                                of Bridgeport, the chairman of the University’s board of trustees,
      Twenty-five students took advantage of Sacred Heart’s unique study    vested the hood at the
abroad programs at the American University of Rome and at Notre Dame
in Fremantle, Australia, during the 2005-2006 academic year. An addi-       academic convocation.
tional 31 students headed overseas for summer programs in Italy, Spain      Archbishop Demetrios
and the Netherlands.                                                        was born in Greece in
                                                                            1928, and ordained a
Sacred Heart awarded approxi-                                               priest in 1964. He was
mately $20,000 to student                                                   consecrated a bishop
researchers this year. The money                                            in 1967 for the
supported 35 grants to undergradu-
                                                                            Archdiocese of Athens.
ates for research materials and con-
ference poster presentations, and                                           On scholarship from
nine summer research stipends and                                           Harvard, Archbishop
materials grants.                                                           Demetrios studied
       The seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Poster
                                                                            New Testament and Christian Origins and was awarded a Ph.D.
session was held in April. Chaired by Dr. Marlina Slamet, and assisted by
the Committee on Undergraduate Research and Internships, the session        “with distinction” in 1972. In 1977 he earned a Doctor of
drew 52 student researchers from a wide variety of disciplines.             Theology degree from the University of Athens.

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     EDUCATION                                                  only university in Connecticut with
     Sacred Heart University’s education programs in            the program in full operation.
     eastern Connecticut have a new home. After years in            The number of students enro-
     Lisbon, Connecticut, our satellite campus has been         lled online continues to grow, too,
     moved to nearby Griswold. There, SHU offers teacher        and new students often cite our
     preparation and fifth-year Internship programs as well     widely recognized and respected
     as the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. In addition,     online nursing programs as a major
     working educators can complete programs in school          reason for choosing Sacred Heart.
     administration and sixth-year degrees in teaching and          Faculty scholarship and pro-
     literacy. The new site is home to existing elementary,     fessional recognition advanced
     middle, and high schools, thus affording numerous          significantly this year. Worthy of
     internship opportunities. While most SHU education         special note: the publication of the
     students will attend classes in Fairfield, as many as a    book, Leadership Competencies for
     quarter of the enrollment will be using the new            Clinical Managers: The Renaissance
     Griswold campus.                                           of Transformational Leadership,
         The University prepares more teachers and              coauthored by Drs. Anne Barker,
     administrators than almost any other institution in        Dori Taylor Sullivan and Michael
     Connecticut. In 1988 just 40 students a year were          Emery. And in May, Professor
     recommended for teaching certification; today the          Susan DeNisco became the presi-
     figure is 300.                                             dent of the Connecticut APRN group, a prestigious
                                                                leadership role for nurses in advanced practice.
     NURSING                                                        The department’s chair, Dr. Dori Taylor Sullivan,
     Nursing enrollment reaches all-time high. The Depart-      received a Nightingale Award from the Connecticut
     ment of Nursing had good reason to celebrate its 25th      League for Nursing for authoring and presenting a
     anniversary in May, as this department continues to        report called Enhancing the Education and Supply
     attract more students in both undergraduate and            of Nurses in Connecticut. This critical evaluation of
     graduate degree programs. Working with Undergra-           the state’s nursing shortage was presented in person
     duate Admissions, the department offered incoming          to key legislators in Connecticut and elsewhere, and
     first-year students who declare nursing as their           Dr. Sullivan discussed the report in at least three tele-
     intended major early acceptance into the program           vision interviews.
     sophomore year. More than 50 incoming sophomores
     chose a nursing major in Fall 2005, and the achieve-       PHYSICAL THERAPY AND HUMAN
     ment profile of this class was among the highest ever      MOVEMENT SCIENCE
     in terms of SAT scores and GPAs.                           The Doctor of Physical Therapy program completed
         Enrollment in the graduate nursing program has         its second year and anticipates graduating its pioneer
     also grown substantially over the past three years, with   class in May 2007.
     over 100 students matriculated at present.                       The Department of Physical Therapy and Human
         The new Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track was          Movement Science continues to be active in the com-
     implemented in September as part of the national           munity through a number of grant-funded initiatives.
     demonstration project activity. Sacred Heart is the        For the second year, the University has helped provide


wellness education and exercise prescription services for           2006. Sacred Heart
the Fairfield Fire Department.This program is designed to           University is one of the
assist firefighters in maintaining their physical status as         only universities that can
required by their positions. It includes educational ses-           boast two current profes-
sions, individualized physical assessments, and exercise            sors as recipients. Dr.
prescriptions. The program has included exercise science            Pamela K. Levangie won
students in the laboratory components of the assessment             the same award in 2001. It
and prescription. And this year, the University adopted a           was established in 1981 to
wellness program for its employees that includes educa-             recognize exceptional
tion, assessment and exercise prescription. The program             teaching effectiveness in
has proven to be a popular benefit.                                 the academic setting, distinct expertise in one or more
     Dr. Michelle Lusardi won the American Physical                 content areas, and excellence as a role model for physical
Therapy Association’s Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J.                 therapy students, faculty and clinicians.
Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching for

SHU Launches Financial                                                 >> Sacred Heart Offers New MBA
Certificate Program                                                    Program to Non-Business Majors
Sacred Heart’s Center for Financial Education has registered           The John F. Welch College of Business now
with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.          offers a new Master of Business Administration
(CFP Board) to provide a new financial planning certificate pro-       degree designed especially for undergraduates
gram at its Stamford campus. Students who complete the year-           who did not major in business. The new degree
long program will be eligible to sit for the two-day national CFP      will be especially valuable for SHU students
Certification Examination. Certified financial planners work           nearing the end of their undergraduate programs
with individuals and families to advise and help them plan for a       in the liberal arts who wish to prepare for careers
solid financial future, providing guidance in insurance, savings,      in business.
investments, asset management and retirement planning.
“With the demand for financial planners in lower Fairfield
County growing dramatically,” pointed out Nancy Sidoti, SHU’s        New Institute Enriches
dean of University College, “the new program offers the educa-       Course Work with Internships
tion and preparation needed to ensure a high level of expertise
in the field.”                                                       An innovative new institute at SHU now helps MBA stu-
                                                                     dents add in-depth internships in the nonprofit sector to
                                                                     their course work. Established by Professor Rawlin “Pete”
                                                                     Fairbaugh, the Center for Strategic Planning for Not-for-
fyi::                                                                Profit Organizations formally began its work this year,
NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM IN                                              with 100 percent of our MBA students electing to partici-
CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                                     pate. The students act as consultants to select area non-
The College of Arts and Sciences has approved                        profit organizations, helping them analyze needs and
a new Master of Arts program in Criminal
Justice. A number of recent graduates have
                                                                     opportunities and shaping business and marketing plans.
already expressed interest in the program.

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     Professor Semel Selected for
     Program in Counter-Terrorism
                         Matthew Semel, assistant professor in            In Memoriam
                         the Department of Sociology, Social              Professor Kevin K. Blount
                         Work and Criminal Justice, took part in
                         an exclusive Executive Certificate                                   Dr. Kevin K. Blount, assistant professor
                         Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies                                 of mathematics since 2002, died Tuesday,
                         in Israel this year. The three-week pro-                             May 30, 2006, from complications following
     gram was offered by the Lauder School of Government,                                     a stroke. A memorial service took place
     Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center                                   on campus on Saturday, June 17, in
     Herzliya and the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel,                              University Commons.
     one of the world’s leading think tanks on issues of terrorism              Dr. Blount received a doctorate in mathematics from
     and counter-terrorism.                                               Vanderbilt University in 1999 and came to Sacred Heart
                                                                          University from Boston College. His Sacred Heart courses
                                                                          included calculus and pre-calculus; college, business, and
      fyi::                                                               abstract math; and real analysis. While his professional research
      WOMEN’S STUDIES                                                     interests were universal algebra and lattice theory, Dr. Blount
      COORDINATOR APPOINTED                                               was a man of many passions. Highly skilled in computer use,
      Professor Jennifer McLaughlin has been appointed                    he had also studied French, German, Russian, Spanish, and
      coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program.                         Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Blount left his wife of six years, Xiaoyo
      Sacred Heart now offers a minor in Women’s                          Blount. His family requested that donations in his name be
      Studies to all students.                                            made to WSHU.

     Business Faculty Highlights
     Faculty publications and presenta-              Corporate Liquidity,” in TSU               Maturity Options,” presented by Dr.
     tions in the Welch College of                   Business and Economic Review; and          Ako Doffou at the Paris International
     Business continued at a brisk pace              Dr. James Santomier and Dr. Joshua         Finance Conference, to “Nurse-
     this year. Publications included Dr.            A. Shuart’s “Sport New Media,” in          Patient Communication: The
     Peter A. Maresco and Professor                  the International Journal of Sports        Influence of Involvement on the
     Christopher C. York’s “Ricardo                  Marketing & Sponsorship.                   Nurse’s Role as a Social Model for
     Semler: Creating Organizational                      SHU business faculty also made        Cancer Patients,” by Dr. Anca C.
     Change through Employee                         presentations from as near as Park         Micu, with others, in Dresden.
     Empowerment,” in the Academic                   Avenue to as far as Sweden and
     Leadership Journal; Professor Ralph             Korea. Subjects ranged from
     Lim’s “Alternative Measures of                  “Stochastic Interest Rates and Short

SPEAKING OUT::                                        2006 lectures and appearances on campus

           he Center for Catholic Thought, Ethics and Culture     on April 10 in the Ryan-Matura Library, followed by refreshments
           sponsored a high-profile speaker series this year,     and discussion.
           including Paul Elie, Father Mark Massa, S.J.,               The Peace and Justice Series, sponsored by Sacred Heart’s
Carrie Dann and Dr. Kenneth Miller. And, to encourage the         Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, held its 25th
preparation of new Catholic Studies courses, the center           anniversary celebration this year on April 10 at University
awarded several stipends to faculty members.                      Commons. Keynote speaker Herbert Herrera shared his own life
      In addition, the Faculty Development Series offered pro-    experiences and spoke about the life of Archbishop Oscar
fessors the opportunity to share their academic passions with     Romero, and led a discussion on political injustices worldwide.
their colleagues. Subjects in the series included “The Failure         The College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series presented
of Educational Reform in Republican China,” by Dr. Thomas         “The Real and Fabled Worlds of Dante Alighieri,” a pair of lec-
Curran; “Frances Willard’s Evangelical Politics and Late 19th     tures and a musical presentation, during the month of April. The
Century American Nationalism,” by Dr. Bryan Bademan; and          musical presentation, “Dante’s I-Pod: The Music He Listened To,”
Faculty Artists and Poets, featuring Professors Jack              was performed at University Commons on April 10 by Ross
deGraffenried and Jon Jude Walker and Drs. Dhia Habboush          Benoliel and Aaron Caruso. Lectures included “The Poet in the
and Rick Magee. Also, “Limulus Polyphemus: A Model                Mirror: Epic and Autobiography in the Divine Comedy” on April
Organism to Promote Science Literacy and Conservation,” by        7 at University Commons by Simone Marchese of the
Dr. Jennifer Mattei; “Liberal Arts Education, Technology and      Department of French and Italian at Princeton University and
the Modern University,” by Dr. Jack Jalbert; “Thoughts on the     “The Italian Landscape in Dante’s Divine Comedy” in the Faculty
Philosophical Foundations of Catholic Education,” by Dr.          Lounge by Thomas Mussio of the Department of Foreign
Michael J. Ventimiglia; and “The Biblical Ten Plagues in          Languages at Iona College.
Egypt: A Discussion of Volcanism,” by Dr. Joel Block.
     The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages
sponsored a poetry reading by Janet Krauss and Michael Sweeny

      Father Mark Massa          Dr. Kenneth Miller         Dr. Thomas Curran                  Carrie Dann                      Paul Elie

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     The Center for Mission Education and Reflection
     Presented Faculty Conversations Series
     The University’s Center for Mission      Scholarship,” and “The Legacy of                      The annual presentation of
     Education and Reflection presented       Catholic Social Teaching: Justice,             honors to members of the faculty
     a series of Faculty Conversations to     Peace, Service.”                               and staff took place in October. The
     a total of 175 participants. Following         The resource library for the             Joseph Grau “Action for Justice”
     an orientation for new professors in     Center for Mission Education and               Award was presented to Professor
     August, members gathered through-        Reflection continues to grow in                Donna Bowers; the Teaching
     out the academic year to explore         scope, providing faculty and staff             Excellence Award to Dr. Michael J.
     “The History of Sacred Heart Univer-     with books and other materials on              Ventimiglia; the Faculty Scholarship
     sity within the Context of Vatican       topics such as the Catholic intellec-          Award to Dr. Gerald F. Reid; and
     Council II,” “Mission and Catholic       tual tradition, Catholic social thought,       Outstanding Service Awards to
     Identity as Enhancing Teaching,”         moral issues, servant leadership and           Catherine Gaccione, Arthur T.
     “Mission, Catholic Identity and the      the teachings of Vatican II. Inform-           Gerckens, Robert M. Hardy and
     Vocation of Teaching,” “Mission and      ation on more than 200 relevant                Dr. Patricia W. Walker.
     Catholic Identity: Implications for      books is now accessible online.

                                                          WSHU Wins Another
                                                          Prestigious FOLIO Award
     fyi::                                                           he Long Island Coalition for   to 235,300 listeners. This represents
     A series of national telephone surveys
     by the Sacred Heart University Polling
                                                          T          Fair Broadcasting has pre-
                                                                     sented members of the
                                                          WSHU news team with a prestigious
                                                                                                    a nearly eight percent overall increase
                                                                                                    in the number of people who tune in
                                                                                                    on a weekly basis. These findings come
                                                          Focus on Long Island (FOLIO) Award.       from Arbitron, an independent service
     Institute explored the American mood                 News Director Tandaleya Wilder and        that measures radio listening regionally
     several times over the course of the                 reporter Charles Lane won the honor       twice a year.
     year. The polls touched on a wide vari-              in the category of “Continuing News              About WSHU: Licensed to,
     ety of subjects, including presidential              Story in a Regularly Scheduled            and broadcasting from the campus of,
     politics and effectiveness, the impact of            Newscast” for their two-part series,      Sacred Heart University, WSHU is the
     high energy costs, Americans’ reaction               “The Priest Shortage in Suffolk County,   area’s NPR member station that broad-
     to the war, and the place of religion in the         Long Island.”                             casts the best in public radio to more
     public forum. National media ranging                        Also, WSHU ’s audience has         than 235,000 listeners in Connecticut
     from the New York Times, the Christian               grown from 31,800 weekly listeners in     and Long Island. WSHU airs acclaimed
     Science Monitor, and to                   the Greater Bridgeport area in Fall       programs like Morning Edition, All
     local and regional newspapers and radio              2004 to 38,800 in Fall 2005—a twenty-     Things Considered, and Sunday Baroque
     stations carried news of the findings.               one percent increase. Overall, WSHU’s     on nine frequencies including WSHU
                                                          total listenership (Connecticut and       91.1 FM, WSUF 89.9 FM, and WSHU
                                                          Long Island) increased from 218,400       1260 AM, and online at



                                Left to right: Suzan Shutan, HIV Retro I, 2006, string, pins; Eva Lee, Persuasion, 2006, ink/paper; Dorothy Powers,
                                Jute, 2005, charcoal, pencil/paper

2,900 Visitors at the Gallery
of Contemporary Art
The Gallery of Contemporary Art drew some 2,900                            dedication of the John F. Welch College of Business. The
visitors this year to its five major exhibits, and numerous                Gallery attracted media attention from a variety
classes and public forums were held there. Among the                       of publications, earning extensive coverage in the
latter were a reception to inaugurate the University’s                     Sunday Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time and the
Department of Government and Politics and another                          Connecticut Post, as well as reviews in Art New England
to welcome John Welch and other guests at the                              and Sculpture Magazine.

SHU Hosts 15th Annual Art Lecture                                           Edgerton Center for the
On Tuesday, April 11, Sacred Heart sponsored its 15th
                                                                            Performing Arts
Annual Art Lecture in the Edgerton Center for the                           During the 2005-2006 academic year,
Performing Arts. Guest speaker for this year’s lecture                      more than 22,000 audience members from
was award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney, who spoke                      the outside community, including 5,000
on the “Art of Telling a Story.” Both as a fine artist and                  children, attended events at the Edgerton
as an illustrator of some of America’s most highly                          Center for the Performing Arts. The
acclaimed children’s books, Mr. Pinkney’s body of work                      Center hosted 122 internal events, 15 self-
                              often focuses on multicul-                    produced events and 15 community
                              tural themes. His many                        rentals. While overseen by industry profes-
                              projects have also included                   sionals, students are involved in virtually
                              postage stamps for the U.S.                   every aspect of managing the house.
                              Postal Service Black
                              Heritage series, and the
                              creation of a Christmas
                              tree at the White House
                              honoring his work.

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                                                                     23 percent; Physical Therapy, 22 percent; Nursing, 20
     Sacred Heart Admits                                             percent; and the combined Fairfield Education programs,

     Largest Class in                                                13 percent.

     University History
                                                                       INTRAMURAL PROGRAMS
     The Class of 2010 is the largest in the University’s history.
     The class began with more than 42,000 inquiries, with             Student enrollment in
     the largest number coming from college fairs, student             the Pitt Center’s intra-
     searches, and the Web. These inquiries yielded an                 mural programs grew
     applicant pool of 6,209—also the largest number in our            by almost 12 percent
     history. Sixty-two percent of the applicants were admitted,       from 2004-2005, the
     making it the most competitive incoming class ever.               biggest attraction
          The year saw a total enrollment of 3,306 degree-             was basketball, with
     bound undergraduates; of this number, 984 men and
                                                                       347 players.
     women were first-year full-time students, with an addi-
     tional 256 part-time undergrads.
          The academic year ending in June 2006 saw 701
     new graduate students. Overall applications grew by
     more than 8 percent, to 1,361, and a number of programs
     saw double-digit growth in applications: Fifth-Year
     Internship was up by 29 percent; Religious Studies,

                BEST SEASON EVER
                for Division I Teams                                   THE BAND
                Sacred Heart University’s Division I athletic          PLAYS ON
                teams had their best seasons ever in 2005-             It was a banner year for the Sacred Heart
                2006. They won four Northeast Conference               University Band. The ensemble performed in a
                championships—in cross-country, field hockey,          Publishers Clearinghouse ad that was broadcast
                women’s basketball and baseball—while                  nationally, at Disney World, in the New York
                finishing third in the NEC Commissioner’s              City Halloween parade, and at the opening round
                Cup final standings.                                   of the NCAA Tournament at Penn State.
                                                                       Now in its second year, the band’s Navigating
                                                                       Leadership program drew 29 freshmen for the
                                                                       week-long retreat the last week of August.

Freshman Newcomers                                            MULTICULTURAL CENTER
                                                              The Multicultural Center sponsored 22 events during
Made Welcome                                                  the year, including trips to Washington, D.C. and
                                                              the United Nations.
This year, 36 freshman-level courses were desig-
nated as newcomer freshman advising courses. In
these sections, the instructors not only taught the           CAREER DEVELOPMENT
courses, but also acted as the students’ academic             The Office of Career Development added a coun-

advisors. Additionally, the first course (in major            selor to its career counseling staff this year, thus

                          sequences) was added                increasing a proactive outreach. Counselors

                          in psychology, media                worked with 253 Major in Success students—up

                          studies, political science,         15.5 percent from the year before. Preliminary

                          and biology. This allowed           returns indicated a retention rate of 99.2 percent.

                          freshmen expressing an
                          early interest in these
                          disciplines to be grouped
                                                              Sacred Heart’s Work-Study program is among the
                          together in courses
                                                              largest in New England, with over 200 Work-Study
taught by a major instructor. The program yielded
                                                              students active in settings such as the Bridgeport
a very positive retention rate.
                                                              schools, the YMCA Pals program, and the Mercy
                                                              Learning Center. Together, these young men and
                                                              women did more than 20,000 hours of work in the
                                                              Bridgeport school system at a time when budget
                                                              cuts made such assistance all the more critical. The
HOUSE CALLS                                                   work this past year was valued at just under $150,000.
Sacred Heart University’s nine residence halls                .
accommodated 2,195 students, an increase
of 71 from the year before. During
September, Student Life staff visited every
freshman resident hall room in a program
dubbed “House Calls.”

www             SHU WWW LAUNCHED

                The University’s website was officially   slightly more than 60 percent of the users are students,
                 launched on September 12, 2005, with     an online survey revealed that 17 percent are members
                 more than 3,000 pages of content,        of the faculty and staff, and an impressive 16.7 percent
           hundreds of images, and about 100 subsites.    are alumni, proving the value of the website to enlarg-
Hands-on training began in October and lasted through     ing the University community. Check it out at
April, bringing more than 125 Web liaisons up to date
on introducing content, editing and the like. While

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> Student Profile <

                      Tom Denninger ’05, ’08                                                                                             Graduate Assistantship
                                                                                                                                          Graduate assistantships are available to assist faculty
                      Exercise Science Major, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy                                                        with research projects or staff within administrative
                                                                                                                                          departments and often pay a stipend as well as some
                                                                                                                                          tuition remission.

                      Favorite Courses                   15, and he was my family’s          hours you spend in practices      on the football team, and now       What’s Next
                      Kinesiology is especially fasci-   only source of income. I            and meetings and games.           I find myself applying those        That’s definitely a million dol-
                      nating—that’s the science of       received a lot of financial aid     There were times when I had       team skills to other things. For    lar question. I entered the PT
                      how bones and muscles move         to come to Sacred Heart,            three tests and a paper due at    instance, I’ll be president of      program intending to do strictly
                      together. I liked it so much as    mostly because of football, and     the same time I was getting       the student Physical Therapy        sports orthopedics, since I love
                      an undergraduate that I later      that changed my life. I was an      ready for a big game. I never     Association next semester, and      working with athletes. But
                      assisted the professor who         exercise major as an under-         thought I’d make it through,      I’m involved in the state and       lately I’ve become interested
                      teaches the course.                graduate, and my dream was          but I did. I’m proud of that.     national levels of that organi-     in working with spinal cord
                                                         to work in strength condition-                                        zation. Once you take on a          patients and people who’ve
                      Proudest                           ing with professional athletes.     Biggest Surprise                  public office, you meet more        suffered traumatic amputa-
                      Accomplishments                    At the same time, I was play-       I was never a leader during       and more people, and things         tions, like military personnel
                      Going to college at all. My        ing football, which is really the   high school, but I’ve evolved     spiral from there.                  returning from war.
                      father passed away when I was      equivalent of a full-time job       into one. During my senior
                                                         because of the number of            year I played a leadership role

         tudent Life helped sponsor over 800 programs              ¡ THE STUDENT LIFE LECTURE SERIES
         this year, along with 283 student fund-raising                                  The new Student Life Lecture Series
         events and 177 community service activities. A                                  was a huge success this year. Two
final count shows 2,665 students directly involved in a                                  star attractions were the New York
club, organization, intramural or extracurricular activity—                              Giants’ Tiki Barber and motivational
better than 85 percent of the full-time student body.                                    speaker Rudy Ruettiger, whose col-
Programs offered this year included:                                   Tiki Barber       lege football career at Notre Dame
                                                                      was portrayed in the 1993 movie, Rudy. Both drew
                                                                      SRO crowds.
   Designed to ease the transition between the first
   and second years of college, the Sophomore Year                 ¡ THE SPRING CONCERT
   Experience is led by a transfer/sophomore mentor                   More than 4,000 fans packed the Pitt Center
   who assists those students who might otherwise                     to experience the Black-Eyed Peas and the
   get lost between the cracks.                                       Pussycat Dolls.

SHU Alum Named CEO of World’s Largest Steel Company
Roland Junck, a 1995 Master of               president of Arcelor, which is head-        one of the most exciting and dynamic
Business Administration graduate of          quartered in his native Luxembourg.         companies in the steel industry today.”
the John F. Welch College of Business        Mr. Junck is a graduate of Zurich                 “We are delighted by the news of
in Luxembourg, was recently appointed        Polytechnic and joined what became          Mr. Junck’s appointment,” responded
chief executive officer of Arcelor Mittal    Arcelor Mittal in 1980. He has been         Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, noting that
Steel following a $38 billion merger of      responsible for specialized operations in   Sacred Heart University’s experience in
Arcelor and Mittal Steel. The new com-       Europe, South America, and China.           Luxembourg through its John F. Welch
pany, now the largest steel producer in           “I am very proud to be taking up       College of Business “has confirmed the
the world, will have 61 plants in 27         the position of CEO at Arcelor Mittal,”     wisdom of our investment in global
countries, and will produce at least three   said Mr. Junck. “I have had many happy      education. Over the past 14 years, our
times as much steel as its nearest rival.    years working at Arcelor and its prede-     graduates have come from 30 different
     A valued advisor on SHU’s               cessor companies. I have also watched       countries, and they continue to assume
Luxembourg Board of Regents, Mr.             with admiration the growth of Mittal        positions of responsibility and leadership
Junck had been senior executive vice         Steel, which has established itself as      at companies around the world.”

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      40th Commencement Ceremonies

                       acred Heart University bestowed a total     was presented a Doctorate of Humane Letters at
                       of 1,515 degrees this year. These includ-   Saturday’s ceremony.
                       ed 791 bachelor’s, 686 master’s and 44          Sacred Heart University’s 14th Commencement
                       associate’s. Thousands of family mem-       in Luxembourg saw Master of Business Administration
                       bers and friends participated in the        degrees and Graduate Professional Certificates
                       services on Campus Field. Rabbi Irving      presented to men and women from 14 different coun-
     “Yitz” Greenberg addressed the undergraduates on              tries. The colorful ceremonies included an address by
     Sunday, May 14. The president of New York’s Jewish Life       the Honorable Luc Frieden, the Minister of Justice
     Network/Steinhardt Foundation acknowledged it was a
     bit unusual for an Orthodox Rabbi to speak before a
     Catholic university commencement and receive an hon-
     orary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as well. But he
     called this a sign of the great progress that Christians
     and Jews have enjoyed in the past few decades as they
     have worked to reverse age-old suspicions and join
     each other in dialogue.
          Graduate Commencement took place the day
     before. The keynote speaker was William G. Parrett,
     the CEO of Deloitte
     Touche Tohmatsu,
     the global profes-                                            and Minister for the Treasury and Budget for the Grand
     sional services com-                                          Duchy of Luxembourg. He was presented a Doctor of
     pany. A prominent                                             Laws degree.
     Catholic business                                                 The newest alumni in the University’s John F. Welch
     leader, he began his                                          College of Business came from Luxembourg, the United
     address with reference                                        States, England, Russia, Ireland, Finland, Spain, South
     to Abraham, the “father                                       Africa and France. Also, Italy, Sweden, Lithuania,
     in faith” of Jews,                                            Slovakia and Romania.
     Christians and Muslims.
     Just as Abraham risked everything in accepting God’s
     challenge, he noted, so will today’s graduates confront
     challenges of their own. Mr. Parrett received an hon-
     orary Doctor of Laws degree.
          A pair of gifted writers also received University
     honors: Maureen Howard, a Bridgeport-born author,
     accepted a Doctor of Humane Letters degree on
     Sunday, and Patricia Reilly Giff, the author of more
     than 60 children’s books and who now lives in Trumbull,

Nina Vecchio ’10                                                                                                                                                           > Student Profile <
                                                                                             John F. Welch Scholar
                                                                                                 Funded through the generous support of Jack Welch, an undergraduate
                                                                                                 scholarship program for exceptional students in the John F. Welch
Business Administration Major                                                                    College of Business who are academically talented with a demonstrated
                                                                                                 financial need.

Favorite Course                  Proudest                         to have to know a lot about        Biggest Surprise                   with an entire list of things to
My favorite so far has been      Accomplishments                  business. Here at Sacred           I can’t believe how much I         do on campus.
Introduction to Information      I did a lot of things in high    Heart, earning the John F.         love college. I mean, I knew
Technology. I like it not only   school. For instance, I was a    Welch scholarship was              I’d like Sacred Heart —I           What’s Next
because the professor seems      cheerleader and class presi-     more than just a financial         plunked down my deposit            Getting involved and staying
very personable and skilled,     dent, and I sang in the all-     boost for my family. It also       right after my first visit here,   involved on campus. I’m
but also because it’s going to   county chorus; I was also        helped me feel rewarded for        that’s how sure I was—but I        pledging a sorority, and I go to
be useful when I’m actually      vice president of our school’s   everything I’ve worked so          didn’t expect to love it the       all of the student government
out and working in an office.    Future Business Leaders of       hard for, because someone          way I do. I’ve always been an      meetings and special presen-
                                 America club. I love music,      else took notice of my             involved sort of person, and       tations on campus. I don’t
                                 but even if I end up pursuing    accomplishments.                   there’s so much to do here.        want to miss a thing.
                                 a musical career, I’m going                                         Every day, you get an e-mail


                       he University’s connection with the com-                   READ ALOUD PROGRAM
                       munity provides invaluable assistance to                   Many students receive their first taste of community involvement in
                       the people of Bridgeport. It also helps                    Greater Bridgeport through the University’s Read Aloud programs.
                       educate Sacred Heart’s students and                        This year, 544 SHU volunteers read in elementary school class-
                       staff about the great diversity of needs                   rooms. Many returned to those same schools as tutors and mentors.
         in their own region, thus preparing them for future                      Of special note was the “Real Men Read” program organized by the
         service and leadership. Sacred Heart continues to                        Omega Phi Kappa fraternity under the leadership of the group’s
         make a name for itself for the variety and high quality                  president, Anderson Rawlins. The group made a concerted effort to
         of its service learning and volunteer programs, such as:                 recruit male students as readers and role models in the elementary
                                                                                  schools, and returned to the Winthrop Lighthouse Afterschool
         COMMUNITY                                                                Program for additional interactions.
         This past year, a record                                                 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
         number of students                                                       Three hundred students helped build SHU’s first Habitat for
         participated in                                                          Humanity home accessible to persons with physical limitations. The
         Community                                                                                      Wheels in the Woods Foundation provided
         Connections. The                                                                               funding, but it desperately needed volunteers.
         University’s ambitious                                                                         SHU Habitat started with a week-long blitz
         program of service to                                                                          on Halloween and dedicated the house just
         inner-city Bridgeport became so large that it split into                                       six months later. Students worked every
         two groups of 46 first-year students and eight upper-class                                     Saturday during the school year with the excep-
         leaders along with coordinating staff members. The                                             tion of vacation periods.
         groups stayed at the St. Charles Urban Center and the                                                In addition to raising almost $5,000 to
         Golden Hill United Methodist Church, both in Bridgeport. This            support their work, Habitat members also volunteered in North
         immersion into the life and challenges of the city brought students to   Carolina and Alabama, and a number participated in the Katrina
         a wide variety of service agencies and other places of interest in the   mission in Mississippi. Every participant had to work at least two
         Park City.                                                               days on the local Habitat project before going away. For the coming
                    Forgoing their last week of summer vacation before the        year, the SHU volunteers have been invited to help gut and rebuild
         start of classes, the students served at local soup kitchens and         a home in Bridgeport donated by the Diocese of Bridgeport.
         worked at Operation Hope, a shelter for the homeless in Fairfield,
                                            and at the Wakeman Boys and Girls     SERVICE LEARNING COURSES
                                            Club. They also helped build new      Service learning courses require students to participate in volunteer
            This year, 544 SHU
                                            homes and provide needed mainte-      work as a component of their classroom assignments. Dr. Ron
            volunteers read in
                                            nance through Habitat for             Hamel, for instance, has all students taking his “Drug Use and
            elementary school
                                            Humanity, Groundwork Bridgeport       Abuse” class to work 10-12 hours at the Merton House, Prospect
                                            and Caroline House, and worked        House or the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Most undergrad
                                            with young people in local schools    Education courses now require some element of service learning.
         and through such agencies as the Sunshine Kids and the Alpha Home.       As an example, Dr. Edward Joyner added this learning tool to his
                                                                                  “Education in the U.S.” course, involving his students at Winthrop
                                                                                  and Six-to-Six magnet schools.

       COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM                                                STUDENT ADVOCATES
       This year, three students helped bring life to a small corner of        VISIT STATE HOUSE                      Community service helps
       Bridgeport’s neighborhoods. Stephanie Traver, Sarah Novotny and         For the first time, SHU sent 14 stu-   educate Sacred Heart’s
       Kate Schultz accepted an invitation from the Bridgeport Community       dents to a day at the Connecticut      students and staff about
       Garden Program to help restore the Hallett Street Community             State House, sponsored by Campus       the great diversity of
                                         Garden; this was done in memory       Compact and Voices for Children,       needs in their own
                                                                                                                      region, thus preparing
                                          of a Laotian grandmother who had     to learn how to be better advocates,
                                                                                                                      them for future service
                                          cared for the plot for many years.   especially on behalf of children’s
                                                                                                                      and leadership.
                                           With the help of more than 100      causes.
                                           students over the course of the
                                           year, the volunteers reclaimed a
                                            small overgrown “jungle” and
                                            returned it to a fertile oasis
                                       where greenery and vegetables now
       grow. The students received an award at the Connecticut Community
       Gardening Conference.

                                                                                Students Address Community Needs
       Sixty families were “adopted” during the Christmas season, provided      Sacred Heart University gathered throughout the year in
       with gifts of food and toys. UMOJA earned $6,440 through a “meal         gladness and sorrow to pray for the needs of the community.
       swap” program with the University’s food service provider, Flik. The     On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mass was
       money was used to purchase clementines and apples, 18 turkeys, and       offered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the clos-
       eight cases of cereal for the Christmas baskets.                         ing of the Second Vatican Council—so important in the life
                 In addition, the Service Learning department collected         of the University.
       $2,650 for holiday assistance, providing canned goods and turkeys              That same weekend, students and staff assembled to
       for 450 needy families. This was coordinated closely with the            offer a send-off blessing on a group heading to Mississippi
                                                                                to help residents ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
       Nursing, Psychology and Physical Therapy departments.
                                                                                It took an 18-wheel trailer to carry all the supplies gath-
                                                                                ered by the Sacred Heart University community to assist
                                                                                these neighbors in need. Campus Ministry helped coordi-
       Thirty-seven students were selected this year as Community
                                                                                nate the collection of monetary donations, nonperishable
       Scholars. They received scholarships of as much as $3,000, with          food, clothing, household goods and toiletries. Notable
       each pledging at least 100 hours of community service. The program       support for this University effort came from the Knights of
       yielded a rich variety of community activities. Viola Sallaku, for       Columbus, who presented a gift of $5,000.
       example, involved fellow art students in designing and painting a              In response to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
       mural at Blackham School, while Jared Faircloth started acting class-    Campus Ministry hosted a series of ecumenical prayer
       es at Maplewood Annex with a few other SHU Players. And one              meetings presided over by guest pastoral leaders from at
       Muslim student volunteered with the elderly at the Jewish Home           least six different non-Catholic churches. A joint Christian-
       because the residents reminded him of his grandparents.                  Jewish prayer service was also celebrated. Memorial Liturgies
                                                                                were offered for deceased alumni, staff and family members.

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     Annual Pioneer Open Raises Over
     $70,000 for Student Scholarships
     A great day of golf for participants in Sacred Heart                      JetBlue Challenge Champion trophy after his shot
     University’s 17th Annual Pioneer Open Golf                                landed only 21 inches away from that million-dollar hole.
     Tournament translated into bright                                                                    During the tournament, golfers also
     futures for students who will benefit                                                                had a chance to win a new Hummer
     from over $70,000 raised for                                                                         with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole,
     scholarships at the event. The                                                                       sponsored by Karl Chevrolet Hummer.
     Tournament took place on                                                                             Following the tournament, the golfers
     Monday, June 12, at the Patterson                                                                    enjoyed a reception and dinner, where
     Club in Fairfield, where 116 players                                                                 they also had the opportunity to bid
     were challenged by the scenic                                                                        on an assortment of sports memorabilia
     par-71 course. Golfers vied to qualify                                                               and other gifts in a silent auction.
                                              The tournament’s winning low-gross foursome, Glen Grella,
     for a spot in the “JetBlue Challenge,”   Dave Grella, Tony Wan, and Mark Brockwell scored 64.              The Pioneer Open Dinner spon-
     a million-dollar hole-in-one contest                                                                 sor was Keating Associates. Official
     held at day’s end. The four contestants, who qualified                    tournament sponsors included E-Lite Technologies,
     by scoring a closest-to-the-pin shot on one of the four                   Inc., Lanese Construction, Inc., and Lenovo. The
     par-3 holes, were Michael Kinney, Art LeBreck, Jim                        Pioneer Open followed a record-setting Discovery
     Gilleran, and Mike Niedermeier. While there wasn’t a                      Dinner on Saturday, May 6, that raised more than
     million-dollar winner, Art LeBreck went home with the                     $500,000 for student scholarships.

      Human Resources Contributes to Transform Campus
      The Human Resources Division con-           and Development Framework. In                                 number of key processes. For example,
      tinued to contribute to SHU’s strate-       addition, President Anthony J. Cernera                        it pioneered the use of a new time
      gic goal of transforming the entire         designed and ran a President’s                                management system and distributed
      University into a vibrant community         Retreat for Emerging Leaders and                              individualized employee benefit
      of active and engaged employee-             two similar events for experienced                            statements. Further, HR continued to
      learners. Through Human Resources,          leaders—including both faculty and                            sponsor the SHU Work-Out Process,
      the University hosted multiple man-         staff participants.                                           modeled after a similar agenda used
      agement development forums and                      To streamline operations and                          at GE.
      service excellence programs as part         encourage more informed decision-
      of its Strategic Employee Learning          making, the division revamped a


Sacred Heart University’s mission to educate and enlight-     work of the Church. The ideas are intended to promote
en is by no means limited to the classroom. One very          even better future partnerships, enabling Catholic uni-
visible means of bringing the rich resources of the aca-      versities and dioceses to collaborate as they jointly
demic community to the larger world is the Sacred             proclaim the Good News.
Heart University Press. This year’s titles explored a range
of subjects that show both the breadth and depth of           In Love with Life: An American Dream
the University’s scholarly concerns.                          of a Luxembourger
                                                              By Edmond Israel
The Contribution of Monastic Life to the
Church and the World                                          Edmond Israel’s memoir, In Love with
Essays in Celebration of the Fiftieth                         Life, is an extraordinary book about an
Anniversary of Mount Saviour Monastery                        extraordinary life.
Edited by Martin Boler, O.S.B., and                               In it, he traces an incredible journey
Anthony J. Cernera, Ph.D.                                     from his childhood in Luxembourg to his
                                                              family’s flight from the Nazis to France before finally
The essays gathered in this volume                            securing passage to America. It also chronicles his
celebrate the 50th anniversary of                             remarkable 40-year career in international banking. The
the founding of Mount Saviour                                 book ends with his passionate call for a dialogue of all
Monastery in upstate New York. The                            religions and cultures that will lead to a more just,
contributors not only reminisce about this exemplary          more humane, and more peaceful world.
monastery, but also reflect on Benedictine life in general
                                                              Public Policy in Connecticut: Challenges
and the ongoing contributions of monastic life to the         and Perspectives
Church and to the world at large.
                                                              Edited by Gary L. Rose, Ph.D.
Promising Practices: Collaboration Among
Catholic Bishops and University Presidents                    Public Policy in Connecticut examines 10
                                                              of the key policy challenges that cur-
Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., General Editor
                                                              rently confront Connecticut lawmakers.
                                                              Following an overview essay by the
             This accessible volume is a collaborative
                                                              editor, each of these challenges is
             effort between the United States
                                                              taken up in a separate essay by the volume’s
              Conference of Catholic Bishops and the
                                                              contributors: economic growth, transportation,
              Association of Catholic Colleges and
                                                              environmental protection, ethnic diversity, and ethics
              Universities. In it, 20 Catholic bishops and
                                                              in politics. Also, health care, services for the aged,
              20 presidents of Catholic colleges and
                                                              prison overcrowding and recidivism, inner-city education,
universities share examples of successful partnerships
                                                              and higher education.
that help advance Catholic higher education and the

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> Student Profile <

                      Amanda Pape ’07                                                                                                    Athletic Scholarship
                                                                                                                                         Full-time undergraduate awards are given to students
                                                                                                                                         based on academic performance, leadership and
                                                                                                                                         participation in University programs. Award programs
                      Business Administration Major
                                                                                                                                         include athletic scholarships.

                      Favorite Courses                  toughened me up. My advertis-      and I was extremely proud of my    and we filled two fan buses for    years old, I’ve wanted two
                      My advertising class was amaz-    ing class helped me understand     teammates and coaches. We set      the NCAA tournament at Penn        things: to play basketball, and
                      ing. I’m an extremely competi-    how to be just as competitive in   a new level for Sacred Heart       State. That’s really impressive.   to have my own store. I’m
                      tive person—that’s why I’ve       business as I am in sports.        women’s basketball.                                                   happy to see that both things
                      always loved basketball—and I                                                                           What’s Next                        might actually come true. How
                      grew up on a block where I was    Proudest                           Biggest Surprise                   After graduation, I’d like to      many people really get to live
                      the only girl with about a hun-   Accomplishments                    I guess my biggest surprise of     continue playing basketball for    their dreams? I feel grateful to
                      dred boys. We’d play games,       We won the basketball champi-      all was seeing how many peo-       a couple of years, and then I’ll   Sacred Heart for helping me
                      and they’d get mad when I beat    onship last year and went to the   ple support women’s basketball     go into business. Someday I’d      live mine.
                      them. They definitely didn’t      NCAA tournament. That’s some-      at Sacred Heart. Even the facul-   like to open my own clothing
                      treat me like a girl, so that     thing I’d always dreamed about,    ty members come to the games,      store. Ever since I was seven

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