Sacred Heart University News
Imagine a situation where you are settled with a great paid job and vacations on time; then you decide to venture into your own business. Sound scary and challenging?
To stay ahead or a change in career; to get a promotion, these are some of the main goals for pursuing an MBA. But Lene Pedersen, decided to take a distinctive turn in her career to become an entrepreneur.
Lene was Head of Marketing & Communication at CIP Group while she was pursuing her MBA at SHU. After graduating in 2013, Lene took a chance and started a new journey as an entrepreneur.
Today Lene is the Owner and Managing Director of LeneLife, a service that gives customers a balanced lifestyle based on a healthy body, soul and mind. Lene shares that she is happy to be in a business which helps define herself.
Watch to learn more about her experience at SHU!
Standard & Poor’s has raised Sacred Heart University’s long-term rating to A from BBB+.
“In the midst of all the other exciting news of Sacred Heart’s extraordinary successes comes this news of a jump of two steps in our rating,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “S&P’s report noted our growing enrollment and diverse geographic footprint as reasons for our success.”
“Enrollment continued to grow into fall 2016 as the university expands both its undergraduate and graduate programs,” S&P’s report said.
In recent years, the University’s student population has grown to 5,400 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate students. That growth has also led to physical growth that is unprecedented in the University’s 54-year history.
Within the last two years, the University has completed and outgrown its Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center and finished its Jorge Bergoglio residence hall. The former houses the Jack Welch College of Business and School of Communication & Media Arts, and is a unique, world-class facility offering unparalleled resources for students, including media production studios, trading floor and interactive laboratories designed to advance the skills and knowledge needed for the global marketplace. The latter houses more than 200 sophomore students in two-bedroom (four-person) pods with a shared bathroom. Other amenities include a multipurpose fitness facility, a video game room for fun, classes and competitive video game club activities and lounges and conference rooms for socialization and learning outside the classroom.
Currently under construction is the University’s Center for Healthcare Education, Upper Quad Residential Village and a new building for WSHU Public Radio and the University’s Department of Public Safety. The Center for Healthcare Education will house the Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing and will offer students state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facilities; enhanced athletic training, human performance and motion analysis labs; a life and sport analysis clinic; and a multipurpose amphitheater.
The Upper Quad, which was the former home of Jewish Senior Services, will eventually house approximately 750 students in an apartment-like setting and will offer dining options, including a Jersey-style old-fashioned diner.
The new radio station building will have two full studios and four editing suites, on-air-equipped control room studios and a large community room. The upper level will provide offices for the station’s production managers and engineers, administrative offices, a conference room and a roof deck for breakout space and fundraisers. The building also will become the new home for SHU’s Public Safety department, featuring a high-tech communication and dispatch center and many other amenities that will enhance the department’s service needs, responsibilities and requirements.
In addition, Sacred Heart last year purchased the 150-acre Great River Golf Course on the Housatonic River in Milford/Orange. Located just 11 miles away from SHU’s main campus, Great River Golf Club is a signature Tommy Fazio-designed facility that is now home to SHU’s men’s and women’s D-1 golf teams and will be the future home of a new hospitality program. The course, which garnered significant awards after it opened in 2001, retains its number four position in Golf Magazine’s 2016-2017 listing of the “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in Connecticut.”
Later this week, Sacred Heart will take ownership of the former GE global headquarters, which sits on 66 acres less than a mile from the University’s main campus in Fairfield. This transformational acquisition includes about 550,000 square feet for current and future use and enough space to meet the University’s needs for the foreseeable future. The University plans to use the site as an innovation campus, including providing incubator space that would allow students, in conjunction with investors and area businesses, to develop their creative ideas for new products and programs.
“We are pleased with the increase in our financial resources and all that has allowed us to do for our students,” said Michael Kinney, senior vice president for Finance & Administration at Sacred Heart. “To have S&P validate our strong financial profile with this rating increase is very gratifying.”
Only three private colleges in Connecticut (Yale, Wesleyan and Trinity) have an A rating or higher from Standard & Poor’s.
36 graduates of Sacred Heart University began a new journey on December 9, 2016, after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from business leaders, scholars and classmates.
Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean, Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT), commenced the 25th Graduation Ceremony by congratulating the graduates and addressed, “You are graduating from a very special program, one where the faculty and staff have been dedicated to your success. And the Luxembourg students continue to be among the very best we have in Welch College. We will be proud to have you as alumni”.
Before the eager graduates were called upon to receive their diplomas, Ms. Kelsey Hopper opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem of the United States of America.
The keynote speaker of the 25th Graduation Ceremony was Prof. Georges Hubner, Professor of Finance at HEC University, Liege and Chief Scientific Advisor at GAMBIT Financial Solutions. After congratulating the graduates and the faculty, Prof. Hubner reminded the students that the real world is tougher and competitive and everyone should be ready to face the challenges.
Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director of Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg, then announced the conferral of degrees which were awarded by Dean Chalykoff.
The Gold Medal of Excellence was awarded to Paulo Fernandes and Caroline Louise Linel won the Silver Medal of Excellence.
In his valedictorian speech, Mr. Fernandes thanked all the members of the faculty, staff and students and shared his memories of being a student of SHU.
Even though we are different in many aspects, today we are all the same. Today, we are all the same, with the same caps, the same gowns, and the same diploma. Today we are all 2016 MBA graduates from Sacred Heart University! Congratulations!- Paulo Fernandes
The ceremony concluded with a private cocktail dinner enjoyed by all graduates, SHU Alumni, family members and guests.
Presenting the Graduates of the SHU Jack Welch College of Business, Class of 2016
Master of Business Administration
Jefferson Marcon Avelino
Maria Del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez
Sarah Boyes Derengowski
Brian De Witt
Paulo Fernandes Da Cunha
Caroline Louise Linel
Tanya Natasha McEvoy
Fabián Andrés Mejía Pinto
Tatiana Rangel Zárate
Yi Chen Yeo
Graduate Professional Certificate
Laura Bragagia- Corporate Finance
Sara Gentile-Modern Business Management
Filipa Grancho- Modern Business Management
Calogero Nicosia- Risk Management
At SHU, we believe that it is never too late to change your career. If you have the will and passion, you can cross even the most difficult hurdles to achieve your goal.
Natalie Retter (MBA with internship, ‘15) is one of SHU’s best ambassadors to prove it. Retter moved to Luxembourg from Ethiopia and changed her career path from working in an NGO to now, in a tax advisory firm.
A challenging transition, which was made easier with the proper guidance from SHU, Natalie shares she is now happy with the career path she has chosen for herself.
Watch to learn more about her experiences at SHU!
New Board-New Presidency-New Plans!
November 24, 2016—Jakob’s House in Clausen saw a spectacular evening as SHU students and alumni came out to celebrate Thanksgiving at the SHU Alumni Networking Drink. The event was more than just a platform for networking as SHU announced the new 2017-2018 Board Members of the SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association.
Meet the new SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association Board Members:
Larissa Best (MBA ’15), President
Aurélie Maire (MBA’15), Board Member
Chris Marcilla (MBA’08), Board Member
The newly appointed SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association will implement a fresh policy of a rotating presidency. Each year a different member of the board will take the reigns as president in an effort to diversify and implement the varying approaches each member brings to the table. Larissa Best (MBA ’15) will take on the role as President for the 2017-2018 calendar year. Best, along with Board Members, Aurélie Maire and Chris Marcilla, will propose and moderate assorted activities to help facilitate the relationships between SHU students and the SHULA. Part of Thursday’s announcement included a proposal to organize various subcommittees within the SHULA organization.
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