Our annual Mission Day on Monday, Aug. 19 (make-up date, Sept. 10), will focus on the theme “What is Ours To Do?” in light of our Franciscan heritage. It will include reflections from faculty about their own mission integration experiences.
The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 20, begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast in the student dining room followed by the program in the PEC. Please plan to attend.
The New Student Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 22 begins Student Orientation. We will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 26. As the symbolic beginning to the academic year and the final activity of Orientation Weekend, our Mass once again will be supported by an adjusted class schedule and a free and festive all-university luncheon. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
The Founder’s Day lecture on Sept. 18, 7 p.m., is featuring internationally acclaimed author Eboo Patel. Patel is president of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization focused on building a global interfaith youth movement. His books, “Sacred Ground” and “Acts of Faith,” are the featured reading for the upcoming First Year Seminar and world religion classes.
The five-member vocal band, Ball in the House, kicks off the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m., in the Francis Hall Amphitheater. This Boston-based indie band has performed with such artists as The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Jonas Brothers and The Beach Boys to name a few. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun for this free event!
We will commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 13 with the production of Los Valientes, the “Courageous Ones.” The production features a chamber music trio and solo actor who explore the life of three important Hispanic figures: Diego Rivera, considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th century; Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, the unwavering human rights champion and Mexican-American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, best known as Zorro!