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Schedule of Events

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Charter Day Celebration is almost upon us.  
Charter Day celebrates the founding of Seton Hall in 1856 and the granting of our charter by the New Jersey State legislature in 1861. It is a special annual opportunity to reflect on our history and purpose, our Catholic identity and mission. 

This year, the University will celebrate our Charter in a weeklong celebration, with the main program on Tuesday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in Bethany Hall. Please join the University Community during the week of March 23, 2020 for the following events (be sure to scroll to the bottom for daily events):


Monday, March 23


BLUE & WHITE OUT Day
Monday, March 23, 2020, Seton Hall University Students, Faculty and Staff are asked to wear blue/white as we kick off Charter Week!  Join the University community as we celebrate our roots!  Specially made tee shirts and other gifts will be given away at various events! 

Stop by the cafeteria at 12:00 p.m. for special giveaways, including blue and white candies with Charter Day labels. 

Charter Reading
12 p.m., Presidents Hall

Hot Chocolate Bar
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. 
Stop by the front of Presidents Hall for our hot chocolate bar with all the fixings.  Rain day is Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

Walking Tour
Tour begins at 12:00 p.m., and will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus.  The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Dr. Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.


Tuesday, March 24


Maker Space
From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Space 154, Walsh Library – Lower Level, we will be offering:

  • SHUmazing Race*: Groups or individuals will be given clues to find things on campus.  Participants will learn about the history and design of several spaces.  Prizes for fastest completion.
  • Scenes from Seton Hall's Past and Present: Participants will be taught how to insert themselves into old photos, edit photos to add some Seton Hall spirit or recreate classic Seton Hall photos with your camera and our green screen.  Prizes for best / most creative works.
  • The 1856 Maze: Learn to program a Sphero robot to navigate a maze designed to commemorate the year the University was founded.  Prizes for fastest run through the maze.
  • Raspberry Pi Game Console: Learn to build and program Raspberry Pi computers to play classic video games.  
  • Virtual Scuba: Learn how a member of the SHU faculty is using Virtual Reality to help students experience marine life in their Scuba class.  

Space 154 will be open access during the events so participants can come in at any time and participate.  Prizes and giveaways will be awarded, as well as pizza and snacks for lunch.  

*The SHUmazing Race will be weather dependent. 

Walking Tour
Tour begins at 12:00 p.m., and will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus.  The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Dr. Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.

The Charter Day Program
Tuesday, March 24 at 3 p.m., the main program will take place in Bethany Hall. The afternoon's commemoration will include the presentation of the Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service, awarded annually to long-serving employees for distinguished service and commitment to the University's mission.  Also included will be the President's Award for Student Service and the Servant Leader Scholars.  

We encourage the IHS and Law School Communities to attend the Charter Day Program, but if you are unable to attend, the program will be available on the University's YouTube channel after the event. 

Birthday Cake and Celebration
To commemorate the University's Charter Day Celebration, birthday cake will be served immediately following the Charter Day Program. A photo booth will be on hand and raffle prizes will be awarded. Birthday Cake will be served on the IHS campus as well.  

Seton Hall University Alumni Jazz Concert 
Jazz Meets Broadway 
The College of Communication and the Arts and Jazz 'n the Hall present, "Jazz Meets Broadway." Performances at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).
We will have a table with special Charter Week giveaways. 


Wednesday, March 25


Employee Service Recognition Awards Ceremony
The Employee Service Recognition Awards will take place in Bethany Hall at 1:00 p.m. Seton Hall is recognizing those who have reached the 10-year milestone and higher in increments of 5 years – 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc.  Invitations have been mailed for those who will receive an award pin and certificate.  Light refreshments will be served.

Movie
A Time for Miracles, showing at 11:00 a.m. in the Beck Rooms, Walsh Library.  A Time for Miracles, is the inspiring story of America's first native-born saint, Mother Seton. Starring Kate Mulgrew as St. Elizabeth Seton, also starring Lorne Greene, John Forsythe, and Rossano Brazzi. Expert commentary by Dr. Karen Passaro. Light refreshments will be provided.

Center for Catholic Studies and the Catholic Program
Freedom and Dialogue: The Trajectory of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
12 p.m. in Chancellor Suite (University Center)


Thursday, March 26


Walking Tour
Tour begins at 12:00 p.m., and will provide some historical insights into the buildings and structures that make up the South Orange campus.  The tour is organized to follow the chronological development of the South Orange campus over time. The tour is about 45 minutes long. Please contact Dr. Bryan Meadows at bryan.meadows@shu.edu for more information and to schedule a tour.

Great Minds Dialogue
12:30 p.m., Bethany Hall

Center for Catholic Studies and the Catholic Studies Program
Called by Faith: Healthcare Careers with a Purpose
3:30pm-5:00pm in Lewis Hall (Chapel of the Good Shepard)

China and the Holy See
5:00 p.m. 


Friday, March 27


The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Presents: Ella Triunfa: Women in the Workplace Panel
Ella Triunfa: Women in the Workplace Panel

Daily Events and Activities for the Week of March 23-27

Please feel free to attend any or all of the different presentations.

Celebrate Charter Day with Delicious Desserts all Week 
The dining hall will serve Charter Day themed desserts throughout the week during lunch.

Giveaways
Specially made tee shirts and other gifts will be given away at various events! 

Daily Seton Hall Trivia Contest
Each day three questions will be sent to the University Community.  The top three winners, who will be picked randomly, will win a prize.

Library Windows 
Stop by Walsh Library to see the work of Professor Thomas Tarbutton, Stillman School of Business. Professor Tarbutton has photographed unique spots on campus.  For more information, contact Dr. Alan Delozier at Alan.Delozier@shu.edu or Professor Tarbutton at Thomas.tarbutton@shu.edu.

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