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New Alumni Chapter Presidents Appointed in Washington D.C. and Fairfield County

Leaders hope to engage area alumni

Bruce Tully and Alice Ferreira

Two new Sacred Heart University alumni chapter presidents have been appointed. Bruce W. Tully ’73 will lead the new Washington D.C. chapter and Alice Ferreira ’91 accepts leadership of Fairfield County.

Tully—named a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient in 2017—is a career federal law enforcement special agent with more than 30 years’ service and experience, beginning with the United States Secret Service. He was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service by the President and Congress and has expert qualifications in counter-terrorism, executive protection, and criminal and national security investigations, among other areas. While stationed in Indonesia, for instance, he personally investigated and uncovered an international drug ring and identified and located an INTERPOL murder fugitive in Jakarta.

“I was so appreciative to Sacred Heart University for my time and education there—I thought, ‘I want to give back to the University in any way I can, not only financially, but in a leadership role,’” said Tully, who is now retired. “I noticed there were a large number of Sacred Heart graduates in the D.C. area, so when the idea of a new chapter came up, I said ‘Let’s do it!’”

Tully hopes this chapter will foster recognition of Sacred Heart and engage alumni: “We want to get the word out about who we are and what we do. It’s a way to give back and celebrate the University,” he said. Tully will host a launch event for the new D.C. chapter on Tuesday, January 29, at 5:30pm at the DACOR Bacon House and hopes alumni, parents and friends in the area will attend.

Ferreira is senior vice president and director of corporate communications and public affairs for Webster Bank and Webster Financial Corporation. Ferreira and her communications team recently won the 2018 Gold Mercury Award for Excellence in Brand/Reputation Management from the Public Relations Society of America, Greater Connecticut Chapter.

At Sacred Heart, Ferreira was editor-in-chief of the University’s award-winning newspaper—the youngest editor, in fact, SHU ever had at the time.

“I was deeply involved in campus life and now have a son who attends Sacred Heart. So, when the opportunity arose to head the Fairfield County alumni chapter, I was flattered and honored,” Ferreira said.

With many Sacred Heart graduates still living in Fairfield County, Ferreira wants to help local alumni become more involved. “This is a way for local alumni who may have fallen out of touch with the University to ‘come back home,’ so to speak. It’s a group for alumni who want to give back and advance the University’s strategic initiatives,” she said.

Specifically, she is interested in forming a signature community program for the Fairfield chapter “What can we alumni do for the community that exemplifies Sacred Heart’s core values? That’s something I think we’re charged with,” said Ferreira.

But, she added, “We also want to have a little fun, too!” so we are partnering with Athletics for Pack the Pitt Alumni Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 9, for a Women’s and Men’s D1 basketball doubleheader.

Ferreira received Sacred Heart’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2007.

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