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Calling All SHU Parents

The new Parent Council chairs highlight membership benefits

Shauna and Rich Haas

Sacred Heart’s new Parent Council chairs, Rich and Shauna Haas P’19, P’21, have a message for parents and guardians of students enrolled at the University: if you have wanted to get more involved in your child’s education and in campus life, join the Parent Council.

The Haases know the benefits of membership from personal experience. “Had we not joined the Parent Council, we would’ve missed out on closely sharing in our two daughters’ college experiences and the opportunity to meet and network with other SHU families,” they say.

The Parent Council is a group of parent ambassadors who advance Sacred Heart’s mission through philanthropic support and engagement in University life.

Members attend two meetings on campus each year to learn about new developments at Sacred Heart and to provide feedback to the administration. They are also invited to special receptions throughout the year with University leadership and other families, and they enjoy priority seating at Commencement.

Above all, they give back to the University and strengthen its mission: “We need generous and engaged parents,” says Kierran Broatch, director of development for parents and families.

Members make annual leadership gifts of $2,500 or more in support of the University’s programs and priorities, have the opportunity to host summer send-offs to welcome incoming students and parents to the SHU family, and provide career development and networking opportunities for SHU students and alumni, among other contributions to University life.

Parent Council members note that active participation in University life always elevates the quality of the family experience at Sacred Heart, making it more fulfilling and more fun.

“At Sacred Heart University, we are continuously working to enhance not only the student experience, but the family experience as well,” says Broatch. “The Parent Council is an example of that. It is a growing community of parent leaders who are dedicated to promoting and giving back to Sacred Heart, increasing parent engagement and strengthening the Pioneer family.”

To discuss involvement with the Parent Council or for more information, contact Broatch at 203-396-8272 or