INSPIRATION is a profound concept that can seem vague by definition, but the motivation and change in perspective that often accompany it can be exhilarating. In this Stonehill Alumni Magazine, we feature two alumni who have inspired our campus community in meaningful ways.
Over four years at Stonehill, Matt Brown’s strength of character in responding to a life-altering hockey injury so inspired his 2016 classmates that they created a scholarship in his name as their senior class gift (Read Matt's story here). When the Class of 1966 learned about Matt’s example and the bond he had created with his class, they dedicated their 50th reunion gift in support of the Matt Brown Perseverance Scholarship.
In March, the College lost one of its greats with the passing of Rev. Bartley MacPháidín, C.S.C. ’59, Stonehill’s eighth and longest-serving president (Read the tribute here). Tributes to Fr. Bart poured in as people remembered him fondly as a priest, professor, mentor and friend. As president for more than 23 years, he inspired others to help Stonehill, paving the way for significant growth and progress for the College.
In a personal essay on the inside back page, Mary Pat Curran ’75 recalls how Professor Frank Phelan opened up the world of Irish literature and culture for her and inspired her to explore broader horizons. Mary Pat describes how, having lost contact with Professor Phelan, she embarked on a journey to reconnect with her former mentor. Read the essay here.
One cannot help but be inspired by Linsey Malia ’18, who often plays Ace the Skyhawk. Read the story here. Once she was accepted to Stonehill, she knew she wanted to be our mascot. Also a peer and Moreau Honor’s mentor as well as a member of various campus groups, Linsey exemplifies school spirit, embraces opportunities and approaches her work with enthusiasm.
In June, we celebrated Reunion with more than 1,200 alumni, family and friends (View photos from Reunion 2016 here). I’m always inspired hearing about the amazing things in work and life that our alumni are doing.
After the summer months, I welcome the fall semester when the campus is alive with boundless energy. As you recall your student days, we invite you to take a look at some unexplored areas of the College that you may have missed in "Unseen Stonehill," here. And if you think back to your study days in the Library when talking was only permissible as a whisper, be sure to read "Make Some Noise" here, which tells of the new ways students collaborate, study and socialize today in the MacPháidín Library.
I hope you find inspiration in both small and big ways throughout your life. I also hope that you reflect upon your days at Stonehill in a positive light. May the stories in this issue give you a real sense of how our educational mission is unfolding every day.
Sincerely in Holy Cross,
(Rev.) John Denning, C.S.C.
PHOTO ABOVE: At Reunion 2016, Fr. John catches up with Jocelyn (Vierra) Christian ’08 and Micah Christian ’06.