Stonehill 101 Handbook
The Stonehill 101 Handbook is broken into two main parts – “Before You Arrive” and “Once You Are Here.” The “Before You Arrive” section will aid you in knowing what actions need to be completed in preparation for your first year. You can find information about financial aid, descriptions of residence halls, picking a meal plan, and so much more!
In the “Once You Are Here” section you can find information about academic expectations and support on campus, as well as information about how to get involved and making the most through Student Life.
At the end of the guide, you will find a “Resources” section that includes brief descriptions of the various offices across campus, with contact information. You will also find the Higher Ed Lingo Glossary, which is also available on this site.
I’m First! is an online community dedicated to supporting first-generation students as well as those who soon will be. You can create a free account to access support materials, hear stories from other first-generation students, and read the blog full of helpful tips and information.
Visit I’m First! to start connecting!
Engaging Your Faculty Members
For many first-year students, engaging with the faculty can seem difficult and intimidating. Lucky for you, the Stonehill faculty are not only approachable, but eager to meet you! Here are some tips on breaking the ice and building faculty relationships throughout the year:
- Say “Hi!” Your classes at Stonehill will have an average of 19 students. That means you will have lots of opportunities to get to know your faculty just by going to class. That being said, the faculty teach many courses so take the time to introduce yourself.
- Ask questions. The faculty love when students actually engage with them during class. Read the assigned text before class and be prepared with a few questions ahead of time. The faculty member will be impressed by your effort in their class.
- If you are comfortable, communicate challenges you are facing outside of the classroom with your professor. They are human too. If they are able, they can work with you to alleviate some of the stress you are facing.
- When emailing a faculty member, keep records. As we mentioned before, the faculty have a lot of students and they might not remember every conversation they have with you and your classmates. For example: If a faculty member grants you an extension, but then reduces your grade for turning in the assignment late, you can follow up with them and provide the original email to clear up the situation.
For more guidance on engaging faculty, check out these great resources:
- “13 Ways to Make Your Professor Love You” by US News
- “5 questions that will take the fear out of talking to your professor” by USA Today College
- “Tips on how to talk to your Professor” by University College – Illinois State University
- “Talking to Your Professors” by the University of Toronto
First-Gen Faculty and Staff
Did you know there are Stonehill faculty and staff members who identify as first-generation too? Whether you need a little guidance or just want to talk to someone about your experience, the faculty and staff members on this list will be eager to meet you.
Faculty and staff who are interested in being listed should visit the "Faculty & Staff Resources" tab.
Name: Shannon Balliro
Title: Assistant Director
Department: Academic Services & Advising
Office Location: Duffy 104
Tip: My #1 tip for first-gen students is to ask questions! I know it feels intimidating, and you potentially are worried that asking questions will make you look uninformed, but asking questions is the best way to get information and advocate for yourself. If you are unsure of where to go or whom to ask, feel free to reach out to me at any time!
Name: Pauline Dobrowski
Title: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: Student Affairs
Office Location: Duffy 146
Tip: Never hesitate to ask for help! If you are like me, you like to think that you can (or should) figure everything out on your own, but you do not have to. There are many folks at Stonehill who are eager to assist you during your time at Stonehill. So, never hesitate to utilize all the resources available to you.
Name: Brian Fetky
Title: Major Gifts Officer
Office Location: Merkert-Tracy 205
Tip: Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources you have on campus.
Name: Patrick Hale
Title: Assistant Director
Department: Intercultural Affairs
Office Location: Duffy 149
Tip: You might feel compelled to get through college and figure everything out on your own, but it never hurts to ask for help when you need it. When you find yourself struggling, reach out to people on campus who can be supportive when you need it.
Name: Heather Heerman
Title: Chief of Staff
Department: President’s Office
Office Location: Donahue 205
Tip: Ask questions. Your support system is bigger than you may think!
Name: Craig Kelley
Title: Dean of Academic Achievement
Department: Academic Achievement
Office Location: Duffy 134
Tip: Identify someone on campus who can be a resource for you and who you feel comfortable in asking questions to, so that you can get the answers that will be successful during your time at Stonehill as well as after you graduate.
Name: Pamela Lombardi
Title: Assistant Professor
Office Location: Sheilds Science Center
Tip: Read/Learn as much as possible about what is available to you as a college student in terms of activities, programs, aid, support. I was very unaware of all sorts of college "things" and was really overwhelmed by all of the information that I was picking up as I went along.
Name: Susan Mooney
Department: Environmental Sciences & Studies
Office Location: Sci 104
Tip: I have no magic to offer - except to find others to talk to who can relate to what you are going through. Personally, I struggled most with the assumptions, entitlement & expectations of the students around me. I claimed my seat in the classroom more readily, but I still don't feel comfortable in many middle & upper-middle class settings (like dinner parties).
Name: Devon Sprague
Department: Center for Writing and Academic Achievement
Office Location: MacPhaidin Library 315
Tip: To utilize the resources available to you on campus, and not to be intimidated to try new things. I'm from rural Maine, and attending college was a big deal for me and for my family. I visited the Math Center all the time for help with math, and joined the newspaper staff and yearbook staff. I also completed an internship I sought out on my own with a local publisher. There are a wide range of opportunities available to you try them out!
Name: Craig Tichelkamp
Title: Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies
Department: Religious Studies
Office Location: Old Student Union 207
Tip: Advocate for yourself; seek guidance even if (especially if!) it doesn't feel natural to you.
Name: Constanza Cabello
Title: Director of Intercultural Affairs
Department: Intercultural Affiars
Office Location: Duffy 149
Tip: Don't be afraid to access the many resources available to you- that is why they exist! And ask for help- there is no such thing as a bad question!