Going Green: For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has included Stonehill in its guide to the most environmentally responsible schools. In recent years, the College has established many sustainability initiatives such as single stream recycling, the completion of a 2.7 megawatt solar field, the installation of showerheads in residence halls that save around four million gallons of water per year, the establishment of a Green Fund, and more. Many of these initiatives have stemmed from the vision of our students who have worked closely with College officials in reducing Stonehill’s carbon footprint. For more, visit here.
Service & Solidarity: When Dan Gardiner ’14 joined the Stonehill Service Corps, he was assigned to School on Wheels of Massachusetts and he loved his development role with the Easton-based nonprofit, which assists local children impacted by homelessness. However, a series of emergency surgeries derailed his service commitment and today he is recuperating at home in upstate New York. In a thank you blog post, Gardiner describes how the Stonehill community embraced him and his family during the ordeal. To read his reflection on the grace of God, the impact of fellowship and the power of prayer, visit here.
Destination Turkey: Recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Joseph Gale ’13 will spend 2015-2016 in Turkey teaching English. For the past two years, Gale has been teaching at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Lakota, South Dakota through the Teach for America Program. Gale credits History Professor James Wadsworth with helping prepare him for both the Teach for America and Fulbright program. For more, visit here.
Premier Research: Biochemistry major Emily Zygiel ’16 is the fifth Stonehill student to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, which encourages outstanding undergraduates to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Currently based at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Zygiel plans to pursue a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry and conduct research on the behavior and function of metal ions in biological systems. This summer, she will collaborate with her mentor, Chemistry Professor Marilena Hall, on a SURE research project. For more, visit here.
Summit Honored: Our student newspaper, The Summit, has been recognized by both the New England Society of Newspaper Editors (NESNE) and the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). The paper was awarded first place in the ASPA’s Scholastic Newspaper Awards contest and received an honorable mention in NESNE’s 2015 College Newspaper Competition. For more, visit here.
Relay for Life: Forty-two Stonehill teams transformed the quad into a hive of activity recently for the 11th annual Relay for Life on campus. The walkers raised more than $46,000 for the American Cancer Society. To see photos from the uplifting event, visit here.
Mass Appeal: After being ordained to the priesthood at the University of Notre Dame recently, Campus Minister Rev. Tim Mouton, C.S.C. returned to Stonehill to celebrate his first Mass in the Chapel of Mary. To see photos from the joyous occasion, visit here.
World Culture: The annual DiverCity Festival had the Pettit Atrium buzzing on Thursday night as the performers took the audience on a whirlwind tour of world culture, featuring traditional and contemporary dance, fashion, and theatrical performance. To see our talented students and employees performing and sharing their cultural heritage, visit here.