Monday Morning Update

September 28, 2015


Campus Incidents: Last week proved to be a challenging week for the College with a chemical spill in the Shields Science Center and a threatening message found in a bathroom on campus. While the events of Friday greatly disrupted our campus, President John Denning, C.S.C. noted how the community bonded together in the wake of the situation. “I am proud of the way our community came together under such difficult circumstances. In particular, I extend a thank you to the students, faculty and staff who welcomed students into their homes over the weekend and to our Residence Life and Student Life staff for their dedicated service,” said Fr. Denning in a letter sent to the College community.  

Papal Mass: Yesterday, nine Stonehill students were among the thousands of worshippers who attended the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. Accompanied on the trip by Campus Minister Rev. Pinto Paul, C.S.C., the students took two Campus Ministry vans to our sister school, King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Saturday. On Sunday, students from both colleges headed into Philadelphia together. The students were eager to be part of Pope Francis’ historic visit. As Lauren Rossi ’18 explained, “I love the work he’s doing, how he’s so down-to-earth. We’re taught as Catholics you’re supposed to be there for the poor, but he really walks the walk.” To see photos of the students heading out on their journey, visit here.

Comeback Victory: The situation looked bleak for the undefeated Stonehill football team on Saturday afternoon. The team trailed LIU Post by 17 points with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Skyhawks, however, scored three touchdowns in the final 1:02 of the game for an amazing 40-37 comeback victory. To see video highlights of the game, including the Hail Mary pass by quarterback Matt Foltz ’18 to wide receiver Corey White ’16 in the end zone as time expired, visit here.

Outstanding Alumnus: In 2012, when Patrick Callaghan ’72 retired as President of Pepperidge Farm, he left a company that ranked in the top two percent of brands worldwide in brand equity. Later that year, in recognition of his innovative leadership, Pepperidge Farm honored him by naming a new $30 million, 34,000-square-foot complex as the Patrick J. Callaghan Innovation Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. On Saturday, in appreciation for the honor that his business and leadership accomplishments have brought to Stonehill, the Alumni Association bestowed upon him the Outstanding Alumnus Award. President John Denning, C.S.C. and Alumni Council President Christine Ferretti ’92 presented the award to Callaghan before his family and friends at a reception in Donahue Hall.

Financial Sense: According to a new National Public Radio (NPR) study, Stonehill is among 50 schools nationwide that make the most financial sense. NPR's Planet Money team looked a little deeper into the White House’s recently released College Scorecard, and used the data to create its own rankings of four-year programs. The College appears at #45 on NPR's Schools That Make Financial Sense list. To read the article, visit here.

Salary Question: What’s the annual median salary of Stonehill students 10 years after they enter the College? It’s $58,800, which ranks 14th (tie) out of 107 schools in Massachusetts, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. For more, visit here.

Mayoral Visit: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be speaking in the Pettit Atrium on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. While on campus, he will also meet with student leaders. In his public remarks, Mayor Walsh will discuss the choices--both political and personal—that he has made in life and how he has addressed adversity. All are welcome to his public presentation.

Don’t Forget: Come hear Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, discuss her military career, leadership, and diversity on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Pettit Atrium. For more, visit here.