Quarterfinal Heartbreak: Despite a valiant rally down the stretch, the men’s basketball team fell just short of advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four with a 75-74 loss to West Liberty last week in the national quarterfinals. West Liberty has advanced to the national semifinals in three of the last four seasons. “We tell our guys to compete and play for 40 minutes and they certainly did that. I couldn’t be happier and more proud of this group for what they have done this season,” said Head Coach Chris Kraus ’06 after the game. Stonehill ends the season with a 24-9 record overall, having earned its 14th NCAA Tournament bid before winning its third East Regional Championship to advance to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last ten years.
Senior Wins Top Language Award: After studying at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies last fall, Evan Wolstencroft ’16 has just received a Critical Language Scholarship, which will allow him to study for eight weeks this summer in Taiwan. Issued through the State Department, the CLS program works to expand the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to strengthen relationships between Americans and people of other countries. The fully-funded scholarship covers travel, room/board, instruction costs and fees. Wolstencroft is looking forward to participating in the competitive program and enhancing his fluency in Chinese His post-graduation goal is to seek career opportunities at the foreign policy and global levels.
GOLD Alumni: The challenge is on as we look for 250 generous Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) to make a gift of any size to the Stonehill College Fund between now and April 4. If we reach this goal, several alums have committed a collective $5,000 that will benefit a scholarship in honor of Fr. Tom Halkovic, C.S.C., a great friend and mentor to students over many years at the College. Their gifts would allow us to endow this scholarship and begin awarding it to deserving student leaders next fall. For more on the scholarship, visit here. To make your gift now, visit here.
Easter-Egg Hunt: For the sixth year in a row, the quad on campus became a playground for children hunting for Easter eggs at the Alumni Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Alumni Office, the event attracted nearly 200 children and an equal number of alumni parents and grandparents. To see adorable photos, visit here.
Social Justice: Recently Campus Ministry joined forces with Holy Cross Family Ministries to host a Year of Mercy Celebration on campus with students, faculty and staff participating in social justice stations-of-the-cross, prayer, adoration, and reconciliation. To see photos of the well-attended event, visit here.
MacPháidín Funeral Update: To accommodate everyone comfortably, the Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for former President Bartley MacPháidín has been moved from the Chapel of Mary on campus to Holy Cross Parish at 225 Purchase Street, Easton. Big thanks to Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C., the Pastor at Holy Cross Parish, for his gracious welcome at such short notice. The wake for Fr. MacPháidín on Tuesday will still be held in the Chapel of Mary at Stonehill from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. For an appreciation of Fr. MacPháidín’s life, visit here.
RIP Fr. Arthur: With the death of Rev. David Arthur, C.S.C. last week, the College and the Congregation of Holy Cross, have lost another dedicated servant. Fr. Arthur came to Stonehill in 1954 and, in his versatility, he exemplified the early clerical faculty who served the College so ably in many varied roles. His wake will be on Wednesday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. while his Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. Both will be in the Chapel of Mary. For more Fr. Arthur, visit here.