Monday Morning Update

June 27, 2016


Philosophy in Motion: When Professor Anna Lännström was searching for a creative way to put the theory behind her Indian philosophy course into practice, she enlisted the support of two students, who had co-created and co-led a Finding Your Inner Yogi class at the College, and a certified yoga instructor. Together they crafted an innovative interdisciplinary Learning Community, which focuses on Indian philosophy, yoga practice and mindfulness. The course is so popular that 29 students had to be turned away this past spring and 72 are already seeking to take it in the fall. To learn more, visit here.

Educated Citizenry: The Massachusetts state constitution is 236 years old this month, making it the oldest still-functioning written constitution in the world. Drafted by John Adams in one month, it was also critical in the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Asked by WGBH about Adams’ skills in creating the state constitution, Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio noted the philosopher’s commitment to an educated citizenry and how the constitution, “very specifically tells the legislature that it is its duty to cherish our interests in literature, in the sciences. It talks about public schools, grammar schools in our towns.” For more visit here.

Class of 2020:
Last week, around 700 students from the Class 2020 attended Orientation sessions on campus along with 1,000 of their family members. Each two-day session offered incoming students a preview of life at Stonehill, giving them a chance to meet and mingle with their new classmates, become familiar with the College’s academic and student life programs, and select fall classes. Orientation wouldn’t be possible without the help of Peer Mentors, returning Stonehill students who participated in over 80 hours of training to help new students make the transition from high school to college.

Play Hard:
The classmates, friends & family of Timothy Coughlin ’80 recently gathered for the 15th year on Long Island for the Cogs Classic Golf Tournament, which honors the Wall Street trader who died on 9/11. The event netted $70,000, bringing  funds raised for the Coughlin Scholarship to $1.8 million. Tim’s family and classmates have also supported the expansion of the Sports Complex and W.B. Mason Stadium, home to the Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field. We are grateful for the funds raised, which help our students, but also for the loyalty of those who keep Tim’s legacy alive at Stonehill. A competitive athlete and a trader, Coughlin lived by the motto play hard. He’d appreciate how his friends continue to play hard in his memory.

Summer Buzz: On a recent Thursday night on campus, King Philip Regional High School held its graduation ceremony for 350 students, along with 3,000 guests. After that event, 400 members of a Haitian Apostolate spent the weekend here in prayer and reflection. Our summer schedule is packed with events from sports camps to academic programs to a science conference with world class researchers. The Conference and Events Services Office (CESO) brings 30 groups and 10,000 guests to the campus every summer, which introduces Stonehill to new constituencies, including potential students.

Limited Edition: Thanks to our friends in CESO, we have five sets of a limited edition pen & notebook combination, easy to carry and ideal of jotting notes. The sets are an example of CESO’s stylish outreach in promoting Stonehill as a top event destination. First come, first served. Email mmcgovern@stonehill.edu.

Supporting Success: Making a gift to Stonehill is the best way to honor our shared responsibility to sustain the academic, co-curricular and athletic programs that propel our students’ success. The clock runs out on June 30 but there is still time to make a difference. You can make a gift online or by calling (508) 565-1341. Not sure if you’ve made a gift already? Check our online Honor Roll of Donors for a listing of alumni donors by class. Thank you in advance for your support! To learn more, please visit www.stonehill.edu/giving.

Calling Alumni: Was there something you missed while at Stonehill? Something you had heard about and wished you had seen? Maybe a talked-about view, a piece of artwork, a noteworthy book in the library, a funny item in a professor's office? If so, the Stonehill Alumni Magazine wants to hear about it. Email mmcgovern@stonehill.edu  for possible inclusion in the next issue of the magazine.