Monday Morning Update

June 15, 2015


Science First: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Professor Bronwyn Heather Bleakley a CAREER Grant worth $899,000. The prestigious grant will allow Bleakley to expand her research on proximate and evolutionary causes of social behaviors while giving our science students comprehensive research and mentorship experiences. It marks the first NSF CAREER Grant awarded to a faculty member at the College. For more, visit here.

Top Principal: The school Principal of the Year in Massachusetts is Patricia (Connors) Fry ’94. The Principal at Plymouth South High School, Fry has been lauded by peers, students, community members and her superiors for her influence on school culture, student achievement and shared leadership. In receiving this honor from the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA), she is now a candidate for National Principal of the Year. For more, visit here

Real Estate Visionary: The Boston Business Journal has honored John Drew ’65 with its real estate Visionary Award for 2015 in recognition of his four decades of reshaping Boston’s landscape. The award noted how 30 years ago, Drew saw the potential for a booming Seaport District, something few others saw at that time. An English major, Drew went on to develop Boston’s World Trade Center, Seaport Hotel, Seaport East &West, and Waterside Place. The founder and President of The Drew Company, he serves as a College trustee. In 1987, he received our Outstanding Alumnus Award. To see the BBJ’s video interview with Drew, visit here.

Winning Design: Graphic Design major John Hanawalt '10 has designed the logo for the 2016 International AIDS Conference, which will be attended by 20,000 delegates in South Africa next July. Selected from hundreds of entries, Hanawalt’s winning logo recreates the AIDS ribbon out of a bold geometric pattern inspired by the patterned baskets common in Africa. Woven so tightly that they carry water, the baskets represent the power of a tightly woven community to respond to needs and challenges. For more, visit here.

Ellis Legacy: English major Prithak Chowdhury '15 is the recipient of the first Anthony Ellis ’89 Post-Graduation Fellowship. Ellis, also an English major, earned his doctorate at Loyola University in Chicago and taught Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University. Created by Ellis’ family after his death in 2014, the fellowship will allow Chowdhury, who comes from a bi-ethnic, Indian and Bengali, family to write an inter-generational novel about his diverse heritage. Thanks to the Ellis Fellowship, Chowdhury is backpacking across India this summer, conducting research for the project. For more, visit here.

Alum to Lead Athletics: The College’s new Director of Athletics is Dean O’Keefe ’94, a former men’s soccer student-athlete who has spent the last seven years within the leadership of Merrimack College’s athletics department. The first alumnus to hold the position of athletic director, O’Keefe will oversee Stonehill’s varsity athletic program and recreational sports when he comes aboard next month. For more, visit here.

Third Graders Send Thanks: In December when Nicole Bollerman ’10 won $150,000 and donated it to UP Academy Dorchester, it touched the hearts of many. While being interviewed by Stonehill Alumni Magazine, Bollerman expressed a wish to bring her students to campus. In April, that happened when her 24 third graders attended a class, had lunch in the Dining Commons, played basketball, and met with students and President John Denning. In appreciation, the students recently sent hand-written thank you notes. To see them and read a message from Bollerman, visit here.