Monday Morning Update

September 21, 2015

Trailblazer: In July of 2014, she made history by becoming the first female  4-star admiral when she was named the Navy’s second in command. On Wednesday, September 30th at 9:30 a.m. in the Pettit Atrium, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard will discuss her trailblazing military career, her insights on leadership, and the power of diversity. For more, visit here.

Good Works: He’s a member of Stonehill football’s defensive line and now Nick Chiocco '16 is on the roster for the 2015 Allstate, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. Considered the most esteemed off-the-field honor in college football, the Good Works Team is comprised of 22 players across all three divisions of NCAA Football who have made a positive impact on others and their communities. From his annual Home Run Derby to benefit the Hearts for Hope Foundation to his help in organizing a charity benefit concert for Sabrina Kelly, the late daughter of Stonehill Professor Pamela Kelly, Chiocco’s charitable contributions “are truly remarkable and show that he has truly accepted the mission of the College,” says Head Football Coach Robert Talley. Chiocco is now eligible to be voted by fans as the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain at through November 25, 2015. For more, visit here.

Setting Sail: At the end of the month, Oscar Tsao ’17 will embark on a sailing adventure to Spain and Portugal where he’ll be investigating the human impacts on the ocean through the highly competitive Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester Study Abroad Program. As an international business major, the decision to take part in a program focused on environmental issues may seem unorthodox but to Tsao, that was exactly the point. “I was most excited by the very idea of doing something entirely different and learning a completely new set of skills,” explains Tsao, who will assess changes in landscapes and seascapes, potentially informing future decisions about how best to protect these environments. For more, visit here.

Fresh Check: New school year. First time away from home. New dorms. New faces. These are exciting times for students as they begin the new school year but for some students, this time of transition can be overwhelming. To combat those very real, increasingly common feelings, Stonehill is hosting its first Fresh Check Day, a celebratory fair-like event to bring mental health awareness and coping strategies to campus. Set for Saturday, September 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Quad, Fresh Check Day is part of a national program that uses a peer-to-peer model and interactive booths to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community and on a national level. For more, visit here.

Mobile Market: The Farm at Stonehill, through a $5,000 grant from Project Bread, is furthering its mission of providing our neighbors in Brockton with fresh, affordable produce with the launch of a Mobile Market. Beginning Wednesday, organic produce from The Farm will be sold at or below market cost in the parking lot currently shared by The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton and the Trinity Baptist Church at 1367 Main Street each week. For more, visit here.

Black Mass: On Friday, the much anticipated Whitey Bulger bioepic film Black Mass was released in theaters nationwide. As co-author of the book the movie is based on, Gerry O’Neill ’64 spent considerable time on the set and even has a cameo in the movie. Along with his writing partner Dick Lehr, O’Neill was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe. To read the interview, visit here. To see a photo of O’Neill at the Black Mass premiere, visit here.

SURE Thing: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) has become a signature program at the College. Unlike many schools that offer undergrad research programs, SURE founder Professor Louis Liotta says the unique aspect of Stonehill’s program is that “it serves students from all disciplines and puts a value on their interacting with each other and learning about the nature of research in disciplines other than their own.” In celebration of its anniversary, a SURE Reunion will take place on Alumni Day on January 23. For more info, visit here.