Monday Morning Update

December 14, 2015


Celestial Spheres: One of the world’s leading astronomical centers, the Paris Observatory, is today celebrating a new Latin edition and French translation of Copernicus's The Revolution of Celestial Spheres, which formulated a model of the universe with the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe. Over the past two years, the editors of this mammoth three volume project have been in regular contact with Professor of Physics and Astronomy Andre Goddu, a world renowned Copernican scholar whose work is cited in the new edition. Classes and timing prevented Goddu from being in Paris today, but we wanted to acknowledge his scholarly contributions to this major project.  For more on Goddu’s work, visit here.

Pre College Program: In July, Stonehill will offer a new and selective three week pre-college program on campus for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students accepted into Summer@Stonehill will experience challenging three-credit, college-level courses by Stonehill professors in communication, fine arts, journalism, political science and psychology. In addition to coursework, students, who will live on campus, will engage in course-related activities, nightly programming, a service opportunity, and weekend field trips. Applications are now available. For more information, visit here.

Bishop Bud: In Lima, Peru on Saturday, Rev. Arthur “Bud” Colgan, C.S.C’68 was officially ordained as the new auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Chosica.  A former trustee, Fr. Colgan has spent his religious life serving the poor in Peru and he is the first alumnus to be named a bishop in the Catholic Church.

Invasive Moths: They are everywhere on campus on external walls, doors, and pillars—huge numbers of winter moths. An invasive species, the moths are native to Europe, but they reached Massachusetts around 15 years ago and are now commonplace in New England, usually between mid-November and early January, according to Biology Professor Nick Block who specializes in evolutionary biology and ornithology. While not a threat to humans, the moths, Block says, “can damage a wide variety of native trees, particularly maples, oaks, and fruit trees." For more on Block’s analysis, visit here.

Love Your Melon: On Thursday evening, Fox 25 News Boston visited campus to film a segment about one of Stonehill’s newest student clubs, Love Your Melon, whose mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer. The segment is scheduled to air on FOX 25 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stonehill’s chapter of the national organization, was started recently by Sage Feltus ’18 and Erica Bigelow ’18. For more, visit here.

Top Player: Senior All-America forward Erika Kelly ’16 has put a cap to one of the top field hockey careers in NCAA Division II history with her selection as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Player of the Year. Kelly is the seventh student-athlete in Stonehill history to collect national player of the year honors. For more visit here.

Campus Christmas: To sample a flavor of the many seasonal celebrations—concerts, decorations, lessons & carols, Santa, and gift wrapping—held recently, visit our Christmas Snapshot.

Christmas Eve Mass: Our Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of Mary at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 with President John Denning, C.S.C. presiding. Rev. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C. will be preaching at the Mass. Campus Ministry organizes a beautiful ceremony, which attracts many local alumni, neighbors and other members of the community.

Festive Folks: We received great responses to our Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest but there could only be two winners and they are Alex Girard ’16 and Carissa Ryan '06. For Girard, the ugly sweater trend is a month-long celebration as he bravely wears a different one each day. A Senior Merchandising Manager at W.B. Mason, Ryan picked an Ugly Sweater she wore at the company’s party last year. To see their choices, visit here. Didn’t win but still want a Stonehill Ugly Sweater? They are for sale at the Stonehill Bookstore and online.

Dear Readers: Thank you for your interest, ideas and feedback during the year. On break for the next three weeks, we will return on Monday, January 4. Have a great holiday season and we look forward to keeping you informed about events at Stonehill in 2016.