Hockey Heart: Not only is MacKenzie Greenberg ’19 a double major in biology and psychology and a starting back for Stonehill’s nationally ranked field hockey team, but she is doing it all while fighting thyroid cancer. MacKenzie was diagnosed in high school in 2013, has gone through surgeries and radioactive iodine treatments, and has another treatment taking place later this year. The Enterprise reported on MacKenzie’s remarkable story this week. Check it out here.
Papal Audience: On their seven day pilgrimage to Italy in early January, the Chapel Choir will have the honor of singing for Pope Francis. In addition to that highlight, the Choir, which is known for its joyful liturgical music, will perform during mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and at a concert at the San Lorenzo International Youth Center in Rome. With visits to Florence and Assisi, they will also savor Italian culture, art and history. The 25 Choir members will be accompanied by Campus Minister for Music & Liturgy Phil Pereira, Campus Minister Tim Mouton, C.S.C. and Residence Director Ricky Bevington. Responsible for their costs, the students are diligently raising funds for the pilgrimage. If you would like to support them, visit here.
Alzheimer’s Impact: Looking back to when her grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, Katherine O’Malley ’18 recalls her mother’s tender, patient care for her Nona. Moved by that loving example, today she is active in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. In the Odyssey recently, O’Malley wrote a beautiful reflection on the impact of the disease on her life and how the Alzheimer’s Song Challenge got to her one morning. To read it, visit here.
Hard Time: The American criminal justice system, which incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world, is complex and difficult to comprehend. However, one of the top scholars of the prison system is Criminology Professor Ann Marie Rocheleau, who has taught at Stonehill since 2006. She is also a contributing author to the authoritative Hard Time: A Fresh Look at Understanding and Reforming the Prison. Now in a revised, updated fourth edition, the in-depth study features first person accounts from male and female inmates and staff, revealing what it’s actually like to live and work in prison. It also makes suggestions for reforming the system. For more, visit here.
Wetzel Update: Last week, the Stonehill community rallied for Professor Chris Wetzel, who was seriously injured in a hiking accident in August. Around 100 faculty, staff and students gathered at the May Pavilion for a fundraising event in support of Wetzel, who is continuing to recover at home. If you’d like help, visit here. If you’d like to contribute a note or photo to the scrapbook that the Wetzel Committee is preparing, email email@example.com or fill out this online form before Wednesday, October 12.
ESPN Live: The Skyhawk football team’s match-up with the University of New Haven will be broadcast live on ESPN3 on Saturday, October 15 at 6:05 p.m., the second time in four years that our home game with New Haven will be broadcast nationally. If you wish to cheer on the team at W. B. Mason Stadium, for ticket information, visit here.
Pet Photos: In celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Alumni Minister Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. spent a recent Sunday afternoon with alumni, faculty, staff and students at a special Blessing of the Pets service on the lawn outside Alumni Hall. To see photos, visit here.