Monday Morning Update

June 12, 2017


Reunion Recap: For a by-the-numbers report on Reunion 2017, visit here. In addition, for a Reunion Snapshot with 52 photos highlighting people and events from the three-day celebration, visit here. We extend a big thank you to the more than 1,000 alumni, family and friends whose good cheer and affection for the College made the weekend fun and enjoyable for all.

Adult Learners: Recently in the Martin Institute, 18 local adult learners graduated from the Brockton Clemente Course, which provides low-income adults free access to introductory courses in writing, literature, American history, art history and philosophy. They now hold certificates of completion and six college credits from Bard College, a big step toward attending college. Professor Lee Farrow (Center for Nonprofit Management), and Professor Corey Dolgon (Office of Community-Based Learning) lead the program, which Farrow hails for “helping adult learners to find their voice and their self-worth.”

Halo Effect: For a photo depicting a “halo” over the Chapel of Mary, Aisha McAdams ’17 has been honored with a student journalism award from the Catholic Press Association of United States & Canada. A Graphic Design/Communication major, McAdams will be serving with the Stonehill Service Corps in an academic support position at Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton this August. To see her photo, which captured a “unique moment” according to the judges, visit here.

A Good Soul: For the past nine years, Rev. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. ’77 has been the Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Easton. A “good soul” and a “great steward,” he will conclude his tenure in Easton at the end of the month. Next up for Fr. Jim is a sabbatical at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas followed by a new assignment. In the Easton Journal, parishioner Anne Tarallo pays tribute to Fr. Jim’s astute leadership of dynamic, vibrant parish community. To read it, visit here.

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!: The College’s Dual Degree program with Notre Dame is designed to offer students the unique opportunity of earning two degrees in five years and for the especially ambitious, it can offer other benefits. For Chris Bury ’16, that meant continuing his college football career at one of the most storied programs in the nation. Bury walked on to the ND team this past spring as a tight end, and starts training camp for the fall season soon. To hear more about his story, visit here.

Hurricane Force of Music: Since moving to Austin, Texas, musician David Messier ’00 has had an impact on his very musical adopted city. Austin’s mayor recently declared a David Messier Day in honor of his accomplishments, such as a successful recording studio, an acclaimed new album, and leadership of the Texas branch of the Recording Academy. A religious studies major and a teaching assistant at Stonehill, Messier is today a “hurricane force of music” with his Waiting For Eldridge album having “a dash of Tom Petty, a sprinkle of Lou Reed and pinch of Leonard Cohen.” For more, visit here.

Gift Coverage: To read the Boston Globe’s report on the gift of $10 million from trustee Leo Meehan ’75 & the W. B. Mason Company in support of the School of Business building, visit here.

Free Summer Swag: Courtesy of our friends in Archives & Historical Collections, we have just the thing for small children visiting the beach this summer—a sand pail & shovel set, one that celebrates the Ames Shovel Collection at Stonehill. We have seven sets. First come, first served. Email mmcgovern@stonehill.edu.