Monday Morning Update

June 26, 2017


Class of 2021: This week, 640 students from the Class 2021 will attend Orientation sessions on campus along with 900 of their family members. The first session runs today & tomorrow with the second on Thursday & Friday. The sessions offer incoming students a preview of Stonehill life and a chance to meet their new classmates. They will also become familiar with academic and student life programs, and select fall classes. The key to success of Orientation rests with our Peer Mentors--Stonehill students who forgo 10 days of a summer job and spend hours training to help new students transition from high school to college. Thank you, Peer Mentors! Welcome, Class of 2021!

Celestial Navigation: Without GPS, Professor Bob Dugan navigated a 36 foot sloop in a recent ocean race from Marion, Massachusetts to Bermuda. For 645 nautical miles, he used a sextant and the heavens, or celestial navigation, to guide the boat on the six-day voyage. Turning on the GPS at the end of the race, his celestial plot was off by just 1.5 nautical miles. Without GPS, Dugan used the very problem solving skills he teaches in his computer science classes. He will be sharing that lesson when he returns to the classroom in August, letting students know that “the skill of debugging a problem in a program is a form of computational thinking that translates to debugging all kinds of problems in real life.” For more, visit here.

Disney Music: In his new book, Music in Disney’s Animated Features, James Bohn, director of the College’s music technology program, examines how Walt Disney revolutionized the use of music in film. A composer, performer and scholar, Bohn investigates how music functions in Disney animated movies from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through The Jungle Book and beyond. As one reviewer noted, Bohn “deftly treads a fine line between conversation and erudition, offering a brisk, entertaining journey as well as a scholarly deep dive into the sharps and flats of Walt–era animation music.

Political Autopsy: For a probing, provocative look at American politics today, consider Kill It To Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over Democracy by Sociology Professor Corey Dolgon. In the book, Dolgon explores what he sees as the hypocrisy of political discourse today and why so many voters now accept policies that destroy the public sector and promote political stories that feel right "in the gut," regardless of science or facts. Analyzing the conservative trend in modern politics, he also charts the factors that gave rise to the election of President Donald Trump. To see his recent presentation the Harvard Book Store, visit here.

Quick Quote: “I’m still not sure if a Skyhawk is a bird or a plane, but I can tell you that Stonehill has helped me to find my wings,” Larissa West ’17 explaining why she gives to the College.

Giving: Gifts do impact how we help students find their wings. Whether supporting scholarships, academic programs, co-curricular activities like H.O.P.E., or athletics, your generosity makes a difference in their lives. The effectiveness of a program like the Bridge Fund, which supports students in need, is dependent on your gifts. The fiscal year ends on June 30 but there is still time to make a difference. Make a gift online or by calling (508) 565-1341. Not sure if you’ve made a gift already? Check our online Honor Roll of Donors for a listing of alumni donors by class. Thank you in advance for your support! To learn more, please visit here.

Turtle Crossing: The campus is home to snapping turtles, which dig in for the winter, but emerge again in the spring and are regular road crossers until the fall. That’s why there are two turtle crossing sings at key locations on campus. To see our Picture of the Week, visit here.

Calling All Alumni: Do you return to campus from spring through fall or even during the winter months to walk, run, bike ride or use the library? If so, we want to hear from you. How do you incorporate Stonehill's campus into your life? Email klawrence@stonehill.edu. You might be featured in the next Stonehill Alumni Magazine.

Independence Day: We are taking a summer break and will resume publication on Monday, July 17. We wish all our readers a Happy and Festive July 4.