Monday Morning Update

April 8, 2013


Meet the Candidates: The finalists in the search for our next president, the Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C. and the Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., will participate in public sessions on campus for members of the Stonehill community on Wednesday and Thursday this week. After these sessions and other meetings with the finalists, the Presidential Search Committee will deliberate and send its recommendation to the Trustees for their meeting in late May.

Champions: Each weekend, Jason Lynch '12 heads to a boxing gym in Brockton not just to help keep him in shape but also to lead a new outreach initiative. Called the Champions Project, it draws high school and middle school kids off the streets and into a program that tutors them in fitness, academics and smart decision making. Funded by the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, Lynch's Champions Project has 15 participating boys and girls. It also relies on nine Stonehill education majors, who provide academic support two days per week after school.

Camp Shriver: Stonehill College, the National Inclusion Project and the Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) at UMass Boston are partnering together to bring the renowned summer sports program Camp Shriver to Stonehill this year. As part of the initiative, the National Inclusion Project will provide training, funding and expertise using their Let's ALL Play program model to help create an inclusive recreational experience for children with and without disabilities. The four-week camp will welcome children ages 8-12, primarily from the Brockton area, to the Stonehill campus free of charge thanks to the generosity of Camp Shriver donors.

After/Words: About four years ago, Stephanie Sylvain '97 had a stroke at age 37. Recovering from it has been a struggle but she is determined. So much so that recently she and her husband Jayson '97 appeared in a PBS documentary called After/Words, which profiles people who are living successfully with aphasia. In a report on the couple and the documentary, WickedLocal.com noted that, when Stephanie sought speech therapy, she turned to another Stonehill alum, Jennifer Higgins '99, who is a speech and language pathologist.

Science of Sport: If he is to stop a ball, traveling at 60 miles per hour and kicked at him from 18 yards away, Stonehill goalkeeper Adam Colella '15 has a fraction of a second to react and prevent a goal. To be precise, Colella has just .614 of a second. That is just one of the many cool facts in the new issue of Academics Illustrated, produced by our colleagues in Athletics to coincide with Student-Athlete Week and the annual Academic Excellence Breakfast.

Theatre: For its spring production, the Stonehill Theatre Company will feature Das Barbecu, a bold retelling of Wagner's Twilight of the Gods in which the Lord of the Rings meets Desperate Housewives in Texas. The play runs April 11, 12 & 13 in Hemingway Theatre at 8 nightly. Tickets are $5 (students & seniors) and $8 (adults).