Roche Legacy: With the death last week of Daniel “Bud” Roche, Stonehill lost one of its most generous benefactors. A meat-cutter whose entrepreneurial skills paved the way for the success of Roche Brothers Supermarkets, he was legendary in his commitment to worthy causes. Bud and his wife Eileen started the Patty Roche Memorial Scholarship in tribute to their daughter who died soon after graduating from Stonehill in 1984. More than 50 Stonehill students have benefited from that scholarship and Bud loved meeting the recipients at the annual Roche Scholars Dinner. The Roche Dining Commons is named after Patty Roche. The roof top garden in the Science Center also bears the Roche name as does a room in the MacPhaidin Library. Two of their four children, Patty and Daniel ’81, attended Stonehill. Bud and Eileen also received honorary degrees from the College in 1996. To view a 2009 photo of Bud and Eileen with Roche Scholars, visit here.
113 Days: Sports documentaries are popular these days and Katie Shannon ’04 has made an exciting one about the Stonehill women’s lacrosse team. Called 113 Days, it captures the thrills and disappointments of the 2012 season, which ended with a semifinal defeat in the Northeast-10 Championship. A communication major, Shannon played on the 2003 team—which won the NCAA Division II National Championship. She and her teammates were inducted into the Stonehill Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. For more on 113 Days, visit here.
Life’s Calling: The first member of her immigrant family to earn a college degree, Arlene (Arruda) McNamee ’68 found her life’s calling at Stonehill—helping others. Specifically, McNamee credits Vatican II and sociology for introducing her to social work as a profession and a calling. Today, she is the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services in New Bedford and Fall River, the largest organization for supporting homeless people and immigrants south of Boston. As a community leader, she was also the driving force behind the Community Action for Better Housing program. To read more about McNamee, visit here.
Room for Debate: Working at the intersection of science and religion, Professor Karl Giberson is more than familiar with the controversy that surrounds the debate between creationists and evolutionists. That is why The New York Times asked him recently to contribute to its Room for Debate online discussion about biblical creation and why some are drawn to religious narratives, as in Genesis, and others adhere to scientific explanations. To read his reflection, visit here.
Bench Mark: Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Criminology Paul Dawley has been appointed Chief Justice of the District Court, the largest court department in Massachusetts. At Stonehill, Dawley teaches classes in substantive and procedural criminal law. In his new judicial role, Dawley, who has served on the court since 2001, will oversee 62 divisions, 158 judicial positions and 1,000 employees. For more, visit here.
Cancer Lesson: Since she was 16-years-old, Tara Daniels ’14 has been battling leukemia on and off. After a recent re-emergence of the cancer, she expects to be undergoing chemo until early 2015. That challenge notwithstanding, Daniels remains focused on her studies, majoring in communication with a minor in journalism. In addition, she serves as co-chair for the Relay for Life at Stonehill and works as a newsroom assistant for the Sun Chronicle newspaper in Attleboro. To find out why she calls cancer a “teacher,” read the following interview with her from the Sun Chronicle.