Reunion 2014: More than 800 alumni as well as 400 family and friends attended Reunion this past weekend. Ten anniversary classes and 12 Pillar Society classes participated in the three day celebration. Alumni and guests explored campus, showed their children around, caught up with friends and prayed for deceased classmates. With Alumni Minister Rev. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C. presiding, 20 alumni couples renewed their marriage vows. In addition to enjoying good food, music and dancing, alumni presented President John Denning, C.S.C. with a Reunion gift of more than $331,000. To see Reunion photos, visit here.
Mentor & Hero: For his work coaching and mentoring at risk young people, Marquis Taylor ’06 has been recognized by People magazine. Since Taylor founded the non-profit youth organization Coaching for Change in 2011, his after-school mentoring and basketball program has helped more than 200 low income youth in greater Brockton. To read the magazine’s Heroes Among Us profile of Taylor, visit here.
Black Mass: No, not the headline story from Harvard last month but the movie about gangster Whitey Bulger, which is based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass that Gerry O’Neill ’64 co-wrote. When the retired reporter recently visited the set in East Cambridge, doubling as South Boston, he saw ten takes of Whitey, played by Johnny Depp, in action with other gangsters. O’Neill spoke with Depp who was in costume, with “a shiny high forehead, hair swept back, prominent blue contact lenses, and Whitey’s air of menace.” O’Neill adds that Director Scott Cooper “has been great to deal with. He's calmly in charge and has an impressive grasp of the characters and story line.” The movie is due out in late 2015. For more, visit here.
Academic Success: The College was one of just 27 schools to receive the NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence last week. The award, which we have received annually since its inception in 2012, honors schools for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or more for student-athletes. With a 97 percent ASR rate, Stonehill ranks fifth on this year’s list. For more, visit here.
Honoring Lou: At the President’s Dinner last week, James “Lou” Gorman ’53 posthumously received the President's Award for Excellence, the one Stonehill honor that eluded him in life. A legend with the Boston Red Sox and at the College, Gorman is the only alum to win both the Outstanding Alumnus and the Alumni Service awards. He also received a Moreau Medallion, an honorary degree, and the Lux et Spes Award. He served as a trustee and our baseball field bears his name. When the renovation/expansion of the Sports Complex is completed next year, its exhibition area will also bear Gorman’s name. Dinner proceeds will help underwrite this project, which will add 50,000 square feet for athletics, health, fitness and exercise. For more, visit here.
Hospitality: Working for Conferences & Events this summer, four rising juniors will greet the world’s top scientists visiting campus for the prestigious Gordon Research Conferences. Adrian Frattini, Tessa Boyle, Emily Broe and Michael Smith will help the visitors settle and ensure their comfort. The Conferences keep returning because of our facilities and hospitality. Among the services offered to them, for example, are bikes for exploring campus. See the students with some of the bikes in our Picture of the Week.
Beach Reads: Summer’s here and the time is right for reading at the beach. This means we want your recommendations for great vacation reads. Tell us what books you cannot put down and why. Short, sweet answers are best. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could win a gift card to buy more great books.