Record Breaking: Thanks to the amazing support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends last week, #GivingTuesday set new gift records for the College. We raised $120,180 from 626 donors, doubling the dollars raised last year and was an increase of over 300 donors. Stonehill students will benefit from this support of scholarships, academics, mission, athletics and co-curricular activities. For their leadership in issuing gift challenges, we extend heartfelt thanks to: Thomas Bogan ’72, Elizabeth Hayden ’76, Patrick Griffin ’81, Lorraine Stapleton Charman '85, Robert Rivers ’86, Ryan Enright ’94, Ross McLellan ’94, Gerard Boyle ’95, Jonathon Hughes ’07 and Gabriela Mastrangelo ’07.
Broadcast News: After updating its old technology, Stonehill’s ten-year-old video production studio is now giving our students enhanced practical broadcast experience, according to HigherEdTechDecisions. Witten by journalism student Kasie Lyons ’17, the article, which was edited by former Summit writer Jessica Kennedy ’12, also notes that the College has added a new minor in Digital Media Production. To read more about the impact of the renovated studio, visit here.
Typewriters: Students in Professor Maureen Boyle’s “Development of American News Media” class had a throwback experience last week when they were introduced to manual typewriters. “They had fun using the typewriters but they’re not ready to give up word processing, especially when they realized if you make a mistake typing, you have to either redo the whole thing or find a way to erase the error,” said Boyle. To see a photo, visit here.
Emerging Artist: Check out April Renzella ’14 covering Lana Del Reys’ Summertime Sadness and you will know why she has been accepted as an Emerging Artist by Premiere Career Guidance (PCG), the nation’s top artist development company. A rising country-pop singer songwriter, Renzella has garnered an impressive list of performances in New England with her upbeat songs that speak of love, inspiration and Americana. With the Nashville-based PCG, Renzella will learn from the industry’s leading instructors on how to build on her natural musical ability and to prepare for a career as a recording artist. For more, visit here.
Locally Grown: For No-Shave November, members of the Information Technology Department grew beards and mustaches to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. To see a photo of the bearded ones, visit here.
Christmas Photos: It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and there were several holiday events on campus over the weekend, including the Lessons & Carols, the Alumni Gift Wrapping party, and the Century Club Gala. We will have photos from those next week. In the meantime, thanks to Sam Smith in Admissions, we have photos showing how the residence halls are decorated for Christmas. To see them, visit here.
Quiet Moments with God: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Stephen Wilbricht, C.S.C. has a new book out called Prayer 2015, which one reviewer has described as being “perfect for busy people who want to spend a few quiet moments with God before starting their day.” Easy to use, it is a helpful volume for anyone interested in fostering their own practice of prayer and reflection. We have four free copies for our readers. First come, first served. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.