Christopher Astephen ’15 Named Environmental Science Program’s 2015 Top Graduate

June 22, 2015


In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Christopher Astephen ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Environmental Sciences Program’s 2015 Top Graduate.

Astephen, an environmental science major from Mendon, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“Chris is one of the pioneering students in our 3+2 environmental engineering program with the University of Notre Dame,” says Kristin Burkholder, teaching fellow of environmental science. “Even while managing the impressive workload associated with the program, he became heavily involved with environmental endeavors both on and off campus.”

During his time at Stonehill, Astephen served in a number of leadership positions with environmental and social justice groups on campus, acting as treasurer for the Students for Environmental Action club and the Activism club.

He also instructed a course through the College’s IDEAS (Integrating Democratic Education at Stonehill) program, which puts students in front of the classroom, leading discussions on a wide-range of topics with their peers. His Engaging Environment course, taught alongside Daniel Gardiner ’14 and Jessica Mardo ’13, focused on strategies for successful activism.

Astephen (pictured, second from left, with 3+2 engineering students Matt Plummer, Sara Boukdad, Molly O’Toole, Melissa Drury and Hannah Fitch) began his two-year course of study at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2014.

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Interned at The Farm at Stonehill
  • Interned with the Agape Community, a 34-acre community in Ware, Massachusetts that focuses on living out their Catholic mission through sustainable simplicity
  • Presented to the Brockton (Massachusetts) City Council about the dangers of climate change
  • Treasurer of the Stonehill Students for Environmental Action club
  • Treasurer of the Stonehill Activism club