Human Resources Newsletter

Stonehill College Human Resources Newsletter

February 2014

February is Black History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson's death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Source: Library of Congress

Celebrating Diversity


Frederick Douglass Monument- (New Bedford) 
The monument honors Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna. Both escaped from slavery by the Underground Railroad and decided to make New Bedford their home for five years. Located on William Street in New Bedford, the monument was dedicated on October 17, 1996, on the 100th anniversary of Douglass’ death.


African American Meeting House Tour
 – 46 Joy Street. 
Daily {except Sundays} 11am-3pm hourly
National Park Service Ranger-led tours allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of Frederick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Stewart and all of the abolitionist leaders who helped bring slavery to an end in this country. The meeting house is an Historic Landmark, recently restored to its 1855 appearance. 617-725-0022.

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
 – February 15 at 1pm & February 16 at 2pm. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street. Adults $15, Seniors & Students $10. Walk On tells the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted”. 617-849-6324.

Roxbury’s Black History trolley tour
 – Join us on an informative trolley tour through three centuries of Boston’s historic Black neighborhoods. Follow the progression of the Black churches, gain an appreciation for the importance of the arts, learn about the struggles during the civil rights movement, and become more familiar with the movers, shakers, and strivers in Roxbury’s Black history.
Trolley departs:
12:30pm: Roxbury Heritage State Park/DCR, 183 Roxbury St. 
12:50pm: Hotel 140, 140 Clarendon St (former YWCA). 
Purchase tickets ($25) online or by calling 617-427-1006.

Looking for Volunteers – Interpreter Services

Occasionally, the College is in need of interpreter services to assist with a student, parent, employee, visitor, etc. We have been very blessed in the past that so many of our employees have volunteered to assist when needed.  In an effort make interpreter services more readily available, we hope to compile a listing of employees who can volunteer when needed.   If you are willing to volunteer, please forward, name, email, extension and language(s) to either Lynne Thomas at or Maryann Perry at .  We will compile the list and make it available on our website.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Human Resources Office Hours

We are pleased to announce that the HR department will be hosting office hours in various buildings across campus.  If you have a questions about your benefits, performance evaluations, time card, etc. please feel free to visit us on one of the following days and locations.

Monday, February 24th from 9am to 11am – MI 239
Thursday, March 13th from 12 noon to 1:30pm in CM 107
Monday, March 17th from 9am to 11am in Donahue East Porch
Thursday, March 20th, 12 noon to 1:30pm in MI 239
Monday, March 31st, from 10am to 12 noon in Duffy 114
Monday April 7, from 9am to 11am in CM 107
Monday, April 14 from 9am to 11am in Duffy 114
Monday April 28th from 8am to 11am in MI 239
Monday May 12, from 9am to 11am in Donahue East Porch

If you are unable to visit with us during one our on-campus office hours or our normal business hours (7:30am to 4:30pm) we are always happy to schedule another more convenient time.  Simply contact us and we will be happy to find a time to meet.

A Note of Thanks

Thanks to all of you for your donations at the College’s Christmas party.  Due to your overwhelming generosity, we were able to donate approximately 330 new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and other winter items, several of which were hand-made, to Father Bill’s & MainSpring.

 Your kindness is very much appreciated.

TIAA-CREF Reminder

Have you reached or soon will reach your one-year anniversary with Stonehill College?  If so, please make sure you sign up with Human Resources for the retirement benefit offered to eligible employees. For more information, please click the link below:  Retirement Benefits

If you have questions about your eligibility or the program itself, please contact Lisa Conroy, Assistant Director of HR, ext. 1336

Touch of Kindness Program Recognition

Stonehill’s Employee Recognition Program, A Touch of Kindness, is a program where members of our community recognize each other for their random act of kindness, caring or support.

January’s nominees were Lee Damore, Tony Gomes, Ken Percy, Gary Brides, Cheryl Brigante, and lastly Judy Kilday who was January’s Winner of a $25 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card. Congratulations nominees!

Have you recently observed an act of kindness and caring?  Recognize it today at Employee Recognition

Benefits Focus - Eve's Addiction

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Welcome New and Returning Employees – January 2014

Academic Affairs Division
James Bohn, Adjunct Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
Mary Burkhauser, Adjunct Professor, Education
Maggie Cavallo, Adjunct Professor, Visual & Performing Arts
Cindy Chu, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies
Charles Coakley, Adjunct Professor, Business
Joshua Cordeira, Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience
Robert Goulet, Adjunct Professor of English
Boyd Hill, Adjunct Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
Janet Krywy, Adjunct Professor, of Microbiology
Kristy Kuhn, Adjunct Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
Joseph Rossi, Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts
Everton Pacheco, Instrumental & Laboratory Support Manager
Amanda Shyne, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Michelle Spriggs, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration
Tracy Thorpe, Adjunct Professor of Sociology & Criminology
John Walsh, Adjunct Professor of Political Science
Willie Wilson Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Andrea Vieira, STEM Transfer Recruiting Liaison
Kimberly Del Sesto, Chemistry Lab Preparer

Finance Division
Ran Alix-Garth, Associate Controller

Farewell to Employees – January 2014

Academic Affairs Division
Katherine O’Toole, Lab Preparer

Finance Division
Derek Ramsey, Shift Coordinator
John Graca, Maintenance Person
Kathleen Fedorchuk, Administrative Assistant II

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