Each month the Residence Life Office recognizes students from each residence area and a Resident Assistant who go above and beyond to contribute to the building of residence areas committed to academic excellence, individual student development, and a strong loving Christian community. The Stonehill Stars program recognizes the positive work that so many members of the College community are doing. Residence Life is proud to announce the following Stonehill Stars. Click here if you would like to see past winners of Stonehill Stars!
November Stonehill Star Winners!
Community Assistant of the Month: Jatnna Amador
Jatnna Amador embodies all that a Community Associate possesses and more. She exemplifies a willingness to be present and to assist in any task that arises. Jatnna has certainly expressed genuine support of myself and the residents of Villa Theresa first South. After our first hallway meeting Jatnna made it a point to reach out to all of the residents in Villa Theresa first South. Many believe that actions speak louder than words and Jatnna continuously lives up to her invitation and genuine desire to be there for our residents in her attendance at EVERY single one of my programs. Jatnna is always available to talk about the program beforehand and offer her advice on ways to better improve it so that residents can get the most out of the program. However, she does not stop there; Jatnna has picked up items for programs, always shows up early to offer a lending hand in program preparation, and faithfully participates in the activities and discussions that take place as a result of the program.
This month in particular Jatnna attended my program Chicken Soup for the College Soul. Jatnna arrived with a vibrant attitude that rubbed off on each of the residents who entered the Villa Theresa Common Room that night. As I continued to ensure that everything was present for the program to run effectively Jatnna took the lead and made sure that our guests felt welcomed and loved. She modeled everything the Community Associate Program seeks to accomplish; she physically established that connection between the Residence Hall and the greater Stonehill community outside of the academic workroom. As she exchanged laughs with our guests, I know that residents were watchful of her actions and it was clear that the responses from our residents and willingness to participate in the program was largely in part of having witnessed the way in which Jatnna interacted with our guests beforehand. For these reasons I believe that Jatnna Amador should be Community Associate of the month.
Program of the Month: Lisa Edwards
Lisa Edwards had a campus wide event about the Sandy Hook shootings that occurred last December. This event was perhaps the most inspiring program that has been held on campus thus far. The event called for reflection and action on the part of the audience rather than mourning for the loss of 28 individuals. We engaged in thoughtful discussion about the event, but also learned about what we can do to continue and carry on Daniel Barden's legacy. Lisa's program was incredibly well planned and insightful and called for students to take action and pass along the kindness and compassion that Daniel had exemplified during his life. The residents from O'Hara that attended had nothing but kind words to say after the event and revealed that they had never reflected on the Sandy Hook shootings since the day it happened. It was incredible to hear how the news of the event spread, and how it reached students who lived in all different areas of the US. Though everyone may not have been from Connecticut, this incident was still very close to home and our hearts and Lisa emphasized this very well. Ultimately, this event was flawlessly executed and was truly an inspiration for all students.
Resident Assistant of the Month: Alex Patturelli
The month of November is a difficult month for everyone in school. Classes are starting to wind down and most students are ready to throw in the towel. What residents (and RAs) need, especially in November, is extra support and encouragement, which is exactly what Alex has been this month. Amidst all of his responsibilities, he still has found time to get close to residents, hold great programs, and be a support to lean on for his staff.
Alex's creativity with programs this month have not been overlooked. Alex coordinated a passive "Karaoke Night," and had over 30 residents attend on a Friday night. The residents who attended appeared to have a wonderful time, as the program lasted for over an hour. The next night, while on duty with Kyle Ryan, the two of them coordinated a Poker Night program to hold while in-between rounds. Alex and Kyle printed out advertisements beforehand and put them on every door around the building to encourage residents to attend. This passive program was also highly successful, and provided multiple opportunities for residents to participate in fun, safe activities during the weekend.
November is a month meant for giving thanks. Two residents of the area have decorated their door with a variety of things/people that they are thankful for, and it is no surprise that Alex was listed as one of these people. The O'Hara staff would agree that we are very thankful to have Alex as a part of our family, and this is why he deserves to be the RA of the month.
Residents of the Month
Nicole Gilcoine: O'Hara Hall
Nicole is a very helpful, fun person. She's a great friend, she always says hello in the hallways, and she's just overall awesome to be around. She's really taken it upon herself to work hard in her first year here at Stonehill, which is evident in her starting her own club!
Tara Hurley: New Hall
Tara Hurley’s bright smile and bubbly personality has been lighting up New Hall every day since she moved into the building. From day one, Tara made an active effort to be friendly and outgoing towards everyone she interacted with. She has an ability to make everyone feel loved and appreciated from even a simple conversation. You can also count on Tara to always be proactive in making sure that her suite always gets things done as they need to be. There have been multiple occasions where Tara has come to her RA to advocate for her suite when they have a question or need to get something done. Overall, Tara’s hard work as a graphic design major, her involvement all over campus, and her wonderful energy make her a standout individual both in New Hall and the Stonehill community.
Anita Bela Goncalves: Villa Theresa
Anitabela is a remarkably friendly and outgoing person who plays an integral part to building a close-knit community. She always has her door open and greets everyone with a cheerful hello and a radiant smile. This month Anita has offered a fellow hallmate who is too far from home to come and spend Thanksgiving break with her and her family. Anita has a great relationship with each of the RAs in Villa Theresa, on their rounds or in passing Anita always makes a point to talk to them share a few laughs and even make lunch dates. On top of that all Anita also dedicates a weekend every month to her duties as a member of the United States Military. Although she will be away for basic training for the United States National Guard next semester there will always be a place for Anita in Villa Theresa.
Hattie Pipes: Corr Hall
Since the beginning of the year, Hattie has emerged as a role model on Corr Second floor. Hattie is very friendly and always eager to chat with others in the hall. Hattie's door is always open and she stops by other open doors every time she walks down the hallway. She is quick to offer encouraging words to all of those around her. After talking to Hattie, it is hard not to feel more positive yourself, as her positivity is contagious. Her kind-hearted nature has made Corr a better community. When her RA was creating Halloween goodie bags for the hall, Hattie saw and offered to help without hesitation. This simple act, done just because she wanted to, was small, but made a big difference. Hattie's welcoming demeanor and friendly personality make her a standout Stonehill Star.
Laura is absolutely AMAZING. She is always so friendly and outgoing! I don't think I've ever seen her without a smile on her face, even under a lot of stress. She is very involved in the hall. Laura is the 3rd East hall rep for Hall Council and helps out in any way possible. She also makes a point to stop by and hang with the RAs on duty on weekend nights. When she's not busy with dance practice or school work, she is seen around the hall laughing and talking to everyone that walks by. She really makes an effort to get to know as many people as she possibly can. She has also attended many of the RA programs when she is free. She is just a wonderful person and resident and that is why Laura is this month's Stonehill Star!
Alison Smith: Holy Cross Center
Allie is a very active member of the Sem community. She serves as our hall council senator and takes on a lot of responsibility with this position. She does a great job of listening to residents' concerns during hall council and bringing these matters to SGA. For instance, this past month she brought to SGA that a lot of Sem residents were concerned that it was unsafe for them to cross from the Sports Complex parking lot to the path near Martin Institute without a cross walk. Allie brought this concern to SGA and because of her a cross walk has been installed in order to ensure the safety of Sem residents. Her great listening skills, confident communication, and enthusiastic attitude make Allie a great senator and a great friend to all those in the Sem.