Monday Morning Update
August 31, 2009
Back to School: Over the weekend, students moved into their residences on campus and tonight's Academic Convocation in the Sports Complex will get the new academic year underway. When classes begin tomorrow, Tuesday September 1st, we will welcome the largest first-year class in Stonehill history as 685 members of the Class of 2013 begin their academic careers at the College.
Class Composition: Students in the Class of 2013 come from 21 states and three foreign countries - El Salvador, Guatemala, and Korea. New England states account for 80 percent of the class and 52 percent come from Massachusetts. New York, however, is the single largest contributing state after Massachusetts with Connecticut a close third. The vast majority of students, 97 percent, reside on campus.
Spiritual Start: Campus Ministry will offer the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday in the Orientation tent on the main quad at 11:45 a.m. President Rev. Mark Cregan, C.S.C. '78 will preside and new Campus Minister Rev. Stephen Wilbricht, C.S.C. will preach.
New Faculty: We are pleased to welcome 17 new full-time faculty members in the following disciplines - philosophy, religious studies, finance, chemistry, biology, political science, accounting, physics and engineering, education, sociology, marketing, economics, psychology and English. This new group, which just attended Faculty Orientation, continues our recent pattern of faculty growth.
Community Service: Today, the Class of 2013 is heading Into the Streets (ITS) of neighboring communities to perform an afternoon of service. Now in its 18th year, ITS will have close to 700 first-years and 50 student leaders, as well as faculty & staff, serving at 45 local sites, including the Brockton Boys and Girls Club, Easton Food Pantry, American Red Cross and My Brother's Keeper.
Singing Sociologist: Working to strengthen and expand the ways in which the College promotes learning and service to students is Corey Dolgon, the new director of the Office of Community-Based Learning. An accomplished author and folk singer, Dolgon incorporates music into his teaching and is something of a singing lecturer. He joins us from Worcester State College where he chaired the sociology department and directed the college's Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. For more, visit here.
Running on Dunkin': The new Science Center has an amazing atrium, fine classrooms, great labs, plenty of study space, a roof-top garden, super views of campus and -- a Dunkin' Donuts. Officially opening this coming Wednesday, Dunkin' Donuts treated the campus community to an open house last week with free coffee and goodies. To see a Dunkin' Donuts Picture of the Week, visit here.
Friday Night Lights: Our first home football game this season will be on September 11 at 7 p.m. at W. B. Mason Stadium with the Skyhawks playing American International College under the lights. Event ceremonies will include an ROTC color guard, a tribute to members of the Stonehill community who died on 9/11, and a salute to those who serve in local police and fire departments.
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