Monday Morning Update
July 12, 2010
Legal Preparation: Massachusetts 2009 Lawyer of the Year Ted Riordan '87 credits Stonehill with giving him "excellent preparation" for law school and the world of litigation. The Quincy-based attorney says the College gave him good studying skills and that he learned how to be a serious student who prepared himself to tackle hard issues and to analyze situations thoughtfully. For more on Riordan and the difficult case that resulted in his honor, visit here.
Empty Nest: When teenagers head to college, family dynamics change and, according to consultant Tracy Knofla, "Parents are more home sick for the child than the child is for the parents....The child is way too busy getting used to a new way of living while the parents are at home wishing a vital family member was still in the family circle." An expert on helping people to thrive during chaotic times, Knofla advised parents at Summer Orientation on how to negotiate the changes that will begin when their sons and daughters return in late August. For more on her words of wisdom, visit here.
Problem Solving: In his new book, Rediscovering Mathematics, Professor Shai Simonson (Computer Science/Math) works to make math relevant and interesting not just to his students, but also to their parents and to math teachers. Based on his experience teaching middle school, the book veers away from sterile math vocabulary, helping readers to grasp concepts that will challenge and inspire them. For more on how Simonson wants to share his love of solving math puzzles, visit here.
Religious Art: A sculpture depicting Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms now greets visitors as they approach the Chapel of Mary. Installed in June, the work stems, in part, from a 50th reunion gift by the Class of 1957. Created by artist Sylvia Nicolas, the sculpture adds a new dimension to Blessed Basil Moreau Way, giving the walkway a terminal point near the chapel doors. For more, visit here.
Our Hollywood Priest: A member of the Class of 1967, Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is cutting a high profile in Hollywood where he is developing a chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders that fosters spiritual growth. Fr. Raymond has served Stonehill as a trustee, director of campus ministry and director of residence life. For more on his Hollywood outreach, visit here.
Summer Must Reads: Looking for a good book during your vacation this summer? Whether you like juicy novels, politics, cuisine, biographies or sports, Stonehill faculty and staff have a wide selection of recommendations for you. To take a look at their choices and to find out what's popular on campus this summer, visit here.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.