Monday Morning Update
August 02, 2010
National Gem: A new book by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Marcus has handpicked Stonehill as one of 40 national "gems." Acceptance profiles Gwyeth Smith - known as one of the country's best guidance counselors - and includes his 40 favorite colleges from his 40 years of admissions counseling. Smith praises Stonehill for its "caring, involved" professors and "strong liberal arts foundation." To read more of what Smith had to say about the College, visit here.
God and Sex: Religious Studies Professor Michael Coogan's forthcoming book God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says is being hailed by Publishers Weekly. Its advanced review notes that "readers looking for an unbiased appraisal of what the Bible says about premarital sex, homosexuality, and polygamy can trust Coogan, a biblical scholar of the highest order. Concise, clear, and accessible to general readers, this book covers all the usual topics plus a few that may surprise. He covers predictable ground in unpredictable ways, frankly noting, for example, the pervasive biblical assumption that women are subordinate while explaining how that reflects the Bible's foreign and ancient context." Published by Twelve, God and Sex is due out in October.
Field of Dreams: Recently we reported on our Hollywood priest Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C '67. The director of Hollywood Theater Productions, he is spearheading the development of a Legatus chapter in Tinseltown, which aims to cultivate spiritual growth for local Catholic business leaders. What we didn't tell you is that Fr. Raymond has a second job as chaplain to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prompted by ex-Red Sox second baseman Mark Loretta, who ended his career last year in LA, Fr. Raymond began celebrating Mass with staff and players at Dodger Stadium on Saturdays when the team is in town. To read more about Fr. Raymond's services for the Dodgers, visit here.
Exploring Decisions: At Orientation, Provost Katie Conboy told the Class of 2014 that their summer reading will require them "to think - and to think deeply - about what really matters" such as the choices they will confront in their lives and how the brain is working as they construct their own ethical frameworks. As part of the Common Intellectual Experience, members of the incoming class are reading Jonah Lehrer's How We Decide. To read Conboy's full remarks, visit here.
COGS Classic: The friends, classmates and family of Timothy Coughlin '80 gathered on Long Island in June to celebrate the life of the popular Wall Street trader who died on 9/11. This year's COGS Classic Golf Tournament raised $103,000 and, over nine years, it has underwritten Coughlin Memorial Field & Scoreboard as well as contributing to the Coughlin Scholarship Fund, which has provided close to 30 awards to members of the men's and women's lacrosse and football teams.
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