Monday Morning Update
September 20, 2010
Biology Chair: A gift of $1.5 million will underwrite the second academic chair at Stonehill. Named after the father of biology at the College, the new chair will honor the late Rev. Francis Hurley, C.S.C. who chaired the Biology Department for 32 years. Fr. Hurley's sister, Margaret Vanderslice, announced the gift recently at a reception in the Science Center with her husband, Thomas, and many other members of Fr. Hurley's family. For more, visit here.
Vietnam Flashback: Two years after he graduated from Stonehill in 1963, William Murphy died serving his country in Vietnam. After his death, then Alumni Association President Daniel O' Connor '57 promised Lt. Murphy's parents that his name would always be remembered and, subsequently, a scholarship was created in his honor. That scholarship still exists and, on October 3 during Alumni Weekend, Lt. Murphy will be remembered at a memorial mass at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary with Stonehill's ROTC providing military honors. For more, visit here.
Tickling the Ivories: Classical pianist Elaine Kwon will perform in Alumni Hall tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of the Nakamichi Concert Series. An Affiliated Artist in the Music Department at MIT, Kwon has been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has also appeared in several magazines, including Vogue and InStyle. On hand to film the performance will be Arirang TV, an international network based in Korea, for a documentary on Kwon set to air to 66 million households worldwide in October. For more on Kwon, visit here.
Brother Mike's: Once the center of campus social life, Brother Mike's is remembered fondly by many alumni from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. To celebrate those happy memories, there will be a Brother Mike's reunion on Saturday, October 2 during Alumni Weekend. Housed in the basement of O'Hara, the pub was spearheaded by a real Brother Mike, now Rev. Mike Massaro, C.S.C. '76. In appreciation of Fr. Massaro's good example, the returning alumni will announce a scholarship in his honor.
Internet Safety: The case of Phoebe Prince, the South Hadley teen who committed suicide after being electronically harassed by her peers, highlighted the vulnerability of young people to cyber-bullying. With growing concern about this problem, the Academic Committee of the Alumni Council will sponsor a free public examination of the issue at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall on September 28. Associate Professor of Education Karen Anderson will moderate the panel of experts. All are welcome to attend. Advance registration would be appreciated. Please call 508-565-1343.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.