Monday Morning Update
April 11, 2011
Fulbright Awarded: Senior Lauren DeRusha has been selected for a prestigious and highly-competitive Fulbright Scholarship, which provides college graduates the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad. The International Studies major, who spent her junior year in Ecuador, will use the scholarship to conduct further research on water systems in Ecuador, where clean water is a paramount need. "My undergraduate research uncovered a host of overlooked problems resulting from a corporate-controlled water system," says DeRusha, who hopes to implement a community-run water filtration system in the town of Pedro Carbo. For more on this talented, dedicated student, visit here.
Alumna Honored: Our pre-law students presented the Honorable Catherine Sabaitis '75, first justice of the Plymouth Probate and Family Court, with the St. Thomas More Law Society award. At a ceremony in the Moakley Courthouse in Boston last week, the students hailed Sabaitis for her two decades of dedication to law and public service. In 1990, she became the first woman associate justice in the Plymouth Probate and Family Court. This is her third major Stonehill award, having already won the Alumni Service and the Outstanding Alumnus awards. For more, visit here.
Morality Play: In times of crisis, we need more virtue, not less, especially in economics and in the market. That's what Alejo Jose Sison, president of the European Business Ethics Network, argued when he recently challenged New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's claim that the market is necessarily amoral. A renowned ethicist, Sison will speak on Catholic social teaching and corporate social responsibility in the Martin Institute on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
Do the Math: Mathematician and computer scientist Professor Shai Simonson relishes showing students how logical, fascinating and relevant math can be. But, as he discovered while teaching math at a day school, text books are often uninspiring. In response, he wrote Rediscovering Mathematics: You Do The Math, an eclectic collection of topics and puzzles that focuses on problem solving as opposed to rote memorization. At Stonehill for 20 years, Simonson has five tips to help students really enjoy math and become more literate in the subject. To read his advice, visit here.
Relay for Life: The seventh annual Relay for Life at Stonehill saw over 400 participants raise over $44,000 for the American Cancer Society this past weekend at W.B. Mason Stadium. Rebecca Ybarra '12 once again served as chair of this year's event, which begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and concluded at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Tara Daniels '14, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 16, served as the keynote speaker.
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