Monday Morning Update
August 08, 2011
Scientific Research: Many of the world's top scientists are on campus this summer to discuss ideas at the frontiers of research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences. Under the auspices of the prestigious Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), these researchers gather for a week of intense discussion on the most advanced aspects of their fields. Attracted by the Shields Science Center and the promotional skills of our Conferences and Events team, 1,059 scientists are participating in the program, exploring topics from excitatory synapses & brain function to hydrogen-metal systems.
Students Benefit: Two rising juniors are providing site assistance to the visiting Gordon Research Conferences scientists. Colin Gray and Julianne Tarella are facilitating the sessions, attending to budget issues, ensuring smooth communication between GRC and the College, and advising visitors on local events and attractions. For communication major Gray, whose mom, Dr. Nancy Ryan Gray, is the GRC Director and President, the experience is good preparation for a career in communications. For neuro-science major Tarella, working with many leading scientists is equally helpful.
Educational Leadership: The Washington Post recently recognized 19 school principals for their contribution to improving education in the D.C. metro area and Timothy Flynn '87 was among the honorees. The principal of Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg, Virginia, Flynn received the paper's Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, which spotlights principals who create exceptional educational environments for their students. He is entering his 14th year as school principal and is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia.
Accounting Pioneer: In addition to chairing the Stonehill College Fund, which raised close to $1.5 million from alumni last year, Jacquelyn Tracy '88 volunteers with the Junior League of Rhode Island and teaches catechism at her parish in Narragansett. But, as a recent Providence Business News (PBN) article noted, she is also the partner at Mandell and Tracy, a top Providence accounting firm serving high net-worth clients. PBN reports Tracy pioneered her way in the traditionally male industry, rising from being a paraprofessional in KPMG's tax office to serving as President of the Rhode Island Association of CPAs. For more on Tracy, who holds a Stonehill business degree, visit here.
Memorabilia: When Ed Nordberg '52 came across his Stonehill letter sweater, he knew he had to give it to the College. Framed and mounted, the purple sweater with white S & C letters is now on display in the Alumni Office, which has moved to Merkert-Tracy Building (Old Science Center). Memorabilia like this classic sweater brings past traditions to life and we ask alumni to think twice before discarding old artifacts. If in doubt, call 508-565-1343 and the Alumni Office will try to find a way to preserve them for new generations of alumni. For more, visit here.
Flowers: Brighten your day with fresh flowers from The Farm. Stems are 50 cents and bouquets are available. To order, email Rachel Smith in Campus Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.