Monday Morning Update
September 26, 2011
Best Buddies: When Peter Timbrell '13 completed his sophomore year in May, he went home to Vernon, Connecticut. However, the 100 miles between there and Stonehill did not stop him from returning to campus many times over the summer to visit with his best buddy Matt at the HOPe House, a respite home next to the College. Timbrell's friendship with Matt, who has an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), is one of many that exist between our students and their buddies at the HOPe House through the Best Buddies Program. The recent partnership of the HOPe House and Best Buddies has rejuvenated the campus program, which has seen an increase in the number of student volunteers. For more, visit here.
Elite Detectives: Art thieves are not as glamorous as they are portrayed in the movies, according to retired FBI special agent Virginia Curry who, along with former Scotland Yard art sleuth Dick Ellis, gave 200 people in the Martin Institute insight into some of the world's most notorious art thefts. Instead of being like Catherine Zeta-Jones (Entrapment) and Pierce Brosnan (Thomas Crown Affair), art thieves are "manipulative and self-absorbed parasites," said Curry. For more, visit here.
Alumni Weekend: The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Friday night kicked off Alumni Weekend. Inductees included the 2003 and 2005 women's lacrosse national championship teams as well as the 2003 equestrian national championship team. Overall, Alumni Weekend attracted more than 500 alumni who enjoyed an Intercultural Affairs open house, John Henry's World of Magic for children of alumni, football, rugby, and field hockey games, a young alumni reception in Marina Bay, Quincy, a Pillar Society Mass and luncheon, and harvesting crops at the Farm.
Toddlers & Tiaras: One of the most controversial shows on television is Toddlers & Tiaras, but Associate Professor of Sociology Patricia Leavy believes parents can learn from watching the child beauty pageant reality show about how to help girls really build high self-esteem. In a recent Huffington Post article, Leavy wrote that "pageant-parents are setting their daughters up for a lifetime of insecurity and low-fat love -- pursuits and relationships that will not fill them". The author of the new novel Low-Fat Love and a mother, Leavy offers five lessons all parents can take from the show in order to help their daughters build authentic, long-lasting self-esteem. To read her five tips, visit here.
All-American: Senior Stephan Neville has made the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the latest Sports Illustrated, which recognizes the All-American for setting an NCAA Division II record with his ninth career kickoff return for a touchdown against Pace University recently. For his efforts, he also earned the Northeast-10 Conference special teams player of the week. He is the 12th Stonehill student-athlete to be featured in "Faces in the Crowd," but he is the first from the football program. For more, visit here.
Top Honors: Assistant Professor of Communication Maureen Boyle took first place in the Annual Excellence-in-Features Writing Competition, hosted by the Society of Features Journalism. Director of the Journalism Program and advisor to The Summit, Boyle won the award for her reporting, which appeared in The Enterprise, on a 2009 racially-charged killing spree in Brockton.
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