Monday Morning Update
January 09, 2012
Technology Superstar: Harvard and MIT may have their share of technology stars but now Stonehill has its own in Scott Thompson '79, who was named the new CEO of Yahoo last week. Previously the president and chief executive officer of PayPal Inc., Thompson was an accounting major at the College. Media throughout the world, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe reported on his hiring.
Paying It Forward: A student-athlete, Paul Daly '62 was playing baseball for Stonehill with his parents watching from the bleachers. During the game, his father collapsed and died. In the wake of his loss, President Rev. Richard Sullivan, C.S.C. assisted Daly and his family, a kindness the former F.B.I. agent has never forgotten. When presented with the opportunity to give a scholarship, from the Former Agents of the F.B.I. Foundation, to any college, he chose Stonehill. On campus recently, Daly presented criminal justice major Kirstin Vinal '14 with a J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Scholarship. For more, visit here.
Financial Aid: Over three nights last week, nearly one thousand local families attended financial aid seminars offered by three Stonehill experts on the subject - Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services Eileen O'Leary '92 and Assistant Directors of Student Financial Services Jason Martin and Rebecca DiFalco. Given the complexity of financial aid today, the seminars, which have been offered free of charge for the past 15 years, are very popular. As of tomorrow, Tuesday after 5 p.m., a video of one of the seminars will be available here.
Campus Safety: The Stonehill College Police Department recently participated with the Massachusetts State Police's Special Tactical Operations (STOP) team in a day-long active shooter training exercise on campus. The officers learn how to rescue victims and reduce violence in situations involving armed intruders. They also study active shooter cases and engage in scenario-based training with dry weapons. This is the second time that the SCPD has conducted active shooter training with the State Police's STOP team. A total of 18 Stonehill police officers have completed the active shooter training course.
Dr. King: With students returning to campus next Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Intercultural Affairs office will celebrate Dr. King's legacy on Tuesday, January 17th with an "I Have A Dream" event from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in Duffy 149. There they will listen to Dr. King's famous speech and create a collage hailing equality and peace. For more on this, visit here.
New Teammate: The women's basketball team drafted a new player last week through the Team IMPACT (Inspire, Motivate, Play Against Challenges Together) program, which provides children facing life-threatening diseases with team-based support systems. The new player, 12 year-old Alexandria "Lexi" Simoes of Sharon, was born with Mitochondrial Disease which affects nearly every system in her body. While visiting with the Skyhawks, Simoes got her number 100 jersey and locker before shooting hoops with the team. For more, visit here.
Reviewing 2011: Before the new semester gets underway next week, take a look back at some of the big Stonehill stories from 2011. To see our ten top stories from last year, visit here.
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