Monday Morning Update
January 16, 2012
Nonprofit Leader: On the heels of Yahoo naming Scott Thompson '79 as its CEO last week, America's oldest outdoor & recreation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club, has appointed John Judge '89 as its president. A respected nonprofit leader, Judge is the fourth chief executive officer in the 136 year history of AMC, which has 100,000 members, 1,500 miles of hiking trails and a $50 million endowment. At Stonehill, Judge, an economics major, served as SGA President and he received the President's Service Award. Praising his volunteer spirit, President Bartley MacPhaidin, C.S.C. '59 once noted that "John is a natural opponent of apathy." At the AMC, Judge's top priority will be to engage more young people and families with the natural world. For more, visit here.
One to Watch: As the Waterside Place development takes shape in South Boston, the Boston Business Journal has named developer (and trustee) John Drew '65 as one of its 12 people to watch for 2012.
Moreau Day: Across the world on Friday, the Congregation of Holy Cross will celebrate its founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. When Holy Cross religious at Stonehill, members of the Congregation's U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers, gather in the Chapel of Mary at 4:35 p.m. to mark the occasion with a special Mass, they will present Biology Professor Maura Tyrrell with the Spirit of Holy Cross Award. Over 36 years, Professor Tyrrell has been an outstanding educator in the faith, always working to educate the hearts and the minds of her students, a key principal for Fr. Moreau. All are invited to attend the Mass and the reception that will follow. For more on Blessed Basil Moreau, visit here.
Cheap Laughs: In Canadian papers from Montreal to Vancouver, Sociology Professor Patricia Leavy was recently quoted on why cheap laughs often come at a high price. "Laughing about stereotypes," she said, "deflects people from thinking about them - and in the real world, they aren't very funny at all." The author of the novel Low-Fat Love, Leavy has just branched out into radio with a show on PWRTalk internet radio, which seeks to become the top public access commercial radio network on the Internet. Called Low-Fat Love 101, the show explores relationships, self-esteem, identity and popular culture. For more on the show, visit here.
Alumni Memories: What do alumni miss about Stonehill? When Advancement staff recently put that question to alumni, their answers included: classes and teachers, community, roommates, Pastabilities in the Cafe, Rec Sports, freedom, and friends. To see a slideshow with 17 answers, great campus images and the Chapel Choir providing background music, visit here.
Chief Best: After a brief illness, former Stonehill Police Chief James Best, 84, passed away recently. A U.S. Navy veteran, ABCC Investigator and Boston Metropolitan Police Officer, he came to Stonehill in 1973 and served as Police Chief until in 1992. He remains the College's longest service police chief.
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