Monday Morning Update
September 10, 2012
Philanthropy School?: Most colleges do not offer the theory & practice of fundraising to students, but Stonehill does through its Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute (DFLI). A joint undertaking by the College's Center for Nonprofit Management and the Advancement Division, DFLI teaches students everything about philanthropy, the A to Z of how to help charities and nonprofits prosper.
Nonprofit Positions: So far, DFLI has graduated 42 students, many of whom also interned with local nonprofits. We caught up with two such grads, Sara Ricker '14, who recently helped Old Colony Hospice in Randolph raise $90,000, and Wendell Cosgrove '11, who now advises a Catholic community foundation on major gifts. To learn what differentiates DFLI grads like Ricker and Cosgrove from other candidates when they compete for positions in America's nonprofit world of 1.5+ million organizations, visit here.
Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries: So you think you know how to use a computer? Bring your laptop to a big comfy chair in the library, slouch down with a coffee and work for hours. Think again. Stonehill Computer Science Professor Robert Dugan learned the hard way about the importance of good ergonomics. He recently underwent serious surgery to address the consequences of poor use of self when typing. With the semester underway, he has five tips on how to avoid the mistakes he made. To read his tips, visit here.
Hungry Minds: Biology Professor Magdalena James-Pederson recently told 800+ first-years about one of her former students, Kate Sullivan, whose "hungry mind" impressed her. At Convocation, Pederson recalled Sullivan's curiosity about tropical diseases, noting that the young alumna is now in Haiti, helping patients infected by a parasite that causes swelling of the lymph nodes. Sullivan's story reminds Pederson of how privileged she is when she witnesses the "fruits of curiosity." When students bring their curiosity to class they inspire others, even their professors. For more on Pederson's reflections on curiosity, visit here.
Science & Religion: Professor Karl Giberson is currently teaching a course called, Does Science Disproved God? And in a recent Huffington Post article, he focused his thoughts on why "peace talks' between science and religion remain controversial. To read his full article, visit here.
Republicans & Democrats: Having attended the party gatherings in Tampa and Charlotte, Politics Professor Peter Ubertaccio had a tale of two conventions to tell. In his Huffington Post article, he contrasted the weakness of Massachusetts Republicans within the national GOP with the strength of Massachusetts Democrats with their national party. To read the article, visit here.
Rankings: Recently, The Princeton Review named Stonehill as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. Now the Colleges of Distinction guide has included us in its list of Catholic Colleges of Distinction, which notes our distinctions as hands on learning, exciting programs, inclusive community and education for life. We will hear from U.S. News and World Report later this week.
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