Monday Morning Update
October 29, 2012
Career Switch: After graduating in 2006 with a major in accounting, Amy Ferrer spent three years as a financial services accountant with Ernest & Young. That successful business career, however, could not compete with her passion for education and today she is teaching at Success Academy Upper West, one of 14 free public charter schools in New York City. At Upper West, the emphasis is on inspiring students not just to graduate high school, but to graduate from college. It may be 16 years away, but Ferrer thinks her students at Upper West could very well be members of the Class of 2028 at Stonehill. To find out why and why Ferrer credits the College for encouraging her big career switch, visit here.
Pebbles Under Your Feet: When we study the classics, we study copies of copies of copies, that's what author Daniel Mendelsohn reminded his audience at the Chet Raymo Literary Series lecture in the Martin Institute last week. He spoke of a Byzantine monk who "copied by hand from the only existing copy of a Euripides play that was already a thousand years old...What of that monk? His name? His life? ...When we study the classics, we are, in the end, studying human lives. And, yet the span of a single life is pebble under your foot." To read a report on Mendelsohn's remarks, visit here.
Cell Phones for Soldiers: Senior Brittany Bergquist '13 was a philanthropist even before she came to the College. At the age of 13, she and her brother Robbie started Cell Phones for Soldiers, which is now a $2 million nonprofit serving 600,000 servicemen & women each year. This fall, the GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Committee is paying tribute to Cell Phones for Soldiers by accepting cell phone donations at five upcoming events. Anyone at Stonehill interested in supporting the drive can drop off old cell phones at the Alumni Office in the Merkert-Tracy. For more on what Bergquist has helped to create, visit here.
Good Neighbors: For the second consecutive year, Rockland Trust is partnering with the Center for Nonprofit Management in reaching out to small and mid-sized nonprofits in Southeastern Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island. Specifically, Rockland Trust is sponsoring the Center's popular BreakFACTS Series, which offers practical workshops that help local nonprofit leaders and staff members to be more resourceful, creative and strategic. For more on the partnership and the BreakFACTS sessions, visit here.
Sharing News: Last week, Ken Percy from Facilities Management moved six cabinets from the MacPhaidin Library to the Brockton Public Library. The cabinets contained microfilm records of the New York Times from 1851 to 2002. In the MacPhaidin Library today, 24/7 electronic access to America's paper of record has replaced microfilm, Instead of discarding the NYT microfilm archive, our librarians found a good use for them. Now patrons of the Brockton Public Library have access to 151 years of the New York Times.
Free Banners: For years, when planning special events, alumni have asked us for Stonehill banners and now we can deliver. Let us know if you have a special event with fellow alumni, and, while supplies last, the Alumni Office will send you a 24 x 26 inch banner. Call 508-565-1343 or email email@example.com.
Cancellation: Patrick Griffin's talk at the Martin Institute tonight is cancelled due to the storm. We hope to reschedule the event.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.