Monday Morning Update
January 14, 2013
Transition: The College's longest-serving chief academic officer Katie Conboy is leaving Stonehill after 26 years of outstanding service as a professor and as a senior administrator. On Friday, Simmons College announced the appointment of Conboy as its new Provost and Senior Vice President. Currently Stonehill's Provost on sabbatical, Conboy will begin her duties at Simmons on July 1. Under her leadership of the academic division, Stonehill has grown in academic stature, developing a reputation as a college that engages, nurtures, challenges, and champions both students and faculty. For more, visit here.
Every Breath She Takes: When she was a senior at Stonehill, Lindsay Briggs '08 underwent a double- lung transplant. Today, however, her body is rejecting the foreign set of lungs, even though she takes anti-rejection medicine daily. Despite her hardships, Briggs keeps a positive attitude, and is thankful for every breath she takes. As she grapples with Cystic Fibrosis, Briggs, who says attending Stonehill was the best decision of her life, is now pursuing a teaching career. For more on Brigg's resilient attitude, visit here.
Good Review: Congratulations to Professor Emerita of Writing Toni-Lee Capossela whose biography of educational pioneer and civil rights activist John U. Monro (1912-202) has just been published. A champion of the underdog, Monro left Harvard in 1967 to become a teacher & administrator at Miles College, an impoverished, unaccredited all-black institution in Alabama. We note that the Huffington Post carries a fine review of Capossela's John U. Monro: Uncommon Educator. To read it, visit here.
Presidential Inauguration: When President Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 21st, five Stonehill political science majors will be there witnessing history. In Washington D.C. as part of a directed study with Professor Peter Ubertaccio, Megan Brennan '15, Kelly Falkowski '14, Timothy McLaughlin '16, Amanda Chasey '14, and William Pennington '16 will study the first 100 days of the second Obama administration. They will also meet with elected officials, scholars and media observers.
Career Progress: Two young alumni, both political science majors, are making names for themselves in politics. Matt Gorman '11 is the new rapid response director for the National Republican Congressional Committee having served the Romney campaign in a similar role. Kyle Schulberg '08 is now the deputy district director for Florida Congressman Joe Garcia. He previously served as a finance director for the Garcia campaign, raising an impressive $1+ million.
Inside Politics: Don't forget, Trustee Patrick Griffin '81 will discuss his experience as an advisor to presidents & presidential candidates on how to win New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Wednesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. in the Martin Institute. He will take questions from the floor. All are welcome.
Class Notes: Attention all alumni, if you want to submit a class note for next issue of the Stonehill Alumni Magazine, which is scheduled out in early April, there is still some time left to do so. If you have recently moved, changed jobs, earned a graduate degree, married or celebrated the birth of a child, let us know by visiting here.
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