Sharing Their Gifts

Elizabeth (Fox) Hayden ’76, P ‘04 and Robert Rivers ‘86

FOR THE STONEHILL COMMUNITY, the motto of "Lux et Spes," or "Light and Hope," is a guiding principle, a reminder that education is not only a vehicle for cultivating personal insight and understanding, but also a call to share your gifts with others. For alumni Trustees Elizabeth (Fox) Hayden ’76, P ’04 and Robert Rivers ’86, this message rests close to the heart.

A retired teacher, Hayden has served as a trustee since 2003 and says her experience has been incredibly rewarding. Hayden lost her husband Jim, also a ’76 Stonehill alumnus, on 9-11, when her daughter Elizabeth was just a sophomore at the college. The support of the Stonehill family, coupled with Hayden’s faith and the lessons from her own college days, sustained her during that difficult period. “Stonehill opened a window on my search for meaning in many ways, and I’m deeply committed to making the school a better place for the next generation. When [longtime Stonehill alumni minister] Father Jack McCarthy married Jim and me, he recited the prayer of St. Francis, a line of which reads, ‘in giving we shall receive.’ That concept is core to my being, and serving as a trustee allows me to live my belief.”

Rivers echoes that sentiment. The president and chief operating officer of Boston-based Eastern Bank (as of Jan. 1, 2017, he will assume the title of chairman and CEO), Rivers attended Stonehill on a significant scholarship, working as a teller and cleaning bank branches at night to cover his bills.

“My time at Stonehill really gave me the inspiration and confidence to pursue bigger goals than I would have before coming to the school,” he says. A dedicated volunteer, Rivers served on an advisory committee for the Business Department, helping it to obtain an elite accreditation, before being asked to serve as a trustee, a goal that has been on his bucket list for many years. “I never imagined I’d have the chance to fulfill that dream this soon,” he admits, “but I’m honored.”

Stonehill had an excellent reputation when he arrived as a student more than 30 years ago, Rivers points out, and that renown has only grown. “I’d like to help build that standing and the quality of education offered here even further,” he says. “My Stonehill degree has had a big impact on my life; I want to repay that kindness.”

Who Makes Up Our Board? Composed of 34 elected members and three ex-officio members, the Board of Trustees oversees all College business, including the appointment of the College’s President and senior cabinet. Twentyone members of the Board are alumni.

Five Reasons Why You Should Attend Alumni Day on Sat., Feb. 4

1 - TO CHEER ON the women’s and men’s basketball teams as they face off against Franklin Pierce University. Last season, the men’s team made it to the NCAA Division Elite Eight and the women’s team finished the season at the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference—this season looks just as promising for the Skyhawks.

2 - SO YOUR CHILD (or you) can pet some furry animals. Barn Babies will be making an appearance again at the Winter Carnival. Your child will squeal with excitement (along with the pig) when they realize they get to cuddle bunnies, puppies, kittens, chickens, a pig and a goat in a diaper. This is too cute to miss.

3 - TO CELEBRATE the 25th Anniversary of the Intercultural Affairs Office. Intercultural Affairs helps to lead Stonehill in creating both a diverse and inclusive community. All alumni involved with the office during their time at Stonehill are invited to attend.

4 - EAT, DRINK AND CHAT with other alumni. The Winter Carnival will again feature a beer and wine tasting, some delicious food, games, family friendly activities and plenty of conversation with other graduates.

5 - TALK TO current students. Student Alumni Association volunteers will be on hand during the day assisting at the various events. Come learn about what Stonehill is like for students today.

To view photos from Alumni Day 2016, click here.

SAA Celebrates a Milestone

WHILE THE STYLE and programs have certainly changed over the years, the foundation of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) hasn’t: To build a bridge between present and future alumni.

Thousands of students and alumni have participated in the hundreds of SAA programs since the group was founded in 1992, from Jingle Bell Jeopardy, Careers Dinners, panels, lecture series, Shadow Day and more—that’s thousands of connections and memories created.

On Sat., April 1, all former SAA members are invited to join the Alumni Office for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the SAA. Visit stonehillalumni.org/SAAcelebration.

The Game of Life—Stonehill Edition

THE CLASS OF 2016 is now joining more than 26,000 members of the Stonehill alumni community. At the annual Pre-Commencement Senior Barbecue, the Alumni Affairs Office introduced the graduates to the Game of Life©—Stonehill style!

With a nod to the much adored board game, this little card shows graduates and current alumni how to stay in touch with Stonehill throughout many of life’s milestones and serves as a reminder that their relationship with the College is lifelong.


B: Excluding several minor functional structures, there are 65 buildings on campus today.

9 Upcoming Events

5 Alumni Auction
7 Loan Repayment Session
20 Alumni Mass of Thanksgiving
20 Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

2 Gift Wrap Party
3 Children’s Christmas Concert
8 New York City Christmas Reception

4 Alumni Day

1 SAA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Send News!

Have you recently moved, changed jobs or earned a degree? Have you recently married or celebrated a birth?

Please remember to share your news with the Alumni Affairs Office by visiting stonehill.edu/alumni/keep-in-touch.


Handshake: Earlier this year, the Career Development Center launched Handshake, an online career management system. Alumni are welcome to create an account to browse job postings, schedule an appointment with a career advisor, sign-up as a mentor and more! Or, create an employer account to post open positions within your company. Learn more by visiting stonehill.edu/offices-services/careerservices/handshake/.

Monday Morning Update: Receive the Monday Morning Update, Stonehill’s weekly news email. Sign up by sending an email to mmcgovern@stonehill.edu, type MMU in the subject line and include your name in the message.

Become Educators in the Faith: The Congregation of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers is an international community dedicated to educational, pastoral and social ministries. For vocations, contact Rev. Neil Wack, C.S.C., at 574-632-6385 or at vocation@holycrossusa.org. Visit holycrossvocations.org.

The Monthly Mass of Alumni Intentions is celebrated by Alumni Chaplain Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C., (right) on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel in Donahue Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Got Email? Sixty-five percent of alumni have an email address on file with the Alumni Office. By adding an email address to your record, you receive timely information from the College, like the monthly e-newsletter. Send your email address to alumni@stonehill.edu.

Reunion 2017

Classes of 1967, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, 2002, ’07, ’12 and the Pillar Society.

Save the dates
June 2–4, 2017

If you would like to join the Reunion Committee for your class, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1343.

Submitting a wedding or baby Photo?

Here’s how: Email digital photos in .jpg format, at least 2 MB in size, to alumni@stonehill.edu.