President's Page

Light for the World

Stonehill College President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C.Greetings from campus, which, as you know, is especially beautiful during the fall. The theme that runs through this issue of the magazine is one of leadership, taking the initiative to address a challenge or to help others. As Rev. Richard Gribble, C.S.C. reminded us at Academic Convocation this year, we are all called to “bring light to an often dark and clouded world and hope to a world community too often found in despair. This is our challenge and goal.”

We see this in our cover story about four Stonehill women who are at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Researcher and Stonehill Trustee Marsha A. Moses, Ph.D. ’75 is a pioneer in the field of biomarkers. Judith Salerno, M.D. ’73 leads Susan G. Komen, the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research. Stonehill Trustee Sheri McCoy P ’12 heads Avon Products, whose Breast Cancer Crusade is the largest corporate funder of breast cancer research and patient care.

Katherine (Grimm) Andreottola ’98 shares her own breast cancer journey, educating and encouraging others faced with the same disease through the Tigerlily Foundation. These women are dedicated to helping others on a local and global scale.

In “Unexpected Blessings”  Gina (Gagliardi) DaLan ’97 explains how her Stonehill friends rallied to help her and her classmate husband, Stefan, after their six-year-old son, Luke, underwent brain surgery. DaLan credits her compassionate alumni friends, along with Trustee and former Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C., with helping her family survive a difficult life challenge.

Here on campus for the past two summers, we have hosted Camp Shriver’s inclusive month-long summer camp for local children with and without disabilities. Our students, many of whom are education majors, and some recent graduates serve as counselors. They bring to that role great patience and skill as they help the children develop peer relationships and improve their motor and social skills.

On the back cover of this magazine, you will see a group shot of our energetic peer mentors who greeted the Class of 2018 at summer Orientation. These peer mentors spent a week on campus in June extending hospitality to our newest students, along with their families, as they began their educational journey here at the College.

I hope you will enjoy these stories that remind us of the ways in which we can help and serve each other, bringing light into our communities and the world. I hope also that you have much to celebrate in the coming season of Thanksgiving.

Sincerely in Holy Cross,

(Rev.) John Denning, C.S.C.