Four Reasons To Accept this Handshake

A new, easy-to-use career management system gives alumni, as well as students, employers and mentors, enhanced job search options. Career Services Director Christina Burney shares four Handshake highlights:

  • Handshake takes the place of the now-defunct Career Connection. You can access Handshake on any computer or mobile device. There’s even an app for it on iTunes.
  • Alumni are invited to use their accounts as a job seeker, a career mentor or an employer by registering their information at
  • Handshake offers online appointment booking and event registration.
  • In the four months since Handshake launched at Stonehill, 927 employers from across the country have been added, and over 670 student applications for internships and jobs have been sent to employers.

Any questions? Email or call 508-565-1325.


Honor Role

Biochemistry major Matthew Crawford ’16 is not one to sit on the sidelines when there’s work to be done, a quality he says has been honed by his time at Stonehill, particularly in the Moreau Honors Program. “I took two honors courses my first semester as a freshman, which set the stage for my time here. I made a lot of friends and sharpened my leadership skills.”

Crawford cites the program’s emphasis on peer-group teaching exercises, in-depth classroom discussions and event planning as critical to his growth. “The honors program gave me confidence and pointed me in the right direction to assume leadership positions early on in my college career.”

Among those positions is that of orientation coordinator for first-year Moreau Honors students, a role Crawford sought after joining the program’s advisory council. “I wanted to invite the incoming freshmen to have the same incredible experiences I’ve had as an honors student. I also wanted to establish an honors community outside the classroom, because the program is about more than just classes.”

Crawford has also been active in Stonehill’s Peer Mentor program, one of his favorite roles on campus. “Mentoring has not only built my confidence and enhanced my leadership skills, but it has also enabled me to help classmates adjust to college, increased my involvement on campus and heightened my desire to pursue other leadership positions. I’m passionate about social justice and inclusion and wanted to get the most out of my four years here—be involved, meet people and have an impact on the undergraduates coming after me,” Crawford concludes. Mission accomplished.


Winter Happenings

Pledging Like many students, as well as faculty and staff, Meggie Wambui ’18 signed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day Pledge in January.

By signing the pledge, community members dedicated themselves to making the College and the larger community a more inclusive and equitable place for all people.

To view more photos from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day Pledge, visit here.



The Hemingway Theatre was packed during the afternoon of Feb. 21 for the 8th Annual 6x10x6 Student Playwriting Festival. The festival is the culmination of a fall semester playwriting course—taught by Theatre Arts Instructor David Eliet—where students each write their own short play. Six of the strongest 10-minute plays are selected to be performed by student actors and directed by students and alumni.

This year’s honored playwrights were [left to right] Paul Terranova ’19, Joanna Jorgensen ’19, Dylan Turner ’17, Caitlyn McMahon ’17, as well as Allura Damon ’19 and Corey Grant ’19 [both not pictured].


Remembering Rev. Robert Kruse, C.S.C. '55

The beloved Rev. Robert J. Kruse, C.S.C. ’55 died on Dec. 29. A thoughtful, understated and spiritual man, Fr. Kruse was recognized with an honorary doctor of theology for the poetic vision he brought to the many roles he held on campus—from priest to professor to administrator. Contemplative and observant, Fr. Kruse lived simply, with an uncluttered desk, a well-tended garden, a good book and a daily walk. He knew Stonehill intimately, its architecture, history and natural beauty. While at first glance he seemed a solitary man, he embraced community and was unfailingly courteous and warm. He will be missed.

Fr. Kruse is survived by his brother, Keith ’92, three nieces, including Kathy (Kruse) Murray ’82, and his great-niece, Michelle Brokaw ’05.

“Liberal education is a journey away from the narrowness of ignorance and prejudice and unexamined habit. It is a journey into the wideness of curiosity and wonder in the face of things human and divine.”
— Fr. Kruse, referencing poet Seamus Heaney, as he aptly defined a liberal arts education in remarks at the dedication of the Kruse Center for Academic and Professional Excellence on Jan. 23, 2002.

To read the story "Remembering Rev. Robert J. Kruse, Stonehill Educator," visit here.

To read the Homily for Fr. Kruse, visit here.

To view more photos of Fr. Kruse, visit here.