Stonehill Alumni Magazine

Brian Switzer '13 Runs On

When Brian Switzer ’13 had to stop playing soccer because of his poor vision, he started running. Now deaf and almost completely blind—due to Usher Syndrome—he has run nine marathons, 3 ultra relays, and five half marathons. By Lauren Daley '05

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Spirit and Courage

President's Letter
Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. reflects on a campus bereft of people and activity in response to COVID-19. "While these changes have been sweeping and disruptive, what has remained steadfast is our spirit as a community. Together, we have worked to navigate this challenge and to support one another in a way that is deeply rooted in light and hope."
  • Out of Retirement, On to the Frontline

    When the call went out for retired physicians to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Judith Salerno, M.D., M.S. ’73 came out of retirement as a clinician to serve on the frontlines at Bellevue Hospital in N.Y.C. "If ever it took a village," this takes a village she says.

  • Unnatural Quiet

    Peter Ubertaccio, dean of the May School of Arts & Sciences, reflects on an empty campus. "What would we lose if our only connections were digital and not on the quad or in the classroom, in worship in the chapel, in the theater, on the athletic field? We’d lose community—so important to our identity and to shaping the next generation of informed citizens—and the benefits of social interaction and learning."

  • A Distiller of Spirit

    Brendan Hughes ’16 returned to his hometown of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to help the local economy in more ways than one. After opening St. Johnsbury Distillery in downtown, he quickly shifted manufacturing in response to COVID-19 to make hand sanitizer for the community, frontline workers and essential businesses.

Faculty Spotlight

Karen Anderson, professor of education, has taught hundreds of future teachers how to teach with enthusiasm, competency and care. And, Constantinos Mekios, associate professor of philosophy, tells us what his collection of 50,000 records and his study of philosophy have in common.
  • 320 Washington Street

    Campus news highlighting a new program that serves as a resource for underrepresented communities on campus, our Quick Chat profile with Omar Rodriguez from the Career Development Center, and our Heard on the Hill section.

  • Skyhawk Talk

    Three senior ice hockey players co-founded the Stonehill chapter of Hope Happens Here, an organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma around mental health, particularly among student-athletes. Also, congratulations to the men’s ice hockey team who won their third Northeast-10 title this past March.

  • Alumni Community

    Alumni news highlighting a new scholarship unveiled by the Class of 1970 Reunion Committee as well as a recap of Alumni Day, alumni profiles, class notes, weddings, babies and obituaries.

Sunset Countdown

On a mission to photograph each Stonehill sunset of her final semester, Emma Cate-Rapose ’20 had 73 more to go before her time on campus was cut short. She reflects on the silver linings she’s experienced since then.

Stonehill College Alumni Magazine

Stonehill Alumni Magazine, Volume 47, Number 2; Editor, Kimberly Lawrence; Managing Editor/Director of Communications, Martin McGovern; Alumni Editor, Jennifer (Moura) Silva '93; Art Director, Annette Trivette; SAM Online/Photography Coordinator, Lu Ann Totman '08; Contributing Writers, Alexander Cuprinski, Lori Ferguson, Allyson Manchester ’11; Class Notes, Kristen Magda; Contributors: Linda Babbitt, Marie (Kehoe) Kelly ’00, Tania Kelly, Michael Shulansky, Lisa Richards '99; Contributing Photographers: Cathleen Broderick, Nicki Pardo, Stonehill Archives, Stonehill Athletics, Lu Ann Totman '08; Director of Alumni Affairs, Anne (Pollick) Sant ’88; Stonehill Alumni Magazine is published biannually by Stonehill College, Office of Communications and Media Relations, 508-565-1321.