Monday Morning Update

January 26, 2015

Ellen Show: Just before Christmas, Nicole Bollerman '10 won $150,000 and donated all of it to UP Academy Dorchester where she works as a third grade teacher. Her act of generosity made headlines and also caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres. Last week, Ellen invited Bollerman onto her show and presented the education major with gifts for herself, her students and fellow teachers at UP Academy. To see Bollerman’s interview with Ellen, visit here.

Golden Apple: While Nicole Bollerman’s touching story has garnered national attention, another Stonehill education major has recently earned significant recognition. In Rochester, N.Y. where she works as a first-grade teacher, Meghan Kenny ’13 received WROC News’ Golden Apple Award, which honors outstanding educators in the area. A televised segment featuring Kenny will air in Rochester on Wednesday as part of Catholic Schools Week. Kenny, who was nominated for the award by the family of one of her students, is in her second year of teaching at St. Mary’s School in Canandaigua, N.Y. For more, visit here.

Sea Semester: Last semester, Alexis Johnson ’16 spent five weeks at sea on a research vessel studying environmental issues around New Zealand’s coastline. During that Sea Education Association journey, Johnson took part in a data collection project on ocean currents, measuring speed, direction, temperature and salinity to assess the health of the ocean. A scuba diver and surfer, Johnson was part of a watch team which helped to navigate the ship and conduct boat checks. An environmental science major, she expects to be connected with the ocean for the rest of her life. For more, visit here.

Japan Calling: When a massive earthquake devastated the Japanese city of Kobe twenty years ago this month, Miyuki Takamatsu ’97 was a sophomore at Stonehill majoring in international relations. With power out in Kobe, she could not contact her family and was anxious about them amid the death and destruction thousands of miles away. Now living in Tokyo with her own company that exports Japanese movies, Takamatsu contacted the College to express her gratitude for how her Stonehill friends, classmates and professors extended support and care at that difficult time. To read her words of gratitude, visit here.  

Career Mentor: When it comes to career advice, networking and mentoring, Brian Hoffman ’77 has been a friend to Stonehill students and alumni. A human resources professional, he is accessible and gracious in sharing his expertise, helping alumni navigate new career options or challenges. In appreciation of his efforts, the Alumni Council presented Hoffman with the Alumni Service Award in Donahue Hall on Friday. Hoffman currently serves the Children’s Museum in Easton as its director of corporate relations and annual giving. We congratulate Brian on his well-deserved award and thank him for his generous spirit of professionalism and thoughtfulness over so many years.

Hill Top: Look out over of the campus from Donahue Hall today and you see the main quad surrounded by major buildings, walkways and well-maintained grounds. In the 1950s, however, all that did not exist and the view was of an open field. For a black and white image of that older view, visit our recent Throw Back Thursday.

Local History: We have copies of a pamphlet by Professor Emeritus of History James Kenneally on the struggle for women’s rights in the Town of Easton in the early 20th century and the role that Blanche Ames played in the passage of the Woman Suffrage amendment. The pamphlet features a selection of pro and anti-suffrage illustrations from that era. If you’d like a copy, email