Monday Morning Update

February 2, 2015

Underrated Stonehill: The College has been named one of the “50 Most Underrated Schools” by Business Insider, tying with the University of Tulsa for 41st place. For its rankings, Business Insider compared US News' rankings of the best universities and national liberal arts colleges with PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report, which ranks schools based on their graduates' mid-career salaries. For more, visit here.

Blizzard Impact: The recent blizzard dropped more than two feet of snow on the campus which closed the College for two days. Thanks to Joe Kelleher in Facilities and photographer Rich Morgan, we have a selection of photos that show the impact of the storm and the cleanup involved. To see them, visit here.

Accounting Rock Star: Why does Christina Simoes ’14 hail John Schatzel as “a rock star in the world of accounting professors?” Simoes points to the passion Professor Schatzel brings to his courses, his love of numbers, and how he lives and breathes “audit,” all of which motivated her, making her want to attend class as she navigated the College’s challenging Accounting Program. Today, Simoes is an accountant at world-renowned PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more impressive accounting stories from our students, visit here.

Teacher’s Gift: Before Christmas, Nicole Bollerman '10 won $150,000 and donated it to UP Academy in Dorchester where she works as a third grade teacher. Her generosity made national headlines. Recently, CommonWealth magazine wondered if that gift, and others Bollerman received from Ellen DeGeneres, violates state ethics laws. In a response article, Globe columnist Adrian Walker, who first broke the story, maintained no laws were violated and that Bollerman’s generosity exemplified “what public service is about.”

Chart Topper: Last week, the self-titled Sons of Serendip debut album landed on three Billboard categories. Featuring former Chapel Choir and Chieftones singer, Micah Christian ’06, the album has all the songs the group sang on America’s Got Talent. To win a free copy, let us know what musical instruments Micah Christian plays. We have three copies. Email answers to

Florida Calling: We have a limited number of tickets for the Red Sox vs. the New York Mets game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Monday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. Tickets are $65, which includes a pre-game BBQ. Tickets must be reserved by Wednesday, February 18. On Saturday, March 14, alumni and friends will gather in Naples at 10:15 a.m. to march in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  To participate and to enjoy the post-parade lunch, register by Friday, March 6. For more on the game and parade or to register for them, call Christine DaCosta at 508-565-1341 or email

Alumni Day: Alumni and their families braved the cold to celebrate Alumni Day on Saturday. The campus festivities included a Winter Carnival with a sled dog demo, monster mini golf, cornhole, and children's activities. Inside, alums competed in a dips & salsa cook-off as part of the Winter Warm-Up Party. On hand for the little ones were barn babies from the Traveling Baby Animal Petting Zoo and for the adults, local breweries served up some of their offerings. Alumni cheered on the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they faced The College of Saint Rose and the day ended with a Summit Reunion, marking the paper’s 65th anniversary.

Academic Success: Congratulations to the 743 students named to the Fall Dean’s List. To qualify, students must have a semester GPA of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all their registered courses.  Hats off as well to our 279 student-athletes recently named to the Northeast-10 Conference Fall 2014 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.