Monday Morning Update

March 2, 2015

High-Profile Internship: Her resume already includes a stint as the programs director for College Democrats of Massachusetts and legislative intern for state representatives Christopher Markey ’90 and Lori A. Ehrlich but now Jennifer Taranto ’16 can add White House Intern to the list. Selected from thousands of applicants, Taranto, a political science and international studies major, will be stationed there until May 1. The hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. For more on Taranto, visit here.

Spectacular Fish:  While scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef recently, Colleen McCutcheon ’16 swam with one of the largest coral reef fish, a humphead wrasse whose species is vulnerable to exploitation. McCutcheon is studying at Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus in Australia this semester and the biology major sent photos of the spectacular fish to Biology Professor Heather Bleakley who shared it with us. To see it, visit here.

Sea Education: This winter, Alexis Johnson ’16 and Kate Morneault ’16 became the first Stonehill students to take advantage of the College’s new affiliation with the renowned Sea Education Association (SEA), which teaches college students about the world’s oceans on ships plying the seas of Fiji, New Zealand, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Both Johnson and Morneault found their SEA semester, which included oceanographic research off the coast of New Zealand, the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their lives. To find out why, visit here.

Ties and Totes: For a limited time, the Class of 2015 is selling custom-designed Stonehill Vineyard Vines Ties and Tote Bags. Proceeds benefit the Class of 2015. Orders must be received by March 20, 2015. For students, ties are $40 and totes are $60. For faculty and staff, ties are $50 and totes are $60. For alumni, parents and friends, ties are $60 and totes are $70, which includes shipping. To place your order and view the ties and tote bags, visit

Camp Shriver: For the third year in a row, the National Inclusion Project will partner with Stonehill this summer in hosting Camp Shriver, which welcomes local children, with and without disabilities, for a free all-inclusive summer sports camp on campus. Stonehill students and young alumni serve as Camp Shriver counselors. The goal of the Camp is to make the inclusion of children with disabilities the expectation not the exception. For more on Camp Shriver, visit here.

Citizens Police Academy: Want to learn about criminal and sexual assault investigations, forensics, cyber-crimes, criminal law and more? The Stonehill College Police Department (SCPD) is offering a behind-the-scenes look at campus law enforcement through its Citizens Police Academy. The program will run on six consecutive Wednesdays, from 6pm-8pm, beginning March 18 in Duffy 118. The Academy seeks to expand communications and collaboration between the department and the campus community. While the Academy is free of charge, registration is required. Forms are available at the SCPD police station. To receive a diploma, participants must attend all six sessions. If you have questions, email Chief Carnes at or Detective Lieutenant Bamford at

Father Ted: In his remarkable career, the late Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952-87, received 150 honorary degrees, including one from Stonehill. In 1972, the College awarded Fr. Hesburgh an honorary doctor of humanities degree. He also gave the Commencement address, urging the graduates to exercise confidence, compassion and commitment in the struggle to correct the ills of society. To see a photo of Fr. Hesburgh delivering his address, visit here.

Remembering Professor Pepin: Over four decades, Professor Ray Pepin, who died last month, taught economics to our Stonehill students. In a stellar academic career from 1969 to 2008, the published scholar also chaired the Economics Department. As Director of Academic Computing and then Director of the Academic Computer Center, he contributed significantly to the development of computer studies at the College. In particular, he was a mentor to many of his students and they kept in touch with him over the years.