Monday Morning Update

March 16, 2015

Research Funding: The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Thomas Gumbley ’16 a $50,000 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship For Undergraduate Environmental Study, which will support his final two years at the College and also includes an internship with an EPA-funded research project this summer. An Economics & Environmental Studies major, Gumbley is the first Stonehill student to receive this major and competitive fellowship. A trip to the Everglades with Professor Sue Mooney’s Learning Community course “Swamp Walks and Roadside Shrines” last winter sparked his interest in environmental justice. For more, visit here.

Job Fair: All Stonehill students are invited this Wednesday, March 18, to connect with more than 60 potential employers at the Spring Job & Internship Expo in the Roche Dining Commons from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Career Services Office, the Expo is a great chance for all majors from all class years to connect and network with employers such as HarborOne Bank, State Street Corporation, Zoo New England, Talbots, PwC, Meditech, Fidelity Investments, athenahealth, W.B. Mason and many more. For Expo info, including registration, prizes and contests, and to see the full list of employers, visit here.

Teaching Tales: What drives our faculty as teachers, scholars and mentors? What are their day-to-day experiences in and out of class really like? Produced by the Center for Teaching and Learning, a new blog, Teaching Tales, addresses these and other questions about the teaching lives of faculty. In its first post, Teaching Tales interviewed Sociology Professor Chris Wetzel and learned about his favorite course to teach, his fledgling acting career, and his less-than-stellar first class at Stonehill. In its more recent post, Teaching Tales interviewed Biology Professor Maura Tyrrell about her teaching philosophy (learn by doing), her love of field trips with students, and her favorite campus location. For the Teaching Tales interview with Professor Wetzel, visit here and for the Professor  Tyrrell interview, visit here.

Ties & Totes: The senior class has a hit on its hands with the sale of Stonehill Vineyard Vines Ties & Tote Bags and this is a last call to order the popular items. For students ties are $40 and totes are $60. For faculty and staff, ties are $50 and totes are $60. To order, visit

Fun Run: Our neighbors at the House of Possibilities (HOPe) are dedicated to serving families who have members living with developmental challenges. We are proud of our partnership with the respite home where our students, especially those in Best Buddies, volunteer. And, since 2010, students in our Neuroscience Society have been helping HOPe with its annual Run for Respite 5k. This year, the race will be on campus on Sunday, April 19 starting at 9 a.m. Open to all ages and experience levels; it will benefit children’s programs at HOPe and a Stonehill student opportunity fund. The race fee is $25. Register online, however, and you get a $5 discount plus entry into a prize drawing. For registration and information on the cross-campus race, visit here.

Irish Music: With St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, we give a shout out to Maeve Flanagan ’11, an award-winning fiddler, whistle player and composer with the traditional Irish music group Girsa, which is pronounced geer-sha and means young girls in Gaelic. The all-female group is known for its melodious voices and lively concerts. In addition to performing, writing and teaching music, Flanagan, a history major at Stonehill, is a third year law student at Pace University Law School. For more on Girsa, visit here.

Deer Sighting: The campus is home to many animal species and it is not unusual to see a deer on occasion, but last week, we encountered six deer resting on upper campus. To see the photo, visit here.

Outstanding News: At a recent Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) conference, our Student Alumni Association (SAA) was honored with an ASAP (Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) District Award for Outstanding Organization. Stonehill’s SAA, which includes 40 members, has sponsored a wide-range of programming throughout the year including career dinners, a new grad panel, and its year-long shadow day program. Founded in 1992 by the Alumni Office, the SAA keeps alumni in touch with campus life while working to make students aware of their future roles as alumni.