Monday Morning Update

March 23, 2015

Graphic Example: This weekend, four of Boston’s top graphic designers presented on campus at a one-day symposium hosted by the College’s student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). The students in the recently-formed AIGA chapter also produced the materials for the event. In one workshop on Design Activism facilitated by Don Tarallo, an internationally renowned designer, they explored how to use their design skills to help an organic gardening nonprofit to connect with urban youth. Meeting with professional designers and printers, the students also networked and brainstormed with the best in the industry on everything from innovations to strategies to messaging.

Women’s Leadership: For their Community Organizing: Micro to Macro class, four students have been working to bring local community organizers to Alumni Hall for a summit on Women’s Leadership. The work of Lexi Kirwin ’15, Tori Ware ’16, Taylor Cavanaugh ’17 and Kathryn Filer ’17 will come to fruition this Friday when ten experienced grassroots organizers for social justice causes will present at the summit. In addressing issues such as income & equality, violence prevention, and race, class & power, the speakers will share their insights on leadership, advocacy and community transformation. Supported by other campus offices and groups, the summit will have a Stonehill panel of students, faculty & staff looking at ways students can develop more and diverse leadership skills. For more on this free summit, email Lexi Kirwin.

Hello, Prime Minister: One night, while interning as a municipal administrator at Dublin City Hall last year, Patrick O’Mara ’16 got called to a meeting at a hotel in the Irish capital. To O’Mara’s surprise, the person who greeted him when he arrived, turned out to be Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny. As the political science/international studies major recently wrote in the Nashua Telegraph, “There is much less formality and political bureaucracy in Ireland than in the U.S.” To read O’Mara’s insights on his Irish experience, visit here.

Songs of Praise: This past winter, the Chapel Choir spent five days on tour in Ireland, performing in local churches as well as famous locations like Kylemore Abbey and Galway Cathedral. Under the direction of Dan Davey, campus minister for music and liturgy, the Choir is now 50 members strong, up from seven a couple of years ago. The Choir sings at the 7 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of Mary every Sunday. To see photos of Choir members singing at a recent rehearsal, visit here.

Blood Drive: This semester’s American Red Cross Blood Drive takes place today in the Martin Institute and for more on the blood & bone marrow registry drives, visit here. We note that this tradition of donating blood has deep roots at the College, as a photo from the Archives demonstrates. Taken in 1966, during the Vietnam War, the photo shows Stonehill donors giving blood for members of the U.S. Armed Forces in what is now Alumni Hall. To see the photo, visit here.

Great Guests: On Friday, it was a top British diplomat, Ian Patterson, on campus discussing the challenge of tracing terrorism in an age of globalized violence. Tomorrow, it will be a leading American historian, Professor Catherine Allgor, delivering the Salameno Lecture on “What Every American Needs to Know about Women’s History.” On Wednesday, it will be retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel James Zumwalt sharing his insights on the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective. For more on the Salameno Lecture, visit here and for the Zumwalt talk, visit here.

Presidents’ Cup: After an excellent winter sports season, Stonehill remains on top of the Northeast-10 Conference’s Presidents' Cup standings. The Skyhawks, who held the lead following the fall season, added to their margin as they won or shared regular season titles in ice hockey and women’s basketball. They also claimed the women’s indoor track and field championship. For more, visit here.