Monday Morning Update

April 6, 2015

The Shields Legacy: With the death on Thursday of healthcare pioneer Thomas Shields, who was the founder and CEO of Shields Health Care Group, the College lost a great friend who loved Stonehill very much, especially its students. The father of two graduates, William ’84 and Thomas ’92, and one trustee, Carmel Shields, he also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002. With his late wife, Mary, he established the Shields Scholarship, which has helped more than 140 of our students. The Shields Science Center is named in honor of him and his wife. For more, visit here.

Accounting Honors: Accounting students recently took first and third place at a best practices competition in Washington, D.C. In the International Impact category, Michaella Farrell ’15, Katie Morneault ’16 and Whitney Wemett ’16 took the top prize for a project that helps accounting students studying abroad stay connected to Stonehill. In the Financial Literacy category, Victoria Mello ’16, Megan McDonald ’16, and Michaella Peoples ’16 took third for an interactive seminar that educates seniors on personal finance and post-graduation challenges. All six students are in the College’s Mu Omega chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, which organized the competition. For more, visit here.

Reclaiming Heritage: In the 19th century, like many Native American people, the Potawatomi experienced dispersal from their historic lands around the southern part of Lake Michigan. Despite being scattered across a wide geographic region, the Potawatomi (pronounced Poh-tuh-WAH-toh-mee) have been reforming themselves as a nation since the 1980s. In a new book, Sociology Professor Chris Wetzel tells how they are reclaiming their cultural heritage. For more on Gathering the Potawatomi Nation: Revitalization and Identity, visit here.

Sports Complex: Despite a hard winter, the renovation and expansion of the Sports Complex is progressing steadily. Supported by the Yawkey Foundation, alumni and other donors, the project will breathe new life into one of our busiest buildings and will be ready by August. To see photos of the progress, visit here.

Easter-Egg Hunt: Recently, for the fifth year in a row, the campus became a playground for children hunting for Easter eggs at the annual Alumni Easter-Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Alumni Office, the event attracted 200 children and an equal number of alumni parents and grandparents. To see photos from the event, visit here.

Independent Voters: To be a successful candidate for statewide office in Massachusetts, you need a “D” or “R” beside your name. It’s not constitutionally required but, in a practical sense, it’s essential. However, 53 percent of registered voters today are neither Republican nor Democrat but independent. Given this trend away from the two major parties, Professor Peter Ubertaccio asked recently in the Patriot Ledger, is it time to reassess our party centric nominating system? To read his analysis, visit here.

Fun Run: Our neighbors at the House of Possibilities serve the families of those living with developmental challenges. Stonehill students, from Best Buddies and the Neuroscience Society, are frequent volunteers at the respite home, which this year is holding its Run for Respite 5k on campus on Sunday, April 19 starting at 9 a.m. The 5K will benefit children’s programs at HOPe and a Stonehill student fund. The race fee is $25. Register online and get a $5 discount plus entry into a prize drawing. For more on the campus race, visit here.

Condolences: Our thoughts and prayers are with Criminology Professor Pam Kelley, whose daughter Sabrina passed away on Friday after a long and courageous battle with cystic fibrosis.