Monday Morning Update

April 13, 2015

White House Recognition: Stonehill’s commitment to service has yet again been recognized by the White House as the College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recently. Stonehill has received the honor every year the program has run since it was first launched in 2006. “In sustaining this kind of effort, we are blessed with excellent campus leaders who come together to inspire and guide our students on the path to serving others,” said Rev. James Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission. For more, visit here.

Frozen Conflicts: Characterized by no war and no peace, frozen conflicts are evident in the Balkans, South East Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. They often defy traditional conflict management interventions by third parties like the U.N. or neighboring countries. In her new book, Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management, Professor Anna Ohanyan argues that alternative approaches to settling frozen conflicts are urgently needed and she explores new opportunities that may be available to the world community for addressing these conflicts. For more, visit here.

Musical Theatre: The STC’s spring production is The Spitfire Grill, a bitter-sweet musical drama about a young woman who sparks the redemption of a town as she rebuilds her own life. For tickets, $5 (students) & $8 (general public), call 508-565-1458 or purchase at the door. The play runs April 16 through 18 with nightly showings at 8 p.m. in the Hemingway Theatre. For more information, visit here.

Inside Track: Of his years at Stonehill, Mario Fraioli ’04 jokes that he majored in cross country and minored in track. After college, Fraioli, who dreamed of qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, became obsessed with “...body image, weight, food and calories…” In a recent essay for, he writes about his downward spiral into disordered eating and how he has been able “to resume (and maintain) a healthy relationship with eating” and his own body image. To read his candid reflections, visit here.

Thoughtful Guy: In appreciation for how Facilities Management kept campus roads and paths open over ten snowy weeks this winter, Tommy Farrell ’17 raised $575 to fund a thank you lunch for the Facilities staff, which was held last week. The funds came from grateful students, faculty, staff and alumni. A mediated communication major/journalism minor, Farrell got the idea for the initiative while interning for where he wrote about a woman who did something similar for local DPW workers. For more, visit here.

Ordination Celebration: On Saturday at the University of Notre Dame, Campus Minister Tim Mouton, C.S.C. was one of six Congregation of Holy Cross seminarians to be ordained to the priesthood. On Sunday, the Rev. Mouton, who attends to many campus responsibilities including serving as athletic chaplain, will be back at the College where he will celebrate his first mass in the Chapel of Mary. In a recent blog post, he discussed the joy he has found in his religious vocation. For Fr. Mouton’s thoughts on ordination, visit here.

Ordination Anniversary: Trustee Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C. spent seven years in the 1990s at Stonehill, six of them as Director of Campus Ministry, providing outstanding pastoral outreach to students. Greg Beno ’98 remembers what an influence Fr. Issing was on his life and that of other students. That’s why he is putting together a tribute to Fr. Dan on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of ordination in May. If you knew Fr. Dan and want to share photos or memories, email Martin McGovern and he will get them to Greg.

Purple Power: Across campus, purple ribbons have appeared in support of Relay for Life, which will take place this Friday, April 17. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Relay will be in the Quad, bringing together hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and fight against the disease. For more on the event, now in its 11th year at Stonehill, visit here.