Monday Morning Update

June 1, 2015

Resilience Recognized: At the President’s Dinner on Thursday, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott ’96 received the President's Award for Excellence from the College. The Award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to public life, business, the arts, and the sciences. Abbott lost a leg in the bombing and was honored for her resilience in the face of tragedy and for creating the Heather Abbott Foundation which provides prostheses to those who have lost limbs in traumatic circumstances. In addition to her Stonehill Award, she was also recently named a Woman to Watch in Non Profits by the Providence Business Journal. For more on Abbott’s Foundation, visit here.

Alumni Return: More than 700 alumni as well as 400 family and friends attended Reunion this past weekend. Ten anniversary classes and 13 Pillar Society classes participated in the three day celebration. Alumni and guests explored campus, showed their children around, caught up with friends and prayed for deceased classmates. With Alumni Minister Rev. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C. presiding, 19 alumni couples renewed their marriage vows. In addition to enjoying good food, music and dancing, alumni presented the College with a Reunion gift of $319, 329. To see Reunion photos, visit here.

News Maker: Newly-ordained Holy Cross priest, Fr. Tim Mouton, C.S.C. recently made the front page of The Anchor. In a wide-ranging interview with the Fall River diocesan newspaper, Mouton reflected on his path to the priesthood, how he came to the College, his work in Campus Ministry, and what it is like being a fan of the Houston Texans in New England. To read the interview, visit here.

Embracing Nostalgia: One year since he graduated and Brendan Murray ’14 has noticed the ease with which he and his peers can slip into nostalgia for college life, something that not-so-long-ago they were ready to leave behind. In an article for the Long Island Herald, he asks, what can be learned from this pull of nostalgia? And, he argues that nostalgic memories allow us to identify core values or what made us happy. In turn, such insight can help us illuminate future paths in our lives. To read his article, visit here.

Visiting Macao: On a Fulbright Grant in 2006-2007, Professor Adam Lampton photographed the former Portuguese colony of Macao, capturing its transformation from a small post-colonial city into the Las Vegas of Asia with mega malls and jumbo-sized casinos. With Faculty Development support, the visual artist is in Macao this month furthering his photographic study of the city’s dramatic growth, which critics see as detrimental to local culture.  To see some of Lampton’s previous Macao photos, visit here.

Country Squires: At Stonehill, Mike Coutu ’65 majored in math but he also became a Country Squire, a  folk group he formed with Bob Norton ’65 (math), Bill Mulligan ’66 (economics) and Tom Moore ’65 (math). The group has had a variety of incarnations since graduation and they credit Stonehill faculty and staff with starting them not just on their professional careers, primarily in teaching, but on “side careers” in entertainment as well.  To learn how our faculty and staff helped them get started, visit here.

Running Discount: For the third year in a row, Jason Paganelli06 is bringing the Narragansett Summer Running Festival to campus in July. Voted race of-the-year by South Shore Road Race Guide, the event actually offers three race options over two days, 5K & 10K races on Saturday, July 11 and a half marathon on Sunday, July 12. Just one of many activities on campus this summer, it also has live music, post-race festivals, a beer tasting and speaking guest Roseann Sdoia. The President of Endurance Fitness Systems, Paganelli majored in psychology at Stonehill and is offering a 10 percent registration discount to MMU readers for this family friendly running festival using coupon code "stonehill2015". For race information, visit here.