Monday Morning Update

June 22, 2015

Stonehill Legend: Since he started teaching in 1968, Richard Finnegan ’64 has been a stellar member of the Stonehill community. And, in recognition of all he has accomplished as a teacher, scholar, author, administrator, ambassador, and mentor for many students, the College recently honored him by creating the Distinguished Richard B. Finnegan Professorship in Political Science and International Relations. Fellow political scientist Professor Anna Ohanyan will be the first faculty member to hold the professorship and she will use it to conduct additional fieldwork in conflict regions that use integration models to build security and peace. We will have a more detailed report on this story in a subsequent MMU issue.

Welcome Class of 2019: An important step in a student's transition from high school to college, Summer Orientation begins today. Over 620 members of the Class of 2019 are expected to attend one of the two sessions along with 875 of their family members. Each two-day session (June 22, 23 & June 25, 26) will give incoming students an introduction to the academic, social and spiritual resources and opportunities Stonehill offers. “Meeting peers, interacting with faculty and staff, and experiencing first-hand a glimpse of what the next four years has to offer represents the value of Summer Orientation,” says Director of Student Activities & Orientation Committee Chair Jim Hermelbracht. For more on Orientation, visit here.

Mountain High: When Jason Lynch ’11 climbed a 4,000 foot mountain in New Hampshire this past weekend, he made the arduous hike in solidarity with families who live with Alzheimer’s. Motivated by the loss of a family member to the disease, Lynch works for the Alzheimer’s Association and wants the Alzheimer community to get louder in its advocacy. To learn what he means by that, visit here.

Community Solidarity: In a recent article on homelessness in Brockton, Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss noted the work of Stonehill students in helping local homeless families speak out about their situation. That student outreach stems from community-based learning or CBL, a critical teaching tool that promotes solidarity with other communities as a way of life. Under the direction of Sociology Professor Corey Dolgon, the Office of Community-Based Learning has succeeded in more thoroughly integrating CBL in the curricula, spanning most subjects and majors. To see a short but powerful video that captures our students and local families reflecting on the struggles of transitional life, visit here. For a broader overview on CBL, visit here.

Fox Cubs: With its open fields and wooded areas, the College campus is home to many creatures including red foxes and local photographer Rocky Crowe recently captured several cubs the near the baseball field. To find out why campus is so attractive to foxes and see some of Crowe’s photos of them, visit here.

Holy Cross Year-in-Review: Stonehill is one of four institutions of higher education sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. The other three are: the University of Notre Dame, the University of Portland and King’s College. In its just released annual report, the Province looks at how the mission and ministries of Holy Cross have been served over the past year. To receive a free copy of the Pillars magazine, email

Free Campus Card: For her 50th class reunion, MaryAnne Long '65 flew in from Hawaii for the three day event. Before she traveled, however, Long painted a special card featuring the Clock on the Quad to share with classmates and friends. With Long’s permission, we have made extra copies of the popular card. Visit here to see what it looks like and, to obtain one, email Thanks, MaryAnne!!!

Giving Matters:  There's still time to make your gift to Stonehill before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Your support of the College plays a critical role in the lives of our students and faculty. To hear why alumni support Stonehill and to see if you have made your gift this year (since July 1, 2014), visit our online Honor Roll of Donors page. To make your gift, visit here or call (508) 565-1341.