Monday Morning Update

July 13, 2015

Buddhists to the White House: On the afternoon of May 14th, for the first time the White House hosted a delegation of U.S. Buddhists.  In addition to hearing briefings from several Obama Administration officials, the 135 Buddhist leaders presented two statements, one concerning the climate crisis and the other concerning racism.  We are pleased to note that Professor of Religious Studies Christopher Ives, whose scholarship focuses on ethics in Zen Buddhism, participated in that historic delegation and, in a morning conference at George Washington University before the White House visit, facilitated a conversation on climate change. In his research and writing, Professor Ives is focusing on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues.

Communication Channels: A decade ago, being a communication major at Stonehill was a great track to a career in public relations, marketing or journalism. Today, it’s that and so much more. With a redesigned radio station, an expanded TV studio, a popular Los Angeles Internship Program and a new minor in digital media production, communication majors and young alumni are finding increasing success in every medium. Recent communication graduates are now working for the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, CBS Films, Disney/ABC TV, ESPN, Fidelity Investments, Nickelodeon, Hill Holliday and SONY Entertainment, among others. For more on the exciting things that our communication students and graduates are doing, visit here.

Orientation Photos: Meet some of the 625 members of the Class of 2019, and their families, who were on campus recently for Summer Orientation. To see the photos, visit here.

Class Act: One member of the incoming class who attended Orientation is Michael McEachern, a young man who has had his fair share of challenges - including homelessness. Despite never having a stationary home, however, the 18-year-old has accomplished a great deal including becoming president of the National Honor Society at Plymouth North HS, editor of the school newspaper and anchor for its award-winning television station. Boston’s Channel 7 recently featured Michael’s story of courage and perseverance, which speaks to the values that Stonehill holds dear. To see that video, visit here.

Kennedy Tribute: Another member of the Stonehill community who has a story of courage and perseverance is the late Tom Kennedy ’03 who represented Brockton and the local area in the Massachusetts State Senate. While studying for the priesthood as a young man, Kennedy had an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Not one to be deterred, he found a new calling in public service and he excelled at serving his community. As one friend noted, he was “Brockton’s Franklin Roosevelt.” To read our tribute to Tom, who came to Stonehill late in life, visit here.

Team USA: As was reported in a feature on Tori Faieta ’15 in the latest issue of Stonehill Alumni Magazine, the recent graduate is representing the USA at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taiwan. A three-time All-Northeast-10 Conference selection and the Stonehill women's basketball program's first All-American in 15 years, Faieta was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of permanent hearing loss, when she was just four years-old. To learn more about Faieta and the World Deaf Basketball Championships, visit here.

Cape Stories: By day Jack Sheedy ’84 is a church parish administrator and a library assistant but, in his spare time, he writes with great insight about Cape Cod’s people, geography, history and lore. The marketing major has been doing it for 30 years and has seven books and hundreds of articles to his name. His most recent book, which he penned with his writing partner Jim Coogan, is called Cape Cod Collected, A Selection of the Cape’s Greatest Stories. We have four copies. First come, first served. Email For Stonehill influences on his writing, Sheedy credits the Professor Dolores Shelley’s literature class and Sister Grace Donovan’s writing class.