Monday Morning Update

July 27, 2015

CSI Stonehill: Last week, ten Stonehill biology majors and Assistant Professor of Biology Professor Rachel Hirst ’98 participated in a five day program for 48 girls designed to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Professor Hirst’s team led a biotechnology workshop for the girls, ages 11-13, on how to use DNA to solve a crime through the Envision the Future program sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM network.

Camp Shriver: For a third year in a row, local children, with and without disabilities, are enjoying Camp Shriver’s inclusive summer sports program on campus. Camp Shriver develops children’s motor and social skills while fostering positive peer relationships. Stonehill students and recent graduates serve in various roles on the camp staff, including counselor interns and lead counselors, coaches, and co-directors. Thanks go to our Camp donors and partners: the National Inclusion Project, the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, the Mentor Network, the Reebok Foundation, the Kevin & Kathleen Gould Family Foundation, the Pilgrim Foundation, Sodexo, BC Tent and Awning, and the Old Colony YMCA. To see the photos, visit here.

Farm Mural: In addition to working at the Writing Center and on The Farm this summer, rising senior Chanel Mazzone is creating a 16-foot-wide, four-panel mural for The Farm’s main shed. We saw her recently on the quad with her easel and oils, immersed in painting Donahue Hall. Images of the farm itself and farmers will be included in the mural along with the words, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Having worked at the Farm, the neuroscience/interdisciplinary double major believes that quote from The Prayer of St. Francis captures the spirit of The Farm’s mission. To see artist Chanel in action, visit here.

Financial Aid: The College’s point person on financial aid Eileen O’Leary ’91 has been honored for her “clear vision,” “rigorous professional ethics,” and “doing what’s right for students” by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. O’Leary, assistant vice president for student financial assistance, received the group’s distinguished service award at its national conference recently before 2,500 professional colleagues. In addition to her duties at Stonehill, where she has worked for the past three decades, O’Leary has most recently served as NASFAA’s national chairperson.

Intern in the City: The idea of spending a semester interning in New York City at first seemed daunting for Aimee Chiavaroli '16, who had never been that far away from home. But, after four months in the Big Apple, interning for Glitterati Incorporated, a small art-book publishing company, the English/interdisciplinary double major hails the decision as her best ever. “Was it hard? Yes. Did I cry sometimes from being stressed? Yes, I did, but now I know what it’s like to be out on my own (for the most part),” Chiavaroli reflects in an article she wrote for the national online publication The Odyssey that has launched a Stonehill edition for which she is the Editor-in-Chief. To read the piece, visit here.

Donor Difference: Thanks to 4,700 donors who contributed over $6,300,000 to the College in 2014-2015, our students will continue to experience outstanding opportunities for learning through academic initiatives, co-curricular activities and in service projects. With this kind of support, we are also able to provide close to 500 scholarship awards to our students annually. To all our alumni, friends, and parents who help us to enrich the lives of our students and the mission of the College, we extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude.

Play Ball:
There could be a sighting of the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia on campus this week as his summer baseball camp gets underway. The second baseman usually attends and is generous with his time signing autographs and having his photo taken.