Monday Morning Update

August 3, 2015

More Mentoring: Beginning this semester, Stonehill students will receive enhanced mentoring from faculty and staff thanks to a two-year, $233,800 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. The grant will help launch Think. Act. Lead: A Path to Each Student’s Story, an expanded college-wide integrated academic, professional, personal and spiritual mentoring program. From their first to their last day at Stonehill, under this program, students will receive one-on-one mentorship to ensure they are fully prepared for life after graduation. For more on this major initiative, visit here.

Our Thriving Teachers: The College’s well-rounded curriculum, career-focused advising and a wealth of classroom experience opportunities give our education studies students a distinct advantage. To find out what five alumni teachers are accomplishing in their careers, visit here.

Beating Boredom: A finance major at Stonehill, Kate (Monahan) Hanscom '05 has now written three children's books. Her most recent is Creative Christopher, which is about a boy who, when trapped inside during a snow storm, uses his imagination to beat boredom. For more on Hanscom’s work, visit here. We have three copies of her new book. First come, first served. Email

Accepting Sadness: While Orphan Annie sings "you’re never fully dressed without a smile," Summit Editor Liam Dacko ’16 asks: doesn’t the child, who had little to smile about, deserve a chance to let herself feel sad if things are not going well? In an essay for The Odyssey, Dacko, a communication major who admits to not being a smiley kind of person, muses on the value of sadness and sorrow. To read his reflection on the topic, visit here.

Sem Celebration: On the 45th anniversary of students living in Holy Cross Center, alumni, professors and former staff members recently gathered in the Sem, as the residence hall is more commonly called, to mark the occasion. Life at the Sem has always been defined by a very student-centered communal ethos and former residents are passionate about their experience of living there and how it helped them to mature as young adults. More than 50 alumni, from the early ’70s to members of the Class of 2011, attended the event. For a free Sem bookmark, email To see photos from the event, visit here.

Bill Braun Honored: One of the most influential people in the history of the Sem is Bill Braun who served as the Director of Holy Cross Center for six years during the 1970s. Through his leadership and example, Braun, who also taught philosophy and served as Assistant Dean of Students at Stonehill, set the tone for life at the Sem. Alumni and colleagues of Braun, who is now retired after a successful career as an organization development professional, hold him in high regard, which is why a scholarship to benefit Stonehill students has been established in his name. For more, visit here.

Celebrity Selfie: Campus is bustling with camps and conferences this summer, from renowned scientists to the best and brightest ninth and tenth graders in the region. A summer here wouldn’t be complete without a sighting of Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia. On campus for his baseball camp last week, Pedroia posed with students and staff, including Morgan Simko ’16, who works the Gordon Research Conferences through the Conference & Events Services.It's been such a beneficial experience for me, especially because the job caters to my career interest of event planning in a diverse atmosphere. Having a Stonehill summer is definitely a must before you graduate!” says Simko. To see her selfie, visit here.

Did You Know? Over half of Stonehill’s more than 25,000 alumni have graduated since 1993.