Monday Morning Update

August 24, 2015

Move-in Flashback: First-year students will move into their residence halls this coming Saturday and, as they begin their college careers, we flashback to a very different era. Reflecting on her experience moving in and getting settled into college life, Annie Roohan Krasnicki '82 takes us back to 1978 before social media – one pay phone for each floor in Boland and O’Hara halls -- and when the moving-in process was less comprehensive or organized than it is today. To get a sense of what it was like back then, read here.

Residential Leaders: Committed to building a positive, inclusive residential experience on campus, our Resident Staff Assistants are busy preparing for life in the residence halls during the new academic year. They are working on everything from health and wellness programs, to community service options, to providing leadership in the halls. To meet these student leaders, all members of the Class of 2016, visit here.

Alums Pitch In: For the third year in a row, alumni volunteers will be on hand to greet first-year students next Saturday and help them as they move into residence halls such as O’Hara, Boland, Villa Theresa, and the Sem. The outreach is not just about hauling things but also about answering questions from new students and their parents and easing anxiety. It is not too late to be a volunteer. To register, visit here or contact Alumni Office at 508-565-1343 or

Cool Welcome: To welcome Stonehill students back to campus, local ice-cream shop Daddy’s Dairy will offer free ice-cream next Monday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at their Brockton location-just be sure to bring your Hill Card and try their special Stonehill sprinkles!

Papal Mass: Through Campus Ministry, nine Stonehill students will travel to Philadelphia for the public Mass with Pope Francis on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 27. For the historic event, they will take the Campus Ministry van to our sister school, Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, the day before. The next day, they will join students from Kings and head into Philadelphia. According to Campus Minister Rev. Tim Mouton, C.S.C., who is working with the students, “Our students see the trip as a spiritual and prayerful journey and they are excited to hear directly from Pope Francis.”

Prayer Positions: Former Director of Campus Ministry, Rev. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C. ’69, has been named the national director of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the Catholic organization devoted to family prayer, especially the Rosary. An English major at Stonehill, Fr. Cleary has also served on the College’s Board of Trustees and was the Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more on Fr. Cleary and his new role, which will see him working closely with fellow alumnus Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. ’67, who is the President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, visit here.

Red Sox Rhymes: Did you know that Dick Flavin ’58 is the poet laureate for the Boston Red Sox? Yes, he writes poems about the trials and tribulations of the team and of Red Sox nation. For a die-hard fan, it is a dream job, but it’s just one of the many successful careers that Flavin, an Emmy Award-winning television reporter, journalist, playwright, and satirist, has had in his life. A history major at Stonehill, Flavin is the author of a new book Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses. We have three copies, email First come, first served. To read more about our bard of Fenway, visit here.