Monday Morning Update

November 16, 2015

Math Works: As America struggles with declining mathematics scores and too few mathematics teachers, the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at Stonehill is working to increase the number and quality of mathematics teachers (PK-12) in high-need schools. Made possible by a $1.19 million grant from the NSF’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, the initiative is designed to attract, prepare and retain teachers in mathematics education. For more on the program and what our first Noyce graduates are doing professionally, visit here.

Vice Presidential Recognition: In an article about campus sexual assaults, Vice President Joe Biden recognized an initiative by Stonehill students in support of the It’s On Us campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about the issue and create prevention strategies. Held recently, the student led sexual assault awareness event brought together the Student Government Association, the Moore Center for Gender Equality and Women’s Health & Empowerment Now. Students, staff, and faculty members were invited to wear a nametag for the day expressing how they have been personally affected by sexual assault, a point that Biden noted in his article. To read it, visit here.

Under Rated: On a top 50 list of America’s most underrated colleges, Stonehill stands at 18. For that list, Business Insider compared US News rankings of the best universities and the best liberal-arts colleges with PayScale's 2015-16 College Salary Report.  In doing so, they considered reputation and future earnings, looking for schools with modest US News rankings but high mid-career salaries. For more, visit here.

Highly Rated: The NCAA reports that our student athletes have again achieved a 96 percent Academic Success Rating.  For more on how our athletes succeed in the classroom and in athletic competition, visit here.

Learning Leadership: For its first Students in Action Leadership conference, the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) brought 100 local students, grades 7-12, and their advisors, to campus for a day devoted to enhancing their life, leadership and technical skills. The students engaged with students from Professor Ed Jacoubs first-year experience class, exploring service goals, options and outcomes while meeting with local nonprofit representatives. The Regional Director for JAF’s Students in Action Sarah Varadian-Vartanian ’10 noted, “Like Stonehill, Students in Action trains and motivates young people to take action and to be leaders in their schools, communities, workplaces and the world. Our missions complement each other, which is why this first conference got off to such a great start.” For more, visit here.

Student Theatre: The STC will perform The Serpent Woman a comedic love story in Hemingway on November 19, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets, $5 for students/seniors and $8 general admission, at the door or call 508-565-1458 to order. For more, visit here.

Top Tips: In addition to great theatre, here are three more top extracurricular events. For an artistic take on how the relationship between the earth and its inhabitants is deteriorating, check out the Calo Gallery’s exhibit Down to Earth. On Tuesday in the Sports Complex, the LC Health Promotion and Disease Prevention addresses the dangers of skin cancer with Shonda Schilling of the Shade Foundation. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Martin Institute, the Chet Raymo Lecture presents best-selling poet Claudia Rankine whose book Citizen: An American Lyric explores what it means to be a “citizen” in “post racial” America.

In Memory: After a three year battle with metastatic cancer, Professor Jack Jackson died earlier this month. A former health reporter, gifted writer and public relations professional turned communication professor, Jackson loved teaching at Stonehill. In class, he brought a real-world foundation to his courses, which students appreciated and acknowledged repeatedly in their senior exit surveys. And, as one student noted, “even while he battled through cancer, he still came to class and was enthusiastic to teach.”

Thanksgiving: Noon tomorrow, Tuesday, is the deadline for submissions on why you’re thankful this year. We have had some great ones but there is still time to tell us your story. Top selections will be printed and authors will receive gift cards. Email