Monday Morning Update

December 30, 2015

Year in Review: In this issue, we look back at Stonehill happenings in 2015. 

January: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching includes Stonehill in its annual Community Engagement Classification…Ellen Degeneres hails Nicole Bollerman ’10 for donating $150,000 in prize money to the school where she teaches third grade. 

February: By month’s end, campus hit by110 inches of snow…Tommy Farrell ’17 raises funds to thank Facilities staff for their efforts in removing so much snow…several students and employees shovel out the elderly in Easton while football players do likewise for Brockton residents. 

March: Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. gives the Saint Andre Lecture…the first Campus Police Academy begins…Thomas Gumbley ’15 wins $50,000 EPA research fellowship. 

April: Princeton Review names Stonehill in its guide to the most environmentally responsible schools while the White House includes the College in its Community Service honor roll...Campus Minister Tim Mouton, C.S.C. is ordained to the priesthood. 

May: At Commencement, Hayley Conklin ’15 becomes our 25,000th graduate…Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot ’96 returns to receive the President’s Award for Excellence…more than 700 alumni, plus 400 family members, enjoy Reunion 2015 over a sunny three-day weekend. 

June: For the fifth time, Stonehill captures the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup…the National Science Foundation awards Professor Bronwyn Heather Bleakley $899,000 in research funding…the Farm at Stonehill opens for its fifth growing season. 

July: Holy Cross Center, aka The Sem, turns 45…Camp Shriver, an inclusive summer camp for local children with and without disabilities, starts its third year…President John Denning, C.S.C. signs statement in solidarity with the Papal encyclical on the environment. 

August: Renovated and expanded Sports Complex opens…Davis Educational Foundation awards a $233,800 grant in support of integrated mentoring program, Think. Act. Lead…new academic year begins. 

September: Against Bloomsburg University, the football team beats highest-ranked opponent in its history...bomb threat closes campus…NPR names Stonehill among schools that make financial sense. 

October: U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard shares insights on leadership and decision making… Actors From The London Stage deliver Shakespearean extravaganza…Pope Francis names Rev. Arthur Colgan, C.S.C. as auxiliary bishop in Peru…suspect arrested in bomb threat. 

November: Writing about sexual assaults, Vice President Joe Biden hails awareness/prevention initiative by Stonehill students… poet Claudia Rankine gives the Chet Raymo Lecture…students & faculty rally on Quad against racial injustice…Business Insider places Stonehill at 18 on its top 50 list of underrated colleges.

December: Giving Tuesday sets new record with 903 gifts and $190,000+ raised…women’s cross country and field hockey win Northeast-10 championships…field hockey player Erika Kelly ’16 becomes the seventh student-athlete in Stonehill history to win national player of the year award. 

More News: Of course, more happened over the past year, including the passing last week of Stonehill great, Rev. Robert J. Kruse, C.S.C.  To read a tribute to Fr. Kruse, who played an instrumental role in Stonehill’s growth as a Catholic liberal arts college, visit here. To read our full year in review, visit here.