Monday Morning Update

January 18, 2016

Understanding Justice: With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today, we are inviting readers to tell us what the following quote from Dr. King means to you: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Keep your answers short, 100 words max, and join in the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. We have five $10 Bookstore gift cards for the winners. Email We will feature a story next week. For info on upcoming MLK events on campus, visit here.

Sharing Science: Four biology professors will hold a science open lab for children of alumni on Alumni Day, Saturday, January 23 in the Shields Science Center. With the assistance of current students, professors Heather Bleakley, Nicole Cyr, Rachel Hirst ’98, and Magda James-Pederson will conduct science experiments for the children and talk to them about their current research. It’s not too late to register for this and many other exciting Alumni Day activities. For more, visit here.

Mission to Peru: In 2014, after leading Holy Cross Family Ministries with distinction for 18 years, Rev. John Phelan, C.S.C. ’71 moved from the U.S. to Lima, Peru, where the Congregation of Holy Cross has a strong, vibrant ministry. Phelan has produced an excellent video that showcases the scope of the Holy Cross mission serving marginalized people and communities in Peru. To see the video, visit here.

Team USA: Coming off a stellar career at Stonehill where she was the 2015 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Field Hockey Player of the Year, Erika Kelly ’16 recently tried out for the USA Field Hockey National Team as it prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Among a limited selection of athletes invited to take part in the open trial, Kelly was the first three-time first team All-America selection in Stonehill field hockey history. For more on Kelly, visit here.

True Leader: Men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley ’94 has had his contract at Providence College extended with PC President Rev. Brian Shanley O.P. hailing him as a “true leader both on and off the court.” Over two years, Cooley, who received Stonehill’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2013, has rebuilt PC’s program into a national powerhouse, which is ranked 12th in the latest national polls. For more, visit here.

Don’t Settle: A wheelchair user living with cerebral palsy, Jamey Breen ’14 tells people not to think of him as “different, handicapped or disabled” and he refuses to settle for mediocre, believing we all have the ability to transform ourselves for the better. At present, he is learning to drive a car and plays wheelchair basketball.  A healthcare administration major, Breen is also a motivational speaker who has written about his “full heart” approach to the challenges of life in Keep it Rollin. We have three copies. Email

A Helping Hand: While commuting on the metro system in Washington, D.C., Andrea Gagliardi ’10 has come to the assistance of people in need three times in the space of a year. Most recently, she helped a man who is deaf, unable to speak and mentally challenged to find his way home. Asked why she is so helpful, Gagliardi credits Professor Warren Dahlin’s “Disability?” course with giving her a better understanding of people with various challenges. To read more about Gagliardi’s kind actions, visit here.

Lasting Tribute: Classmates of Megan Sullivan ’10, who died in April, are paying tribute to their friend, who loved to travel, by leaving locks at places they visit throughout the world. For example, on a recent vacation, Kristen Hughes ’10, who studied with Sullivan in London in 2008 and understood her wanderlust, did just that when she reached the top of the Swiss Alps. To see the photo, visit here.