Monday Morning Update

February 8, 2016

Best Bang for Tuition Buck: Stonehill is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to a new book released by The Princeton Review, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” The book’s editors praise the College for its career and international opportunities as well as its internship program, noting that “internships don’t just come from a database, but from alumni connections and students reaching out to community members.” For more, visit here.

Class Gift: For their senior gift, the Class of 2016 has started a scholarship in tribute to their classmate Matt Brown who is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a spinal cord injury he received while playing hockey for Norwood High School. Despite his injury, over four years at the College, Brown has remained positive and played an active role in campus life, and his peers admire his example and spirit, which is why the scholarship is called the Matt Brown Perseverance Scholarship. For more, visit here.

Climate Change: The guest speaker at this year’s Saint André Lecture will be Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, who will explore climate change in the context of the recent groundbreaking encyclical from Pope Francis on the environment. Dr. Woo’s presentation is titled “I am Climate Change” and she will deliver her remarks on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Institute. The event is free and open to the public. For more, visit here.

Fresh Produce: Although it’s winter, The Farm at Stonehill has still been able to deliver fresh produce to our neighbors in need by utilizing its greenhouses. A second greenhouse was added thanks to support from The Harold Brooks Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, and a generous gift from the Class of 1964. Recently, The Farm delivered ten pounds of midwinter spinach to My Brother’s Keeper.

Evening Division: Nearly 2000 students graduated from the Evening Division Program, which formally closed in the late nineties, and many of those alums returned to campus recently to celebrate Alumni Day. On that occasion, they also attended the dedication of a commemorative plaque, which will be on display in Alumni Hall, in recognition of their achievements as students and alumni. In her remarks at the event, Susan Jezierny ’87 recalled the challenges that many Evening Division students faced as they juggled family, career and education. For more, visit here.

Tenure & Promotions: Congratulations to the following faculty on being tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor: Jegoo Lee (Business), Constantinos Mekios (Philosophy), Laura Scales (English), Bettina Scholz (Political Science), and Rev. Stephen Wilbricht, C.S.C. (Religious Studies). Congrats also to Christian Martin (Foreign Languages) and Erin O’Hea (Psychology) who were promoted to the rank of professor and to Michael Mullen (Business) who was promoted to the rank of associate professor. To see brief profiles of these faculty members, visit here.

Local History:
Before he died in 2007, legendary Brockton photographer Stanley Bauman entrusted his collection of over 500,000 negatives of Brockton and Southeastern Massachusetts from 1946-2002 to the Stonehill College Archives. Over seven decades, the prolific Bauman captured in vivid, powerful photos the history of many local towns and communities. Just last month, the Archives department opened an exhibit of his photos highlighting Brockton in the 1950s and 60s, which will run until the summer of 2017. The exhibit, which is open to the public, is on display in the lobby of the College’s Cushing-Martin Hall. All are welcome.  For more information, email

Drive Time: For almost a quarter of a century, first-year students have not been allowed to have cars on campus because of limited parking options, but starting in August, they will.  That’s because there are now more parking spots available and the College has seen a trend with more first-years needing cars for off-campus employment, medical reasons, and family commitments.