Monday Morning Update

April 4, 2016

Bio Chair: Professor of Biology and the Director of the Environmental Studies Program Sue Mooney has been named as the second holder of the Rev. Francis Hurley, C.S.C. Endowed Chair in Biology. Assuming her three-year appointment in July, Mooney will succeed Professor Maura Tyrell, who is retiring after 41 years of teaching at Stonehill.  Established in 2011, this endowed chair honors the late Fr. Hurley who chaired the Biology Department for 32 years and was the “father of biology at Stonehill.” For more, visit here.

Local Hero: CNN is the latest media outlet to feature alumnus Marquis Taylor ’06 whose Coaching4Change uses basketball to help young people see and realize their potential. In a recent Heroes segment, CNN reports on how Taylor’s nonprofit pairs college and high school students to coach middle-school teams. To see and read the story, visit here.

Please Proof: According to Director of Student Financial Assistance Eileen O’Leary ’91, prospective students and their families often make the mistake of referring to the wrong college in their financial aid appeal letters. “This tells me that the family is sending the same appeal letter to all colleges, fishing for whatever increases in aid they can get,” O’Leary recently told TIME in “9 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Chances for More Financial Aid.” She also noted the importance of being specific in appeal letters. “When a family can say, ‘With $2,000 (or $3,000 or $10,000) more in gift aid, we would be able to attend X College, our first choice for Johnny,’ the financial aid committee understands exactly what the goal is,” noted O’Leary.  For more on O’Leary’s TIME tips, visit here.

Honoring Halky: In support of a scholarship honoring Fr. Tom “Halky” Halkovic, C.S.C., a great friend and mentor to students over many years, a group of alums has committed a collective $5,000 to the scholarship if we can secure 250 donors by the end of today, Monday. We are close and steadily narrowing the gap, but could use some help from generous Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) to make a gift of any size to the Stonehill College Fund. These gifts would allow us to endow the scholarship and begin awarding it to deserving student leaders next fall. For more on the scholarship, visit here. To make your gift now, visit here.

Opening Act: This Friday’s annual Spring Concert will feature a familiar face when alumnus and former Surround Sound member Chris Borelli ’14 takes the stage as the opening act. Discovering his writing and production skills as an undergraduate, Borelli has been building a name for himself on the local music scene while also maintaining a successful marketing career. After working at Hill Holiday since graduation, he recently joined Racepoint Global, a global marketing and PR agency headquartered in Boston. To learn more about Borelli and his music, visit here.

Talking Politics: Tomorrow, April 5, Joseph Kennedy III, U.S. Representative for the 4th congressional district, will be in the Martin Institute from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for a Q&A with students and others. On Monday, April 11, Suffolk County District Attorney, alumnus Daniel Conley ’80, will be in the Martin Institute from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The Conley luncheon will feature a conversation between him and Professor Peter Ubertaccio on the issues confronting his office and a Q&A with students and others will follow. All are welcome to both events. Advanced registration is required for the Conley event as lunch will be served. To register, email by Thursday, April 7.  For more, visit here.

Easton Race: With four candidates vying for two seats on the Easton Board of Selectmen, the local race is tight. Politics Professor Kirk Buckman will be in the middle of that lively conversation when he moderates a candidates’ debate in the Martin Institute tomorrow, April 5 at 7 p.m.  All four candidates are expected to participate. The event is free and open to the public. No questions will be taken from the audience but the public may suggest questions via email at For more, visit here.