Monday Morning Update

April 11, 2016

Paying Homage: Friday’s edition of the Boston Globe featured a special tribute to Rev. Bartley MacPháidín, C.S.C. ’59, Stonehill's longest serving president, who passed away on March 17. Chronicling his life as a child in County Donegal in Ireland through his time as president at Stonehill, writer Bryan Marquard captured how MacPháidín forever transformed the College. “He had a great eye for where to place buildings, so the College developed a campus that is extraordinarily beautiful…his impact on the College was monumental,” current President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. told the Globe. To read the article, visit here.

Faust: The Stonehill Theatre Company’s spring production, set for three nightly performances April 14-16 at 8 p.m., will be a new adaption of the classic German legend Faust. Directed by Adjunct Professor Theresa Lang and starring Austin Herzog ’17 as Faust, the updated portrayal of the 13th century legend will be an ensemble-driven production with choreography, musical composition, and costume design by students. The adapted version tells the story of a modern college student who, no longer believing in such things, sells his soul. Tickets are on sale now in the Roche Dining Commons and are also available through phone reservations at 508-565-1458. For more, visit here.

Civic Fellow: In less than two years, sociology major Cristianie DePina ’18 has developed into a confident, passionate and engaged leader on campus. In recognition of her advocacy work on projects such as Mobilizing for Change, which educates the community on conditions for local homeless families, Campus Compact has named her a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. “For me, service work is crucial because I believe in supporting those in our community who have the least resources and political voice,” says DePina. “Stonehill has given me opportunities to take leadership roles that not only enhance the impact I have on issues such as homelessness and anti-racism, but also allow me to share my passion and skills with other budding activists.” For more on DePina and her work, visit here.

Top Paper: Communication major Aidan Farrell ’16 won a Top Paper Award for her research on Rhetorical Magic: J.K Rowling’s Ability to Move an Oppositional Audience with a Speech Paradoxical to the Occasion, a critical analysis of the famed author's Harvard commencement address, at the James & Virginia McCroskey Undergraduate Scholars' Conference held in Baltimore, Md. April 1-2. Also selected to present research papers were fellow communication majors Erin Cook ’16, Emily Tokarowski ’16 and Sierra St. Pierre ’18. For more, visit here.

Fighting Back: The 12th annual Relay for Life at Stonehill will be held this Friday evening on the College’s quad. This year’s event, which features several Disney-themed activities, has attracted over 300 participants from 39 teams who will walk the quad from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. to remember, honor and fight back for those battling cancer. This year’s co-chairs Gina Valeri ’16, Kelsey Sullivan ’16 and Caitlin Hughes ’17 hope to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society with over $30,000 raised so far. For more, visit here.

Mission Accomplished: Recently, Rev. Jim Lies, C.S.C., Stonehill’s vice president for Mission, was a guest on the Mansfield Cable Access show The Learning Curve where he discussed the College’s many service initiatives and projects like The Farm, the Center for Non-Profit Management, and our Post Graduate Service Corps and how they all connect to Stonehill’s mission. To see the show in its entirety, visit here.

We are saddened to report the death of George Rogers, who pioneered the College’s Evening Division and Continuing Education Programs in the 1980s and 90s. Rogers was hired in 1978 as coordinator of the Hyde Park/Stonehill College Collaborative Project and a year later he was named director of the Evening Division Program, rising to the position of Associate Academic Dean for Continuing Education until his departure from Stonehill in 1997. To read his obituary, visit here.