Monday Morning Update

October 24, 2016

Art of Advocacy: On a recent weekend, three experienced community organizers met on campus with six Stonehill students, six adult students from the Clemente program, and seven nonprofit leaders. Among the topics they studied at the conference were grassroots social justice campaigns, leadership, communicating across differences, and power, relationships and race. Center for Nonprofit Management Director Lee Farrow, a lead trainer, said, “We focused on civic participation, engagement and empowering community and nonprofit groups on how to make the world a better place.”

Big Data, Deep Dive: Big data is the latest, greatest way to make smart decisions for your business or organization; but that powerful tool takes some work to be useful. The neat packages of big data that executives and staffers analyze for trends start out as massive, loosely organized data dumps. Thankfully, experts like Robert Carver, Professor of Business Administration, specialize in packaging big data for analysis. Recently, Professor Carver published a paper detailing updates to JMP statistical software and how the new tools expedite the process of preparing big data. Read an abstract or watch a presentation on his work here.

Changing the Narrative: Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women, a Stonehill team will attend a two-day conference in Boston this week on Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence, sponsored by the National Leadership Institute (NLI). In partnership with Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, NLI created a training curriculum on trauma-informed, victim-centered best practices in law and advocacy for preventing and responding to gender-based violence on campuses. The College’s team includes Patrick Keaney (Student Activities), Cindy MacDonald (Athletics), Mike Wong (Counseling Services), Bridget O’Brien (Residence Director), Dave Bamford (Campus Police) and Jessica Greene (Health & Wellness). More on this grant in an upcoming issue.

SURE Thing: For some students, the many hours, days, and weeks working in the College’s labs instill a lifelong passion to transition what they’ve learned in the classroom into research work in the field. Stonehill’s Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) offers that opportunity, allowing 50-students to work with 25 faculty on projects such as measuring the impact of oysters on water pollution or building a mass spectrometer. A new video highlights the program and the accomplishments of last year’s SURE scholars. Check it out here.

Skyhawks & Eagles: Looking for a great way to spend an upcoming Thursday night? Look no further. Stonehill Men’s Basketball plays at Boston College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3! What’s more, the College is hosting a pre-game reception for alumni, parents, and friends of the team at 5:30 p.m. in the Conte Center. Reception tickets are $20. Thanks to BC, the game tickets are complimentary. Register by Monday, October 31. For more, visit here.

Stonehill Star: On October 9, Lauren King ’19 released her first original album, “Don’t Look Her in the Eye.” The Summit recently profiled the young singer and her folk-pop album, which can be previewed and purchased here. We also have five copies of the album. Email

Medical Trauma: Tomorrow, Professor Molly Benjamin will discuss her book The Catastrophic Self: Essays in Philosophy, Memoir, and Medical Trauma. If you plan on attending her presentation in Alumni Hall at 1 p.m., email Noelle Preston or call 508-565-1131. For more, visit here.