Monday Morning Update

August 5, 2013

Outstanding Alumnus: Charismatic basketball coach Ed Cooley ’94 received the Outstanding Alumnus Award at a campus ceremony on Friday.  Currently coaching the Providence College men’s basketball team, he was a three-year captain for Stonehill and an assistant coach during the 1995-96 season. In honoring Cooley, who is the first African American to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award, the committee cited his record as a winning coach whose leadership inspires players to be their best both on and off the court. Noting his professional accomplishments, Alumni Council President Catherine Campbell ’96 hailed Cooley for the example he sets for “young males not just as athletes but also in the game of life.” For more, visit here.

An Eye for Nature: Facilities worker John Hepburn is part of a maintenance team at Stonehill, but, in addition to keeping campus buildings in prime condition, he has an eye for nature. When he spotted an unusually large moth near the Notre Dame du Lac residence hall, he alerted Biology Professor Maura Tyrrell. She was able to key it out from John’s picture as a polyphemus moth; when she looked up polyphemus moths in Massachusetts she found they were not included in the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) database for Easton. So, she reported the sighting to BAMONA and it is now represented on the species map. Professor Tyrrell notes, “Credit goes to John for appreciating what he saw and sharing it with us. I am always impressed by how our Facilities staff take such pride in the beauty of our campus.” To see the photo, visit here.

Bridge Building: Further unifying the campus on a pedestrian level is part of the College’s master plan and, to that end, work has begun on building a bridge across Ames Pond. The bridge will cross Ames Pond at its narrowest point, connecting the area around Cardinal O’Hara Hall and the south quad with four residence halls and Roche Dining Commons on the east side of campus. For more on this initiative, visit here.

Lost Clout: Massachusetts finds itself in a new and unwelcome political position as the Commonwealth now ranks last in U.S. Senate seniority, and no member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation holds a committee chair or leadership position in either the Senate or the House. For the first time since early 1919, no member of our House delegation has served with a speaker from Massachusetts. As Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio explained recently in a Boston Globe op-ed article, this matters because seniority, leadership, and clout in Washington D.C. bring two key benefits: prioritizing federal dollars and articulating political values. For Ubertaccio's analysis on how this happened and what the future holds, visit here

Picture of the Week: On campus for his annual baseball camp, Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia took time out to meet with Stonehill Head Baseball Coach Pat Boen ’89 and 11 year-old Kyle Grenon last week. The Stonehill baseball team drafted Kyle in April through the TEAM Impact program, which pairs children facing severe health challenges with college athletic teams. A big Red Sox and Stonehill baseball fan, Kyle had a blast meeting the superstar second baseman as seen in our Picture of the Week.

Front Page News: Hired by the Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, former Summit editor Paige Allen ’13 landed a front page story on her second day at the paper. Allen started on a Monday and on Tuesday her story about local reaction to the birth of Britain’s new royal baby was page-one news.  To read it, visit here.