Monday Morning Update

December 16, 2013

Student Writing: In her Narrative Writing course, Communication Professor Maureen Boyle recently asked her students: What is one thing that best describes you and why? The assignment sparked lively answers and fine essays. Aimee Chiavaroli ’16, for example, wrote about a locket, given to her by her grandmother who now struggles with dementia. “She’s never going to go back to the way she was, but I’ll always have the gold locket to remind me of my real grandmother and the time I spent with her before this disease consumed her,” wrote Chiavaroli. To read her full essay “The Locket She Forgot,” visit here.

Mental Marathon: When candidates seek to become chartered financial analysts, they know they are entering a mental marathon. To help them prepare for that challenge, Greg Campion ’00 has written CFA Confidential: What It Really Takes to Become a Chartered Financial Analyst. A marketing major at Stonehill, Campion honed his investment skills on the trading floors of Lehman Brothers, becoming a trusted capital markets advisor to some of the savviest hedge fund and mutual fund investors in the business. In this lively, easy-to-read book, Campion explains everything you need to know to get through the CFA exams successfully and with your sanity intact. We have two copies of the book. Email First come, first served.

Vote Talley: Head Football Coach Robert Talley is one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year Award, which honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence on and off the field. If Talley wins, he will receive $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his top charities and $20,000 for the Alumni Council Scholarship Fund. Talley, who has already been named the New England Football Writers Coach of the Year, led Stonehill to its first winning season since 1996 with an 8-3 record overall after being picked seventh in the Northeast-10’s preseason poll. The ballots are open through Dec. 22 and fan voting accounts for 20% of the Award criteria. To vote for Coach Talley, visit here.

Remembering Ernie Branco: Although Hernani “Ernie” Branco coached men’s soccer at Stonehill from 1984 to 1998, he was more than a successful professional coach. He was a mentor and an advocate, beloved by his players and respected by his peers. An immigrant from Portugal who spoke no English when he arrived in America as a boy, he was a good man who loved life and radiated that energy. His death in a car accident last weekend saddened all who knew the retired Brockton educator and member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. For more on Branco, visit here.

Spirit of Holy Cross: In the Chapel of Mary recently, Craig Binney ’83 was honored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers presented him with the Spirit of Holy Cross Award. The Award recognizes Binney as a lay collaborator who has worked devotedly to support the Congregation’s mission to “make God known, loved and served.”  The College’s Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, he has served Stonehill in numerous professional capacities since 1985.  For more, visit here.

Struggle & Unity: When President Barack Obama speaks about struggle and unity, as he did at the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life in South Africa recently, he is at his rhetorical best, according to Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio in an interview with Metro, a free daily paper with 18 million readers in 100 cities across the world. To read Professor Ubertaccio’s assessment, visit here.

Mr. Stonehill Crowned: Now in its 15th year, the annual Mr. Stonehill contest recently saw 11 talented males compete for the coveted crown, which went to Xavier Dixon ’14. To see photos, visit here.

Christmas Spirit: Whether it is Lessons and Carols, decorated townhouses or a visit from Santa, Stonehill is celebrating the spirit of the season. To see a selection of campus holiday photos, visit our Christmas Snapshot.

Christmas Eve Mass: Our Christmas Eve Mass will be celebratedin the Chapel of Mary at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 with President John Denning, C.S.C. presiding. Campus Ministry organizes a beautiful ceremony, which attracts many local alumni, neighbors and other members of the community.

Season’s Greetings: We will not publish again until Monday, January 6, 2014. We wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.