Monday Morning Update

January 20, 2014

Reaching Out in Welcome: On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day, we share a comment from Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C. ’69 on diversity and inclusion. Before completing a term as Director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Cleary noted, “The word ‘catholic’ means universal and the universal Church cannot be anything other than diverse. Diversity is of its essence.” For an update on how Stonehill is reaching out in welcome and what inclusion means on campus today, visit here.

Political Round Table: Next Friday four of the country’s top political strategists will be at the Martin Institute for a Political Round Table luncheon where they will share their insights into the political mood of Massachusetts and the nation in the run up to the 2014 midterm and 2016 presidential races. Panelists will include founding partners of the national bipartisan strategic marketing firm Purple Strategies, Alex Castellanos and Steve McMahon, who offer their expertise on shows like Meet the Press and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Joining them will be Stonehill trustee and author Patrick Griffin ’81 and former Congressman James Demers, who are managing partners of the company’s newest venture: Purple Strategies - New England. Doug Usher, who directs the research division of Purple Strategies, will also be on hand. For more, including RSVP information, visit here.

Golden Globe: Communication major Neal O’Doherty ’09 is a post-production assistant for NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which picked up the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy Series last weekend. Since graduating from Stonehill, O’Doherty has built an impressive resume in the television industry, working for the Disney Channel and ABC’s hugely popular Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Web Winner: Stonehill’s new website has received a Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District I. The Excellence Awards recognize innovative work from colleges across New England and Stonehill was in good company with the Gold Award going to Champlain College in Vermont and the Bronze to Dartmouth College. With input from the Stonehill community, the Marketing Department led the process for creating the new website,

Alumni Day: From a legacy brunch to a WSHL reunion,the College’s second-annual Alumni Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th. Alumni and their families can enjoy a day of winter activities like ice skating at the May Pavilion during the Winter Carnival. Alumni are invited to enter their chili and/or salsa recipes for the second-annual Alumni Cook-Off Contest which will be part of the Winter Warm-Up Party. Special events planned for this year’s Alumni Day include a 50th Reunion celebration for WSHL Stonehill College Radio along with an open house tour of the newly renovated WSHL studio. For a full listing of events and for registration information, visit here.  

Sports Complex Expansion: Plans for the expansion of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex are moving forward as Sasaki Associates has been selected as the project’s architect while Bond Brothers, who partnered with the College on the Shields Science Center, will build the 80,000 square foot addition. The groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in the spring with an anticipated completion date of August 2015. For more on the project, visit here.

Divine Desserts: Students dove in when Sodexo bakery server Patty Chiocca offered a plate of delectable desserts in the Dining Commons recently. To see the photo we captured, visit here.