Monday Morning Update

February 17, 2014

Life Changing: As a divorced, single mom, Kimberly Dwyer ’01 had a bold idea in 1997. She applied to Stonehill and, to her own surprise, got accepted. That, she says, “… was life changing for me and my children.” After majoring in psychology and waitressing to pay the bills, she became a lifelong learner and opportunities opened up for her. Today, she is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Last year, she published Meditation for Moms: How to Relax Your Body, Refresh Your Mind, and Revitalize Your Spirit in Minutes a Day, which has had lively sales on Amazon. We have three copies of her book, which taps into the power of mindfulness. Email

Italian Identity: Since World War II, more and more English words have been creeping into the Italian language. For Professor Antonio Barbagallo, this borrowing trend reflects a “grave illness” or an identity crisis in Italian society. Drifting far from the imaginative works of the Renaissance, Italian society is becoming less creative and more imitative. For his essay on this topic, The Anglicism Avalanche in Postwar Italian, Barbagallo recently won the International Poetry and Literature Prize for New Literature from theItalian Cultural Institute of Naples. Barbagallo has been teaching foreign languages at Stonehill since 1989.

Knowledge to Action: Back in the 1990s, eco-minded students began a low-tech, modest recycling initiative at Stonehill. Nearly a quarter century later, those efforts have grown exponentially and become ingrained in the College’s culture, to the point where sustainability is now part of our strategic plan and an important element of our Catholic identity. For more on our green initiatives today, from composting food waste in the Dining Commons to our Stop the Drop water conservation measures, visit here.

Matt’s Message: While playing high school hockey four years ago, Matt Brown ’16 went from being a competitive athlete to being wheelchair bound. That spinal cord injury notwithstanding, Brown is now in his second year at Stonehill and very engaged in all aspects of campus life. Recently, he gave the keynote address at the College’s Annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion and the message he delivered to his fellow students focused on the power of resilience. For more on the Conference, which attracted 160 attendees this year compared to seven when it started five years ago, and on Matt’s remarks, visit here.

Global Perspective: Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón will visit the Martin Institute at 11:30 a.m. today for a conversation on leadership and public policy.  As President from 2006 to 2012, Calderón implemented many changes in Mexico, including advances in education, universal healthcare, trade, sustainability, and the economy.  Calderón is the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 2013, he assumed the role of Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Political Science Professor Richard Finnegan ’64 will moderate today’s conversation.

Alumni Day Photos: A bright winter’s day brought many alumni and their families back to campus on Saturday, February 8for the second annual Alumni Day. Events included ice skating on the May Rink, a dog sledding presentation, a chili & salsa cook-off, a legacy brunch, and a WSHL Reunion. To see the photos, visit here.

Parade March: Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to march in the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Monday, March 17, 2014.  Participants will assemble between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on E. 48th Street, between Madison and Park.  Sashes will be provided by the College to parade participants.  Registration is required no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.  While there is no charge to participate, gifts to the Stonehill College Fund are encouraged. To register and/or make a donation, visit here.