Monday Morning Update

March 10, 2014

Straight from the White House: Last week, David Simas ’92, who is one of President Barack Obama’s top advisors, returned to campus to speak with members of the College community. During his talk in the Martin Institute, which was moderated by Visiting Political Science Professor John Walsh, Simas reflected on his time at the College, saying the sense of community he felt is what he remembers most about his time at Stonehill. He also hailed his former Political Science Professor Charles Serns. For more, visit here.

Lord of the Rings: As groundbreaking for the Sports Complex expansion approaches, memorabilia for the new Lou Gorman Pavilion has begun to arrive, most notably the three championship rings that Lou Gorman ’53 won with the Boston Red Sox: his 1986 ALCS ring as well as his 2004 & 2007 World Series rings! His collection also includes World Series rings he won with the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets. These and other cherished items from his baseball career will be on display in the new space, which is being supported by a $2 million Yawkey Foundation gift.  For more, including a photo of the Red Sox rings, visit here.

Cairn Couple: When James Shannon ’65 was a freshman, he had his first short story published in The Cairn. As editor of the College’s literary magazine his senior year, he met his wife Kathy (Raposa) Shannon ’68. Both went on to teach and to write with James specializing in crime/mysteries and Kathy in Harlequin romances. Recently released, James’ first mystery novel, Dying for Attention, is about a former Boston reporter who becomes a substitute teacher so he can write about a typical high school. But soon students and staff are being murdered with the killer contacting the reporter, insisting he make him famous by writing about the killings. We have four copies. Email First come, first served.

H.O.P.E. Bound: Despite enduring a brutally cold winter, 180 of our students have opted to skip the warm beaches of Florida or the Caribbean this spring break to instead help others in need at destinations across the globe. Since 1997, the H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break Program has provided thousands of students with transformative experiences. This year, students are stationed in the Dominican Republic, Peru, California, Ware (Massachusetts),  West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Syracuse (New York), Oregon, New Orleans, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Arizona. For more on what the students are doing this week, visit here.

Radio Report:  For WSHL 91.3,it has been a time of celebration and renovation. At Alumni Day recently, 45 former station members returned to campus to celebrate WSHL’s 40 years of broadcast history. In addition, thanks to a $10,000 gift from former music director Jeffrey McClusky ’75, the WSHL studio underwent a much needed makeover. To see a great group shot of the reunited WSHL alumni, visit here.

Summer Program Discount: Got a high school student who’d like to live at Stonehill taking fun courses this summer? Blueprint Summer Programs is offering readers up to a $200 tuition discount. Beginning July 6th, the program is open to rising 9-12 grade students and offers courses in psychology, creative writing, forensic science, business, and fashion design. This offer is good for the first five families who register for either a one or two week program. For more, visit here or call 877-415-1111 x1. Enter the code Stonehill100 for $100 off your one-week program or Stonehill200 for $200 off your two-week program. Pay tuition in full and get another $50 off. Program tuition includes class supplies and full room and board.

Parade March: The registration date for marching with the Stonehill contingent in New York’s Saint Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 has been extended to March 13. For information or to register, visit here.