Monday Morning Update

May 12, 2014

Graduation Advice: In response to an Alumni Magazine question, “what advice would alumni give graduating seniors?” Richard Yanikoski ’68 touched on the value of time. He wrote: “Your most important asset is your time. Guard it. Use it judiciously for what counts most. You cannot know how much of it you will have. You can do little to increase it.  Everything that wastes time steals part of your life. Focus when you work. Put work aside when you play. Love like there is no tomorrow. Pray that there is a tomorrow. Savor every moment, even the tough ones. From them you will learn how precious time is. Thank God for all you have—every day.”  To read nine other pieces of advice to graduates, visit here.

Beyond Farming: Since its first growing season in 2011, The Farm at Stonehill has been providing food to local families who do not have access to affordable fruits or vegetables. It has also been raising awareness about food justice issues, but what does the Farm have to do with religion, sociology or world history? For some Stonehill faculty, the answer is more than you might think. They are finding innovative ways to connect the 1.5 acre farm, located on Route 138, to lessons they are teaching in the classroom. For more on how our faculty members are using The Farm to cultivate living classrooms, read this year’s Stonehill Faculty Focus. If you would like a copy, send your mailing address to or visit here.

Solar Power: At a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing last week, the College celebrated the completion of its 2.7 megawatt solar field, the largest on a New England college campus. The field will save an estimated $3.2 million over the course of a 15-year contract Stonehill signed with New Jersey-based Marina Energy.  In addition to thanking the many people involved with making the project a reality, President John Denning, C.S.C. gave credit to our students, who saw the potential for solar energy on campus and argued persuasively for the College to explore that option. “We are proud of how our students showed initiative and how they made their case on an issue about which they felt so passionate.” For more on the 9,000 solar panel field, visit here.

Dedicated Service: Professor Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C. ’70 recently received the Faculty Service Award, which honors a full-time faculty member whose service has significantly advanced the College’s mission. In his nearly 30-year professional career, Fr. Gariepy, who is currently the Chair of the Healthcare Administration Department, has done just that, serving on numerous committees, several of which he has chaired, and has playing an integral role in the College’s reaccreditation processes. For more, visit here.

Teaming Up:  A new agreement with Massasoit Community College will allow transfer students to apply up to 60 of their credits toward a Stonehill bachelor’s degree. In addition, Massasoit students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher who transfer under this Dual-Degree Transfer Agreement will be eligible to receive a $10,000 Massasoit Transfer Scholarship as well. For more, visit here.

Selfie: At a campus event last week, Coach Rob Talley snapped a group selfie with a very special guest, BostonCardinal Sean O’Malley. To see it, visit here.

Strong Finish: As it wraps up the season, Athletics is racking up an impressive list of achievements. Last weekend, the women’s track/field team made history by capturing its first-ever Northeast-10 Outdoor Title, sweeping all three NE-10 Championships this year. Not to be outdone, Emma Zamierowski’16 earned an individual national championship as a member of the equestrian team last weekend at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals. Finally, pitcher Zack Soulier ’14 became Stonehill’s all-time wins leader as the baseball team closed out a 30-win season over the weekend. For more, visit here.

Tribute: Before he came to Stonehill in 1977, Professor George Gallant, who died last month, served with distinction as an Army intelligence officer. A fluent Russian speaker and an expert on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, he also taught at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. At the College, he spent 20 years sharing his vast international relations experience with Stonehill students. In addition, he helped forge our exchange program with Yaroslavl State University in Russia, which he also directed. A gentleman to his core, Professor Gallant was unfailingly polite, understated and kind.