Monday Morning Update

July 14, 2014

Honoring a Classmate: At Commencement, the Class of 2014 presented President John Denning, C.S.C. with a check for $14,766 to establish The Henry Thevenin ’14 Memorial Scholarship. Just two months after being diagnosed with leukemia at the end of his first year at the College, the popular defensive lineman for the Stonehill football team passed away. His classmates, wanting to help keep his memory alive, dedicated their class gift to a scholarship in his honor. With just over $10,000 more raised since Commencement, we are happy to announce that the scholarship is now endowed and will be awarded in the fall to an academically qualified, financially needy student from Brockton, Thevenin’s hometown. 

Longest Day: In his second year of participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day event, Jason Lynch ’11 was joined by 19 of his friends from both near and far, including Stonhehill alumni Matthew Meagher ’09, Kristina Maimonis’12, and Daniel Hogan ’11, as they helped raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s. The group, which raised nearly $10,000, took part in activities like hiking, running, and reading in the U.S., Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic for the sunrise to sunset event held each year on the summer solstice. To see a photo of Lynch with his fellow alumni on top of Mt. Washington, visit here.

Semester on The Hill: For more than 30 years, the Stonehill in Washington Program has placed students in high-profile internships that give them skills useful in their field of study and put them face-to-face with people in the highest levels of national and international leadership. To read an in-depth story about how the program has given students a transformative experience, visit here.

Up In Smoke: In a recent U.S. News & World Report essay, Associate Professor of Economics Sean Mulholland argues that the EPA’s new proposed regulations on wood burning stoves do not take into account local variability, behavioral changes and the regressive effects of such a plan. To read his insights, visit here.

Farm Outreach: With a bountiful summer growing season, Farm Manager Bridget Meigs, along with Christine Moodie ’15 and Devin Ingersoll ’14, are working to not only keep the Farm’s crops healthy to ensure enough fresh produce gets to our neighbors in need but also working to increase the number of gardens throughout the city of Brockton. “There is a far greater need for fresh fruits and vegetables in the local community than what the Farm can supply so expanding our work into city gardens can further benefit our local neighbors,” says Ingersoll. To learn more about the various projects going on at The Farm this summer, visit here.

New Bishop:  Pope Francis has named the Most Rev. Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River.  Born in Brazil, Bishop da Cunha has served his entire priestly life in the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ), and since 2003, as an Auxiliary Bishop there. Bishop da Cunha succeeds the Most Reverend George Coleman who, in accordance with Church Law, submitted his letter of resignation upon turning 75 years of age in February.

Year in Photos: When Fr. John Denning, C.S.C. took office as president on July 1, 2013, the College’s academic year got underway with a lot of excitement. Since then, much has happened at the College and, to review all the highlights 2013-2014, visit our Year in Review Snapshot.