Monday Morning Update

August 18, 2014

Welcome First-Years: On Saturday, the members of the Class of 2018 officially begin their Stonehill journey when they move into their campus residences. Of course, family and friends will be helping them to unpack and get settled in their rooms but many alumni will be on hand welcoming them, assisting with the move-in and offering advice. Upperclassmen will return on Sunday while on Monday, first-year students will participate in Community Engagement Day, formally known as Into the Streets. The annual Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at 11 a.m. followed by Academic Convocation at 4:30 p.m. Last year’s Hegarty Award Winner, Fr. Richard Gribble, C.S.C. will give the keynote speech.

Summertime: Campus will be buzzing next week as the academic year gets underway but the College has been far from a ghost town since students left in May. This year, Stonehill hosted 25-30 groups and camps, attracting more than 10,000 guests, from some of the world’s top scientists discussing nucleotide polymorphisms to middle and high school kids studying everything from broadcast journalism to forensic science. To learn about the work that sustains such a full summer schedule of activities and their value to the College, visit here.

Spirit As Deep As the Sea: Soon after his freshman year, Danny Murphy ’81 broke his neck in a diving accident, which left him paralyzed. But, as Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen noted “There are some people who have full use of their legs and go nowhere in life. Danny Murphy was paralyzed and he went everywhere.” Movie fans might recall Murphy’s cameo roles in comedy classics such as There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin. To read Cullen's tribute to Murphy, who died recently, and more about what he achieved in his life, visit  here.

Micah’s Got Talent: With their performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” Micah Christian ’06 and his band Sons of Serendip advanced to the Top 20 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent (AGT) last week. The group’s lead singer, Christian spent five years as a member of the Cape Cod-based a-cappella group, Hyannis Sound and was also a member of the Chieftones at Stonehill. Together, he and his wife, Jocelyn (Vierra) Christian ’08, have focused their lives on missionary work. Most recently, they spent a year teaching in Peru. To see a clip of Sons of Serendip performing on AGT last week visit here.

Kenneally Lecture: A leading Holocaust scholar, Professor Wolf Gruner is also an authority on genocide, mass violence and state discrimination against indigenous populations, especially in Latin America. On Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Institute, he will deliver the Kenneally Lecture, which is sponsored by the College’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee. Professor Gruner will explore the topic Protest and Defiance. Unknown Jewish and Non-Jewish Reactions to Nazi Persecution in Germany. All are welcome to attend this free public lecture. For more information, visit here.

Ice Bucket Challenge:Nominated by the Bentley University Undergraduate Admission office to complete the hugely successful ALS challenge, Stonehill’s new Dean of Admission David Tobias, whose family is friends with someone battling the disease, gladly accepted the challenge on the Donahue steps Thursday. Upon being soaked, Tobias issued challenges to admission offices at several other colleges. To see the photo, visit here.

School Supplies: Recently, over 60 alumni and friends gathered in Alumni Hall to fill over 260 donated backpacks, which will go to local children at the start of the school year. Now in its 11th year, the Back-to-School Backpack Project is one of the most successful alumni service initiatives, having provided nearly 1,750 local children with school supplies since 2004. To see photos from the event, visit here.

Craft Sale Reminder: If you’re looking for a variety of craft supplies, we encourage you to stop by campus this Thursday, August 21st between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to purchase some of the late Rev. Albert Croce, C.S.C. donated items. A talented crafter, he gave all his supplies to the College to help support a scholarship in his name. Proceeds from the sale, which will include beads, ribbons, flowers, plastic and ceramic figurines, glitter, colored egg shells, boxes, and more, will benefit the Croce scholarship. The sale will take place in Merkert-Tracy Hall, Room 328. For more information, call 508-565-1319.