Monday Morning Update

November 10, 2014

Lives Changed: Confident students today, Thomas Noah ’15 and Austin Alfredson ’15 grew up shouldering doubts about their abilities and dealing with cultural, financial and other obstacles. At ten years of age, Healthcare Administration major Noah moved from Liberia to Framingham. In his teens, Communication major Alfredson moved six times in six years. Both of them, however, credit their educational progress to attending the Ron Burton Training Village and to Stonehill scholarships. To learn how Noah and Alfredson have overcome obstacles, grasped opportunity and matured as students, visit here.

Foliage: During the Fall, our campus is truly spectacular and alive with wonderful colorful foliage. Thanks to Associate Dean of Admissions Sam Smith, who is a talented photographer, we have a selection of brilliant seasonal campus photos. To see them, visit our Fall Splendor Snapshot.

Sister Relentless: That’s what Tom Menino affectionately called Sister Jeanmarie Gribaudo, C.S.J. ’87 who was a friend of the late Boston Mayor and a youth adviser to him. In an interview with The Boston Globe, Sr. Gribaudo, who has taught and served as an administrator at the College, spoke about the Mayor’s quiet religious faith, describing it as an underappreciated driving force behind his attention to poor neighborhoods and his care for the marginalized. To read the Globe story, visithere.

Game of Thrones: For the Director of Campus Ministry, Rev. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C., A Game of Thrones by J. R. R. Martin has set a new standard for what he wants in novels. Equally important, it provides almost endless themes as source material for his homilies. Why? Because “the novel has just about everything you can think of…there’s good versus evil, but mostly every character, like each one of us, is an interesting mix of both.” For more on why Fr. Szakaly finds A Game of Thrones so fascinating, visit his Best Book essay.

Top Coach: Congratulations to Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jim Reddish ’96 on a great season and on being named Northeast-10 Coach of the Year. For more, visit here.

State Street: Recently, nine alumni working at State Street in Boston, along with Stonehill Advancement Officer Brian Fetky ’03 and Chris McNamara ’16, volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank. In one day, these members of the State Street Stonehill Alumni Network sorted over 2,000 lbs. of food, enough to provide 1,700 meals for a family of four in need. To see a photo of the group, visit here.

Greek Tragedy: In Antigone, Sophocles explored the problem of maintaining integrity in a world of compromises. In the 1940s, prolific French dramatist Jean Anouilh revisited that theme in his adaptation of the famous play. Directed by Professor Patricia Sankus, Anouilh’s version is the Stonehill Theatre Company’s Fall production. It will run in Hemingway Theatre, November 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. For tickets ($5 for students/seniors & $8 general admission) call 508-565-1458 or purchase at the door. For more, visit here.

Science & Religion: Don’t forget that the Abraham’s Dice conference begins on Sunday. Come hear top scholars address religion-and-science issues. For more on this free and open to the public four-day conference, visit here.

Being Thankful: With Thanksgiving approaching, we’d like to know why you might be thankful this season. The winning stories – please keep them short and sweet -- will be featured in a web article before the holiday. Winners will receive a frame-able aerial photo of the Stonehill campus. Email