Monday Morning Update

November 17, 2014

Erudite Talk: When Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) was inducted recently into the American Poets Corner, Professor of English George Piggford, C.S.C. had the honor of delivering a tribute to the great short story writer whose work explores religious and southern themes. At the induction in New York City, Piggford, an O’Connor scholar, addressed the nature of her Catholic faith. According to The New Yorker, “a priest named George Piggford who wore black robes, gave “an erudite talk about O’Connor’s commitment to the sacrament of the Eucharist….and her debt to the Jesuit mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.” For more, visit here.

Top Honor: The Boston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has presented Communication Professor Jack Jackson with its top honor in recognition of his extraordinary achievements as a local PR professional. Jackson has taught at Stonehill since 2008 and his professional career spans positions as a UPI reporter, WCVB-TV news producer, executive vice president at Shandwick plc, a leading PR firm that merged with Weber, principal of two communications agencies that he founded and corporate PR manager for Fortune 500 high-tech firms. For more, visit here.

Election Hyperbole: Contrary to the headlines, the American people did not speak decisively in the recent elections, according to Writing Professor Jon Lee, in an article for WBUR’s Cognoscenti. In fact, only one-sixth of the population bothered to vote. That suggests the vast majority of voters are turned off from the two major parties, which are separated by the thinnest of margins. For Lee, this means that today’s win maybe tomorrow’s loss and, “if we don’t start talking to each other, then the bipartisan gridlock that’s stymied this country for the last six years will continue." To read Lee’s analysis, visit here

Accounting Fund: One of the region’s leading accounting firms, Sharkansky, LLP, which has a long, productive relationship with the College, recently established a scholarship fund for full-time juniors or seniors enrolled in the accounting program. Their goal is to encourage students to pursue a career in public accounting.

Court Side: On Saturday, the court in Merkert Gymnasium was dedicated in honor of Paula Sullivan at a ceremony before the women’s basketball game. Over four decades, Sullivan has brought excellence to all her responsibilities. She turned a fledgling program into a national powerhouse and retired as one of the winningest basketball coaches of all-time. In 1993-94, she led her team to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in Stonehill history. As President John Denning C.S.C. noted, for Sullivan, success on the court did not come at the expense of academics as she always insisted that our athletes be young scholars as well.

Happy Birthday: Our student-run newspaper, The Summit, turned 65 this month. To celebrate, the Director of Archives Nicole Casper ’95 has curated an exhibit of materials from the paper’s history, which is on display on the first floor of the MacPhaidin Library.

Auction Action: Thanks to our dedicated team of alumni volunteers,donors and bidders,the Alumni Auction, held recently in the Shields Science Center, raised more than $45,000 for student scholarships.

Greek Tragedy: Directed by Professor Patricia Sankus, the Stonehill Theatre Company’s Fall production is Antigone, which 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.

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