Monday Morning Update

December 1, 2014

Giving Tuesday:Tomorrow, the Stonehill community will participate in #Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy. Last year, we received more than 300 gifts in support of the College from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and students. No matter the size, all gifts are appreciated and please know that your generosity helps to make a major difference in the lives of many Stonehill students. For more about #Giving Tuesday and to see a video message from President John Denning, C.S.C., visit here. If you do not want to wait until tomorrow to make your gift, you can do so today by visiting here.

Well-Rounded: As a student, James Hummel ’06 majored in biochemistry but the breadth of his Stonehill experience has served him well on his unexpected career path in broadcast news. “So far I’ve had to cover it all – current events, politics, arts, even science,” says Hummel, a TV news anchor for KATC in Lafayette, Louisiana. “The well-rounded education at Stonehill prepared me perfectly for whatever a day in news might bring.” For other examples of how our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates go into the world armed not only with scientific knowledge but also with the critical-thinking skills and broad worldview they need to succeed in their chosen fields, visit here.

Driving Curiosity: In Professor Richard Capobianco’s classes on seminal 20th century philosopher Martin Heidegger, Andrew Bourret ’09 learned how to follow his “driving curiosity” and how to explore big life questions such as: Why is there something when there could be nothing? Bourret is now pursuing a career in the environmental field, but, in a recent essay, he describes the exciting intellectual journey he experienced thanks to Capobianco, a leading authority on Heidegger and the author of the recently published, Heidegger’s Way of Being. To read Bourret’s essay, visit here. To learn more about Capobianco and his scholarship, visit here.

Digital Currency: A finance and economics double major Daniel Doherty ’15 visited Miami recently to compete in the Citi Mobil Challenge, which brings together the best software developers and designers in the world to develop cutting-edge applications for banking platforms. While working at Goldman Sachs last summer, Doherty meet three other students who formed a team that developed a Bitcoin (digital currency) application. In Miami, that team was one of just 20 out of 3,000 selected to present their application and they were the only undergraduates who competed. For more, visit here.

Better Representation: To address the underrepresentation of women in politics, two students have formed a new group which encourages Stonehill women to pursue careers in public service. To mark the launch of the Sylvia Donaldson Society for Women in Politics, Michelle Wozniak ’15 and Michelle Dander ’15 invited a current Massachusetts congresswoman, Katherine Clark, to a recent kick-off event at the Martin Institute. The Society is named after a Brockton school teacher who became one of the first women to be elected to the Massachusetts legislature in the 1920s.To learn about Wozniak and Dander’s vision for the Society, visit here.

Top Twenty: Stonehill is one of the top schools for study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education. In the Institute’s annual Open Doors Survey, Stonehill placed 20th on a list of baccalaureate institutions for semester study abroad programs. Our students can chose from 200 international programs in 35 countries and nearly 40 percent of the Class of 2014 studied or interned abroad for at least one semester. To learn how our students feel about studying abroad, read their reflections in Tales From Abroad

Honored: For her professionalism and dedication to students, Intercultural Affairs Director Liza Talusan has received two regional awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. For more on why Talusan, who has led the Intercultural Affairs office since 2007, is held in such high regard, visit here.