Monday Morning Update

December 15, 2014

Global Thinkers: Big city internships give our students not only the practical experience they need to launch careers and enter graduate school, but also the cultural experiences that allow them to expand their perspective, sharpen their problem-solving skills, collaborate with different people and become global thinkers. We have profiles of 13 Stonehill students who had experiences of a lifetime interning in cities such as Paris, London, Florence, Dublin, New York, Washington, D.C., and, of course, Boston. To learn how much the students appreciate these first-rate opportunities, visit here.

Deep Disparities: After she graduated in 2012, Amy Flynn moved to Miami where she worked with Teach for America, which advocates for educational equity and enlists young graduates to serve in high-need communities. As she embraced the cultural flavors of South Florida, she also encountered the obstacles that many low income people of color must navigate to successfully obtain an education. Writing for the Nashua Telegraph recently, she described her admiration for how hard her students strived to prove that they could rise above the low expectations that society has for them. Flynn is now at Boston University working on an MBA in public and nonprofit management. To read her article, visit here.

Life Skills: In a recent feature, WBZ News Radio highlighted the involvement of Stonehill students with Coaching4Change, a nonprofit that mentors inner-city kids, age 14 to 18, on academics, leadership and life skills. Founded and run by Marquis Taylor ’06, Coaching4Change is active in the City of Brockton and the WBZ story notes the impact the program has on both the high school and college students. To listen, visit here.

Campus Christmas: In the wake of his success on America’s Got Talent, Micah Christian ’06 and his group Sons of Serendip have released their version of O Holy Night as a holiday single. They have generously allowed us to use the song as the soundtrack for our Christmas Snapshot, which captures many of the holiday events on campus from Lessons and Carols to the Alumni Gift Wrapping Party to the lighting of the tree, and more. To hear the hymn and to see the photos, visit our Christmas Snapshot.

Ballroom Thieves: While Micah Christian ’06 and his group have released their first single, two other alumni, Martin Earley ’10 and Devin Mauch ’11, are making a name for themselves on the music scene. In 2012, with their friend, Calin Peters, they formed The Ballroom Thieves, which has been described as a rock band in a folk suit. Recently, fellow Stonehill alum Lauren Daley ’05 interviewed the group for an article on To read the interview and learn more about the group’s unique sound, visit here.

Rejoice: Nine employees recently received Gaudete medals in recognition of their service over the past 20 years. They are: William Deane, Gerald DiMestico, Mark Larson, and Peggy Pigeon, from Facilities Management, Maureen Glynn, Information Technology, Michael Gray, Healthcare Administration, Jennifer Macaulay, Library, Douglas Smith, Development, and Lu Ann Totman, Communications & Media Relations. Now in its 31st year, the ceremony occurs close to the Third Sunday in Advent, which is often called Gaudete Sunday. The words engraved on the medal also open the Mass on Gaudete Sunday: Gaudete in Domino semper or Rejoice in the Lord always. The dedication of our employees is indeed cause for rejoicing in the Lord!

Christmas Eve Mass: Our Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of Mary at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 with President John Denning, C.S.C. presiding. Deacon Tim Mouton, C.S.C. will be preaching at the Mass. Campus Ministry organizes a beautiful ceremony, which attracts many local alumni, neighbors and other members of the community.

Dear Readers: Thank you for your interest, ideas and feedback during the year. On break for the next two weeks, we will return on Monday, January 5. Have a great holiday season and we look forward to keeping you informed about events at Stonehill in 2015.