Monday Morning Update

July 20, 2015

Pope’s Climate Call: Stonehill has joined a growing number of Catholic colleges and universities world-wide that are responding to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, which represents a call to action in addressing the climate challenges threatening the world today. Last week, President John Denning, C.S.C. signed a statement in solidarity with the encyclical, Laudato Si, On the Care of our Common Home. So far, 150 Catholic higher education leaders in 25 countries have added their names to that statement in support of the Pope’s groundbreaking encyclical on care for creation. For more, visit here.

Gold Medal: Representing Team USA at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taiwan, Tori Faieta ’15 returned home this week with a gold medal as she led the USA to victory. With a 68-54 victory over Lithuania in the championship game, the USA went a perfect 7-0 throughout the tournament while Faieta averaged a team-high 14.9 points per game. For more, visit here.

On Safari: This summer, Claire O’Brien ’17 spent an intensive three weeks with her travel writer aunt on a safari assignment in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Assisting her aunt, O’ Brien took notes, wrote stories, edited photos, conducted interviews, and posted to social media. Yet, going into the assignment, she feared that she might be a burden and was concerned about the generational gap between the two of them. At the end of three weeks, however, they had successfully crossed the generational divide. To read how they collaborated while pushing each other out of their comfort zones, visit here.

Good Value: The College recently received a 105th ranking out of 736 schools nationwide in a new study by Money Magazine which focuses on schools that deliver a great education at an affordable price and that help students launch promising careers. The rankings also include a “Value-Added Grade,” which reflects how well a school’s students’ perform versus expectations for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds (graduation rate, student loan defaults, and post-grad earning). Stonehill received an A- grade. For more, visit here.

Freshman Flashback: With Summer Orientation for the Class of 2019 behind us and classes beginning before Labor Day, we want to ask our alums if you recall what it felt like to be a freshman at Stonehill? What was it was like moving into your dorm room for the first time? Meeting your roommate? What were you most excited about and most nervous about? Did you bring anything special from home to ease the separation? We'd love to hear from you. Please share your first year move-in memories by emailing We might even include your memory in the next Stonehill Alumni Magazine!

Young Farmers: The third annual Camp Shriver, which serves local children with and without disabilities, at Stonehill got underway on July 6 and one of the first places the campers visited was The Farm where they picked over nine pounds of peas for our partners at the David Jon Lousion Family Center of the Old Colony YMCA. To see a photo of the campers enjoying some of their harvest and time with Zuri, Farm Manager Bridget Meigs’ dog, visit here.

Being Happy: In this issue, we started with Pope Francis’ climate call and we want to end by sharing his recent list of 10 practical tips on how to live a happier life. To read his list, visit here.