New Academic Year Gets Underway

August 24, 2012

There are 822 students in the Class of 2016, which makes it the largest class in Stonehill history. Fifty five percent are enrolled as liberal arts majors, 23 percent as business majors and 22 percent as science majors. The students come from 24 states and four countries. African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students constitute 14 percent of the class, a new record for the College.

Getting Started

A tradition since 1996, Academic Convocation will get the new academic year underway in the Sports Complex on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Campus Ministry will offer the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday in the Pettit Atrium in the Shields Science Center at 11 a.m. President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. will preside and our new Vice President for Mission Rev. James Lies, C.S.C. will preach.


We have 14 new faculty members: Amra Brooks (English), Jungyun Gill (Sociology), Nicole Capezza (Psychology), Frank Georges (Economics), Kristin Burkholder (Environmental Science Fellow), Colleen Ellis (Visual & Performing Arts Fellow), David Hurley (Psychology Fellow), Maggie Labinski (Philosophy Fellow), Jenny Howe (English Fellow), Annalyssa Murphy (Sociology Fellow), Dorothy Pazin (Biology Fellow), Michele Tague (Chemistry), Kate Harris (Chemistry Fellow), and Shane Ewegen (Philosophy).

Community Service

On Monday August 27th, the Class of 2016 will head Into the Streets (ITS) of neighboring communities to perform an afternoon of service. Now in its 22nd year, ITS will set a new record for participation in the program with close to 852 first-year and transfer students and 85 student leaders, as well as 52 faculty & staff, serving at 53 local sites, including the Cape Verdean Association, Family Center, Brockton Boys & Girls Club, Easton Food Pantry, and My Brother's Keeper.

Investigating Belief

This summer, the Class of 2016 read This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. Now, as part of their Common Intellectual Experience, the students will use the New York Times bestseller to investigate the concept of belief, explore their own values, and identify their own guiding principles. They will then create a personal belief statement, which they will revisit and modify over time, allowing them to see how their beliefs have evolved while at Stonehill.


To launch its exploration of Environmental Justice, Sustainability, and Economic Development, the Martin Institute will show the animated sci-fi movie Wall-E on September 6th at 7 p.m. on the Quad. Wall-E is a garbage collecting robot in a world where humans have abandoned earth because of corporate-generated trash. With guest speakers, seminars and debates, the Martin Institute will, over two years, explore climate change, food security, environmental stewardship and development.


Now in its second year, the Farm at Stonehill continues to thrive. In late May, it began delivering produce to the following organizations that help people in need, Saint Paul's Table at Father Bill's & MainSpring, two family centers at Old Colony YMCA and My Brother's Keeper in Easton. The Farm is located beside the Clock Farm on Rt. 138 in Easton and Farmer Bridget Meigs invites you to stop by and see the Farm for yourself. To learn more about the Farm, visit here.


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