Year In Review

January 5, 2015

A look back at happenings at Stonehill in 2014. 


Solar FieldSolar Field Announced

Just after the New Year, Stonehill announced the building of a 2.7 megawatt solar field across from its main campus on Route 138 in Easton. The 9,000 solar panel field is the largest on a New England college campus according to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) database.

Remembering Mary Shields

With the death of Mary Shields in January, the College lost a friend who knew and loved Stonehill very much, especially its students. The mother of two alumni, William ’84 and Thomas ’92 and one trustee, Carmel Shields, she was also the wife and trusted business partner of Thomas F. Shields, former Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. The Shields Scholarship that Mary and Tom established has helped more than 125 Stonehill students. The $7 million gift they made in support of the Thomas and Mary Shields Science Center remains the largest in the College’s history.


Felipe CalderonFormer President of Mexico Felipe Calderón Visits Stonehill

In a Martin Institute presentation on February , former Mexican President Felipe Calderón shared his insider perspective on bringing major changes to his country, which he led from 2006 to 2012.

Alumni Day Ice SkatingAlumni Day 2014

Alumni returned to Stonehill on Saturday, February 8th for the second annual Alumni Day. From ice skating, a dog sledding presentation, a chili and salsa cookoff, to a WSHL Reunion, alumni enjoyed a range of events and activities throughout the day.


Carole CaloCushing-Martin Gallery Renamed in Honor of Carole Calo

The Cushing Martin Art Gallery was renamed in honor of the late Professor Carole Calo, who is credited with making the Visual and Performing Arts Department a vibrant Stonehill program, in March. Calo, an art history professor, passed away in February of 2013 following a battle with cancer.

JED SealCollege Receives JED Campus Seal

Stonehill’s comprehensive programming for student mental health needs was recognized by the Jed Foundation, a leading organization that works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The College was named one of just 42 schools across the nation to receive the JedCampus Seal, which recognizes schools that exhibit wide-ranging mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus, in March.

HOPE 2014

Over spring break in March, over 180 students and staff members at the College participated in a week of service through the H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break Program.


David SimasStonehill Alum & Presidential Advisor David Simas ’92 Returns to Campus

Stonehill alumnus David Simas ’92, who is one of President Barack Obama’s top advisors, returned to campus to speak with members of the College community in March. During his talk Simas reflected on his time at Stonehill, saying the sense of community he felt is what he remembers most about his time here. 


Stonehill Named Green College by Princeton Review

Stonehill announced its inclusion in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition” in April. The guide, which was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the only free, comprehensive resource for college applicants that focuses solely on saluting colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

Chet Raymo Engineering Scholarship Announced

Alumni surprised Professor Emeritus Chet Raymo in April by announcing a scholarship in his name. At an event in Donahue Hall, Trustee Patrick Burke ’84 and Thomas Fergus ’84 hailed Raymo for pioneering the 3+2 Engineering Program with the University of Notre Dame.

DiverCity 2014 Celebrated

Students, faculty, and staff celebrated Stonehill’s diverse cultures at DiverCity 2014 in April. Through artistic performances, the evening empowered community members to explore not only their own backgrounds, but also learn more about different cultures.


Lou Gorman ’53 Honored with President’s Award for Excellence

The late James “Lou” Gorman ’53 was honored at the 54th annual President’s Dinner at Stonehill on Thursday, May 29th, receiving the President's Award for Excellence. One of Stonehill's highest honors, the award honors individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to public life, business, and to the arts and sciences.

Stonehill Celebrates 63rd Commencement

Stonehill celebrated its 63rd Commencement on Sunday, May 18, graduating 613 students from the Class of 2014. Boston Globe CEO and driving force behind The One Fund Michael Sheehan gave the keynote address, sharing some counter-intuitive advice with the students on knowing when to walk away from bad choices and decisions.


Stonehill Breaks Ground on Sports Complex Expansion

On Thursday, May 15, Stonehill entered a new chapter in its history as it broke ground for a 50,000 square foot addition to the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. The new space will house the Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletics and Fitness Center which will contain additional weight and fitness facilities and student locker rooms.  The addition will also house 12 additional varsity locker rooms with a dedicated varsity weight room, office space for coaches and the Lou Gorman ’53 Pavilion which will display and honor the Red Sox legend’s achievements.

Rev. Tom Gariepy, C.S.C. Receives Faculty Service Award

Professor and Chair of Healthcare Administration, Rev. Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C. ’70 was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Stonehill Faculty Service Award. The honor is given to a full-time faculty member whose service has significantly advanced the mission of the College. 


Welcome Class of 2018

Stonehill welcomed the Class of 2018 to campus for Summer Orientation beginning Monday, June 23 when the first of two sessions got underway. Each two-day session gave incoming students and parents an introduction to the academic, social and spiritual resources and opportunities Stonehill offers.


Reunion 2014

More than 800 alumni as well as 400 family and friends attended Reunion 2014. Ten anniversary classes and 12 Pillar Society classes participated in the three day celebration with the members of the Class of 1964 being this year’s inductees into the Pillar Society, which honors those who marked 50 years since graduation. Alumni and guests explored campus, showed their children around, caught up with friends and prayed for deceased classmates.


Camp Shriver Stonehill 2014

For a second year, local children, with and without disabilities, enjoyed Camp Shriver’s inclusive summer sports program on campus. Camp Shriver develops children’s motor and social skills while fostering positive peer relationships. Stonehill students and some recent graduates serve as counselors. Special thanks go to our Camp partners: the National Inclusion Project, Kevin & Kathleen Gould Family Foundation, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, the Pilgrim Foundation, CVS, Sodexo, Old Colony YMCA and the MENTOR Network.

Donahue Hall Photo Uncovered

While working over the summer with the Easton Historical Society for a special exhibit on mansions of Easton, Archivist Nicole Casper ’95 uncovered a photo of Donahue Hall when it was under construction in 1905!


Christopher Wetzel Named Hegarty Winner

Stonehill celebrated the start of the 2014-2015 academic year at its annual Academic Convocation in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex on Tuesday, August 26 and Associate Professor of Sociology Christopher Wetzel was honored with this year’s Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Stonehill Alum Micah Christian '06 Reaches Finals of America’s Got Talent

Sons of Serendip advanced to the finals on America’s Got Talent in August. The group, whose lead singer is Micah Christian ’06, made it to the finals after months of competition on the show.  The self-described gospel/classical/neo-soul/R&B fusion quartet formed six months ago after meeting at Boston University where Christian was studying for a master of divinity degree.


High-Profile Guests Visit Stonehill

The start of the academic year saw visits from several high-profile speakers, including Boston Globe columnist and Vatican expert John Allen and President Barack Obama’s former head speechwriter Jon Favreau.  

Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space Opens

Over the summer, the MacPháidín Library’s computer lab classroom, originally named for alumnus Brian Flynn ’92 for his support during the construction of the Library in the late 1990s, was renovated through grants received from the George I. Alden Trust and an anonymous donor. The new Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space, dubbed “The Flynn DisCo" for short, serves as a highly interactive space that utilizes advanced technology and innovative learning space design to maximize student learning outcomes. 

Remembering Coach Mac

In September, we lost a Stonehill legend with the passing of Tom MacDonald ’53. Universally known as “Coach Mac,” he was the driving force behind the revival of football at the College. In 2012, a special roast was held at the College in his honor and at the event, Head Football Coach Rob Talley said, “If it wasn’t for men like Tom MacDonald, there would be no football program here at Stonehill.”


Stonehill Criminology Program Ranked Fourth in the Country

Stonehill College’s criminology program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by the college-ranking website College Factual, which USA Today regularly features in its higher education coverage. The site noted that Stonehill criminology majors often pursue various careers in law and public service and have one of the best average starting salaries in the country at $42,000. The average mid-career salary is $65,000. 

Sky Views of Stonehill

In October, stunning aerial photos of the Stonehill campus were captured using a radio-controlled helicopter. The photos set a new Facebook record for the College, garnering over 1,200 likes!

One Common Cause

At the forefront in the fight against breast cancer, four pioneering women, all with Stonehill connections, are making scientific discoveries, funding research and community screenings and helping those coping with the disease.  The Stonehill Alumni Magazine profiled these amazing women in its Summer/Fall issues which was published in October.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Jennifer Egan Featured Raymo Lecture Guest

Jennifer Egan, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, was this year’s featured guest at the annual Chet Raymo Literary Chet Raymo Literary Series Lecture which took place on Wednesday, October 8th. A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption, received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize.


Stonehill Students Launch New Political Society for Women

The Martin Institute launched a new initiative, The Sylvia Donaldson Society for Women in Politics, on Monday, November 24th. Present to help kickoff the program, which seeks to empower women on campus to pursue careers in public affairs, was Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark. The Sylvia Donaldson Society was created by students Michelle Wozniak ’15 and Michelle Dander ’15, both of whom are Political Science & International Studies majors.

The Paula J. Sullivan Court Dedicated

The Court dedication in honor of Assistant Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Paula Sullivan occurred on November 15. After 43 years of outstanding service to the College, Sullivan retired earlier this summer. Over the course of her Stonehill career, she distinguished herself as a leader and a mentor.

Professor Jack Jackson Honored by PRSA

The Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Boston Chapter presented Stonehill Adjunct Professor of Communication Jack Jackson with its most prestigious honor, the Diane Davis Beacon Award, on Wednesday, November 12 at its Annual Meeting. The award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of a Boston-area PR professional.


Gaudete Medal Winners

Nine employees received Gaudete medals in recognition of their service over the past 20 years at Stonehill. They included: 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!


Thanks to the amazing support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends, #GivingTuesday, which was celebrated on December 2nd, set new gift records for the College. We raised $120,180 from 626 donors, doubling the dollars raised last year and representing an increase of over 300 donors. Stonehill students will benefit from this support of scholarships, academics, mission, athletics and co-curricular activities. For their leadership in issuing gift challenges, we extend heartfelt thanks to: Thomas Bogan ’72, Elizabeth Hayden ’76, Patrick Griffin ’81, Lorraine Stapleton Charman '85, Robert Rivers ’86, Ryan Enright ’94, Ross McLellan ’94, Gerard Boyle ’95, Jonathon Hughes ’07 and Gabriela Mastrangelo ’07.

Christmas at Stonehill

In the wake of his success on America’s Got Talent, Micah Christian ’06 and his group Sons of Serendip  released their version of O Holy Night as a holiday single. They generously allowed us to use the song as the soundtrack for our Christmas Snapshot, which captured 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. 

Alumna Featured on Front Page of Boston Globe

Compassion led elementary school teacher Nicole Bollerman '10 to an under-sourced school community in Boston and guided her when she recently won $150,000.