Monday Morning Update

January 19, 2015

The Right Choice: A Stonehill education empowers students to chart their own success and guides them in discovering their purpose and potential. How students accomplish this is the theme of a new video Why Stonehill is the Right Choice.  In addition to comments from students and professors, the video also offers spectacular footage of our beautiful campus and the great activities that take place here. To watch the video, visit here.

Music Makers: Making their way in the world of folk-rock, two young alumni credit Stonehill with helping them get started in the business.  Part of The Ballroom Thieves, singer/songwriter Martin Earley ’10 and percussionist Devin Mauch ’11 met through the campus music scene— open-mic nights at The Hill, Brother Mike’s, and student-run music nights in the senior courts. As Earley explains, “While Stonehill isn't really known for its music program, that doesn't mean that resources don’t exist for students to follow their musical ambitions. The many open-mics and club-organized events — along with the music classes and orchestral programs foster a tight-knit and supportive community of musicians and music lovers.” For more, visit here.

Navy SEAL Remembered: On January 11, William "Blake" Marston '07 died during a military training exercise in Florida. A criminology major, he knew senior year he wanted to be a Navy SEAL and two years later completed his SEAL training. Marston was also a member of the baseball team and coach Pat Boen ’89 hailed him as a “terrific teammate and role model for our baseball program. He was an extremely hard worker on the team and in the community.” For more, visit here.

Urban Plunge: Recently, Rebecca Swiszcz ’18 participated with 15 other students from Stonehill, ND, PC, Salve and Fairfield in the Urban Plunge at My Brother’s Keeper, a local Christian service ministry. Reflecting on her experience, which introduced students to the problems of people impacted by poverty and injustice, Swiszcz wrote, “I was able to reconnect with my faith while reevaluating my tendency to judge others, none of which I expected when signing up to volunteer through delivering food and furniture. The experience was physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging, but allowed me to realize how much strength and talent each of us holds and how easy it is to use these qualities in helping others. I will never forget the connections I made, both with the people I served and those with whom I was serving. There is no greater gift than love, whether it is given or received, and I certainly experienced my fair share over the course of the four days.” To see Swiszcz with her Urban Plunge classmates, visit here.

MLK: In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Intercultural Affairs office will feature a video selection of speeches Dr. King made between 1954 and 1968. Providing an opportunity to appreciate the power of Dr. King’s civil rights message and his skill as an orator, the speeches will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Next Monday, January 26, there will be an interfaith prayer service in the Chapel of Mary at 12:30 p.m. in memory of Dr. King. All are welcome at both events. Interested in studying Dr. King’s legacy in greater depth? Intercultural Affairs has a tip sheet of readings, movies, and documentaries, which you can read here.

Scintillating Read: Following his 2013 critically acclaimed Norman Mailer biography, J. Michael Lennon ’63 has published the Selected Letters of Norman Mailer, 900 pages of Mailer’s “often dazzling” correspondence to nearly 350 people over seven decades.  Writing for WBUR’s The ARTery, John Winters recently described the tome as a “scintillating read” and noted that Lennon, an English major at Stonehill and a successful academic, read 50,000 Mailer letters or close to 25 million words. For that review, visit here. To read a more in-depth New Yorker review of Lennon’s Selected Letters of Norman Mailer, visit here.

Spoco Expansion:
The renovation and expansion of the Sports Complex, which began in August, is progressing steadily with the mild weather helping to keep things on schedule. The 50,000 square foot, two-story addition is well underway.  The roof and windows are nearly complete ensuring the structure is weather-tight.  Work has begun on phase two, the demolition and renovation of the existing Sports Complex structure. Supported by the Yawkey Foundation, alumni and other donors, the project will be completed by August and will breathe new life into one of the busiest buildings on campus. To see construction photos, visit here.