Monday Morning Update

May 4, 2015

A Teacher’s Gift: Before Christmas, teacher Nicole Bollerman ’10 won a $150,000 prize from CapitalOne and donated it to her school, UP Academy in Dorchester. When teaching her third graders, Bollerman stresses to them the importance of attending college and, last Tuesday, she brought her class to the College to give them a taste of college life. On campus, the 22 third graders played basketball in the gym, took a mathematics class with Education students, enjoyed lunch with President John Denning C.S.C. in the Commons and checked out the library, the science center and a residence hall. To see how the children experienced college, visit here.

Do The Kind Thing: In 2004, well before she attended Stonehill, Brittany Bergquist ’13 launched Cell Phones for Soldiers to help troops stay in touch with their families. Today, Berquist is a marketing professional at TOMY International in Boston but she also oversees CPFS, which has matured into a $2 million nonprofit providing free talk time to 600,000 service men and women annually. With May being Military Appreciation Month, CPFS has joined forces with KIND Snacks in a campaign encouraging Americans to tweet thank you notes to soldiers and veterans with the hashtag #thankskindly. For each tweet, KIND will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Cell Phones for Soldiers.  For more, visit here.

Most Remarkable: After taking a Catholic Intellectual Traditions course, From Theocracy to Democracy, with Professor Thomas Clarke, Patrick Kennedy ’16 tweeted: “Prof. Tom Clark is hands down the most remarkable human being I've ever met. Everyone at Stonehill, PLEASE take his class at some point!” Asked why he was so enthusiastic, Kennedy explained, “Professor Clark presented Catholic theology in a way I could finally identify with and made abstract theological discussions seem human.” A Professor of History and Religious Studies, Clark graduated from Stonehill in 1957 and has been teaching at the College since 1969.

Radio Boston: The Ballroom Thieves, an indie band that started at Stonehill, are stealing Boston’s heart, according to WBUR’s Radio Boston. Two alumni, singer/songwriter Martin Earley ’10 and percussionist Devin Mauch ’11, are part of the three-person band whose first full-length album, A Wolf in the Doorway, is gaining rave reviews. To listen to their WBUR interview and live studio performance, visit here. To see a video of them collaborating with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra on the song “Archers,” visit here.

Citizens’ Police Academy: Every Wednesday night, for six weeks this semester, a group of students got a behind-the-scenes look at campus law enforcement through the College’s first Citizens’ Police Academy. Sponsored by the Stonehill College Police Department (SCPD), this free program was taught by law enforcement professionals, including State Police Officers and FBI agents, and gave students insight on criminal and sexual assault investigations, forensics, cyber-crimes, criminal law and more. To see a photo of the Academy’s first graduates with SCPD members, visit here.

Wallet Wars: An era of wallet wars is underway to decide who will dominate the payments galaxy, according to Ralph Dangelmaier ’88, the CEO of BlueSnap, the Waltham-based global payment services provider. Writing for VentureBeat, which covers tech innovation, Dangelmaier, an economics major, points to three changes that are already reshaping how we pay for things. They are: the emerging tech solar systems, the rebranding of finance, and the future invisibility of payments. To read his full article, visit here.

Spring Golf: The annual Friends of Stonehill Athletics Golf Tournament will be held at the Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton on Monday, May 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit our student-athletes. For registration and sponsorship information, visit