Monday Morning Update

May 11, 2015

Diverse Florence: Soon after he arrived in Florence for a semester of study last year, Thomas Noah ’15 realized he was based in one of the most diverse places he had ever been. And that diversity allowed him, as an African-American, to both stand out and fit in while living in the birthplace of the Renaissance. In a recent Huffington Post essay, Noah writes perceptively about the nuances of race and culture in Italy today. He also notes that many Fiorentini embraced him, especially when he wore his Boston hat. As he added, “Fun fact: Italians love Boston. My American identity and being from the Boston area both proved to be an advantage for me throughout my time in Italy.” To read his essay, visit here.

Digging Stonehill: In their Introduction to Museum Studies class with Professor Erica Tucker, students worked to enhance the experience for visitors to the Stonehill Shovel Collection. With Archives staff, they developed new signage, displays and a virtual tour. Plus, two students produced new and informative brochures. The first highlights four distinct areas of the shovel collection while the second profiles the Ames, the Easton family whose name is synonymous with the shovel industry and on whose estate Stonehill stands. When the class showcased their final projects, two members of the Ames family attended the reception. For copies of the pamphlets, email with your name and address.

Saying Goodbye: Born in Texas but raised in Taiwan, Emily Chang ’15 came to Stonehill for three reasons, our business program, internship/study abroad options and our employment record upon graduation. Once here, the finance major took classes geared towards the real world and interned in London. However, she also tried many different things as well, playing the piano, photography, jogging and being more sociable. Attending the College has been life-changing for her and after a trip home to Taiwan, she will return to Boston to pursue a career in finance. To read her goodbye essay that appeared in Intercultural Happenings, visit here.

Poet’s Voice: During her senior year, Lauren Daley ’05 took a Fine Arts class, which had one assignment: create a major work of meaning and substance. While the rest of the class appeared to know what they were doing with painting and sculpting ideas, Daley was stumped. Eventually, the English major found poetic inspiration in the work of Vincent van Gogh, not in his paintings, but in the words of “his bleak, heartbreaking letters” to his brother and others. In an essay marking Poetry Month, Daley recalls the impact of that class, which ended with Professor Shane Savage-Rumbaugh explaining, “She’s a poet.” To read her reflection on receiving that endorsement, visit here.

Eye on Education: After he graduated, Marquis Taylor ’06 had a promising career in finance but he soon realized it was not for him. Instead the communication major wanted to mentor at-risk kids. So, he traded in finance to start Coaching 4 Change, a nonprofit that helps teenagers reach their full potential and graduate from high school. Recently, CBS News Boston reported on how Coaching 4 Change is making a difference in Brockton. To see the video report, visit here.

Kind Soul: Sodexo food service provider Anna Lee, who retired in 2013 after working at Stonehill for 52 years, died recently.  When we posted word of her passing on Facebook, current students, staff and alumni all remembered her fondly, describing her as a “beautiful person,” “a sweet woman” and “a kind soul.” One alumnus noted that Lee used to remind him “not to burn through my meal plan too quickly.” To see the comments, visit here 

Lucky Couple: When Jennifer Irving ’10 and Shane Penzone ’11 won a free engagement photo session from Rosario Photography, they instinctively picked Stonehill as their location because it is where they met. To see photos from the campus shoot on a beautiful spring day, visit here.

Commencement: The countdown to Commencement 2015 is on with just six days left until the seniors process down the Donahue Hill. The ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. this Sunday, will once again be live streamed here.