Monday Morning Update

June 8, 2015

Cup Winners: For the fifth time, Stonehill has captured the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup. Recognizing athletic excellence, the Cup is awarded to the school that compiles the most points based on the placement at the conclusion of the regular season of each of its programs which compete in league championships. Stonehill won seven NE-10 Championships, with regular season titles in volleyball, women’s basketball and ice hockey as well as postseason championships for women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s tennis and women’s indoor track and field. For more, visit here.

British History: For his senior history thesis, Steven Weber ’15 delved into an ideological battle central to British politics in the middle of the 18th century. Drawing on research he completed at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, Weber, who was advised by Professor Amy Houston, wrote a compelling reassessment of a lively newspaper debate surrounding the resignation of William Pitt the Elder as Prime Minister in 1761, and King George III’s decision to replace Pitt with his former royal tutor, the Earl of Bute. The quality of Weber’s analysis of the debate, which centered on competing interpretations of Enlightenment values, earned him the D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History from the History Department. For more, visit here.

Smithsonian Bound: At the request of the Smithsonian, our Archives and Historical Collections Department is loaning a shovel to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next year. Made by the Easton-based Ames Company in 1844, the shovel, which is part of Stonehill’s shovel collection, is similar to the types sold to southern plantations during the antebellum era. Shipped last week, the single shovel will be on loan to the National Museum of African American History and Culture until December 2025. For more, visit here.

Top Catholic School: Stonehill is among the top Catholic colleges and universities in America according to a listing by College Factual, which is affiliated with USA Today. With 170 Catholic institutions ranked on the list, which our sister school Notre Dame topped, the College came in at number 19.

Farm’s Fifth Season: After one of the snowiest winters on record, The Farm at Stonehill is back in full swing for its fifth growing season with a range of student-led projects underway, including the building of permaculture gardens, which emulate patterns in nature, at The Farm as well as on campus next to the Commonwealth Courts. Other projects include edible forest gardens, biochar (charcoal used as a soil amendment) plots and tower gardens. To learn more about these projects, visit here.

Risk Takers:  High school students in the early sixties could be forgiven for not wanting to attend Stonehill, Gene Coyne ’65 explained at the Pillar Society during Reunion recently. The College had just been accredited, had only two classroom buildings, a cafeteria, and a library squeezed into a former manor house. There was no female housing and a men’s dorm was still under construction. Plus, without an endowment, resources were modest. Yet, if he and his classmates had not attended Stonehill, Coyne argued they would have missed out on being part of something really special. Risk takers, they saw the College as an opportunity for a great education, which they took and which served them well. Today, 50 years later, Coyne noted, “we have really made it to the top of the hill (literally and figuratively).”

Reunion Extra: We have some more Reunion 2015 photo highlights to share. To see this new set of photos, visit here.