Monday Morning Update

August 31, 2015

Welcome Back: This past weekend, the students arrived on campus and the start of the new academic year got underway. Today at 11 a.m. the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated in the Pettit Atrium and this afternoon, members of the Class of 2019 will take part in Community Engagement Day serving at sites including School on Wheels, St. John the Evangelist Church and the National Resources Trust of Easton. Tuesday marks the start of classes where over 250 faculty will teach 600+ course sections to over 2,500 students this semester. On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Academic Convocation will be held in the Sports Complex where the Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching will be announced.

Did You Know? Most members of the Class of 2019 were just learning how to walk when the College’s MacPháidín Library opened its doors in 1998. With the majority of our first-year students being born in 1997, they have never licked a postage stamp and have no living knowledge of Princess Diana, Mother Teresa and the Notorious B.I.G. For more fun facts about the Class of 2019, check out the annual Beloit College Mindset List.

Open House: Last week, the College celebrated another milestone in its history with the official opening of the renovated and expanded Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. With the addition of the Rev. Mark T. Cregan C.S.C. Athletic and Fitness Center, the building now offers enhanced fitness and wellness options for varsity athletes and recreational users. To see photos from Friday’s Open House celebration, visit here.

College Affordability: Across America, student debt is very much on the minds of families these days. Given that widespread concern, the Martin Institute will host a round table conversation on the issue featuring U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, other elected officials, our own financial aid experts Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Assistance Eileen O’Leary and Assistant Director for Student Financial Assistance Eric Newnum as well as Stonehill students . Open to the College community, the event will review how this situation developed and explore possible solutions. It will take place in the Martin Institute at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. All are welcome.

Creative Math: Teaching mathematics in new, exciting and different ways is what aspiring educator John “Frank” Mooney ’16 plans to do in his own classroom someday. For the last two summers, however, the mathematics major and secondary education minor has been getting hands-on experience doing just that. As co-facilitator of the Science and Cooking for Kids Program, a week-long, free program developed and run by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Mooney has taught youngsters how to connect food with mathematics and science through various cooking techniques. For more, visit here.

Twin Teachers: They’ve been by each other’s side since the womb, and although they never imagined they’d be together professionally, identical twins Alexandra and Bretton Keohane ’14 are set to be alongside each other as teachers at Quashnet Elementary School in Mashpee starting this Wednesday. Intentionally applying for jobs at different schools after attending Stonehill together and Boston University for their master’s degrees, the pair’s plan to separate didn’t last long. After hiring Alexandra in May to teach fourth grade, Quashnet Principal Patricia DeBoer hired Bretton soon after to teach third grade. "We've worked well together for so long, why change a good thing?” Bretton told the Mashpee Enterprise. To read the paper’s story, visit here.