Monday Morning Update

September 14, 2015

Back From The White House: Political Science and International Studies major Jennifer Taranto ’16 spent last spring interning in Washington, D.C. – at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to be exact. Taranto says she wrapped up every day throughout her White House Internship Program experience feeling “amazed and humbled” at the opportunities she had. Selected among thousands of applicants for the coveted internship program, Taranto explains her informal title of “intern-intern” meant she was one of the first points of contact for intern events which included weekly speaker series with Senior staff members, service projects in the D.C. community, and professional workshops. “It was challenging to be in a position where I lead my peers in such a high profile environment, and challenging to organize logistics for events where we hosted some of my political role models,” says Taranto. For more, visit here.

Introducing New Faculty: This semester, we have five new full-time faculty members teaching at the College. Credentialed and published, they are experienced experts in the disciplines of Mathematics, Education, Physics, and Sociology & Criminology. To read brief profiles of each professor, visit here.

Joggin’ for Frogmen: Killed last January during a military training accident in Florida, Stonehill alumnus William "Blake" Marston '07 had his name added to the Global War on Terrorism Monument in Hampton, N.H. during a commemorative ceremony on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks this past Friday. Marston’s friends and family have organized a road race in the Navy SEAL’s honor as part of the Joggin’ for Frogmen Race Series, which recognizes the sacrifices of service members and veterans. The race will be held on Sunday, October 4th at 8 a.m. at the Korean War Memorial in Charlestown’s Navy Yard. For more, visit here.

Round Table: Student debt is very much on the minds of families across America these days. Given that widespread concern, the Martin Institute recently hosted a round table conversation on the issue featuring U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Other elected officials, including alumna and State Representative Claire Cronin ’82, participated in the conversation as did Stonehill’s own financial aid experts Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Assistance Eileen O’Leary ’91 and Assistant Director for Student Financial Assistance Eric Newnum. Students John Figueiredo ’16 and Tatiana Andrade ’17 also participated. To see photos from the event, visit here.

River Clean-Up: A lifelong resident of Hyde Park, Martha McDonough ’68 has volunteered countless hours to engage the community and transform the Hyde Park section of the Neponset River into open spaces residents can enjoy. For her dedication, McDonough has been selected as one of three finalists for a 2015 Cox Conserves Heroes Award. $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner. To view a video of McDonough and to vote, visit here.

Marching On: Currently working towards a master’s degree in management at Lasell College, Lauren Bombardier ’13 was recently awarded a $2,500 AbbVie CF Scholarship, which honors young adults with cystic fibrosis as they pursue goals in higher education. To learn more about Bombardier’s journey and to vote in the Thriving Graduate Student Award contest which she is a finalist, visit here.

Did You Know?: The Stonehill football team’s win over Bloomsburg University on Sept. 5th was the program’s highest-ranked opponent victory in history. Ranked 11th in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II preseason poll, Bloomsburg was held to just one touchdown in the 27-10 victory for the Skyhawks.