Monday Morning Update

October 5, 2015

Shakespearean Actors: Beginning on October 26, Actors From The London Stage, a top Shakespearean acting company, will be on campus for a week during which time they will offer 20+ workshops/classes to students as well as performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on October 28, 29, and 30 at 7 p.m. in Hemingway Theatre. The company’s innovative workshops engage students across the disciplines with the actors cultivating an appreciation of Shakespeare's works, both on the page and on the stage. More importantly, they enhance students' critical reading and thinking abilities as well as developing their presentation and team-building skills. In Professor Helga Duncan’s “Shakespeare” course, for example, the actors will aid her class in working through the questions of gender, desire, and power in A Midsummer Night's. For more, visit here.

Healthcare Outreach: When Pope Francis spoke at the UN recently, Bob Simpson ’93 and his wife Linda were among the guests invited by the Vatican’s UN mission. Later this year, Vatican officials will present the couple with its Path to Peace award in recognition of their healthcare outreach in Ecuador. Past recipients include world leaders such as Lech Walesa, Corazon Aquino and Kofi Annan. In memory of their son, who was killed by a drunk driver, the Simpsons created Project Perfect World in 1995 and, since then, the nonprofit has provided surgical and other medical care to children in need throughout the world. A healthcare administrator major at Stonehill, Simpson is President & CEO of LeeSar, a successful healthcare supply-chain management company. Based in Fort Myers, LeeSar offers internships to two Stonehill students every year.

BioBlitz: On Sunday morning, under the leadership of Biology Professor Nicholas Block, 50+ students and faculty members joined with advanced science students from Brockton HS for the first ever BioBlitz at Stonehill. By identifying the many plant and animal species on campus, the project has established a biodiversity baseline, something which can be built on in the future and can drive lesson plans in biology and environmental courses. Post Blitz, the teams reconvened at the Shields Science Center to review checklists and discuss findings. The Brockton HS students received guided tours of the Shields Science Center as well.

Outstanding Record: The New England Psychological Association (NEPA) has awarded psychology major Candace Crocker ’16 with an Honorary Undergraduate Scholar Award which recognizes students with outstanding undergraduate records in psychology. Crocker will receive the award at NEPA’s Annual Meeting at Fitchburg State University later this month. A member of Lambda Epsilon Sigma, the College’s official honor’s society as well as the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Crocker studied at Pablo De Olavide University, Seville in Spain this past spring.

Religion & Politics: Reflecting on the controversy surrounding Kim Davis’ meeting with Pope Francis, Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio points out that legal and constitutional means exist to change the law that Davis objects to, but she has ignored that option and taken matters into her own hands. Writing in the Huffington Post, Ubertaccio argues “That's not reverence for the laws. And it's not a conscientious objection. That's a public official gone vigilante. The majesty of an audience with a Pope cannot change that underlying reality.” To read his full article, visit here.

Franciscan Legacy: To celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint of ecology and animals, the College held a Blessing of the Pets event in Alumni Hall yesterday. In addition, President John Denning, C.S.C. signed the Pledge of Saint Francis, rededicating the College to an increased commitment to the environment. Earlier this year, Fr. Denning signed a statement of solidarity with Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment called Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.

Leadership Lessons: On Wednesday, Admiral Michelle Howard, the U.S. Navy's second in command and the first female four-star Admiral, shared her insights on leadership, life challenges, and goal-setting before an overflow audience in the Pettit Atrium. Admiral Howard also answered many questions from the floor with wisdom and wit. To see photos, visit here.