Monday Morning Update

October 12, 2015

Spoco Dedication: In conjunction with the Board of Trustees meeting on campus on Thursday, the College officially dedicated the Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletic and Fitness Center in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. President John Denning, C.S.C. gave the blessing and thanked all those who made the project a success. The College’s ninth president, Fr. Cregan returned to participate in the festivities as did retired coach and senior administrator Paula Sullivan–both of whom were driving forces behind the renovation and expansion of the Sports Complex. To see photos from the happy event, visit here.

Genesis Award: At the post dedication dinner in the Pettit Atrium, President Denning presented alumnus and former trustee William “Bill” Devin ’60 with the Genesis Award. Over three decades, Devin, who recently stepped down from the Board, has served three Stonehill presidents--Fr. Denning, Fr. Cregan and Father Bartley MacPhaidin. In his citation, Fr. Denning highlighted Devin’s record of astute financial and investment advice, his leadership and his talent for always letting his actions do the talking. For more on the presentation of the Genesis Award, which is given in recognition of talent and creativity in service to the College, visit here.

Prepared, Employable Alums: The workforce preparedness and employability of Stonehill graduates has been recognized in a new report by Educate To Career (ETC). Out of 1,182 U.S. colleges and universities, the College ranked 45th overall and second in Massachusetts on ETC’s College Rankings Index which assess each college's record for improving labor market outcomes for its students. For more, visit here.

Generational Trauma: In writing about the Armenian Genocide, in which 1. 5 million Armenians perished, scholar Peter Balakian has described that trauma as a secret underlying his Armenian American family. They tried to repress that past, but the experience shaped their lives, leading him to study the world they lost. Now a best-selling New York Times author, Balakian will speak on “The Transmission of Trauma Across Generations: Growing up in Suburbia and Writing a Memoir about the Armenian Genocide,” at the James J. Kenneally Lecture in Jewish-Christian Relations at Stonehill. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Institute. For more, visit here.

Racial Divide: For the predominately white students in the Advanced Newswriting and Reporting course, the interviews with the senior citizens from Messiah Baptist Church, one of the oldest black churches in Brockton, provided a first-hand look at the country’s racial divide. As part of the project called Brockton’s Great Migration, the undergraduates had to study and report on the Brockton community’s experience in the decades-long exodus of American blacks from the South. Journalism Professor Maureen Boyle and Librarian Patricia McPherson have written about the course, which they designed to help students better understand the hurdles American blacks faced in the not-so-distant past and how those experiences have shaped racial perceptions today. To read their reflections on and assessment of the course, visit here.

All God’s Creatures: For the first ever Blessing of the Pets ceremony at the College, owners and their animals turned out in force on the Feast of Saint Francis, Sunday, October 4, to receive a blessing from Alumni Chaplin Rev. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. To see photos from the pets and prayer event, visit here.

Mayoral Questions: When Boston Mayor Marty Walsh visited campus recently, students eagerly asked him questions about urban politics, personal adversity, and paths taken and not taken in life. At the lively, well-attended event in the Pettit Atrium, Mayor Walsh spoke openly with students about his own challenges with alcoholism and how he survived a bout with cancer. To see photos, visit here.