Monday Morning Update

November 30, 2015

#GivingTuesday: Tomorrow the College community will come together to celebrate a national day of philanthropy. In recognition of #GivingTuesday, we have a video with students and President John Denning speaking about the impact and importance of philanthropy to Stonehill. To hear what Matt Farrenkopf ’16, Cody Page ’16, Julianne Earle ’16, Juan Lopez ’18 and Theresa Ruszczyk ’16 have to say on the topic, visit here.

By The Numbers: Last year, we received a remarkable 626 gifts totaling over $120,000 on #GivingTuesday. This year, we are striving to exceed last year’s impressive results and, with your generosity and the support of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends, we can do it. A gift of any size is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward providing opportunities for our students’ personal, professional and spiritual growth. Make your gift for #GivingTuesday now by clicking here!

Team Impact: The newest member of the ice hockey program is seven-year-old Ethan Simoes who joined the roster through Team Impact, a nonprofit that improves the quality of life for kids with life-threatening illnesses by creating support systems with college teams. Simoes, who has a mitochondrial disorder, will attend games and practices when he can and represent the team by wearing Skyhawk gear. With eight Team Impact matches, the Skyhawks are in the top three nationally in terms of teams matched. For more, visit here.

Climate Pledge: Stonehill has joined 200 colleges and universities in signing the American Campus Act on Climate Pledge brought forth by the White House as it prepares for the Conference on Climate Change in Paris. In signing the pledge, schools demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders at the conference. To read the College’s pledge which President John Denning, C.S.C. signed, visit here.

Campus Knit-In:  Earlier this month, 13 students participated in a Charity Knit-In creating hats for premature infants at UMass Memorial Neonatal ICU. The initiative stems from Professor Megan Mitchell’s course on feminism and new domesticity in which students learn about and critically analyze the implications of the recent rise in popularity of domestic tasks (like knitting, canning, home-brewing, and bread making) through a combination of experiential learning and engagement with feminist theory. To see photos, visit here.

Team Triumphs: Our fall sports teams wrapped up successful seasons, highlighted by field hockey’s trip to the NCAA Semifinals and its second straight Northeast-10 Conference Championship. In addition, women’s cross country secured its sixth East Region title in the past seven years and seventh straight NE-10 Championship. For more, visit here.

Different Roads: A communication major and theatre arts minor at Stonehill, Brooke Parker Higgins ’94 is now an LA-based actress, photographer, voice-over artist and writer. Yesterday, Higgins, who is the daughter of Professor Craig Higgins, participated in an authors’ event in Easton where she discussed Where Will Your Next Road Take You? Her first book, it combines photos of and reflections on the different roads she has taken in life and what they mean. We have three copies of the book. Email

Best Beards: Students, faculty and staff across campus have been growing their beards for No Shave November, a web-based nonprofit devoted to growing cancer awareness and supportive funds. To learn more about their efforts and to see who is fluffy or scruffy, visit here.

Dance Champs: For the fifth anniversary of Dancing with the Stonehill Stars, favorites from years past faced off against each other recently. After intense competition, the Vice President for Students Affairs Pauline Dobrowski and her crew emerged victorious. We have captured just a fraction of the fun in photos and to see them, visit here.