Monday Morning Update

December 7, 2015

Big Numbers: By the end of last week, the response to our #GivingTuesday appeal rose to 903 donors making gifts to the College totaling $191,939. This represents an increase of 270 gifts over last year and 580 gifts on the year before, an amazing expression of loyalty and donor engagement across traditional, online and mobile platforms. We extend a big thank you to all the alumni, students, faculty, trustees, staff, parents, friends and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross who rallied. Everyone came together with energy and momentum, really building our culture of philanthropy.  Special recognition goes to Al Ward ’90, the founder of Award Productions, who created and donated our Giving Tuesday video, which drove the success of the appeal.

Energy Efficient: National Grid has recognized the College with a Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Award. Through the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, the region’s top utilities select a business customer for the award, which recognizes leadership and best practices in energy efficiency. With the opening of a major solar field in 2014 and other projects, such as the current installation of 1,045 solar panels on the roof of the Sports Complex, the College is at the cutting-edge of solar energy. For more on campus sustainability, visit here.

Stage Presence:  Thirteen Stonehill students and one alumnus have been recognized by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for their work in the STC’s fall production of The Serpent Woman. For more, visit here.

Healthy Fear: While uncomfortable, fear is not without its merits, as Rev. Rick Gribble, C.S.C. explains in a recent reflection Fear: The Catalyst to Success. As the Professor of Religious Studies writes, “Fear can be the life buoy that does not allow us to drown in the pool of despair, but rather to courageously swim to safety.” Fr. Gribble lists biblical, historical and literary examples in support of his case. To read his full text, visit here.

Monty Python: Radio personality Doug McIntyre ’79, who can be heard on KABC in L.A. and WABC in N.Y., recently spent four nights moderating and facilitating performances by Monty Python legend John Cleese as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California. A television producer, writer, and columnist, McIntyre received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2009. To see a photo of McIntyre and Cleese, visit here.

Good Deed: Representing the Information Technology division, Jan Harrison recently presented ten older model iPads to the School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA). For more than two years, Harrison, who is the College’s Associate Director of Educational Technology, has been a tutor and college mentor at SOWMA, a local nonprofit, which supports children struggling to stay on track in school while experiencing homelessness.

Raymo Lecture: Before a large and appreciative audience in the Martin Institute recently, award-winning poet Claudia Rankine delivered this year’s Chet Raymo Literary Series Lecture. One of America’s most powerful poetic voices, Rankine, whose book Citizen is a New York Times best-seller, addressed some of the difficult racial and social-justice questions that society faces today. To see photos, visit here.

Festive Sweaters: With the bookstore selling a Stonehill version, the ugly Christmas sweater trend has hit campus and we have two to give away. Send us a photo of you wearing your own ugly Christmas sweater and the top two we deem to be the ugliest will be our winners. Email with your photo by Thursday. We will announce the winners in next Monday’s edition.

Christmas Music: Since their stellar run on America’s Got Talent in 2014, Micah Christian ’06 and his group Sons of Serendip continue to make headway in the music world, including performing at the Boston Pops in July and embarking on a recent national tour. They have also just released a new album Christmas: Beyond the Lights featuring ten seasonal favorites. At Stonehill, Christian sang with The Chieftones and the Chapel Choir. The first five readers to tell us what a cappella group he sang with before he attended the College will win a copy of Beyond the Lights. Email

’Tis The Season: Here are just a few of the events held over this past weekend: Lessons and Carols in the Chapel of Mary, the Lighting of the Tree on the Quad, the Alumni Gift Wrapping party, Alumni Children’s Christmas Concert, the Century Club Gala, A Winter Concert featuring the College Concert Ensemble. We will have coverage of these next week.