Monday Morning Update

January 11, 2016

Love Your Melon: While this story ran on Fox 25 in Boston over Christmas, its message of caring for others is valid year-long. The story catches up with the members of Love Your Melon, a new campus club that works to improve the lives of children battling cancer. To see how our students do that, visit here.

Uncommon Grace: The mysticism of American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor is an area of scholarly focus for English Professor George Piggford, C.S.C. and, fittingly, he appears in an insightful new documentary on the acclaimed writer whose eccentric characters from America’s rural South touch on the connections between the individual and God. As Piggford notes in “Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O’Connor,” “she’s talking about people in the world, people who don’t fit in, people who would be considered to be freaks and she is interested in how they embody Christ.”

Historical Perspective: Arriving at Stonehill in 1958, Professor Emeritus of History James Kenneally earned a reputation as a respected historian, whose teaching and research illuminated the role of women, workers and people of color in our society. He also expanded Catholic-Jewish dialogue. Now retired, Kenneally remains active as we learned from Barbara (Sullivan) Janelli ’72 who profiled him for the newsletter of Brockton’s Charity Guild where Kenneally volunteers. Like Kenneally, Janelli is on the group’s board and in the profile she captures her former professor’s commitment to giving back. To read it, visit here.

City-College Agreement: Brockton and Stonehill officials recently signed a new 20-year agreement on waste water disposal, a point of contention in past relations between the College and the City. Passed unanimously by the City Council, the agreement took 18 months of negotiations. According to Francis X. Dillon ’70, vice president for advancement, who led the College’s negotiating team, “We resolved a lot of outstanding issues, secured stability for future campus growth and paved the way for even better relations with the City.” For more on the agreement, which includes a 20-year scholarship program for Brockton students, visit here.

Hero Among Us: Recent Stonehill graduate and All-American Tori Faieta '15, currently playing with the Leicester Riders in the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL), was recognized by the Boston Celtics as its Massachusetts State Lottery Hero Among Us in December. Born deaf and told not to play team sports, Faieta was honored during the game at the TD Garden as an individual who has made exceptional and lasting contributions to her community. For more on Faieta and the award, visit here.

Freezin’ for a Reason: That’s the name of a new 5k walk/run that will be held on campus on Alumni Day, Saturday, January 23 to benefit student scholarships at Stonehill. The inaugural event is just one of many exciting, fun activities planned for Alumni Day. For more about the Freezin’ for a Reason 5k and the other events, visit here.

True Detective: Along with two Massachusetts State Troopers, Detective Lieutenant David Bamford of the Stonehill Police Department was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators for their investigative efforts that led to the arrest of a student who threatened the Stonehill campus in September. For more, visit here.

Photo Tribute: In his Stonehill career, the late Rev. Robert J. Kruse, C.S.C.’55 served as a professor, academic dean, executive vice president, senior advisor, mentor, priest, and gardener. In our photo essay, we feature Fr. Kruse at different stages of his distinguished College career. To see the photos, visit here.