Monday Morning Update

February 22, 2016

Peace Corps: Eight Stonehill alumni are currently volunteering worldwide with the Peace Corps and last week the agency announced that the College has debuted on its 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, a total of 54 alumni have taken on the challenges of international service by volunteering with the agency. For more, visit here.

Class of 2020: Around 675 students, accompanied by 1,200 family members, visited campus on Saturday for an accepted student open house. Throughout the event-packed Skyhawk Welcome Day, the visitors took campus tours, met professors and College leaders, and learned about student life, financial aid, internships, study abroad, and career options. They also attend academic panels and a majors fair. Compared to last year, attendance jumped by 170 students. Other Skyhawk Welcome Days are scheduled for April 2 and April 16. 

Original Sinner:  A science-and-religion scholar, Professor Karl Giberson regularly calls for a renewed conversation between science and religion, ones that are more open to engagement with new scientific knowledge and discoveries. In his recent book Saving the Original Sinner, he argues that Christians should not reject evolution because it undermines the existence of Adam and Eve. Instead, they should follow in the once robust tradition of exploring science openly within the broad contours of Christian belief. In May, Oxford University Press will publish his next book, Abraham's Dice, which is based on a 2014 Stonehill conference that brought together leading scholars from across the globe to explore the interplay of chance and providence in the monotheistic religious traditions.

Sack for CF: One of nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. living with cystic fibrosis, alumna Lauren Bombardier ’13 hasn’t let her diagnosis hold her back from achieving her goals. Currently working towards a master’s degree at Lasell College, Bombardier was recently named one of ten recipients of the Sack for CF Scholarship from the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The scholarship, worth $10,000, was created by the quarterback after his own son was diagnosed with the disease. For more, visit here.

Climate Change: At this year’s Saint André Lecture, Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, will explore climate change in light of the encyclical from Pope Francis on the environment. She will deliver her remarks, titled “I am Climate Change” on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Institute. The event is free and open to the public. For more, visit here.

Love Songs: In the run up to Saint Valentine’s Day, two student acappella groups, Girls from the Hill and Surround Sound, united for a Dining Hall concert of love songs to the mark the romantic holiday. To see photos from the happy occasion, visit here.

More Music: A rising country-pop singer and songwriter, April Renzella ’14 has garnered an impressive list of performances in New England and across the country with her upbeat songs that speak of love, inspiration and Americana. A communication major and journalism minor, she recently released a beautiful version of Leann Womack’s The Bees. To see and hear it, visit here.