Monday Morning Update

March 21, 2016

Elite Again: Our men’s basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the third time in program history. The fourth-seeded Skyhawks, led by East Regional Most Outstanding Player Carter Smith ’16, defeated second-seeded Saint Anselm in overtime last week to advance to the Elite Eight, which will be held March 23-26 in Fresno, Texas. Stonehill will face West Liberty on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. eastern time. The Elite Eight trip is the third for Head Coach Chris Kraus '06, who helped lead the Skyhawks as a senior in 2006 and was an assistant coach in 2012. To see highlights and post-game interviews from the team’s thrilling win over Saint Anselm, visit here. To view an updated championship bracket, visit here.

Embracing Mercy: In proclaiming a Year of Mercy, Pope Francis called on Catholics not just to know God’s mercy but to also show greater mercy towards others in their lives. For Professor Stephen Wilbricht, C.S.C., the Pope’s call reflects a humble papacy, one with a renewed focus on mercy and forgiveness in Church life. In addition to teaching a course on Sacraments, Justice and the Moral Life, Fr. Wilbricht assists with parish duties at Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon and writes widely on the topic of mercy. For example, in a recent booklet His Mercy Endures Forever, he reflects on encountering God’s mercy in the Mass. If you are interested in a copy, email Martin McGovern at For more, visit here.

Broadcast News: In 2014, with other students, Stephen Conway ’17 established SkyNews, the College’s first and only news broadcast. Ever since, he has been a regular anchor for the program, which operates closely with The Summit. A news hound, Conway says the experience of starting and building a broadcast platform is giving him “hands-on experience in producing, filming, and writing.” A double major in political science & communication and a journalism minor, Conway writes about politics for Western Journalism and about New York sports for Empire Strikes Back. To see Conway in a recent SkyNews broadcast, visit here.

A Terrible Beauty: This Easter marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising when Irish nationalists rebelled against British rule. To get a sense of what occurred during that pivotal week in Irish history consider a new 90-minute docudrama called A Terrible Beauty. It is the first film to tell the story from Irish and British perspectives as well as those of the ordinary Dubliners caught in the shelling and crossfire. On Tuesday, March 22 at 5 p.m., the docudrama will be screened in the Martin Institute thanks to the sponsorship of the Irish Studies programs here at Stonehill and at Bridgewater State University. All are welcome and the event is free.

Blasphemy & Censorship: This year’s Salameno Lecture will feature Wendy Doniger, a leading scholar on India and Hinduism, who will discuss Blasphemy and Censorship in Ancient and Contemporary India today, Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Her presentation will tell the history of this topic and tap into a controversy over Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, which was banned in India in 2014. Hindu critics regarded her book as heretical, inaccurate and offensive to their religion. Others saw the case as a blow to freedom of expression in the world’s largest democracy. The event is free and open to the public.

Dissertation Defense: Big congratulations to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Kevin Piskadlo who successfully defended his dissertation, which presented A Case Study on the Influence of Organizational Structures and Policies on Faculty Implementation of Learner-Centered Teaching.  Dean Piskadlo will receive his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration in May from the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

College Mourns Former President: Stonehill’s eighth and longest serving president, the Rev. Bartley MacPháidín ’59, C.S.C., died on March 17. The first alumnus to become president, he took office in 1978 and led the College for 22 years. Under his leadership, our academic reputation grew while our facilities and endowment were enhanced considerably. Fr. Bart, as he was known, had a knack for rallying alumni and friends to the Stonehill cause and for translating that affection into a powerful tool for transforming the College. For more on him and his many accomplishments, visit here. For arrangements, see paragraph below.

Service Arrangements: The wake for Fr. MacPháidín will be held on Tuesday, March 29, in the Chapel of Mary on campus with visitation from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. That evening, there will also be a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Mary. The Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, March 30, in the Chapel of Mary at 10:00 a.m. Following the funeral, the College will host a luncheon.