Monday Morning Update

April 18, 2016

Commencement: Social justice advocate and author of the best-selling book Dead Man WalkingSister Helen Prejean will give the Commencement address on Sunday, May 22. For her prison ministry work, which began in 1981, Sr. Helen will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Business leader and W. B. Mason Chairman Steven Greene will receive a Doctor of Business Administration degree while Chancellor J. Keith Motley of the University of Massachusetts Boston will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Next week, we will have more on our honorees. For Commencement information for family and friends, visit here.

Oceanic Research: Environmental science major Emily Van Auken ’18 has received a prestigious two year undergraduate scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will allow her to immerse herself in oceanic research. Only 125 students nationwide were chosen for NOAA’s Class of 2016 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, which will provide Van Auken with assistance for two academic years and a summer internship. Van Auken hopes to conduct climate science research next year at Stonehill and subsequently travel to Iceland to continue her climate change research on glaciers. For more on Van Auken, who has been active in environmental causes on campus, visit here.

Quad Rally: More than 300 students, faculty and staff rallied on the quad Thursday evening to Take Back the Night and protest against domestic violence and sexual assault. The turnout was one of the largest in recent years for the annual event, which was organized by a coalition of campus groups. In thanking the attendees, SGA Executive President Kate Morneault ’16 hailed the rally as a “powerful campus-wide event” and reminded everyone that “It’s on Us to end sexual violence at Stonehill and beyond.”

20/20 Visionary: For his work in championing diversity and social justice, trustee Bob Rivers ’86 will receive New England’s most highly-regarded diversity award at an Ad Club dinner in Boston next month. As a 20/20 Rosoff Visionary, Rivers, the vice chairman of Eastern Bank Corporation and president and CEO of Eastern Bank, is being recognized as a business leader who believes that a diverse workforce and operating in an inclusive environment is what creates true innovation and creativity. A finance major at Stonehill, Rivers played an active role in student life on campus and, as a trustee today, he returns to campus frequently not just for board meetings but also to speak with students. To read his 20/20 Rosoff Visionary award profile, visit here.

Skyhawk Welcome Days: The College held its final two Skyhawk Welcome Days on Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 16.  Interest in Stonehill and attendance at these programs proved very strong, with over 1,200 accepted students visiting campus over all three events. Through the collaboration of each division and department including facilities, academics, catering, media/videography, finance, and student affairs, the entire College committed three Saturdays to providing a warm and authentic community welcome to the Class of 2020.  To see event photos, visit here.

Alumni Archivists: College archivists Nicole (Tourangeau) Casper ’95 and Jon Green ’10 are the keepers of all things Stonehill. Their job is to remember what the rest of us forget and to ensure that our history is preserved and accessible for subsequent generations. For more on what Nicole and Jon do to keep our past alive, check out a story about them on the cover of the new Stonehill Alumni Magazine, which was sent by mail to 25,000+ alumni and friends last week. If you are not an alumnus but want a print copy, email Martin McGovern at