Monday Morning Update

April 25, 2016

Women Leaders: Facilitated by students from Professor Lee Farrow’s class Community Organizing: Micro to Macro, outstanding women leaders from across the country will gather for the fifth annual Community Organizing and Leadership Summit in the Martin Institute on Friday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The afternoon will be devoted to presentations and conversations, with students, faculty and others, on issues such as homelessness, equality, poverty, education, neighborhood revitalization, grassroots advocacy and more. All are welcome and there is no cost to participate. For more information and to register, visit here.

Earthquake Response: In the wake of the earthquake in Ecuador, alumnus Thomas Hollywood ’98 has been widely-quoted in media reports discussing the scale of the devastation, which has fallen heavily on Ecuador’s poor, and the many humanitarian challenges now facing the country. Based in the capital Quito, Hollywood is the Director of Catholic Relief Services in South America. To listen to an interview with Hollywood on NPR, visit here. To hear his interview with Vatican Radio visit here.

Financial Services: Two senior alumni executives at State Street return to campus this Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall for the C-Suite Speaker Series hosted by the Business Administration Department. In their presentations, Michael Scannell ’87 and Daniel Farley ’92 will cover issues facing financial firms today and what it takes to have a successful financial services career. They will also discuss how students can use alumni connections to improve their career prospects and review employment opportunities at State Street. All are welcome. For more, visit here.

Top Business School: Stonehill has been hailed as a top undergraduate business school as Bloomberg Businessweek released its rankings of the leading programs across the country. Coming in at #73 on the list of 114 schools, the College also ranked 23rd on the list with its 91.6% internship placement among members from the Class of 2015. “Considering the fact that most of the schools on the list are well known as ‘schools and colleges’ of business, this ranking is an impressive accomplishment for a small liberal arts college,” says Business Administration Department Chair Debra Salvucci. For more, visit here.

Best Building: The renovated and expanded Sports Complex has won a best new construction award from the Construction Management Association of America’s New England Chapter. The 15 month project was recognized for using innovative technology involving laser scanning and 3-D modeling, BIM360 Field Software for quality control, and a collaborative approach that ensured completion within 433 calendar days and on budget. For more, visit here.

A Mother’s Thanks: For three years, Morgan Simko ’16 has led a team in the annual Relay for Life on campus, which just raised a record $52,000. It is Simko’s way of honoring her mom, Gina, who has battled cancer. This year, her mom did the walk and had this to say about her experience: “The team members greeted us with tight embraces and some of the students had tears in their eyes. Some members pointed to their bold pink tee shirts which included my name and told me that they would walk for me…The team was there for me and those who have been lost to the disease as well as the many survivors who also attended. Seeing the beautiful faces of the hundreds of students who clapped, smiled and cried as I walked past them holding our survivor banner is embedded in my mind forever.”

Fond Farewell:
In the MacPháidín Library last week, we celebrated five dedicated faculty members who are retiring. Combined, they served Stonehill with distinction for 180 years! Best wishes to André Goddu (Physics), John Lanci (Religious Studies), Patricia Sankus (Theatre Program, Visual & Performing Arts), Maura Tyrrell (Biology) and Tom Clarke (History & Religious Studies). To see a photo, visit here.