Monday Morning Update

May 2, 2016

Blink of an Eye: With graduation just weeks away, Julia Murphy ’16 recently wrote an open letter to the Stonehill community reflecting on her four years at Stonehill, which have gone so fast and have changed her life. Writing in The Odyssey, Murphy expressed appreciation for being accepted to the College, for the new perspective she has gained, the skills she has mastered, living on a beautiful campus and meeting amazing people. To read her letter, visit here.

Global Security: A scholar of peace building, armed conflict and security studies, Professor Anna Ohanyan (politics) really knows the complexities of global conflict and wants our students to have a deeper grasp of those challenges. That’s why, with Professors Peter Ubertaccio (politics) and Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal (criminology), she created a program offering students hands-on opportunities for understanding the realities and limits of global security. The Learning Inside Out Network (LION) builds on security studies, conflict analysis/resolution, global crime, international criminal justice, human security, and international development through a semester internship with an NGO, think tank or media outlet in Armenia or Serbia. At present, two students are studying in Serbia and two in Armenia. To read an Armenian Mirror-Spectator story on Ohanyan’s research and the LION program, visit here.

Summer Run: While the Narragansett Summer Running Festival has been held on campus since its inception in 2013, this year we are partnering with the event to organize a team of runners that will benefit Camp Shriver at Stonehill. An inclusive summer recreational program for Brockton-area families, where 50% of the campers have an intellectual or developmental disability, Camp Shriver is run by our Education Department. Gifts in support of Team Stonehill runners will directly support Camp Shriver at Stonehill. To sign-up to run or to make a gift, visit here. The event will be held July 16-17.

Abraham’s Dice: A Stonehill conference on the intersection of science and religion in 2014 gathered world class scholars to explore the interplay of chance and providence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Since then, conference organizer Professor Karl Professor has developed its themes and reflections into a new book Abraham’s Dice: Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions. To celebrate the occasion, the Alumni Office will host a launch on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall. After Giberson gives an overview of the book, there will be lunch, followed by a conversation on the issues raised withOlivia Peterson ’18 and Cassidy Ballard ’18 both of whom conducted book-related research. Registration for this free event closes at 4 p.m. today. Call 508-565-1343 or email to reserve your spot.

Reporter’s Notebook: Congratulations to Amy Mckeever ’18 on receiving a Journalism Education Foundation scholarship from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, following in the footsteps of Liam Dacko ’16 and Paige Allen ’13. We also note that The Summit received an honorable mention in the College Newspaper of the Year category sponsored by the New England Society of New Editors. For more, visit here.

Cultural Celebration: With 80 student performers from 11 campus groups, the annual DiverCity Festival had the Pettit Atrium buzzing recently as the students took the audience on a whirlwind tour of world culture, featuring dance, song, spoken word poetry and more. To see our talented students performing and sharing their culture and heritage with the community, visit here.

Reunited: Legendary women’s softball coach Fred Petti caught up with many of his former players at a recent game on campus. The first softball coach in the College’s history, Petti’s contributions to Stonehill weren’t limited to the diamond as he also served as Vice President for Administration and as a philosophy professor during his tenure. To see the photo of Petti and his former players, visit here.

Stepping Down: Last week, Director of Athletics Dean O’Keefe ’94 announced that Head Football Coach Robert Talley is stepping down from his post and returning to California to accept the position of Director of Development for the Athletics Department at California State University, Chico. For more on Talley, who oversaw the transformation of the Stonehill football program over the last nine years, visit here.