Monday Morning Update

May 9, 2016

Silver Star: Efforts by students, faculty and staff to expand sustainability on campus have contributed to the College receiving a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS stands for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, which is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. For more, visit here.

Visiting Wales: Having been selected to participate in a Fulbright Summer Institute, economics major Erica Cordatos ’19 will spend this summer exploring the politics, culture, industry, and heritage of modern Wales. Through this prestigious and selective opportunity, she will study at three of the county’s top universities focusing on how Wales incorporates tourism at the intersection of economic development and environmental sustainability. Given that the tourism agency Visit Wales has named 2016 as its Year of Adventure celebrating the country as an active and vibrant destination, Cordatos’s trip is very timely. To read more, visit here.

Learning Leadership: Helping to organize and then participate in a Women’s Leadership Summit, featuring 19 outstanding female leaders who shared lessons from their social justice and equality work across the globe, gave Dorothy Crevier ’18 a real sense of empowerment. As she explains, “It all starts somewhere. Many times we are afraid to take the role of leader in our communities. Hearing these women’s stories showed me that if we do not take charge and get others involved in our fight then your fight can never grow and no change will come about.” To see photos from the recent Summit, visit here.

Simply the Best: When we asked folks on campus why their moms are simply the best, they responded with answers like: She listens like an angel...dealt with my rebel years like a champ...always allowed us to flourish...challenges me each day to be a better person. To read the full Mother’s Day Tributes from our four contest winners, visit here.

Spring Tulips: The Alumni Travel Program recently took 18 alumni and friends on a river cruise through Holland and Belgium stopping at cities such as Antwerp and Ghent and exploring famous sites like the famed gardens of Keukenhof and their breathtaking display of colors from tulips, daffodils and other flowers. To see photos of charming towns, fine architecture, canals and stunning flowers, visit here.

Across the Generations: Last week, we shared an open letter that Julia Murphy ’16 wrote to the Stonehill community about her years at the College and how they have changed her life. In response, she received a letter from a member of our first graduating class, Bill Sullivan ’52, who echoed her sentiments from a different angle. He wrote: The first class to gather at Stonehill in 1948 found an institution quite different from the one you leave this year. It was small, all-male, and had half a dozen buildings. But much of what you say about the life-changing experience of your years at Stonehill, and what you learned from other students, was true for us as well. Half of our class were returning veterans attending under the GI Bill and those of us just out of high school gained from their experience. To read the letters which link two alums separated by 64 years, visit here.

Commencement Honorees: For profiles of this year’s honorary degree recipients, social justice advocate Sr. Helen Prejean, Chairman of W. B. Mason Steven Greene and the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston J. Keith Motley, visit here.