Monday Morning Update

June 13, 2016

Scottish Migration:  Having just received her degree, Amanda Berthold ’16 has been named as this year’s D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History winner. Using 18th century newspapers, Berthold compiled a database of Scottish immigrants. Her thesis, “‘Strangers in This Country’: A Case Study of Scottish Immigrants in Pre-Revolutionary Boston,” demonstrates that, compared to those in other colonies, Boston’s immigrants came disproportionately from Scotland’s northern, coastal regions, and were thus more likely to work as traders and merchants. For more on Berthold, who is exploring law school options, visit here.

Holy & Sinful:  The Association of Catholic Publishers has given a book by Sr. Jeanmarie Gribaudo ’87 an Excellence in Publishing Award. Called A Holy Yet Sinful Church, the book charts the major developments in the theology of the Catholic Church’s holiness and sinfulness during the 20th century. One reviewer hailed it as “theologically mature, historically rich and pastorally sensitive.” Congratulations to Sr. Jeanmarie on the award and on her recent promotion to Professor of the Practice of Theology at Merrimack College.

New Coach: Our new head football coach is Eli Gardner who served seven seasons with outgoing head coach Rob Talley. Gardner completed his second season as assistant head coach last fall and has been the team’s Defensive Coordinator for five seasons. In 2015, he was named Division 11 Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. On becoming our seventh head football coach, Gardner noted that "Stonehill has created an environment that truly allows for students and student-athletes alike to develop morally, socially, intellectually and spiritually. I am beyond excited to remain a part of this community and build a program that will continue to be a source of pride. Our young men will serve as true ambassadors of the College, helping to create a program of distinction." For more, visit here.

Canine Training Day: Members of the Massachusetts State Police’s canine unit visited the College on Thursday for training exercises with three dogs, all Belgian Malinois. This is the third time that they have requested to use the campus for training purposes, according to Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes. The troopers kindly allowed us to take photos of the exercise. To see them, visit here.

Adult Learners: Last week in the Martin Institute, 19 local adult learners graduated from the Brockton Clemente Course, which provides low-income adults free access to introductory courses in writing, literature, American history, art history and philosophy. They now hold certificates of completion and six college credits from Bard College, a big step toward attending college. Professor Lee Farrow (Center for Nonprofit Management), and Professor Corey Dolgon (Office of Community-Based Learning) lead the program, which Farrow hails for “helping adult learners to find their voice and their self-worth.” For more, visit here.

Recently Quoted: Diversity is being invited to a party. Inclusion is being asked to dance, Stonehill’s Director of Intercultural Affairs, Connie Cabello, speaking recently to area high school students at a Diversity Recognition Day program run by Cape Cod Community College.

Reunion Extra: As we noted last week, Reunion 2016 proved to be a three-day festival of alumni fun and reconnecting with classmates and the College. To see photo highlights, visit here.

Mortar Board Messages: Decorating graduation caps has become a tradition for Stonehill graduates in recent years. At Commencement, we captured 24 images of the best mortar board messages. To see them, visit here.