Monday Morning Update

September 19, 2016

Stonehill Jumps in National Rankings: Where does Stonehill place among the thousands of higher education institutions in the country? By one measure, rather well. U.S. News & World Report released their rankings for the nation’s best colleges and universities last week and Stonehill rose eight spots from the year prior, tying for 108th on the list of top National Liberal Arts Schools. U.S. News ranks over 1,800 schools annually, offering insight into educational factors such as faculty to student ratio, graduation rate, and cost. To learn more, visit here.

New Faculty Profiles: This academic year, we welcome ten new full-time members of the faculty. These professors are credentialed, published and experienced experts in the disciplines of Mathematics, Business Administration, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Political Science, Community-Based Learning, and Healthcare Administration. To read their individual profiles, visit here.

Campus Paintings: Easton artist Bill McEntee appreciates the Town’s artistic heritage, which includes architects H.H Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, painter and stained glass window maker John La Farge, theatrical producer Winthrop Ames and portraitist Blanche Ames. A believer in blooming where you are planted, McEntee has a body of work that captures the beauty of Easton today, including paintings of Holy Cross Retreat House, the Grotto, the Clock Farm, the Fr. Feeley Bridge and Donahue Hall. To see McEntee's work, visit here. We have four prints of his Donahue paintings and they are free to the first four readers who can tell us the year in which Donahue Hall was built. First come, first served. Email

Crafting a Legacy: Did you know that Chris Kraus ’06 is the first NCAA Men’s Basketball coach from Canada? He started at Stonehill as a player, where he led us to the NCAA D2 Final Four in 2005-06 and the most wins in school history. Now, in his fourth year as head coach, Kraus is building on three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and continuing to develop and grow the program. Sports website I Am An Elite 1 recently ran a major profile on Kraus and his accomplishments. Check it out here.

On the Big Stage: Sons of Serendip, a quartet featuring Micah Christian ’06, performed at 68th Creative Arts Emmys Show, which was televised on FXX on Saturday. Plans are afoot for the Sons of Serendip to perform at Stonehill just before Christmas this year.

Blessing of the Pets: Annually, Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals, by having their pets blessed in the spirit of this saint. As part of that tradition, Alumni Minister Rev. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. invites Stonehill alumni, faculty, staff and students to bring their pets to campus for a special prayer service and blessing on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 p.m. on the lawn outside Alumni Hall.  Light refreshments will be served after the prayer service and blessing. All dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. All owners assume responsibility for their pets. To register, click here.

Revisiting Roosevelt: The 2016 Salameno/Kenneally Lecture features historian Richard Breitman, the coauthor of the acclaimed study FDR and the Jews, a richly detailed reassessment of President Roosevelt’s relationship with the Jewish community. His lecture, “The Long Road to FDR and the Jews,” will focus on the infamous 1939 saga of the MS St. Louis and the Allies’ failure to bomb Auschwitz-Birkenau. Join us on Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Institute Auditorium.