Monday Morning Update

October 3, 2016

A Legend’s Advice: Upon graduating from high school, Nate Marcoulier ’18 got a letter from golfer Arnold Palmer. His brother Adam Marcoulier ’15 had written to the golf icon asking him to share life advice with Nate as he prepared to attend Stonehill. With Palmer’s death last week, the advice story resurfaced so we caught up with Nate to ask him about Palmer’s words of wisdom and how they have influenced him. To read the story, visit here.

Letting Go: All too often, Stonehill’s Vice President for Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski encounters parents who are still trying to manage everything in their college-age child’s life, including the application process, housing issues, and filling out forms for athletics, scholarships, and parking passes. In a recent essay, Dobrowski, who has three boys, notes that when parents allow their children to take the lead on critical tasks, those students are better able to develop the resilience and coping skills they need to succeed in academics, business, and life. It is not easy letting go, she says, but by doing so parents will raise independent and decisive first-year college students who can handle life out on their own. To read more, visit here.

Illustrious Writer: Alumnus and former trustee Michael Novak ’56 has been awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Literary Award from the Union League Club of New York City. In receiving it, Novak, a philosopher and scholar, joins such illustrious writers as John Updike, Neil Simon, Tom Wolfe, Michael Crichton, Stephen E. Ambrose, and James Michener. For more on Novak, whose papers are housed in the College Archives, visit here

Morning Edition: After the first presidential debate last week, WGBH radio in Boston caught up with Political Science Professor Peter Ubertaccio, who attended the event, for his assessment of the contest between the two candidates. To hear his comments, visit here.

Soccer Makes Top 5: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday that Stonehill’s women's soccer team is now ranked No. 5 in the country. This year is the first since 2000 that they’ve been nationally ranked and this is the highest national ranking they’ve received since 1999. Learn more here.

Police Academy: Learn about criminal and sexual assault investigations, forensics, cyber-crimes, criminal law and more at the Citizens Police Academy hosted by the Stonehill College Police Department. This free behind-the-scenes look at campus law enforcement will run on six consecutive Tuesdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginning October 25 in the Martin Institute room 105. For more email, Chief Carnes at or Detective Lt. Bamford at

Ranked Again: Among 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities surveyed, Stonehill has been ranked 172 in a new listing from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, which claims to rank those institutions that put student success and learning at the heart of their mission.

Don’t Forget: The Chet Raymo Literary Series featuring painter, cartoonist, writer and illustrator Lynda Barry in the Martin Institute this Thursday, October 6 from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome.

RIP: Mathematics Professor Rev. Rudolph “Rudy” Carchidi, C.S.C., who died last week, had an adventurous streak. For his 80th birthday, he went skydiving. The highlight of his 23 years of teaching at Stonehill came in 1997 when he received the Hegarty Award for Teaching Excellence. When he hung up his chalk and eraser at 87 in 2014, he had the distinction of being the oldest professor who ever taught at the College.