Monday Morning Update

November 28, 2016

#GivingTuesday: We intend to make history tomorrow with an exceptional day of philanthropy in support of our students. For our fourth year participating in #GivingTuesday, our goal is to secure a record 1,000 donors and we need your help. Learn more about this bold initiative and the students, faculty and staff who support it by watching our #GivingTuesday video. Can’t wait to make a gift? No problem, click here and do so today! Join us in making Stonehill history and thanks for your support.

Melt Your Heart: Recent graduate Chanel Mazzone ’16 has spent this fall working close to campus at the adjacent House of Possibilities, whose programs serve children and adults with developmental challenges. In reflecting on her experience, Mazzone notes the many melt your heart moments she has had with the clients at HOPe House. To read her moving story, visit here.

Theatre Honors: Several students have been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for their work on the recent STC production of Shakespeare’s As You Like it. They now have an opportunity to participate in a KCACTF regional conference early next year. Recognized for acting are Jean Shea ’19 and Sharmarke Yusuf ’19 with Sarah Couto ’19 and Dylan Turner ’17 as their alternates. Brett Gammon ’17 has been recognized for stage management and Caity McHale ’17 for student dramaturgy.

Professor Pepin: Over four decades, Professor Ray Pepin, who died last year, taught economics to Stonehill students. In a stellar academic career from 1969 to 2008, the published scholar also chaired the Economics Department. In particular, he was a mentor to many of his students, and they kept in touch with him over the years. Recently, colleagues, friends and family gathered on campus to memorialize Pepin by naming a bench at the Duffy Gardens in his honor. To see photos, courtesy of his colleague Economics Professor Hossein Kazemi, visit here.

Employee Loyalty: The following employees will receive the Gaudete Award for 20 years of service to Stonehill on Saturday, December 10 at the Gaudete Award Celebration. We salute: Karen Boen (Athletics), Martin Crowe (Facilities), Barry Darling (Athletics), Doreen DelMonaco (Student Financial Assistance), Stuart Kane (English), Peter LaBreck (Advancement), Carl MacDonald (IT), Joseph Middleton (Library), Rhonda Nickley (Student Financial Assistance), and Leon Tilley (Chemistry).

Prayer Intentions: The Alumni Mass of Thanksgiving was held in the Chapel of Mary on Sunday, November 20 and was celebrated by Alumni Minister Rev. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. Close to 1,000 alumni sent intention cards to be prayed over at the Mass and gifts received with these cards will benefit the Alumni Council Scholarship Fund.

Lessons and Carols: The Advent and Christmas seasons will get underway this Friday, December 2, with Lessons and Carols in the Chapel of Mary at 6:30 p.m. At this service led by the Chapel Choir, which provides music ministry for many major campus events, we celebrate the story of Christmas though scripture and music. Then, at 7:30 p.m., on the quad, there will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, followed by hot chocolate and other holiday treats. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Concert: As a preview for the Sons of Serendip Christmas concert in the Science Center on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m., check out Micah Christian ’06 singing  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Concert tickets are being snapped up daily. For info and to buy tickets, visit here.