Monday Morning Update

January 16, 2017

Fighting Fake News: When new challenges like “Fake News” emerge, the College innovates to solve them. For example, National Public Radio recently reported on how Stonehill professors and librarians are collaborating to help our students become more informed consumers of online news and media. To read the story, visit here.

Allergic Living: Stonehill is supportive of students with food allergies, according to Allergic Living magazine, which recently released a directory of U.S. colleges and their food allergy and gluten free policies. The College is one of 10 Massachusetts institution included in the directory. For more, visit here.

30 Under 30: Since founding the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2004, Brittany Bergquist '13 and her brother Robbie, have shared over three million prepaid international calling cards with troops while recycling 11 million cell phones. In recognition of their social entrepreneurship, Forbes recently placed them on its 30 Under 30 list for 2017.

Digital Media Debut: When David Williams ’17 presented his thesis film, Persephone in the Martin Institute at the end of last semester, he became the first student to successfully complete the College’s Digital Media Production minor, which was introduced in 2014. His film retells and updates the Greek myth Persephone, about the young goddess of vegetation kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld. Filmmaker and faculty member Katie Shannon ’04 oversaw his capstone work. For more on the eight-course minor, which gives our students new production options, visit here.

Violence Prevention: A national foundation that addresses the issue of sexual assault and violence has committed a $10,000 grant to the College. Stonehill is one of 20 colleges selected to participate in Avon Foundation’s first-ever leadership program that helps participating schools develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault at their respective institutions. For more, visit here.

Post White House: A top advisor to President Barack Obama, David Simas ’92 has been named as the CEO of the Obama Foundation, a nonprofit that will preserve the legacy of the 44th president. Generous with his time at the White House, Simas met with Stonehill students on many occasions when they visited Capitol Hill. In 2014, Simas returned to campus and spoke to a packed audience in the Martin Institute.

Faithful Service: Tonight, Groundskeeper Ken Percy will receive the Spirit of Holy Cross Award from the Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers. At Stonehill since 1978, he will be honored for faithfully serving the Holy Cross mission of making God known, loved and served in an educational setting.

MLK Tributes: English Professor Matthew Borushko published a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in the Easton Journal, sharing his interpretation of Dr. King’s words and impact. And all this week, Stonehill’s Office of Intercultural Affairs will be honoring Dr. King's legacy with events across campus. For a calendar of on-campus events, visit here. To read Professor Borushko’s column, visit here.

For the Record: Our Review of 2016 last week overlooked the success of two Stonehill teams, Men’s Ice Hockey and Women's Cross Country, both of which were Northeast-10 Champions.