Monday Morning Update

February 20, 2017

Tattered Pieces: With the murder of nine Charleston church members in 2015, Rev. Sharon Washington Risher lost her mom, two cousins and a friend. A death penalty opponent and anti-gun violence advocate, Risher has a heart-wrenching story of loss, faith and forgiveness to share when she speaks in the Martin Institute on Tuesday, February 28 at 5 p.m. All are welcome. For more info, visit here.

Power of Politics: From Rwanda to Washington, D.C., the professional successes of our political science and international studies majors ripple around the planet. We have reports from several students who have benefited from their international and domestic experiences. To read more, visit here.

Joy of STEM: In his television series Science Works!, Director Al Ward ’90 explores how people, such as the Red Sox chief statistician who earned three World Series rings utilizing his math degree, use their STEM education for fun, rewarding careers. Produced by his Emmy-nominated company Award Productions, the series is on the Discovery Science Channel, Fridays at 8 a.m. EST thru March 17. A loyal alumnus, Ward included a 30-second spot in the series promoting the College’s academics and career preparation.

Haunted/Haunting: “Some places, I am sure, are haunted, while other places do the haunting, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which. But I have an idea.” To find out what Jessica Costello ’19 has in mind, read her essay in the Cairn, the College’s literary and art journal. Established in 1960, the Cairn features student stories, poems and works of arts. We have 10 copies. Email

Hoop Dreams: The College recently hosted a Special Olympics regional basketball tournament in the Sports Complex with 40+ teams competing to participate in the State Games. Our student-athletes with College and Easton volunteers spent a fun day scoring, cheering, keeping time, and announcing during the five-court event. To learn how committed our student-athletes are to the event, watch this short video.

Construction Report: The Education Building on upper campus is in the process of being renovated. When completed in May, it will become the new headquarters of the Stonehill College Police Department (SCPD). At present, the Education Department is based in the College Center but it will eventually move to Duffy. The Old Student Union, where SCPD and other offices are now based, is scheduled to be torn down in June 2017 to make way for a new Academic and Welcome Center, which is part of our strategic plan to transform the main quad. Work on that project is scheduled to begin in June 2017.

Snow Bright: Despite the recent heavy snow and cold weather, folks on campus responded positively with waves and smiles when our photographer was capturing winter scenes. To see our Snow Snapshot, visit here.

Novak Remembered: Alumnus and former trustee Michael Novak ’56, who died on Friday, was “widely recognized as one of the most influential Catholic theologian of his generation,” according to the Washington Post. The author of more than 50 books, Novak received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1994. His writings are regarded as central to a fuller understanding of American Catholicism in the late 20th century and the College is home to his papers. Last year, we wrote about him when he won the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. To see that story, visit here.