Monday Morning Update

March 13, 2017

Two Arrows: Our thought patterns can make our lives more stressful than they need to be, writes Philosophy Professor Anna Lannstrom in a recent Thrive Global blog post. Using the Buddhist parable of the two arrows, she describes how we can manage our stress more effectively. To read her helpful insights, visit here.

Role Model: Big shout out to Jamey Breen ’14 on receiving a Community Partnership Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston. A wheelchair user living with cerebral palsy, Breen is a transition consultant for people with disabilities and a motivational speaker. He is also a wheelchair basketball player who is learning to drive a car while searching for career opportunities in human services. To read the Federation’s impressive profile of him, visit here.

Judicial First: Congratulations to Massachusetts State Representative Claire Cronin ’82 on her appointment as House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Now in her third term, Cronin, who represents Easton, is the first woman to serve in this leadership position. An experienced legislator and mediator, Cronin, a political science major at Stonehill, expects her committee will receive close to a thousand bills, including many controversial and sensitive pieces of legislation. For more, visit here.

One Man’s Perseverance: Throughout his life, Hiroshima-bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori, now 78, has worked to memorialize 12 American prisoners who died when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb. In the documentary Paper Lanterns, Barry Frechette ’92 tells how Mori’s humanity and perseverance brought comfort to the families of those deceased American soldiers. Join Frechette in the Martin Institute at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 for a screening of this remarkable story. A conversation will follow. All are welcome.

Power of Faith: "God has shown me that the road to peace can be really stony with lots of twists and turns but with faith, God will guide you," Rev. Sharon Washington Risher speaking at Stonehill about her path to peace and reconciliation after she lost loved ones in the Charleston church shooting.

Religion, Turmoil, Cooperation: A Muslim woman and scholar, Dr. Mehnaz Afridi directs the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College, a Catholic institution in the Bronx. As such, she has dedicated her professional life to building understanding and cooperation among Muslims, Jews and Christians, no easy undertaking in an era of extremism. Afridi will be at Stonehill on Monday, March 27 to give the St. Andre Lecture in the Martin Institute at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Steps & Reasons: At Orientation, first-year students walk up the hill to Donahue Hall and four years later as seniors, they walk back down at Commencement. Those walks comprise 1001 steps and we are asking alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends to give us 1001 reasons why they support Stonehill. To make your gift and share your reasons for giving or to see what others have written, visit here. Also, to see how this campaign unfolds, visit the Alumni Facebook page.

Celtic Culture: Created by Celtic monks in the early eighth century, the Book of Kells depicts the four gospels of the New Testament. One of the wonders of medieval Europe, the original illuminated manuscripts are in Dublin but the MacPháidín Library has an excellent limited edition replica on display, which does justice to the brilliance of the monks’ ornate art work. Can’t visit the Library? See our Book of Kells Snapshot. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!