Monday Morning Update

March 20, 2017

Commencement: The Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent for NBC News, Anne Thompson, will be the speaker for our 66th Commencement on Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. Thompson has led national coverage on Hurricane Katrina, the Catholic Church, and the Martha Stewart trial. She also served as NBC’s Chief Financial correspondent and has won many awards including the Gerald Loeb Award and an Emmy. Joining her in receiving honorary degrees will be JoAnn Burton, co-founder of the Burton Training Village for at risk youth, Arthur “Bud” Colgan, C.S.C. ’68, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Chosica in Lima, Peru, and Robert Simpson ’93, president & CEO of LeeSar and Cooperative Services of Florida. More next week.

Outdoor Stations: During Lent last year, hundreds participated in Campus Ministry’s first-ever Outdoors Social Justice Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion or prayers offered to God, marking Christ's last day on earth. They expect another big turnout on Friday at 4:35 p.m. for this year’s Stations. Campus Ministry Director Fr. Tony Szakaly will lead attendees around the quad, which will be marked by 14 white crosses. Each station will be run by a campus group representing a specific social justice theme. The Chapel Choir will accompany the event with music while Moreau Student Ministers greet attendees. All are welcome, rain, snow or shine.

Picture of the Week: Over spring break, many students, faculty, staff, and alums embarked on H.O.P.E. service immersion trips at home and abroad. We note just one example from Canto Grande near Lima, Peru. There, the 15 strong H.O.P.E. group worked with locals at Fe y Alegria, a Holy Cross school, and Yancana Huasy, a facility for children with intellectual & developmental disabilities. They also assisted a local family install a wheelchair ramp, remodeling their home to support a child with cerebral palsy. To see that hard working crew, visit here.

Academic Leader: We note that Nancy (Papagno) Crimmin ’87, a leader with 30 years’ experience in higher education, has been appointed Interim President of Becker College in Worcester. A psychology major at Stonehill, Crimmin has served Becker since 2003, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer. She is also active in leadership roles with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NAPSA).

Fallen Firefighters: Thirteen firefighters died in Brockton’s Strand Theatre fire, marking the 1941 tragedy as one of the largest losses of life to firefighters in modern American history. A new book by Archives Director Nicole Casper ’95 and local historian James Benson tells the story of what happened on that cold March morning when disaster struck. They will discuss their book on Friday, March 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 in the MacPháidín Library. Books will be available for purchase. We have five copies of The Strand Theatre Fire: The 1941 Brockton Tragedy and the Fallen Thirteen. Email All are welcome.

All-American: The Stonehill College women's cross country and track and field program is currently ranked 18th in the 2017 NCAA Division II Program of the Year standings concluding the indoor season, where the Skyhawks won their fourth straight indoor track and field NE10 title and placed ninth at the New England Championships. The team was led by Nicole Borofski ’17, who earned the eighth All-America honor of her career with a seventh-place finish in the mile.

Interfaith Cooperation: A Muslim woman Dr. Mehnaz Afridi directs the Holocaust Center at a Catholic institution, Manhattan College. As such, she has dedicated her life to building understanding and cooperation among Muslims, Jews and Christians, no easy task 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.