Monday Morning Update

May 8, 2017

Faculty Service: Hailed as a leader with a strong sense of fair-mindedness and empathy, Professor Marilena Hall received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award on Thursday at the Annual Faculty Recognition Reception. The Director of the Biochemistry Program, Hall, who became the first woman to serve as the Faculty Senate President at Stonehill in 2013, was honored for her tireless service on behalf of students, her colleagues and the College. As her citation noted, “it never occurred to you not to give 100% effort 100% of the time. For more, visit here.

Lasting Habits: On Wednesday, faculty and students celebrated the silver anniversary of the Moreau Honors Program, which nurtures the lasting habits of academic excellence in our students, by saluting the program’s founding director, Philosophy Professor Richard Capobianco. An acclaimed teacher and an authority on German philosopher Martin Heidegger, Capobianco successfully established the program and guided it astutely for ten years. For more, visit here.

Campus Loss: It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a member of the Stonehill community, Linsey Malia ’18, who died Saturday in a boating accident in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she was studying this semester. Linsey contributed to many areas of campus life—as a peer mentor, a teaching assistant, a member of the Moreau Honors Program, a work study student within Athletics, and a volunteer with multiple campus partners. Her death represents a deep loss for all of us and, of course, for her family. As a campus community, we gathered yesterday in the Chapel of Mary to offer our prayers for Linsey, her family, her friends, and all those who loved her. Our Campus Ministry and Counseling staff are providing support services and our Residence Life staff will continue to make themselves available within the residence areas. Please keep Linsey’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during these most difficult days. To see a recent article capturing Linsey’s spirit, visit here.

Data Analytics: A long-time corporate partner to Stonehill, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has made a $10,000 grant to the new School of Business through their 2017 INQuiries Grant Program. Underwriting data analytics training for business and healthcare administration faculty, the grant will help to integrate the teaching of these skills, which are in great demand, into the curriculum. Jay Mattie ’81, a partner at PwC and the driving force behind the annual PWC-Stonehill alumni-student networking dinner, played a pivotal role in assisting the College in securing this grant.

Puppy Power: Take three Golden Retrievers, a Cavalier, and a Boxer. Add almost 180 students in the basement of Boland Hall on Thursday night and you have an ideal stress reduction session. Presented by the Pets and People Foundation, the pet therapy session was one of a variety of coping options offered to students by a coalition of campus groups and offices during finals. To see photos, visit here.

Constant Contact: Celebrating its 25 anniversary, the Student Alumni Association held its annual appreciation dinner last night at the Martin Institute. At the event, they said goodbye to 16 members who graduate on May 21 and welcomed 16 new members to the organization, which keeps alumni in contact with campus life and works to make current students aware of their future roles as alumni.

Goodbye Kisses: For the past 14 years, the College has been Kissing Seniors Goodbye and that tradition continued Friday at the pre-Commencement Senior BBQ & Slideshow. These kisses of course are chocolate ones, and are presented in purple goodie bags individually bagged and prepared by Student Alumni Association volunteers. The bags contain notes of congratulations and encouragement from family, faculty, alumni, staff, classmates and friends.

DiverCity Festival: Through song, dance and spoken word, this popular annual event recently gave students, faculty and staff a chance to explore their own backgrounds and to learn about many other cultures. See fun event photos in our DiverCity Snapshot.

Happy Hobbyists: Have you ever thought about getting a hobby? Research shows that people with hobbies are better at finding creative solutions to work challenges and are resilient in stressful situations. Meet 10 alums—including one who built his own full-scale lighthouse—who have embraced the importance of hobbies in the cover story of the new Stonehill Alumni Magazine. Check your mailbox, it should be arriving soon!

Key Announcements: A few campus-wide emails to highlight this week: The Old Student Union Building and its parking lot will be closed from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. today through Wed., May 10 for police training exercises; SpoCo hours will change for the summer starting this weekend, when it will be closed. From May 15– May 26, Spoco hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon-Thurs, and 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Fridays; And, the updated Spring Final Exam Schedule can be found here.