Monday Morning Update

June 2, 2017

Record Gift: Before 650 guests at the recent President’s Dinner, the College received a $10 million gift from W.B. Mason and its President/CEO, Leo Meehan ’75. The gift will support the construction of a building for the new School of Business to be named in Meehan’s honor. The $30+ million business school will offer cutting-edge technology and adaptive, modern classrooms and collaboration spaces. Construction of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business will begin next spring and will open for the following academic year. For more on this story, visit here. To see photos from President’s Dinner, visit here.

Meet Leo Meehan: A College trustee, Meehan is the driving force behind W. B. Mason, the largest privately held office products supplier in America. In 1975, Meehan, an economics major, became the first Stonehill alum to be hired by the company, which today employs more than 100 alums and recently hired 20 members of the Class of 2017. A member of our Athletic Hall of Fame, he played an instrumental role in the development of the W. B. Mason Stadium. Though the W. B. Mason Leadership Forum, he meets with students leaders annually to discuss networking, careers, initiative, and the requirements of leadership.

Meehan Quote: “The College’s combination of hands-on learning, caring mentorship, and emphasis on morality, community, and compassion offers an experience that truly prepares graduates for success in the real-world. I know that firsthand, because I eagerly hire Stonehill graduates every year and see them thrive.”

Reunion: Alumni, along with family and friends, flocked to Reunion this past weekend. Ten anniversary classes and 16 Pillar Society classes participated in the celebration. Congrats to the Class of 1967 who celebrated their 50th anniversary and were inducted into the Pillar Society. Alumni explored campus, showed their children around, reminisced with friends, and prayed for deceased classmates. In addition, alumni collectively presented the College with a Reunion gift of more than $400,000. More Reunion coverage next week.

First-Year Food Drive: Big shout out to the First-Year Class Committee for using left over money on their Hill Cards to purchase $1,300 worth of non-perishable food, which they donated to for Easton Food Pantry. To read more, visit

Camp Shriver: For the fifth year, local children, with and without disabilities, will enjoy Camp Shriver’s inclusive summer sports program on campus July 10-August 4. With our students and recent grads serving as counselors, the Camp develops children’s motor & social skills while fostering positive peer relationships. To ensure more children can attend the Camp, Team Stonehill will participate in the
Narragansett Summer Running Festival on campus July 15-16 and each runner needs to raise $500. Register to run or make a gift to the team or a runner and you will help Team Stonehill hit their fundraising goal. To do so, visit here.

Taste of Haiti: Our executive chef is Jocelyn Aurelien, a master of Creole cuisine from Jacmel, a Haitian city hard hit by the 2010 earthquake. Chef Jocelyn will be the star of the Taste of Haiti celebration in the College’s Dining Commons on Saturday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Old Colony YMCA, the event will raise funds to build a YMCA Center in Jacmel. With Chef Jocelyn at the helm, you can be assured of a culinary extravaganza with good music, fun and company. We have a one set of two tickets for the event. Email For more information, visit here.