Monday Morning Update

June 19, 2017

Remembering Ray: One of the most popular locations on campus is the Atrium in the Science Center, which is named after Raymond and Peggy Pettit. Surrounded by his loving family, Ray died recently and, with his passing, we have lost a great friend. Ray served with distinction as a trustee and as Board Chair. With his wife, Peggy, he pushed the College forward and helped us on many fronts, most notably with their $1 million gift for the Science Center. At Commencement 2004, he received an honorary doctor of Business Administration degree. Our condolences go to his wife, Peggy, their daughter, Kathleen Pettit ’85 and all who knew and loved Ray.

Dream Job: At Stonehill, Robert Mills ’96 studied film making. Today, he is based in Burbank and serving as the Vice President Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming at ABC Entertainment. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Mills talked about his dream job, which includes a reboot of American Idol. He has been instrumental in the success of shows such as The Bachelor, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Shark Tank and Dancing with the Stars. To read the Hollywood Reporter story, visit here.  

Battle of the Bands: The History Department recently awarded Nathan Samoriski ’17 the tenth annual Peter R. D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History. Samoriski’s senior thesis, The Battle of the Bands: Music in the American Civil War, examined audio recordings and notated music, as well as letters, diaries, and other writings to identify the meanings Union and Confederate soldiers ascribed to popular music of the times. Congratulations Nathan! 

Bite Your Tongue: When tempted to vent or rant on Facebook, bite your tongue and just don’t do it, writes Sierra St. Pierre ’18 in the latest issue of Rolling Stonehill, the College’s student-run culture magazine. As St. Pierre notes, “once you hit ‘post,’ your words are there forever and can easily come back to haunt you.” To read her full advice, visit here. We have 12 complimentary copies of the latest Rolling Stonehill. Email

Policy Push: Incoming student-body president Timothy Cronin ’18, through his summer policy fellowship at the Climate Action Business Association, published a column urging local businesses to oppose a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth. Cronin argues the station would be in too dense an area to be safe, and would put local businesses, property owners, and school children at risk. Read Cronin’s full piece here

Athletics Recap: Stonehill finished second in this year’s NE10 Presidents’ Cup standings as the Skyhawks totaled 174 points, marking the 13th straight year the College has finished in the top three. Stonehill captured five NE10 Championships over the course of the year, including women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field titles. Women’s soccer also captured its first NE10 Tournament Championship since 1995. Thirteen of Stonehill’s 19 NE10 programs reached the postseason, with seven earning NCAA Tournament bids.

Demolition Days: Work is underway demolishing the Old Student Union as the College prepares to build an Academic and Welcome Center on that location on the main quad. To see photos of the process, visit here.