Monday Morning Update

July 17, 2017

Million Dollar Grant: For the second time, the National Science Foundation has awarded the College a major S-STEM grant. Valued at just under $1 million, the new award will support economically disadvantaged students to obtain a science education within a liberal arts curriculum. Under the direction of Professors Louis Liotta (chemistry), Guiru Gu (physics), Nicole Cyr (biology), Kristin Burkholder (environmental science), Pamela Lombardi (chemistry), Rachel Hirst (biology) and Heather Bleakley (biology), the work of the grant gets underway this summer with various student-faculty research projects. We will have a fuller report on the grant in an upcoming issue.

Fallen Oak: Located in a meadow near the College’s Clock Farm, a beloved giant oak tree, estimated to be more than 150 years old, collapsed on Saturday, July 8. Believed to be the oldest tree in Easton, the white oak was a majestic living dome so huge that retired Stonehill administrator and naturalist Richard Grant once wrote he had to “stand back 200 feet to view its entirety.” To read the Easton Journal’s report on why the iconic and often photographed tree resonated with so many people, visit here.

Orientation Advice: "Class of 2021, I implore you to let your guard down, even if it's just for a few moments a day. Lunge out of your comfort zone and you'll find this entire experience not just enjoyable, but rewarding – this is a time to grow and learn things about yourself and the people around you. Try new things and follow your heart. We're all here with each other to explore the next four years together."Timothy DeLouchrey ’19, Student Orientation Coordinator. To view photos of orientation, visit here.

Opioid Outreach: For her work on opioid abuse prevention and education in Plymouth County, Hillary Dubois Farquharson ’06 was recently honored by the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, which works to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction, turning the conversation toward the disease of addiction rather than the crime of addiction. Farquharson is the Director of Prevention Services for the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative and, earlier this year, we reported on the work that she and several other alumni are doing in addressing this challenge. To read it, visit here.

Economic Impact: The College-issued Hill Card allows students to make purchases at 28 Easton stores and restaurants. Recent figures show that, just using their Hill Cards as opposed to credit card or cash purchases, our students spent a total of $4.3 million locally over seven years from fiscal year 2010 to 2017. On average, that works out to just over $537,500 annually.

Service Recognized: Stonehill College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was honored at the NE-10 Conference’s annual awards banquet for its efforts in fundraising $6,600 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money was raised at SAAC's first-ever Rock-a-Thon, as well as its annual “Into the Bleachers” campaign throughout the academic year.

Rare Snapshot: With the Old Student Union now demolished to make way for the construction of the Academic and Welcome Center, we have a rare glimpse of MacPháidín Library from the Hill. Check it out here.