Monday Morning Update

August 28, 2017

Major Changes: Over the summer, the College reorganized into a School of Arts & Sciences and the Leo J. Meehan School of Business to further enhance our strengths and to better position Stonehill to connect students with emerging career opportunities. For more on why we made the change, the two schools, and the deans who will lead them, Professors Debra Salvucci and Peter Ubertaccio, visit here.

Shallow Graves: For decades, the worst serial killing case in Massachusetts since the Boston Strangler has haunted Professor Maureen Boyle, award-winning investigative journalist and the director of our journalism program. The unsolved case stems from 1988 when 11 New Bedford women disappeared with nine of them were later found dead along local highways. In Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer, Boyle tells the story from the perspective of investigators and some families. One reviewer notes the book reads “like a first-rate novel, but enlightens like a detective’s handbook.” We have six copies. Email For more, visit here.

Sustainable Welcome: Checking into their rooms on Saturday, first-year students found welcome bags at their doors. With reusable to-go containers, multi-use water bottles, and info on-campus sustainability, the bags came from the Students for Environmental Action group, which has been greeting new students this way in recent years. To see the seniors who retuned early for this outreach and the young alumna who helped them, visit here.

Campus Eclipse: Last Monday, students, faculty, and staff across campus came together to view the incredible eclipse that captured imaginations across the country. In recognition of the event, associate professor of physics Alessandro Massarotti shared some insight into eclipses alongside some photos of the eclipse from the campus community. Read his thoughts and see photos of the eclipse here.

Construction Update: Work began on the Academic and Welcome Center in July and is progressing steadily, according to Craig Binney, AVP for Finance & Operations who added, “Recently the foundation walls were completed. Soon, the steel will arrive and will be erected. We are right on schedule.” To see a photo, visit here.

Divided States: Joining top scholars from Harvard and Duke, Professor Peter Ubertaccio, dean of the college of arts and sciences, will participate in the 100th episode of the No Jargon podcast to discuss America’s divided politics. The Scholars Strategy Network podcast seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by connecting scholars and their research to policymakers and the public. The podcast will place on September 12 at 7 p.m. and you can hear it at here.

Welcome Back Wetzel: We are pleased to report that Professor Chris Wetzel, who was seriously injured in a hiking accident last summer, will be back teaching this semester. In a recent note, Chris wrote that he, his wife, Michelle, and their families are "profoundly grateful for the care, kindness and support the Stonehill community has shared with us since my accident last August." As he transitions back to teaching, Chris will co-teach a learning community on food justice with Farm Manager Bridget Meigs. Welcome back, Chris. Your resilience is inspiring.

Don’t Forget: Good luck to everyone involved with Community Engagement Day today. For information on the panels and the Volunteer Fair, visit here.