Monday Morning Update

January 7, 2019


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Given how many Stonehill stories there were in 2018, picking the top ones presented a challenge. Still, we gave it our best shot and while our list below is not definitive or comprehensive, we hope it presents a window into some of last year's big moments.

YEAR IN REVIEW: First and foremost, check out a photo gallery of some of 2018's highlights! We hope it offers a glimpse into the past year on campus. Take a look here.

MASTER'S PROGRAMS: The College’s Integrated Marketing Communications master’s program got underway in January and was followed in September by a master’s program in Special Education. Get all the details here.

STORMY WEATHER: Winter storms left close to 17 inches of snow on campus in early January while a nor’easter in March damaged or snapped more than 100 trees on campus. Take a look here.

ALUMNAE SUMMIT: President of the New York Academy of Medicine Judith Salerno, M.D. ’73 explored the topics of self-empowerment, work-life balance, and defining success with 80 women graduates at our inaugural Alumnae Summit in March. See our snapshot here.  

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY: The annual DiverCity Festival marked its 10th anniversary with student performers celebrating the variety of cultures on campus with passion, flair and style. Prior to Commencement, the Kente and Rainbow Ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of seniors who come from communities of color or who identify as LGBTQ+. Check it out here.

LIFE ADVICE: In his Commencement remarks, Obama Foundation CEO David Simas ’92 shared three rules he uses to guide his life—recognize our interdependence, listen and practice empathy, and change is always bottom up—reminding graduates that with their education comes a responsibility to better their communities and be the change they desire. Read his remarks here.

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT: From 26 classes, 900 alumni, along with their families, returned to campus for an eventful Reunion weekend, which included the induction of the Class of 1968 into the Pillar Society. Reunion alumni gave $400,000 in support of our educational mission. Learn more here.

RANKINGS & RATINGS: Stonehill is among the nation’s best undergraduate colleges, according to The Princeton Review, which noted our green initiatives, community service, small classes, and knowledgeable, passionate professors. We were also on Forbes’ list of 650 schools that are doing the best on tuition costs, school quality, graduation success rates and post-grad earnings. Get more details here.

TRANSITION ADVICE: Recognizing that the transition to college can at times be challenging for students, President John Denning, C.S.C., had some practical advice for the Class of 2022 on how they can make the most of their first year at Stonehill. Get more details here.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE: At Academic Convocation, Mathematics Professor Timothy Woodcock ’93 became the first alumnus to receive the Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in teaching. We also welcomed eight new faculty members.  Find out more here.

QUAD TRANSFORMED: Our main quad is being dynamically transformed with the success and popularity of The Thomas and Donna May School of Arts & Sciences building and the steady progress on the construction of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business, which is well on track to open in August 2019.  Check it out here.

GRIEF AND LOSS: We remember the passing of five legendary professors Peter Beisheim (Religious Studies), Robert Goulet (English), Peter Rapp (Heathlcare), John Schatzel (Accounting and Business), and Joseph Skaff (History and Religious Studies), as well as the passing of Marc Tarabocchia ’20 and Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, a former member of SCPD.

FUTURE IN PHOTONICS: Thanks to a $570,000 federal grant, the College is set to launch a technician-training program in integrated photonics, a technology expected to transform data story and transfer, similar to how integrated circuits ushered in the internet age. Learn more here.

LIFELONG LEGACY: Now retired, Francis X. Dillon '70, the longest-serving vice president in Stonehill's history, was for many the face of the College. Thanks to his legacy of service, leadership, and loyalty, the College has grown in strength and capacity. See our tribute here.

THIS WEEK ON THE HILL
ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Mon., Jan. 7 - Fri., Jan. 18 | Wintersession
Sat., Jan. 12 | Wintersession Snow Makeup Day
Sun., Jan. 13 | Residence Areas Open
Mon., Jan. 14 | Classes Begin

SPORTS COMPLEX HOLIDAY HOURS
Normal hours resume Monday, January 14.
Mon., Jan. 7-Fri., Jan. 12 | 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 | CLOSED
Sun., Jan. 13 | 4-9 p.m.

DUNKIN DONUTS (SHIELDS) HOLIDAY HOURS
Normal hours resume Monday, January 14.
Closed through Sun., Jan. 13

NO SPORTS ON CAMPUS
Click here for a schedule that includes all sports

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