Monday Morning Update

June 3, 2013

Decoding Springsteen: Instead of just being a fan of Bruce Springsteen’s music, history student William Pellegrino '13 took it a step further and studied how the Boss' approach to songwriting evolved in reaction to four disasters: 9/11, the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and the recession. Called "My City of Ruins: Bruce Springsteen and the American Reaction to Disaster,” his senior thesis went on to win the annual D’Agostino Prize for Excellence in History at Stonehill. Supervised by History Professor Shane Maddock, Pellegrino examined the themes and messages in Springsteen's songs over a decade. For more, visit here.

Heights History: A member of the Class of 1987, Sr. Jeanmarie Gribaudo, C.S.J. recently became the first woman to earn a doctorate in sacred theology from Boston College. For her dissertation, she explored three key 20th century moments that contributed to the developing theology of the holiness and sinfulness of the Catholic Church. As she made history at the Heights, B.C. President Fr. William Leahy was there to hood her at Commencement last month. Sr. Jeanmarie is currently teaching theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

Reunion Records: Over the weekend,the Class of 2008 set a new Reunion attendance record.  More than 225 members or one third of the class returned for the fifth anniversary of their graduation. That’s the largest turnout for a single class at Reunion. In fact, with more than 800 alumni from 21 classes, Reunion 2013 proved to be the largest ever in College history. For photos, visit here.

Surprise Announcement: As anyone who has seen him cheer on a Stonehill team knows, President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. ’78 is a passionate fan of athletics. And, it is no secret that he is also an ardent advocate for the expansion of the Sports Complex. At the annual President’s Dinner on Thursday night, Trustee Bill Devin ’60 noted both of these points when he announced that the Board of Trustees has decided to name the expansion in honor of Fr. Cregan and his service to the College. When it is completed, the Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletics and Fitness Center will be housed at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex.

Burton Family: Also at the President’s Dinner on Thursday, the College honored the Burton Family, whose patriarch, the late Ron Burton Senior, established the Ron Burton Training Village for at-risk youth. Over 24 years, the Village has inspired more than 3,000 young people to mature spiritually and educationally and some of those students have gone on to attend Stonehill, as the College offers two full scholarships annually to Village graduates. For more, visit here.

Accentuate the Positive: The Intercultural Affairs Office recently sponsored a Gratitude Journaling session hosted by IT's Joshua Rapoza. As a result, 35 community members learned how to chronicle positivity in their lives. Funded by an Inclusive Excellence Grant, the program lets faculty & staff propose creative ideas that support community, diversity and inclusion. "It was a demonstration of the type of people we have at Stonehill--folks who are eager to show gratitude for what we have, who we are, and what Stonehill offers to us," said Director of Intercultural Affairs Liza Talusan. To see our gratitude group, visit our Picture of the Week.