Monday Morning Update

July 1, 2013

New President: Welcome President John Denning, C.S.C.  After 13 years of working at the College, most recently as the Vice President for Student Affairs in the Duffy Academic Building, today Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. moves into his new office in Donahue Hall to begin his tenure as President of Stonehill. As he takes office, Fr. Denning noted that he is “eager to build on the strengths of our community of scholarship and faith” and he wants to “further develop our strong academic reputation, deepen our commitment to diversity, and enhance our Catholic character.” For more, visit here.

Mass Health Commissioner: A nurse and community health activist Cheryl Bartlett ’06 has been appointed as the new public health commissioner for Massachusetts. A healthcare administration major, Bartlett became the interim commissioner of the “embattled” department in May. In 2006, she appeared on the cover of the Stonehill Alumni Magazine in a feature profiling alumni who lead lives of meaning and purpose. As the director of the Siaconset Beach Preservation Fund at the time, Bartlett, who had taken a break from nursing, was working to prevent beach erosion in Nantucket. To read the profile, visit here.

Serving Struggling Families: When My Brother’s Keeper, the Christian ministry that delivers furniture & food to families in need, opens a new location in Dartmouth this month, Stonehill alumni will lead the initiative, which will serve families in Fall River and on the South Coast. A volunteer with My Brother’s Keeper since his freshman year, Josh Smith ’04 will be the Dartmouth Director. Serving with him will be Rachel Smith ’12 (no relation). Another student volunteer, she just completed post-graduate service working with the homeless in Phoenix. Other Stonehill ties with the ministry include: Ryan Thorley ’04 who was recently promoted to Operations Manager of the Easton facility, President Fr. John Denning, C.S.C. who serves on its Board of Directors and Alex Ogozaly ’12 who serves on its Development Board.

The Longest Day: Recently Jason Lynch ’11 scaled Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast, three times within 16 hours. He made the 26.4 mile trek, ascending and descending 12,750 feet, in support of the Alzheimer Association’s Longest Day initiative. But, during the triple climb, exhaustion never set in, which confused him as he had expected to struggle with the climb just as people with Alzheimer’s struggle. As he reflected, however, it dawned on him that he had learned a deeper, more positive lesson from the physical and emotional experience. For more, read his Longest Day Life Lesson.

Class Welcome: Six weeks after the Class of 2013 graduated, the Class of 2017 arrived at Stonehill last week. With their families, the first-years visited campus for Summer Orientation. To see Orientation photos, visit here.

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