Monday Morning Update

July 22, 2013

Camp Shriver: Since early July,58 local children, with and without disabilities, have been enjoying Camp Shriver, an inclusive four-week summer program on campus. The Camp stems from a partnership with the National Inclusion Project and with UMass Boston's Center for Social Development and Education.  Professor Kathy McNamara, Chair of the Education Department, is the Camp’s Faculty Director and 14 Stonehill students,mostly education majors, serve as counselors or coaches -- helping the children to develop motor and social skills while creating positive peer relationships. We have two photo essays highlighting both the fun and educational value of Camp Shriver. To see photos of the children engaged in regular Camp activities, visit here. To see them exploring The Farm at Stonehill, visit here.

Game Changers: The innovative Coaching for Change program, founded by Marquis Taylor ’06,has another success under its belt. According to The Enterprise, Coaching for Change’s inaugural Stay in School program recently attracted more than 40 students when it launched at the Boys and Girls Club in Brockton. High school students and our men’s basketball team combined to run the free camp, which was open to Brockton public school students in grades 3-5. To see photos from the Stay in School program, visit here. For more on Coaching for Change, visit here.

Pride, Prejudice & Popularity: Two hundred years after Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice, the English author is more popular than ever before. Whether it is Hollywood adapting her work for the big screen, magazines such as Jane Austen Knits or books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Austen never seems to go out of style. Why? Well, according to Associate Professor of English Sarah Gracombe, “It’s partly because her works are so stylistically skillful and the central romantic pairings often so appealing, (but also because) Austen still frames our world, serving as a cultural touchstone, whether we are discussing privacy or politics, sexuality or matrimony.” For more on Professor Gracombe’s insights on Jane Austen, visit here.

Creative Teaching: The late Professor Al Cullum was an educator, author, actor and children’s literature specialist and July marks the tenth anniversary of his passing. In appreciation of his many talents, especially his ability to encourage young minds to think creatively, Russell and Meghan Stamm ’98 established the Albert Cullum Memorial Teaching Scholarship. So far, $20,000 has been raised but the scholarship needs to reach $25,000 to be fully endowed and before it can be awarded to a financially needy Stonehill student. When he taught, Cullum brought subjects alive for his students. Support of this scholarship in his memorywill benefit education students at Stonehill who have a similar passion for teaching. To make a gift in his memory, visit here.

Murder Mystery: In between teaching creative writing at Boston College and serving as the Director of Social Ministries at a parish in Charlestown, Tom MacDonald ’80 is also a crime novelist. His first book, The Charlestown Connection, won the Best First Novel Indie Book Award in 2012 and, on August 8, his second novel Beyond the Bridge hits the shelves. In it, amateur sleuth Dermot Sparhawk hunts a serial killer who is targeting priests. Now working on this third book, Tom has invited his Stonehill friends to a book-launch, complete with Irish music, at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown, Sunday, July 28 from 1-4 pm. We have four copies of his new book. First come, first served. Email or call 508-565-1070.