Monday Morning Update

July 29, 2013

Distinctive Honor: Stonehill has once again been named a College of Distinction. We received the recognition because of our student engagement, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. A web-based guide, Colleges of Distinction profiles schools that excel in those four areas and, in its latest report, it highlighted the high participation rate (91%) by Stonehill students in internships, study abroad, research, practicums, and field work by the time they graduate. Additionally, Stonehill was one of just five Catholic schools in the state to earn the Catholic Colleges of Distinction honor. For more, visit here.

Young Entrepreneur: She only graduated in May, but Pamela Bardhi ’13 sees herself owning “at least five businesses” within five years. At present, the young Boston entrepreneur is involved with three business ventures in the City – Ria Café, Café Esplanade and Anthem Hospitality. The Communications and Interdisciplinary Studies major also does social media marketing for her parents’ restaurant, West Napoli, in West Roxbury. In a recent interview with, she had high praise for her Stonehill education and for her immigrant parents who have encouraged her to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. To read her interview, visit here.

Backpack Alert: Now in its tenth year, the Back-to-School Backpack Project is one of the most successful alumni service initiatives, having provided 1,200 local children with school supplies since 2004. Last year, 70 alumni volunteers rallied to fill 245 backpacks, which went to local children at the start of the school year. This year, alumni volunteers will meet on August 15at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall to fill backpacks. For more information, call 508-565-1343 or email Supplies may be dropped off at the Alumni Office in the Merkert-Tracy building daily between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Armenia Report: Thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship, Political Science Professor Anna Ohanyan has spent the past year in her native Armenia working on a book about politically-divided regions such as the Balkans and the South Caucasus. She also taught global issues & international organizations to Armenian university students. As she prepared to return to the U.S., Ohanyan recently gave an interview to the program Hidden People in which she discussed the cultural experience of spending extended time in Armenia with her three daughters. She also explored how Armenian communities across the globe can help Armenia on civic and development issues. To see the English language interview, visit here.

M*A*S*H for Lawyers: That’s how John “Jack” Brebbia ’53, a Las Vegas-based lawyer, describes his novel APO 123, which is about a fictional Stonehill alumnus, Anthony Bertolini. Serving with the JAG Corp in France during the Cold War, Bertolini engages in as many turf wars, schemes and romances as he does court battles. Brebbia is working to turn the novel into a movie and has made his own promotional video. To see it, visit here.

Runners World: On Sunday, July 21, close to 1,200 runners descended on the Stonehill campus. They came to participate in the Narragansett Summer Running Festival, which hosted three race options, a half-marathon, a 5k and a 10k, with the runners branching out into Easton and Stoughton. To see photos from the event, visit here. Whether it is this Running Festival, Camp Shriver, College Academy, the Gordon Research Conferences, or the various sports camps, the Stonehill campus is buzzing with activity this summer.