Monday Morning Update

August 12, 2013

Top School: Offering “outstanding academics,” Stonehill is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in its 2014 annual college guide, "The Best 378 Colleges.” Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. For more, visit here.

Footprints on the Moon: Four years ago, Brankley Garcia ’17 was a shy high school freshman and a new immigrant from the Dominican Republic, struggling with English. Soon, she will enter Stonehill, the first member of her family to attend college. A future business major, she recently completed Boston University’s Upward Bound program and, in June, she gave the valedictorian address at Boston's English High School. She ended her address by saying, "Don't tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." 

Not a Crazy Idea: Since she could reach a shelf Jessica Mardo ’13 has loved books, which is why she studied literature at Stonehill. When she made that choice, Mardo had no clue as to her future career. While friends and family challenged her to be more practical, she insisted that studying English at a small liberal arts college was “not a crazy idea.”  In a recent Huffington Post article, Mardo explains how a liberal arts education helped her to realize she has the skills to succeed in many professional fields. And, as she looks to non-profit career options, she appreciates that the world is bigger than her and her paycheck and “perhaps, just perhaps, a career well-spent is one giving back” to others. To read her reflection on the value of liberal arts, visit here.

Reinterpreting Lincoln: Although Abraham Lincoln dominates the literature on the American Civil War, he is less associated with reconstruction. In his new book Lincoln and Reconstruction, Professor John Rodrigue offers a succinct but significant survey of Lincoln’s wartime reconstruction initiatives while providing a fresh interpretation of the president’s plans for postwar America. In launching the book, which one critic praised for its “compelling analysis and painstaking research,” the Lawrence & Theresa Salameno Professor of History participated in a virtual book signing at the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago. We have three copies of his book. First come, first served. Email or call 508-565-1070.

Healthier Lives: For the past 15 years, Bernie Dennis ’70 has helped the American Heart Association to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. An economics major, Dennis recently elevated his volunteerism when he became the Chairman of AHA’s Board with responsibility for its business affairs, public relations, and fundraising. Since 1949, the AHA has funded more than $3.4 billion in research. Dennis is the owner & founder of Dennis Associates LLC, a management consulting firm in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Where Kids Flourish: In July,58 local children, with and without disabilities, enjoyed Camp Shriver at Stonehill, an inclusive free four-week summer program located on campus at Holy Cross Center. The program offered daily swims at the Easton YMCA, field sports, and arts and crafts - along with free transportation, camp gear, and meals for the children who range in age from 8 to 12. The Boston Globe South noted that Stonehill education majors “work as the campers' group leaders under the watchful eye of department chairwoman and Camp faculty director Kathy McNamara.” To read the story, visit here.