Monday Morning Update

August 26, 2013

Move-in Day: On Saturday, close to 600 members of the Class of 2017 moved into their campus residences. Later today, following a 23-year tradition, they will participate in the Into the Streets Program, dedicating their afternoon to community service at local agencies and organizations such as Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton and Catholic Charities in Brockton.

Class of 2017 Profile: Almost six out of ten members of our newest class ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school. Nearly 31 percent were in the top 10 percent.  The top two majors in the class are biology (47 students) and psychology (38 students). A total of 30 first-year students are enrolled in the Notre Dame Dual-Degree Program as well.

Legend Honored: The Yawkey Foundation in Boston has awarded the College a $2 million grant to establish the Lou Gorman ’53 Pavilion in honor of the legendary Boston Red Sox general manager. To be housed in the newly expanded Sports Complex, the pavilion will be designed to honor his commitment not only to the Red Sox but to his alma mater as well. The first Stonehill alumnus to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Alumni Service Award, Gorman was one of our greatest ambassadors. For more, visit here.

Creating Access: Students from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown are more independent thanks to a new fully accessible time tracking system designed and implemented by Stonehill students. Last semester, seven computer science majors along with two interdisciplinary studies majors concentrating in technology, worked on the project as part of their Senior Capstone. From coding the program to writing a 220 page user manual, the students developed every aspect of the project which allows Perkins’ students to record their work and volunteer hours electronically. Over the summer, Matt Plummer ’15 worked closely with Perkins on implementing the program, a tough but rewarding and practical learning experience. For more, visit here.

Diversity Challenge: A business case model contest created by Stonehill’s Mu Omega Chapter of the accounting and financial information honor society Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), recently placed first in the 2013 Ernst & Young Diversity Challenge. The contest required Beta Alpha Psi college chapters to design and implement a project that created and supported a diverse and inclusive environment. To achieve that goal, Mu Omega developed a “Team Yankees vs. Team Red Sox” challenge for students at Mount St. Michael’s Academy in the Bronx and Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. The case model not only gave the high school students a hands-on introduction to collegiate financial course work but also the opportunity to speak directly with Stonehill BAP students to learn more about Stonehill’s business program. For winning the challenge, Mu Omega will receive a $2,000 scholarship award from Ernst & Young. For more, visit here.

Web Awards: Launched this summer, the College’s new website has been nominated for multiple 2013 eduStyle Awards, which celebrates the best work in college and university websites. Among the categories the site, which was designed by the interactive agency FastSpot, has been nominated for include Best Homepage, Best Redesign, and Best Mobile/Responsive Site. People’s Choice voting runs through September 2. To cast your vote, visit here.