Monday Morning Update

September 16, 2013

Inauguration: Saturday’s football game, campus carnival and barbeque along with last evening’s Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows Mass kicked off Inauguration Week which will culminate with Friday’s ceremony when President John F. Denning, C.S.C. will be installed as the College’s tenth president. This week’s line-up of events leading up to Inauguration include Tuesday’s Academic Symposium featuring acclaimed expert on religious violence and peacebuilding R. Scott Appleby of the University of Notre Dame, Wednesday’s Fruit & Yogurt Bar Social hosted by President Denning and the Senior Administration, and Thursday’s Inauguration Mass. All are welcome to attend each event, including Friday’s Inauguration Ceremony at 2 p.m. and the reception to follow in the May Pavilion Tent. For more information, visit here.

New Faculty: This academic year, we welcome six full-time faculty, two teaching fellows and a lab instructor to the College. Our new faculty members are credentialed, published and experienced experts in the disciplines of Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, English, Economics, Physics, and Sociology & Criminology. For more, visit here.

West Wing: When history major Jeff Santos ’15 interned with the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C. last semester, he prepared an exhibit and helped develop a catalogue/condition report on the department’s artifacts and furniture. While there, using Treasury records and photos, he also wrote a paper for Stonehill on architecture and the building of the department’s West Wing 1857-1865. Impressed by that report, his supervisor posted it online as part of the department’s official history. To read what he wrote, visit here. Santos is currently studying at University College London, one of the top schools in Britain.

Backpack Success: Last month, 70 alumni rallied to fill backpacks with donated school supplies for 240 local children at the start of the school year. Now in its tenth year, the Back to School Backpack Project is one of the Alumni Council’s most successful service initiatives.

Peace Prayers: In response to a recent call from Pope Francis for a World Day of Fasting & Prayer for Peace in Syria and elsewhere in the world, members of the Stonehill community rallied on campus. To see photos from the prayer vigil, which was organized by Campus Ministry, visit here.

Web Awards: Stonehill’s newly redesigned website is now an award-winning site after earning three eduStyle Awards, which celebrate the best work in college and university websites each year. The Stonehill site took first place in the best homepage, best redesign, and best mobile/responsive site categories in the judged portion of the contest.

Extraordinary Priest: On the recent anniversary of 9/11, Donald DeMarco '59 remembered his first Stonehill professor, Fr. Francis Grogan, C.S.C. who was one of four members of the College community killed in the attacks that day. Writing in the National Catholic Register, DeMarco describes the paper that Fr. Grogan assigned his freshman students and how the theme of that assignment, how to address a life challenge, left a lasting impression on him. To read DeMarco's tribute to Fr. Grogan, visit here.

9/11 Remembered: On the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, members of the Stonehill community gathered by the 9/11 Memorial on Donahue Hill for a moment of prayer and reflection. To see photos, visit here.