Monday Morning Update

October 7, 2013

Welcoming Classrooms: An estimated 1 in 88 children today have autism spectrum disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, like colleges across the country, Stonehill has experienced an increase in the number of students with autism. Helping these students to achieve academic success is an integral part of our commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion. But, there are challenges, not just in helping students with disabilities to learn but also in creating productive classroom climates for all students. Sensitive to this challenge and as part of DisAbilities Awareness Month, the College has invited a leader in the field of disability service, Jane Thierfeld Brown, to campus for two days of meetings with faculty, staff and students. To learn more this initiative, visit here.

Logo Update: At a community meeting today, the College will unveil a new logo, which will serve as a visual expression of our motto Light and Hope. The new logo or “visual mark” will also reflect our commitment to a Catholic liberal arts education and the spirit of the Congregation of Holy Cross. With this launch, the Marketing Department will begin rolling out the new logo, making updates and explaining how it can be used.

New Bridge: It took six weeks for the bridge across Ames Pond to be completed, but you can see that project unfold in one minute, forty seven seconds thanks to a time-lapse video from York Bridge Concepts. To see the video, visit here. Site preparation and landscaping were not captured in the video and work remains to be done on the pathways. Once we secure that, there will be a community announcement on the opening of the bridge.

Who’s Next?: Who will be the next governor of Massachusetts? With the election still a year away, seven candidates have entered the race and community members will have the opportunity to meet all of them in a series of luncheons scheduled at the Martin Institute over the course of the next four weeks. Kicking off the series will be Democratic candidate Joe Avellone this Wednesday at noon. To view the full schedule, visit here. All are welcome to attend the free luncheons but registration for each event is requested. Contact Noelle Preston at the Martin Institute at (508)-565-1131 or email

Free Concert: The sounds of the United Brass Quintet will fill the Martin Institute tomorrow for this semester’s Nakamichi Concert. Founded in 1978, the quintet has performed at the Boston Conservatory and at the Blitheworld, Rotch-Jones-Duff and Borderlands concert series. They have also performed on WGBH-FM as well as radio stations in Sweden and Denmark. All are welcome to attend the free concert, which will begin at 8 p.m.

Family Photos: Blessed with wonderful weather, members of the Stonehill community enjoyed Family Weekend recently. To see the Family Weekend Snapshot, visit here.

Win Skyhawk Gear: Here’s a chance to win great athletic gear from the new Stonehill Skyhawk Online Shop. We have four $15 gift cards for the shop, which has a range of clothing and merchandise. The first four readers to tell us how many and which of our teams earned NCAA Championship berths in 2012-2013 will win a gift card. Email your answers to To see what the new online shop has to offer, visit here.