Monday Morning Update

October 28, 2013

Art & Mentorship: Look into one of the art studios at Stonehill and you will see that knowledge and leadership skills sometimes develop while sitting cross-legged on the floor with fingers and faces flecked with brightly colored acrylic paints. That’s the case in Mentoring Through Art, a Learning Community pairing our students with sixth graders from Brockton’s West Middle School. When the children visit, the LC can look more like a diversion from rigorous academics than an opportunity to put into practice newly developed knowledge in art, sociology, health, education and leadership. But, like the marigolds and geraniums that emerge from the children’s seemingly random brushstrokes, the impact of this endeavor becomes clearer with time. For more on how Stonehill faculty and students interact with and mentor local sixth graders, visit here.

History Comes Alive: In a recent historical reenactment in the MacPhaidin Library, visiting scholar Charles Everett Pace transformed himself into Frederick Douglass, the great social reformer and abolitionist leader. As Douglass, Pace outlined the path from slavery to freedom, showing how society’s marginal outsiders become influential insiders. After the formal presentation, Pace, both in and out of character, took questions from the audience. To see Pace’s uncanny resemblance to Frederick Douglass, visit here.

Best Starts: Two Stonehill teams are riding high. The football team is off to its best start since 1996 and, for the first time in school history, it is ranked in the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Division II poll, coming in at sixth place in the poll. Our field hockey team is also off to its best start in history and is ranked third in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II poll. For all the latest athletic news and scores visit here.

Facebook Fans: Thanks to our fans -- students, parents, alumni, neighbors and friends -- Stonehill’s Official Facebook Page recently reached a milestone of 10,000 fans! Our fans hail from 45 countries. Our posts since August 1st have generated nearly 5,000 “likes” and our post announcing Fr. John Denning’s installation as president in September received the most “likes” in the page’s four and a half year history with 493.

Print Readers: According to a 2011 survey, 91 percent of our alumni reported that they read most or every issue of the Stonehill Alumni Magazine (SAM). First published in 1985, SAM is mailed to 25,000 alumni, parents and friends twice annually.The newest edition, which features President John Denning, C.S.C. on the cover, went out last week and should be in mailboxes shortly.  The magazine is also available online. For extra hard copies, email

Seeking Words of Wisdom: Was there a piece of advice you heard at Stonehill that has stayed with you until this day? Maybe a professor told you how to embrace new opportunities or an RA reminded you not to wear white socks with dress shoes. If so, the Stonehill Alumni Magazine wants to hear from you! Send the words of wisdom you heard while at Stonehill to You might be featured in the next SAM!

Thankful Tales: With Thanksgiving approaching, we’d like to know why you are thankful this holiday season. Keep your explanation to 25 words or less. Authors of the ten best submissions will win $25 gift cards. We will feature the winning stories in an article on the College’s website. Send submissions to