Monday Morning Update

November 4, 2013

Art Therapy: Growing up in a deprived South Bronx neighborhood, Kelvin Ramirez ’01 understood poverty. It took a HOPE trip to Peru, however, for him to encounter poverty from an intellectual and moral perspective. When challenged, he asked himself what’s my responsibility in response to such injustice and how do I become a better global citizen? In quick order, he stopped squandering his time at college and started investing himself in his studies, finding a passion and a talent for art. Today, he is an art therapist who is also making a movie about how art can heal people and communities. A fine arts major, Ramirez credits many at Stonehill for his transformation, going from drinking to painting. To read about his experience, visit here.

Great Encouragement: The author of the critically-acclaimed new biography of Norman Mailer is J. Michael Lennon ’63 who majored in English at Stonehill and contributed to The Cairn, the student literary magazine. In a recent interview with Lauren Daley ’05, who was also a Cairn contributor, Lennon remembers reading Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead on his own as a Stonehill freshman. And, he recalls the professors, including Professor Emeritus of History James Kenneally, and Holy Cross priests who gave him great encouragement as a student. He also offered some words of advice for aspiring writers. To read the story, visit here.

Easing Anxieties: Like many colleges and universities across the country, Stonehill has extended its fall admission deadline because of problems with The Common Application website. As recently as last week, the Office of Admission was unable to access applications even though they had been submitted electronically. In its coverage of this issue, which has frustrated students and their families, USA Today quoted Chris Lydon, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. To read the story and his comments, visit here.

Top Coach: Cross country coach Karen Boen is in her 16th year of coaching at Stonehill. Amazingly, she has now collected 16 Coach of the Year awards from the Northeast-10 Conference after earning the honor for both sports last week. She led the teams to their third consecutive sweep at the NE-10 Championship recently with both squads placing first among the 15 NE-10 teams competing. Boen has won 11 Coach of the Year awards on the women's side in her 16 years of leading that program and five as coach of the men's program, which she has lead for the past 12 years. This year marks the third consecutive season Boen has earned both awards. For more on Boen, visit here.

Thanksgiving: Alumni Chaplain Fr. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. will celebrate the annual Alumni Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 24th at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mary. If you live locally or will be visiting the area, you are most welcome to attend the Mass. Intention request cards were mailed to all alumni and Fr. Szakaly will pray for those intentions at the Mass. If you have misplaced your card or need another one, email

Win Gift Cards: With Thanksgiving approaching, we’d like to know why you are thankful this holiday season. Authors of the ten best submissions will win $25 gift cards. We will feature the winning stories in an article on our website. Send submissions to

Halloween Snapshot: Last week, the trick-or-treaters were out in force on campus, sporting an amazing array of Halloween costumes. To see photos from the event which is open to employees and their families as well as our neighbors in Easton & Brockton, visit here. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Residence Life for sponsoring the event.