Monday Morning Update

November 11, 2013

STEM Support:  Stonehill has received a $300,000 grant to fund six undergraduate scholarships in support of female students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at the College. “This significant and generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program reflects belief in the rigor of our STEM programs,” said Professor Ralph Bravaco, founder of the College’s Computer Science Program. For more, visit here.

From Stonehill to Beacon Hill: In these days of legislative gridlock and partisan divisions, politics can be a dirty word in some quarters. Yet, for seven young Stonehill alumni, public service remains a noble calling. Now working in the State House in Boston, the seven studied political science or history at Stonehill and, while not naïve, they see politics as the art of the possible. To find out what Joseph Masciangioli ’13, Lindsey Beauregard ’13, Kate Kelly ’09, Meghan Kilcoyne ’10, Alexandria Penta ’13, Zack Tsetsos ’12 and Robert Murphy ’12 are doing on Beacon Hill, visit here.

From Beacon Hill to Stonehill: The election for a new governor of Massachusetts is a year away, but the Martin Institute is already attracting a steady stream of candidates. So far, Joe Avellone, Steve Grossman, Evan Falchuk and Charlie Baker have all stopped by to make their case. Candidates Martha Coakley and Juliette Kayyem and Don Berwick are next on the agenda. For more on the line up, visit here.

Veteran’s Day: When Stonehill opened in 1948, many of the 134 members of our first class, all men, were World War II veterans who used the GI Bill to pay for their education. Since then, of course, many of our alumni both men and women have gone on to serve their country in uniform and we salute them today for their service. We have just one alumnus on record as having been killed in combat, Lieutenant William C. Murphy ’63 who died in action in Vietnam in 1965 and whose classmates established a scholarship in his name at the College. For more on Lt. Murphy and how his classmates have remained loyal to his memory, visit here.

Positive Energy: When asked by The Summit, what her favorite thing about Stonehill is, Kristen Kennedy ’14 responded by saying: “…the positive energy that flows on this campus. I am a positive person by nature and I thrive on positive vibes from others. There is so much energy on this campus from students to faculty to staff. This is what makes Stonehill a unique and welcoming community.” Kristen is an Elementary Education and American Studies double major who is active as a volunteer and peer mentor. Her parents are Michael and Patricia (Sullivan) Kennedy, members of the Class of 1983.

Gospel Sounds: As part of our Nakamichi concert series, vocalist Sharon Molden will perform in the Martin Institute at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. From Texas, Molden grew up singing gospel music in church and is today a member of Brockton’s Messiah Baptist Church. The Boston Pops Gospel Choir is one of the many choirs she has performed with. Her Stonehill concert is free and open to the public. For more, visit here.

Debut Appearance: The 2013 football season has been one for the record books as Stonehill has clinched a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the first time in program history. For more information on the NE-10 Championship, which will be held next Saturday, visit here.