Monday Morning Update

November 18, 2013

JFK & Stonehill: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 stunned the Stonehill community, as it did the rest of the country. The College was 15 years-old at the time and had 1,044 students, mostly commuters. Anticipating the 50th anniversary later this week, we asked three alumni and one faculty member to recall their reactions on that fateful day. Class of 1964 graduates Gerry O’Neill, Richard Finnegan, and (Rev.) James Chichetto, C.S.C. along with Professor James Kenneally have vivid memories of how they heard the news. To read their recollections and see photos from when JFK came to Stonehill in 1958, visit here.

Jack Mac: Legendary Alumni Minister Rev. John “Jack” McCarthy, C.S.C. died in 2003. He is, however, not forgotten as the sell-out crowd of 240 alumni and friends at the 2013 Alumni Auction demonstrated recently. The Auction raised over $65,000 in support of a scholarship in Fr. Mac’s name. Thanks to all our alumni and friends who participated or contributed the 350 donated items that made the Auction such a success.

Win Book on Boston Politics: Boston is in transition today and, if you want to look behind the curtain of the City’s history and politics, check out a new memoir by attorney and civic leader, Larry DiCara, who will speak in the Martin Institute on Tuesday at noon. All are welcome. DiCara’s Turmoil and Transition in Boston is being hailed as a must read for anyone fascinated by Boston’s modern history. The first three readers to tell us what DiCara’s electoral claim to fame is will win a copy of his book. Email

Creating Opportunity: Philanthropy helps to create educational opportunities while underwriting progress toward Stonehill’s ever-stronger academic profile. This past fiscal year, alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations displayed outstanding loyalty to the College. Their generosity is evident in our Annual Report to Donors (ARD), which highlights not just our benefactors but also how student lives are changed through scholarships and enhanced campus resources. In addition, the ARD points to the work being done in support of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex expansion. To read the Report visit here.

Sweet Serendipity: This summer, after she graduated, Domenique Ciavattone ’13 backpacked across Europe with classmates Kristen Kelly and Sara Burnheimer. As they journeyed from Hamburg to Copenhagen via train and ferry, Ciavattone stepped off the train for a second and entered a travel nightmare. In the chaos, she lost her cherished diary. Thanks to a new friend, a caring professor (shout out to Communication Professor Xuejian Yu), and sweet serendipity, her priceless pages are back with her again. To find how, visit here.

Gospel Concert Photos: At the recent Nakamichi concert, vocalist Sharon Molden delivered a performance of joy and celebration, one with great audience participation. For photos, see our Gospel Concert Snapshot.

Giving Thanks: The deadline for telling us why you are thankful this Thanksgiving is noon on Wednesday. The ten best submissions will each win a $25 AMEX gift card and their stories will appear in an article on the Stonehill website. Send submissions to

NCAA Bound: East Region Coach of the Year Karen Boen's men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Spokane, Washington at the end of the week to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships. The women will be making their 14th consecutive appearance while the men will be making their 11th straight. Both teams captured East Region and Northeast-10 titles this season.

Job Well Done: Despite season-ending losses over the weekend, there is much to be celebrated with both the Stonehill football and field hockey teams this season. Head Coach Robert Talley's football team posted its first winning season since 1996, going 8-3 overall while earning its first appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship game. Head Coach Shelly Morris' field hockey team earned its fifth NCAA Tournament bid after reaching the NE-10 Championship game for the fifth time in program history, going 18-4 overall.