Monday Morning Update

December 9, 2013

Stem Cell Research: Medical breakthroughs based on stem cell research are hard to miss these days. However, many of the news stories announcing such breakthroughs often note the Catholic Church’s disapproval of stem cell research. This opposition leaves even many of the faithful wondering why the Church seemingly stands in the way of such promising and good work. According to Professor of Healthcare Administration, Rev. Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C., neither the research and its promises, nor the Church’s position, are as simple as often portrayed. To read Fr. Gariepy’s Pillars essay on Seeking Ethical and Effective Research, visit here.

Aiming High: During his senior year at Stonehill, Bob Rivers ’86 received an assignment from Business Administration Professor Bill Burke: develop a “business plan” for life after college. The idea was to aim high and Rivers did so, setting a goal of becoming the president of the largest bank headquartered in Boston by the time he was 40 years of age. In just over two decades, Rivers reached his goal when, in 2007, he became President of Eastern Bank, the largest independent, mutually owned bank in New England and headquartered in Boston’s Financial District. Only the second person from his working class family to attend college, Rivers credits his Stonehill experience with setting him on the right career path. To learn more, visit here.

Coach of the Year: Football head coach Robert Talley has been named the Division II/III Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers. Talley led the Skyhawks to their first winning season since 1996 with an 8-3 overall record. The team also claimed a share of its first NE-10 regular season championship with a program best 8-1 in conference play. Stonehill's eight wins was one shy of the program record set in 1995 (9-2), while its appearance in the NE-10 championship game was a first in the program’s history. For more, visit here.

Donors Rally: As part of #GivingTuesday last week, the College received gifts totaling $54,656 from 324 donors which will support Stonehill students. Our goal had been to secure gifts from 250 donors, but thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and parents, we surpassed that target. Thanks to everyone who rallied to support us and special thanks to Trustee Tom Bogan ’72 whose $10,000 challenge sparked interest and extra gifts. To learn more about #Giving Tuesday, visit here.

Alumni Service: Last month, Richard Schiffmann ’54 received the 2013 Alumni Service Award at the Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Dinner where his service was hailed as “a model of alumni engagement.” In his remarks, Schiffmann recalled studying with classmates on the veranda in front of Donahue Hall, one of just three buildings on campus at that time. He said: “We looked out into the open fields in front of Donahue Hall and saw fields of dreams. Now those dreams have become a reality.” For more, visit here.

Presidential Profile: In its latest issue, the Boston Irish Reporter features an extensive profile of President John Denning, C.S.C. touching on his Irish heritage, focus on students, religious vocation and his responsibilities as President of Stonehill. To read the story, visit here.

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