Monday Morning Update

February 3, 2014

Top Ranked: The McPhaidin Library’s website has been ranked number eight on a top ten list of academic library websites.  In her 2013 list, library blogger Emily Singley, a systems librarian at Harvard University, noted our “clean, uncluttered design” along with our “prominent help—including off-campus access and technical help pages.” To see the list, which includes Stanford, MIT, Notre Dame, and Williams, visit here.

On-Air Summit:  The College’s student newspaper, The Summit, now has a television news platform, Sky News.  Summit staff members Jamie McDermott ’16 and Stephen Conway ’17 recently made their debut as Sky News anchors and you can see that broadcast here.   

White House Appointment: President Barack Obama has named one of his senior advisors, David Simas '92 to oversee a new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, which is tasked with helping congressional Democrats with the upcoming midterm elections. A political science major, Simas' responsibilities will include advising the president on the political climate, handling requests for campaign appearances and coordinating strategy with the Democratic National Committee and local party operations. From Taunton, he is a former aide to Governor Deval Patrick. In May last year, he met six Stonehill students when they visited the White House.

Purple Strategies: With mid-term and presidential campaigns on the horizon, experts from the national bipartisan strategic communications firm Purple Strategies reported on poll results of Massachusetts & New Hampshire voters at a recent campus forum. The event helped launch Purple Strategies’ new Boston-office, headed by trustee Patrick Griffin ’81. The results show that AG Martha Coakley, seeking the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts governor, leads with 46 percent, 10 points more than the GOP’s Charlie Baker. If the New Hampshire primaries were held today, the poll notes, Hilary Clinton would win the Democratic race by a wide margin. Panelists included Griffin, a veteran of national Republican candidate campaigns, Alex Castellanos and Steve McMahon, regulars on Meet the Press and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and former Congressman James Demers, who also manages Purple’s new Boston office.

Congratulations: Later this month, George Hagerty ’75 will be inaugurated as President of Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. A former Stonehill faculty member and administrator, Hagerty has been leading Beacon, the first U.S. college to offer academic degree programs exclusively to students with learning disabilities, since March. Hagerty is also the President-emeritus of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, which he led through a period of transformation from 1995 to 2009.

Winter Carnival:  One of the highlights of Alumni Day this Saturday will be the Winter Carnival at the May Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alumni of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy skating on our outdoor ice rink. Other events include: a WSHL reunion, legacy brunch, warm-up party, a chili & salsa cook-off, and basketball action against St. Michael’s. For events and registration information, visit here.  

Stateless Story: In a gripping public presentation in the Martin Institute on Tuesday, Liliane Willens told of being a stateless person in cosmopolitan Shanghai from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. Born of Russian Jewish parentage in Shanghai, Willens experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, the Chinese civil war and the rise of communism. Given her master class of culture, politics and history, we have three copies of her book Stateless in Shanghai. First come, first served, email