Monday Morning Update

February 10, 2014

Visual Expression: The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded Shane Savage-Rumbaugh, associate professor of visual & performing arts, an artist fellowship for his exceptional drawing. Highly competitive, the unrestricted grant can be used to further develop each recipient’s talent. At Stonehill since 1997, Professor Savage-Rumbaugh has taught drawing, sequential imagery, painting, figure drawing, three-dimensional design, as well as printmaking and sculpture workshops. He calls drawing “the bedrock of visual expression…the hub from which everything else emanates. Drawing is common to all people and cultures.” He is one of seven Massachusetts artists in the drawing category to receive a $10,000 artist fellowship for 2014.  Past MCC fellows include poet Robert Pinsky, writer Andre Dubus and playwright Melinda Lopez. To see his work, visit here.

Valentine’s Day: Given the season, we note the book Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime, which history major Katherine Sorresso '14 contributed to as an intern at the National Army Museum in London.  Working with the Head of Academic Access Alastair Massey, who co-wrote the book, she accessioned and cataloged collections of photographs and letters home from British soldiers serving in wars from the Napoleonic era to World War II. Researching the letters, Sorresso saw how the soldiers cared for their loved ones at home and how tender they could be despite their violent occupation. Her work earned Sorresso an acknowledgement from the authors. Under the direction of History Professor Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Sorresso is writing a senior history thesis on Jewish & German women in concentration camps, victims and perpetrators, during the Holocaust. She plans to pursue a career in public history as a museum curator.

Romantic Britain: For a recent essay on British poet Percy Shelley, Assistant Professor of English Matthew Borushko has received the annual essay prize from the Keats-Shelley Association of America.  A scholar of literature in Britain’s Romantic Age (1789-1832), Borushko is currently working on two books: Shelley's Romantic Nonviolence: Aesthetics and Politics in an Age of Revolution and Romanticism Beyond History: Historicism, Agency, and Critique in British Literature, 1791-1824. To read his award-winning essay, “The Politics of Subreption: Resisting the Sublime in Shelley’s Mont Blanc,” visit here.

Fr. Richard Novak, C.S.C.:  January marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of Rev. Richard Novak ’58 in what was then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. A missionary, he immersed himself in Bengali language and culture and was a student of Islam, interested in bridging the gap between it and Christianity. Yet, his missionary service was cut short. During a tense period of communal rioting, as he travelled out of Dhaka to visit an elderly priest in the country, some young men knifed him to death. To the pain of the Novak family, his body was never found.  His sister, Mary Ann, has written a new book called The Making of a Martyr, which pays tribute to Fr. Novak’s life. We have extra copies, email

Rolling Stonehill: Funky and fun to read, Rolling Stonehill is our student-run culture magazine. Launched in 2003, its trademark is artistic flare and the new issue does not disappoint. For a free copy, email your address to and we will pop it in the mail to you.

Florida Calling: We have a limited number of tickets for the Red Sox vs. the Miami Marlins game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Tuesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $65, which includes a pre-game BBQ. Tickets must be reserved by Tuesday, February 25. On Saturday, March 15, alumni and friends will gather in Naples at 10:15 a.m. to march in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  To participate and to enjoy the complimentary post-parade lunch, please register by Friday, March 7. For more on the game and parade or to register for them, call Christine DaCosta at 508-565-1341 or email her at