Monday Morning Update

March 17, 2014

Gift of Life:  In the Learning Community The Practice of Medicine and You, Professor Sheila Barry asks students, when she starts a unit on “Transplants,” if they would like to save a life. It’s her way of encouraging them to join the bone marrow donor registry Be The Match and letting them know they’ll be staffing the annual registration & blood drives on campus. This year, thanks to Barry’s efforts, there may be three lives saved. Be The Match has contacted three potential Stonehill bone marrow donors:  Vice President for Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski, Professor of Psychology Jane Nash and Megan Fontaine ’14. After a confirmatory DNA test, Dobrowski donated bone marrow in January and Fontaine will be donating later this month. Nash received a positive result on her DNA match and is on hold until her recipient is ready. To learn more about this up lifting story, visit here.

Celtic Tradition: Created by Celtic monks, the Book of Kells depicts the four gospels of the New Testament and is one of Western Civilization's great cultural achievements. While the original is on display at Trinity College, Dublin, the MacPháidín Library has a limited edition replica so exact that it is virtually impossible to distinguish it from the original. To see first-hand the intricate, vivid images from the Book of Kells, check in with the Circulation Desk in the MacPháidín Library. To see photo images, visit our Celtic Snapshot.

Inner Activist: It has been two years since Prithak Chowdhury ’15 has been home to India, but the communication major is too busy to be homesick. At Stonehill, he says, he has found not just a welcoming second home but also his “inner activist,” which explains his participation in so many areas of campus life, student leadership, campus ministry, diversity, democratic education and much more. Taking his interests to the next level, Chowdhury has helped to co-found Lead4Justice, a new student-led initiative that seeks to rally and engage fellow students on social justice issues. To learn more about Chowdhury, visit here. To learn about Lauren Graham ’15, one of the other co-founders,  visit here.

Doing Well, Doing Good: It is possible for business to do well and do good, according to business ethics scholar Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C. who will speak in Martin Institute on Monday, March 24th at 7 p.m. as part of a two-year theme on Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Economic Development. During his presentation, Fr. Williams will explore the role businesses now play in the realm of social justice and discuss companies who have embraced this strategic shift in thinking. All are welcome to this public presentation. For more on the lecture and on Fr. Williams, whose research focuses on corporate governance and Catholic social teaching, visit here.

Fr. Sullivan Remembered:On a fall afternoon 50 years ago, a librarian ran shouting into the Cushing-Martin Library offices: ‘They’ve shot the president,’ she screamed. This alarmed another librarian who shouted back, ‘Why would anyone want to shoot Fr. Sullivan?’ Why, indeed? Fr. Dick Sullivan, C.S.C., was a beloved Holy Cross priest who worked in the former Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers, serving generations of God’s people in a variety of apostolates. It was actually President John F. Kennedy who was shot that day.” That is the introduction to a fond remembrance of the College’s fourth president by Healthcare Administration Professor Tom Gariepy, C.S.C. in the Congregation of Holy Cross magazine Choices. To read it, visit here.

Mass Politics: The Martin Institute will be welcoming all the candidates running for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in a series of luncheon events scheduled over the next two months. The series will kick-off today at 11 a.m. when Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor James Arena-Derosa visits campus. For more, visit here.