Monday Morning Update

March 24, 2014

Visual Media: With a revamped recording studio and control room and a new classroom with modern editing capabilities, our students now have enhanced opportunities for creating visual media. In addition, starting this fall, the Communication Department will offer a new, eight-course minor program in Digital Media Production. The new minor will be open to first, second and third year students for the 2014-15 academic year. One of the first courses in the new minor will be taught by filmmaker Katie Shannon ’04, whose recent film 113 Days, which is about our women’s lacrosse team, captures the thrills & heartbreak that every sports team experiences and what it means to be a female student-athlete today. For more on this new minor, visit here.

Student Mental Health: The College’s comprehensive programming for student mental health needs has been recognized by the Jed Foundation, which promotes emotional health and suicide prevention among college students. Stonehill is one of just 42 schools nationally to receive the JedCampus Seal, which recognizes schools that exhibit wide-ranging mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming. Valid for two-years, the seal is part of the Jed Foundation’s JedCampus program, which helps schools assess and enhance their mental health support system from a campus-wide perspective. For more on this recognition, visit here.

Diversity Game Changer: Tomorrow night, trustee Bob Rivers ’86, the COO of Eastern Bank, will be honored as a one of Boston’s top diversity game changers by GetKonnected!, the City’s leading networking event for multicultural professionals. In a Boston Globe article on bringing white male executives to the diversity table, columnist Shirley Leung noted how Rivers pushed to diversify Eastern’s 120 trustees and corporators. Five years ago, the overwhelming majority of that group consisted of white males but today nearly half of its members come from diverse backgrounds as the bank has attracted advisors who more fully reflect its customer base.  To see our recent profile of Rivers, who credits Stonehill with his career success, visit here.

Digital America: The driving force behind America’s first public online-only library, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will be the featured guest at the Salameno Lecture on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Martin Institute. Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard, will present "Digitize, Democratize: The Future of Libraries," in which he will discuss how libraries must adapt in order to survive in today’s digital world. For more, visit here.

Career Search: Eager to meet and possibly hire Stonehill students, 63 employers will be in the Dining Commons on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At this Job and Internship Expo, attendees can get their picture taken professionally – at no cost – when they visit the Linkedin photo booth. Dunkin’ Donuts will also be on hand with complimentary coffee and free-bees. The Expo is open to students of all years and majors as well as faculty and staff. For more on the Expo or to see a list of the companies who will be there, visit here.

Dinner Special: If there is one group of alumni who know President John Denning, C.S.C. well, it is Graduates Of the Last Decade, most of whom met him as students when he served in Campus Ministry and Student Affairs. They now have a great chance to dine with Fr. John at his house and can bring five friends with them. Every GOLD alumnus who has made a gift since July 1, 2013 or will make one by March 31, 2014 is eligible for a special dinner drawing on April 2 on campus. Your support will make a difference in the lives of our students and can be designated to scholarships, athletics, H.O.P.E., or a program that has special interest to you. For more information or to make a gift, visit here.

March Madness: On Friday, the Providence College men’s basketball team, under the guidance of Head Coach Ed Cooley ’94, made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in ten years when it took on the University of North Carolina. The Friars earned an automatic berth into the Tournament by winning the 2014 BIG EAST Championship. Cooley was hired as head coach of the Friars in March of 2011 and has amassed a 57-43 record, including a 23-12 mark this season, in three years.