Monday Morning Update

March 31, 2014

Commencement: The new CEO of the Boston Globe, Michael Sheehan, will deliver the Commencement address on May 18. He will also receive an honorary degree along with Irving Fradkin, founder of Dollars for Scholars; Sr. Bridget Haase, spiritual coordinator at The Boston Home; and Trustee Dr. Marsha Moses ’75, the director of the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital. For more, visit here.

Calo Gallery: Over two decades and with great creativity, Professor Carole Calo transformed the arts at Stonehill. Under Calo’s leadership, the Visual and Performing Arts department grew in stature and peer respect.  Her death in 2013 represented a huge loss for the College. In tribute to her legacy last week, the Art Gallery was renamed in her honor. For more on the Carole Calo Art Gallery, visit here.

Comedy Seminar: The Stonehill Theatre Company’s spring production is Seminar, a play about four young, aspiring fiction writers who take an intensive class taught by an international literary figure. Tensions flare and relationships are tested as the students evaluate the true nature of their goals and their art. The play will run April 3, 4 & 5 at 8 p.m. in Hemingway Theatre.  Tickets ($5 students and $8 public) can be purchased in the Dining Commons, at the door or by calling 508-565-1458. For more, visit here.

Take Home: Italy is known for its wonderful cuisine but Italian restaurants do not offer take home boxes for left overs, which means a lot of food waste. Breanne Penkala ’15 is working to change that situation. Studying this semester in Perugia, a central Italian city, she is promoting a pilot program that supports the use of take home boxes at four local restaurants.  Her effort is part of a Sustainability and Food Production class that seeks to reduce the growing food waste problem in Europe. For more on Penkala’s cross-cultural initiative, visit here.

Two Talks: For all its good intentions, does fair trade really serve the poor, especially in the developing world? Visiting economist Victor Claar will outline his economic and moral reservations about fair trade in a Martin Institute presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. How do believers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam experience being in the presence of God?  Visiting scholar of Islamic intellectual history Paul Heck will explore the question of salvation across three major religions in a presentation in the Dining Commons on April 8 at 6: 30 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Keep Walking: In nine years, more than 4,000 participants have walked the track at Stonehill, raising over $350,000 at the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Program. Celebrating its tenth year at the College on April 11, the Relay will once again bring together hundreds of Stonehill students, faculty, staff and friends for a night to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.  This year’s Relay co-chairs are Tara Daniels ’14, who has battled leukemia twice in the past five years, and Vicki Miller ’15, who lost her mother to breast cancer in 2012. So far, the two have helped bring together 39 teams for this year’s event and have helped raise over $20,000. For more, visit here.

Sharpen Your Pencils: With the success of the first drawing marathon in 2011, the Visual & Performing Arts department is hosting another one on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 Cushing-Martin and outside if the weather permits. No experience is required, just a willingness to try. The goal is to stretch people’s definition and understanding of what drawing can be, and encourage them to explore mediums, strategies and technologies in a supportive, creative environment. Supplies, food, inspirational materials, camaraderie, and models will be provided. For more on this free event, which is open to the public, call Professor Shane Savage-Rumbaugh at 508-565-1720.