Monday Morning Update

April 7, 2014

Service Corps: Since earning his biology degree last year, Kyle Weeks ’13 has been volunteering at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, where he’s found his calling: teaching. His classmate Jessica Mardo is the communications coordinator for Brockton Interfaith Community, preparing newsletters, sending e-mails, maintaining its social media presence, and its website. Weeks and Mardo found these positions through the Stonehill Service Corps, which provides volunteer opportunities for young alums, not just in Brockton but also in India and the Dominican Republic. To read a recent Boston Globe South story on the program, visit here.

Town-Gown: The Easton Historical Society will host President John Denning, C.S.C. as its guest of honor at an open house on Sunday afternoon, April 13. Free and open to the public, the event will celebrate the College’s 66-year history here in Easton .When it opened in 1948; the College had only a couple of buildings, 120 students and about 13 employees. Today, it has over 30 buildings, 2,500 students and a work force of 700 employees.  Currently, 496 alumni live in Easton as do 106 employees. For more on the event, visit here.

Camp Shriver: For the second summer in a row, about 60 children from the Brockton area will be on campus to enjoy Camp Shriver. Open to children ages 8-12 with and without disabilities, the four-week camp embodies the National Inclusion Project’s Let’s ALL Play program model, which­ gives children with disabilities a successful recreational experiences in an inclusive setting. Education Department Chair Professor Kathy McNamara is the Camp’s Faculty Director and Stonehill students serve as counselors or coaches, helping the children to develop motor and social skills while creating positive peer relationships. For more, visit here.

Emmy Awards: It’s been just three years since he received his Stonehill diploma but English major Conor McGlade ’11 is already a three-time New York Emmy Award winner. Held recently in NYC, these Emmys honor television and advanced media talent in the tri-state area. McGlade won three awards for his writing on the MSG Network’s “The Line-Up: The Best Sports Movies,” an acclaimed panel discussion series with actors, directors and critics like Spike Lee, Chazz Palminteri, Robert Wuhl, Fran Healy and Jeffrey Lyons.

Scavenger Hunt: Forty students from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School received a unique experience last week when 30 Stonehill students facilitated a campus scavenger hunt for them. Organized by Coaching4Change, which was founded by Marquis Taylor ’06, the event required the high school students to manage challenges by communicating, strategizing, and negotiating as they collaborated as a team: They had to introduce themselves to strangers, find places and objects, and create sports games in random places on campus. To see event photos, visit here.

Real Food:  With the signing of the Real Food Campus Commitment, the College is seeking to increase its procurement of real food, namely local/community-based, fairly traded, ecologically sound and humane food. By 2020, the goal is have 20 percent or more of food purchases real food ones. The student group Food Truth worked with Purchasing Office and Sodexo on this initiative. The Food Politics Learning Community, which studied food production, distribution and consumption, also raised awareness with students in this course creating Food Truth. To see the Food Truth students at the signing ceremony, visit here.

New Record:
  The Alumni Affairs Office has received a record number of applications for its 40-member Student Alumni Association (SAA), which helps current students prepare for their roles as alumni. SAA members meet prestigious alumni through their involvement with College sponsored events, developing leadership and communication skills while learning the importance of networking. Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Aine McAlister ’11, along with three current SAA members, will be interviewing each of the 64 students but only a limited number will be selected for SAA membership for the 2014-15 academic year. For more about the SAA, visit here.