Monday Morning Update

April 14, 2014

Paying it forward: Alumni surprised Professor Emeritus Chet Raymo on Thursday by announcing a scholarship in his name. At an event in Donahue Hall, Trustee Patrick Burke ’84 and Thomas Fergus ’84 hailed Raymo for pioneering the 3+2 Engineering Program with the University of Notre Dame. Burke and Fergus also noted with appreciation the rigorous academic preparation that 3+2 students like them received from Raymo who is marking 50 years at the College. In gratitude, with other 3+2 alumni, Burke and Fergus created the Chet Raymo Engineering Scholarship to benefit a new generation of 3+2 Stonehill students. For more, visit here.

Star Gazers: With the lights off, the north section of parking lot 17 was in darkness on Wednesday night, which allowed 150 students and faculty -- many with their children -- to gaze clearly at the stars. Organized by the Everglades Learning Community, the event offered multiple telescopes, astronomers and guided meditation. Preceded by a Night Walk through campus trails, the event highlighted the joy of appreciating nature with others, awareness about the environment, especially ambient light pollution, and mindfulness. Having spent nine days in January in Florida studying the ecology of the Everglades and its restoration, the students in the LC wanted to share what they learned with the wider campus community. For more, visit here.

Going Global: More students than ever are discovering the life-changing experience of studying abroad and few colleges do it as well as Stonehill.  Whether exploring the Great Wall in China, the defunct Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Russia, or a farm in Scotland, our students are being transformed. To see the students’ photos from these and other global destinations, visit the Study Abroad Photo Gallery.

That’s Entertainment: Check out this lineup of acts…Egyptian belly dancing, four forms of Latin American dancing, three kinds of dance from India, poetry, spoken word performance, stepping, and feminist fashion. That’s what the annual DiverCity Concert offered to a packed Science Center on Thursday night. To see photos of just some of the action, visit our DiverCity Snapshot.

Job Swap: We note that two alums who are both Holy Cross priests have new assignments. After 14 years of leading Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. ’67 is the new President of Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM) here in Easton. Fr. Raymond succeeds Rev. John Phelan, C.S.C. ’71 who has led HCFM with distinction for the past 18 years. Next year, Fr. Phelan will start in his new position as Novice Director in Peru. For more, visit here.

Taking Action: Every fall semester, the Stonehill Enactus Team gathers left over furniture from the residence halls and stores it. In late summer, they hold a furniture fair, offering freshmen students affordable options and giving the proceeds to My Brother’s Keeper in Easton.  Recently, Stonehill Enactus competed nationally and, up against 250 teams, they advanced to the quarter final round, presenting on sustainable and entrepreneurial projects they completed during the year like their furniture fair. Enactus, which stands for Enterprise, Action and Us, brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a more sustainable world through the use of business principles. To see a photo of the group celebrating their success at the event, visit here.

Alumni Magazine: The latest Stonehill Alumni Magazine went in the mail to 25, 000 alumni and friends last week. If, however, you can’t wait for the print edition, you can read the magazine on online by visiting here.