Monday Morning Update

May 5, 2014

Research Methods: Psychology students in Associate Professor Christopher Poirier’s lab are doing more than learning about research in the field. They are actually helping to change it. In working with Poirier ’97, the students, Jessie Pappagianopoulos ’15, Griffin Sullivan ’14, Katie McConnaughy ’14 and Matthew Attaya ’15, have been trying to replicate a well-known study on memory. Whether they succeed or fail in replicating the results, they are helping to fundamentally alter research in the field of psychology. For more on their ambitious project, the results of which will appear in Perspectives on Psychological Science, visit here.

Accounting Matters: Every year, Jay Mattie ’81, a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, helps to organize the annual PWC-Stonehill alumni-student networking dinner. Held in the Science Center last week, the event brought together Business Administration faculty, alumni who work at PWC, student interns and new hires. An accounting major, Mattie has been the driving force behind the growing relationship between the College and PWC, a partnership that could see almost 100 alumni working at PWC by next year.

Student Success: Want to know more about what kinds of research our students conduct? Interested in their creative projects, awards, achievements, grad school acceptances, conferences attended and more? To get the full picture, you need the Stonehill Student Success booklet for 2014.  For a copy of this attractive, full color publication, email

Interfaith Dialogue: Now in its third decade, the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee has been building greater understanding between the faiths through commemorations, conversations and lectures by top scholars such as UC Berkeley’s Professor John Connolly, author of From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews. Recently, the Committee marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a memorial service in the Martin Institute. Professor Emeritus of History James Kenneally, who founded the Committee in 1992, participated in that service and remains very involved. If you are interested in the Committee or would like to be on its mailing list, contact Chair Professor Kevin Spicer, C.S.C. at

Dance Strong:  In Daytona recently, the Dance Team paid tribute to Boston’s resilience in the wake of the Marathon bombing with their performance in the National Dance Alliance Division II competition. Finishing third, the team received its highest rating for its choreography. For a short video of the team’s dance tribute, choreographed by Michelle Montineiri ’14, visit here.

First Place: The Summit took first place in the American Scholastic Press Association Awards. Congratulations to Editor Winslow Cilfone ’14, the paper’s staff, and Faculty Advisor, Professor Maureen Boyle.

Basil Essentials: If you walked around campus last Monday, you would have seen lots of fun chalk graffiti on paths and walkways, all of it heralding Basil Awareness Day. And that would be Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837. Following that event, we have three copies of the new book Basil Moreau: Essential Writings, the definitive introduction to the life and vision of Fr. Moreau. First come, first served. Email

Sense of an Ending: Last classes were on Thursday. Exams are underway and Commencement is on May 18. Picking up on that sense of an ending, Michela McShane ’14 noted in a Facebook post, “all that stands between me and graduation is thirty pages of papers to write and an overdue library book.”