Monday Morning Update

June 16, 2014

He’s Got Talent: He showcased his singing talents as a member of the Chieftones while a student at Stonehill and last week, the entire country got to hear the stunning voice of Micah Christian ’06 when he performed with his band, Sons of Serendip, on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. The group, which met while attending graduate school at Boston University, received a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges seal of approval for their rendition of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know." To see their performance, visit here and look for the group in the competition’s next round in Las Vegas. To read a recent Boston Globe article about Christian written by Lauren Daley ’05, visit here.

Man’s Best Friend: A touching tribute written by Joseph King ’91, a Massachusetts State Police lieutenant, about his fallen K-9 partner Kallie has gone viral. Posted on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, King’s tribute has been shared by nearly 18,000 people and counting and has over 10,000 comments and 56,000+ “likes.” King worked with Kallie, a nine-year old German Shepherd, for seven years after completing Patrol School together in 2007. In his homage to his partner, who had an unparalleled talent for detecting narcotics, King wrote, “Words cannot describe the feeling of pride and satisfaction in knowing that your dog located illegal narcotics that most likely would have been missed by humans. A bad guy drug dealer might have been allowed to walk away free, but your dog found his drugs and now he’s under arrest. No better feeling in the world.” To read the tribute, visit here.

MLB Bound: Junior right-handed pitcher Jim Duff became the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in Stonehill history when he was selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round (595th overall) of the MLB First Year Player Draft. Duff joins former Stonehill right-handed reliever Brendan Shepard ’11 as the only two draft picks in program history. Duff went 8-2 on the mound for Stonehill this season and sported a 1.84 earned run average. He recorded 62 strikeouts while issuing just five walks in 83 innings pitched over 11 starts. For more on Duff, visit here.

Cherished Letter: To incoming first-year student Nate Marcoulier it was the graduation gift of a lifetime. An avid golfer, a personal letter from the one and only Arnold Palmer left the Leominster, Mass. native speechless. The note arrived at Marcoulier’s house after his older brother Adam, a member of the Stonehill Class of 2015, wrote to Palmer asking him for a favor. “(It’s) something that I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life,” Marcoulier said in an interview with the Boston Globe. Aside from congratulating him, Palmer also gave him a few pieces of advice, one being “Never underestimate the importance of a good education.” To read what other words of wisdom Palmer had, visit here.

Renewal: At Reunion this year, more than 20 couples visited the Chapel of Mary to renew their marriage vows. They ranged from newlyweds who married just eight months ago to a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Some even brought their children to the ceremony, over which Alumni Minister Rev. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C. presided. To see photos, visit here.

Dean’s List: Congratulations to the over 800 students who were named to the Spring Semester Dean’s List. To qualify, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered. To see the list, visit here.