Monday Morning Update

June 23, 2014

Welcome Class of 2018: An important step in a student's transition from high school to college, Summer Orientation for the Class of 2018 begins today.  Over 600 students are expected to attend one of the two sessions along with 800 of their family members. Each two-day session (June 23, 24 & June 26, 27) will give incoming students an introduction to the academic, social and spiritual resources and opportunities Stonehill offers. “Meeting peers, interacting with faculty and staff, and experiencing first-hand a glimpse of what the next four years has to offer represents the value of Summer Orientation,” says Director of Student Activities & Orientation Committee Chair Jim Hermelbracht. For more, visit here.

Determination: Like most of her classmates, she waited four long years for the day to arrive. For Tara Daniels ’14, however, her journey to graduation day came with a few significant challenges along the way. She entered Stonehill with leukemia and, just seven months after ending two years of chemotherapy treatment, her cancer returned in May of 2012. Still undergoing chemotherapy treatments, she contracted pneumonia just days before Commencement last month but that didn’t stop her from walking across the stage to receive her hard-earned diploma. To read her inspiring story, visit here.

Stonehill in DC: Recently wrapping up its tenth annual trip, the "Stonehill in DC" program has been an invaluable experience for students looking to get an inside look at politics. During this year's two-week trip, eight students traveled with Director of the Martin Institute Peter Ubertaccio to meet with some of Capitol Hill’s best and brightest, including several Stonehill alumni. Throughout their two weeks in DC, Ubertaccio and his students took to Twitter to share their experiences. To see a recap of their tweets, visit here.

Gem of Easton: Recently asked by the Boston Globe to share some of his favorite spots in Easton, President John Denning, C.S.C. immediately thought of the first time he walked into the Unity Church of North Easton. “I looked around and saw the gorgeous stained-glass windows,” said Fr. Denning, who now makes sure to include the Church as a stop when showing visitors around town. To read the Globe story on hidden gems south of Boston, visit here.

C.O.B.W.E.B.: No not spiders but rather Cops On Bikes With Education for Bicyclists. What exactly is that? C.O.B.W.E.B. is a three-day police mountain bike certification course that Stonehill recently hosted. Fourteen police officers from various police agencies, including Stonehill police officer Jim Cardella, participated in a timed course in which the officers maneuvered through a series of obstacles and ultimately apprehended and handcuffed their “suspect.” For community policing, bike patrols hold many advantages such as quicker response times in urban and congested areas, officer visibility and accessibility to the public, and cost-effectiveness. To see photos from the course, visit here.

Going Green: Former Summit editor Jessica Kennedy ’12 wrote a piece for the online publication TechDecisions, where she was recently hired as a site editor, about her alma mater’s green efforts. To read the piece, “10 Ways Stonehill College is Going Green,” visit here.

Giving Matters:  There's still time to make your gift to Stonehill before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Your support of the College plays a critical role in the lives of our students and faculty. To hear why alumni support Stonehill and to see if you have made your gift this year (since July 1, 2013), visit our online Honor Roll of Donors page. To make your gift, visit here or call (508) 565-1341.