Monday Morning Update

August 4, 2014

Constructing Donahue: The College’s signature building, Donahue Hall, was built in 1905 on the Frederick Lothrop Ames estate. Soon after Stonehill opened in 1948, students dubbed it the “Big House,” a nickname it retains to this day. Recently, College Archivist Nicole Casper ’96 uncovered a photo of Donahue under construction in 1905 from the Easton Historical Society’s photo collection. To see the photo, visit here.

Peas and Corn: Having co-written the best-selling book, Black Mass, about mobster Whitey Bulger, Gerry O’Neill ’64 now has a cameo in the movie version, which is being filmed in the Boston area.  As his co-author, Dick Lehr, wrote in the Boston Globe, “The director cast two actors to play us but then offered Gerry O’Neill and I a cameo. We were seated at the nearest table, two guys dining next to the reporters and their source. We were ordered not to make a sound because the microphones pick up everything. ‘Just keep mouthing the words peas and corn,’ (Director)Cooper said, explaining that the words make your face move as in conversation.”

Pretty Cool: What started out as a hobby has turned into a dream job for Sean Sylver ’05. A WSHL DJ while at Stonehill, the English major recently beat out hundreds of hopefuls in the 98.5 The Sports Hub Talent Competition to earn a spot on the station’s on-air roster. “Just following the personalities that have graced the Boston sports scene over the years — to have just a shot, an outside shot at being one of those people is pretty cool. I really like how they’ve been able to connect with their audience over the years, and I’d like to be one of those people who really connect with the listeners. That would be awesome for me,” Sylver told CBS Boston. For more, visit here.

Slugger Spotted: Last week, Boston Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia visited campus for his popular, annual baseball camp and, while at the College, he posed for a lot of photos. To see him with members of our athletics staff, visit here.

Candidates’ Debate: All three Democratic candidates for governor of Massachusetts have confirmed their participation in a forum co-sponsored by the Martin Institute, Gatehouse Media and WCVB-Boston. Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman, and Don Berwick will take part in the forum moderated by Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki, on Tuesday, August 19th. To register for the event (tickets are limited), visit here. The Martin Institute will also host forums with the candidates for Attorney General and Treasurer of the Commonwealth on Thursday, August 28th. To learn more about those forums and to register, visit here.

Play Hard: For the past 13 years, the classmates, friends and family of Timothy Coughlin ’80 have gathered every summer on Long Island for the Cogs Classic Golf Tournament. The event honors the Wall Street trader who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. More than 118 people participated in the June event netting $111,000, bringing the total raised for the Coughlin Scholarship to over $1.7 million. Tim’s family and classmates have also supported the expansion of the Sports Complex and W.B. Mason Stadium, which is home to the Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field. We are grateful for the funds raised, which help our students, but also for the loyalty of those who keep Tim’s legacy alive at Stonehill. Competitive as an athlete and a trader, Coughlin lived by the motto play hard. He’d appreciate how his friends continue to play hard in his memory.

Move-In Day: For the second year, the Alumni Council Community Affairs Committee is inviting alumni to help first-year students and their families move onto campus, which is just three weeks away on Saturday, August 23. To register, visit here.