Monday Morning Update

August 11, 2014

Top School: The Princeton Review and Forbes both included Stonehill in their latest annual college rankings of the nation’s top schools. While the Princeton Review does not rank each school overall, this year it scored schools on a scale of 62-99 in eight categories, based on student surveys. Stonehill scored 84 and above in each category, including a 90 for financial aid and an 89 for our green efforts. The College jumped 47 spots to #221 on the Forbes list, which partners with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) to calculate its rankings. Among the factors Forbes considers is student debt default and on that score, Stonehill ranks 13th lowest in the nation. To learn more, visit here.

SURE Thing: Every day, Joe D’Amore ’16 gets up at 4 a.m. and pads quietly to the kitchen so as to not wake the other five student researchers sharing Pocasset House on campus this summer. The English major and avid amateur pianist makes tea, eats a banana and takes advantage of the silence to do some creative writing. And just as the sun is rising, he’s diving into another day at his summer job – doing research on Theodor Adorno, a German sociologist, philosopher and composer. D’Amore is just one of 50 students conducting research as part of the College’s SURE program. To find out more about him and our other student researchers, visit here.

Homerun Derby: He is a defensive end on the Stonehill football team but he has talent on the baseball diamond too. More importantly, Nick Chiocco ’16 knows how one person can make a difference. Wanting to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year, Chiocco organized a homerun derby that raised $2000 for The One Fund. This past weekend, Chiocco held his second derby, this time benefitting the Hearts For Hope Foundation, a non-profit that aids families of patients battling cystic fibrosis. Chiocco chose the charity to honor a high school classmate who died of the disease in 2010.

Craft Sale: In the market for unique craft supplies? Maybe you’re a teacher looking to decorate your classroom or an artist expanding your collection? Then check out the craft sale that the Advancement Division is sponsoring on Thursday, August 21st in the Alumni Hall parking lot behind Donahue Hall from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A talented crafter, the late Rev. Albert Croce, C.S.C. donated his decorated egg collection and all his craft supplies to the College for a scholarship in his name. Proceeds from the sale, which will include beads, ribbons, flowers, plastic and ceramic figurines, glitter, colored egg shells, boxes, and more, will benefit the Croce scholarship. For more information, call 508-565-1319.

Summer Gold: A goalie on the USA's roller hockey team, Blake Ducker ’17 won a gold medal at the World Championships in Toulouse, France this summer. In the final game, the U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-0. From Orange, California, Ducker is majoring in political science and international studies.

Candidate Forums: The Martin Institute’s upcoming series of candidate forums will conclude with a session for the candidates for Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth on Tuesday, September 2nd from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Rick Holmes of the Metrowest Daily News will moderate the forum, which will feature other local journalists. Register for the event here. The forum’s co-sponsors are Gatehouse Media and WCVB-Boston.