Monday Morning Update

September 8, 2014

At the DisCo: Over the summer, the MacPháidín Library’s Brian J. Flynn '92 computer lab classroom was transformed into a state-of-the-art space complete with some of today’s most advanced technological tools thanks to grants received from the George I. Alden Trust and an anonymous donor. The new Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space, dubbed “The Flynn DisCo" for short, serves as a highly interactive space designed to maximize student learning outcomes. “The ultimate goal of the Flynn DisCo is to enable Library staff and faculty to engage students in the learning process, whether it’s through general information fluency sessions or discipline-specific instruction,” says Cheryl McGrath, director of the MacPháidín Library. For more on this innovative new space, visit here.

The President’s Words: President Obama’s longtime speechwriter Jon Favreau will give a talk at Stonehill on Wednesday, September 17th. From 2009 through early 2013, he served as Obama’s director of speechwriting and also served as his main speechwriter during the 2008 presidential campaign when he was just 27 years-old. Favreau also served as deputy director of speechwriting for John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign. The event, sponsored by the Martin Institute, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Pettit Atrium of the Shields Science Center. To rsvp, please email For more on Favreau, visit here.

Honoring a Legend: After 43 years of outstanding service to the College, Assistant Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Paula Sullivan, retired earlier this summer and to honor her legacy, President John Denning, C.S.C. announced recently that the College’s basketball court would be renamed The Paula Sullivan Court. The formal dedication will take place prior to the 1:30pm tipoff of the women’s basketball game on Saturday, November 15th. For more on Sullivan and her storied Stonehill career, visit here.

On a Quest: He’s captivated America with his soulful, soothing voice and now with just two weeks left, Micah Christian ’06 and his group Sons of Serendip are inching closer to their dream of the million dollar prize on “America’s Got Talent.” The group will perform live at Radio City Music Hall on tomorrow night‘s episode, slated to begin at 9 p.m. ET. The quartet advanced to the Top 12 of the show with their rendition of "Don't You Worry Child" two weeks ago. For more, visit here.

Defying Freshman Stress: “I miss freshman year: I loved (almost) every minute of it, throwing myself into new and exciting experiences like with the English Society, Creative Writing Club, the Cairn, and of course the Rolling Stonehill! When it comes to college, I made the most of my time, defying stressful classes and awkward mixers to discover who my real friends are. I miss the uncertainty of that year, the naiveté I possessed. I found comfort in the not knowing what the next four years would bring. But now, as a second-semester senior, everything is set in stone. I do have regrets, which is inevitable. But overall I am very satisfied with all I accomplished in the academic, extracurricular, creative, and social fields,” – Shalen Lowell ’14 in a piece she wrote for Rolling Stonehill last spring. As the Class of 2018 settles into life at Stonehill, Lowell’s reflection on her time at the College offers some comforting words for first-years. To read the entire piece, visit here.

Prayer Service: A candlelight prayer service in honor and memory of Kennedy Clifford ’17, who passed away last month, will be held tonight at 8:30 p.m. outside of the Chapel of Mary. At the service, the Office of Campus Ministry will collect letters from those who wish to offer words of memory or encouragement for the Clifford Family.