Monday Morning Update

September 22, 2014

Introducing New Faculty: This semester, there are ten new full-time faculty members teaching at the College. Credentialed and published, they are experienced experts in the disciplines of Biology, Visual & Performing Arts, Economics, History, Business Administration, Philosophy, Environmental Science, and Chemistry. To read brief profiles of each professor, visit here.

Superior Financial Management: For the third year in a row, our Financial Management Association (FMA) Chapter received the Superior Chapter Award, the highest honor possible for an FMA student chapter. Less than one percent of FMA Chapters receive this prestigious designation. In addition, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Michael Mullen received the Association’s Superior Faculty Advisor Award.

Sexual Assault Awareness: The White House’s task force on campus sexual assaults has called for improved education and awareness training for students. Building on our established programming, the College is stepping up its education and prevention initiatives, including dedicating this week to sexual assault prevention outreach. In the days ahead, there will be presentations and resource tables addressing topics ranging from bystander intervention to helping friends in critical situations. Also this week, the first of two Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) courses will be wrapping up. R.A.D. is a nationally recognized self-defense program specifically designed for women. To see our students learning self-defense techniques, visit our Picture of the Week.

Only the Beginning: While Micah Christian ’06 and his group Sons of Serendip didn’t take the top prize on America’s Got Talent last week, the group’s fourth place finish reflected a stellar series of performances, as they surpassed thousands of acts to reach the final. Judge Mel B told the group “Just know you now have a platform to do whatever you want. Millions of people have tuned in and watched you week in and week out.” Stonehill voters backed Micah throughout the contest and many members of our community attended a public viewing party for the final on Wednesday night in Avon, Mass, organized by Christian’s family and friends. To read a Summit story on the viewing party, visit here.

Serendipitous Origins: Writing in the Boston Globe about America’s Got Talent, Lauren Daley ’05 noted that “The Sons of Serendip took their name from a 12th century Persian tale, ‘The Three Princes of Serendip,’ thought to be the source of the word ‘serendipity,’ because of the serendipitous way in which they met at BU.”

Stonehill Families: The College will welcome students’ families for our annual Family Weekend next weekend. The schedule will include Saturday’s football game against Merrimack College, a 5K road race, a carnival, and a performance by entertainer and mind reader Mark Toland. For details and registration info, visit here. Please note registration closes this Wednesday.

Coach Mac: With the passing of Tom MacDonald ’53, Stonehill has lost a legend. A member of our second graduating class, he proudly proclaimed his love for all who studied and worked at the College. “Coach Mac” had a special affinity for the football program and proved to be the driving force behind its revival in the seventies. In 2012, at a roast in his honor, Head Football Coach Rob Talley said, “If it wasn’t for men like Tom MacDonald, there would be no football program here at Stonehill.” For more on Coach Mac, visit here.

Presidential Writing: When President Obama’s former speechwriter, Jon Favreau, spoke in the Pettit Atrium recently, students and faculty peppered him with questions. To see photos, visit our Favreau Snapshot.