Monday Morning Update

October 20, 2014

Global Investment Opportunities: Students interested in careers in global finance got first-hand advice from two alumni who have established successful careers atGoldman Sachs, Managing Director and the company’s Global Lead for Talent Acquisition Michael Desmarais ’88 and Jon Hughes ’07, a Vice President in the Securities Division. In addition, Desmarais and Hughes held an open lunch with faculty to discuss the skills Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, looks for in new hires. Executive Treasurer of Stonehill’s SGA Dan Doherty ’15, who interned at Goldman Sachs this past summer, has already secured a job at the company while Daniel Mullen ’14 has been recruited as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. For more, visit here.

Four-Legged Ally: The Suffolk County District Attorney, Dan Conley ’80 always says that he developed his passion for the law while at Stonehill, giving recognition to Politics Professor Charles Serns, who was his pre-law advisor, and to Economics Professor Robert Rosenthal and Political Science Professor James Millikan. The chief law enforcement officer for the largest DA’s office in New England, Conley has a new ally in helping victims of crime--Indy, a golden retriever and Labrador mix trained to comfort people in emotional stress. Indy is the first facility dog to be placed in a DA’s office in Massachusetts or in any government agency in New England. For more on this story and how Stonehill professors influenced Conley, visit here.

Best Book: Instead of an inspiring best book, Dean of Academic Achievement Craig Almeida points to a chapter that changed his approach to teaching. Reading the second chapter of “How People Learn,” he discovered a simple concept: novice learners take information in and file it in a linear fashion while expert learners immediately take information and relate it to other material, which allows them to make greater sense of it. That realization helped him as a teacher to better appreciate why his students struggled with the concepts and details of cell biology and why there might be a gulf between them and him. To learn more about how Almeida switched his focus as a science teacher, read here.

BioBlitz: In an example of great community collaboration, many students and faculty members, including Professors Heather Bleakley, Nick Block, Sue Mooney and Maura Tyrrell, recently joined other professionals and students from Brockton High School for a three-hour “BioBlitz” of the nearby 125-acre Brockton Audubon Preserve. The group, organized in six teams, identified more than 100 organisms on the property. To read the story, visit here.

Coach of the Week: Quincy High School (QHS) Football Coach Bill Reardon ’95 was honored by the New England Patriots last week as its Coach of the Week. The accolade comes with a $1,000 donation from the team’s Charitable Foundation to QHS in Reardon’s name. Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, presented the former Stonehill football standout with the award last week. WBZ’s “Patriots All Access” show featured the visit and check presentation. For more, visit here.

Caves Clean Up: To mark Archaeology Month, we note the sterling work of Dick Grant, retired Academic Dean, who is leading the drive to clean up The Caves and create more awareness about them and their connection to Stonehill and broader local history. With Assistant Archivist Jon Green ’10, Grant recently conducted a public tour of the area. Known as “Stone House Hill,” the 200 foot elevation at the Southeast corner of the campus, straddling the Easton-Brockton border, has a dramatic Native American and Colonial history. For more about the project, which the men’s basketball team assisted with, visit here.

Congress to Campus: Frustrated with politics? Can’t understand why there is gridlock? Want a better understanding of the obstacles to progress? Come meet two former congressmen, one Democratic and the other Republican, who will be in the Martin Institute as part of the Congress to Campus program on Thursday, October 25 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join the conversation with John Hall (D) who represented New York’s 19th district and Steven Kuykendall (R) who represented California’s 36th district.