Monday Morning Update

January 12, 2015

Did You Know? Within one year of their graduation from Stonehill, 98 percent of our alumni from the last five graduating classes were employed, in graduate school or volunteering. The average starting salary for 2014 graduates was $44,500, with much higher figures in high-demand fields. Nationally, 30 percent of seniors seeking employment had jobs at graduation last year, but, at Stonehill, 47 percent of the senior class seeking jobs had them at graduation. For more information on how alumni quickly secure successful career opportunities, visit the following story about the Power of a Stonehill Education.

Memorial Fellowship: After graduating from Stonehill in 1989 with a degree in English, Anthony Ellis carved out a distinguished academic career, teaching Shakespeare and the history of drama, lecturing in Asia and Europe, and receiving a Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. At Western Michigan University, he taught Renaissance literature and the history of drama, and was published widely. Sadly, he died last year at the age of 46 after a battle with leukemia. In his honor, his parents have created The Anthony Ellis Post-Graduation Fellowship, which provides a financial stipend and institutional support to assist a graduating English major in launching his/her post-graduation experience. For more, visit here.

Engaged Community: The College has again been recognized for its commitment to community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. One of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification last week, Stonehill first received the honor in 2008. Since then, the College has introduced new programs and initiatives which have further strengthened our relationship with the local community. They include the Office of Community Based Learning, The Farm, and the Brockton Service Corps to name a few. To learn more about the Carnegie classification and the many ways the College collaborates with our neighbors, both near and far, visit here.

Get Charged Up: Electric car owners can now charge their cars at a station behind the Sports Complex. Installed by Solect Energy Development, the station went live in early January. There is no cost to e-car owners for using the station, which Solect underwrote. The company partnered with us on the 2.7 megawatt solar field and on solar roof installations on campus. “Thanks to Solect, we now have another sustainability option to offer to the Stonehill community. It is a small but significant step in a larger process and we are grateful for it,” said Energy Manager Jessa Gagne.

Training Days: The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations team recently brought their expertise in responding to active shooter situations to campus. Based in Cushing-Martin, the 12 officers worked with Stonehill and Easton police officers as well as Easton firefighters on best practices for responding to armed suspects who use lethal force at a location with multiple potential victims such as a school, workplace or mall.  Twenty Stonehill police officers participated in the two day program, which included hands-on training in small-unit tactics, room and stairway clearing, apprehension techniques, patrol response, incident command, and methodology. “Having the State Police work with us like this was  a productive, valuable learning experience, especially as it allowed us to build on the good cooperation we have with our Easton police and fire colleagues,” said Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes.

Player of the Year: She helped lead the field hockey team to its second NE-10 Tournament Championship in program history and its second-straight NCAA Tournament bid this past fall and now she is the first student-athlete in school history to earn regional player of the year honors. Named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II North Region Player of the Year, Erika Kelly ’16 was recently featured in The Boston Globe. To read the article, visit here.