President's Letter

Mind and Heart

There are extensive, impactful changes underway on campus, with the College now organized into a School of Arts & Sciences and the Leo J. Meehan School of Business and with the main quad transformed through the addition of an Academic and Welcome Center and a School of Business building. Designed to strengthen and elevate our academic mission, these enhancements reflect our great confidence in the future of Stonehill.

As we adapt to new circumstances, however, the core of who we are remains the same, especially in the many ways that lasting personal connections are made here.

In “Go! Take a Walk”, Danielle (Teixeira) Medina ’05 notes that while campus looks different when she returns, it still feels like home. The connection remains strong, which is why she and her husband Alberio “Junior” Medina ’02 return with their children for an annual picnic by the library. The same article features Richard Tepper ’86, Jennifer (Porter) Macaulay ’92 and Rev. Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C. ’67, who all use the campus regularly to run, walk, reconnect or pray as a way to nourish their overall well-being.

In “The RA Experience”, we meet Kristen (Wollenberg) Frost ’93 and Fatima Velez ’90, who was Frost’s resident assistant freshman year. Despite the distance between America and Spain, where they live respectively, the two have stayed connected over three decades. This summer, they completed a half marathon on campus together.

The College experienced a tragic loss in April when Linsey Malia ’18 died in an accident in Denmark. A peer mentor, teaching assistant, volunteer and an honors student, she contributed so much to our community, and her death shocked all who knew her. In the midst of grief, her peers responded with an outpouring of compassion and kindness to each other and to Linsey’s family and friends—a beautiful and fitting way to honor her memory.

These stories are about heart, and they highlight the deep sense of belonging that alumni and students have for the College. As we enhance our academic programs and expand resources and facilities, we will remain true to our belief that education is a matter of the mind and the heart. As Blessed Basil Moreau said, “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.”

Sincerely in Holy Cross,

(Rev.) John Denning, C.S.C.