In the run-up to Saint Valentine’s Day and a Skyhawk Welcome Day, Admission Counselors Nicholas Chiocco ’16 and Christopher Flaherty wondered what might happen if they wrote "I Love Stonehill" on a chalkboard in Roche Dining Commons. When they did, the chalkboard filled up with comments from community members sharing why they love the College.
The College continues to grow and expand in both its physical presence and its programming.
Work is underway on the Academic and Welcome Center, located on the main quad where the Old Student Union used to be. On schedule to open this fall, the Center will be the first stop for greeting potential students and their families touring campus. It will have a presentation room, auditorium, classrooms designed for collaboration and with the latest technology, faculty office spaces, a café and a bookstore.
As the Academic and Welcome Center project approaches completion, work has begun on the Leo J. Meehan School of Business building, which is scheduled to open for the 2019-20 academic year. Home to accounting, finance, international business, economics, healthcare administration, management and marketing, the building will bolster our already strong business programs with cutting-edge digital technologies that equip our students with the emerging capacities of social networks, data science and scalable innovation.
When both buildings are completed and in full operation, they will dynamically transform the main quad into a hub of academic, intellectual and cultural activity on campus.
Master’s Program Off to a strong Start
The College’s new master’s degree in integrated marketing communications got off to a strong start in January, with 25 part-time students enrolled in the program’s first semester. With a focus on creativity, the interdisciplinary program blends marketing, communications and graphic design while giving students the option of completing their degree in as little as two years. The adult students vary in age, gender, background, skills and professional experience.
James Lynch was looking for a master’s program that would parallel the professional work he does every day for Massasoit Community College, where he is the director of marketing.
“It meets my criteria—attractive courses, near my home and ultimately a degree from Stonehill, which has a stellar academic reputation. In addition, the welcome and support from the program’s staff has been so smooth and helpful, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Lynch notes.
Director Lee McGinnis says the program’s curriculum allows students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills that position them to solve real world challenges while confronting systemic societal issues. “We are meeting a need in this area, and we are delighted with the members of our first class, who are so engaged and energetic in their classes,” he remarks. [Visit here to read more on McGinnis.]
For information on the program, which runs during winter, summer and fall semesters, visit stonehill.edu/academics/imc/.
AACSB Renews Accreditation for Business Administration
The Business Administration Department has been reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.
Stonehill first gained AACSB accreditation in 2011, joining an elite group of higher education institutions, as less than five percent of the world’s business schools have this accreditation.
“Renewed accreditation along with the construction of the Meehan School of Business building, which will give us a dedicated, state-of-the-art home, represent major votes of confidence in the strength and vitality of our business program. They are critical in our efforts to build on our successes and ensure our students will thrive in a rapidly changing economy,” says Debra Salvucci, dean of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business.
For over a century, AACSB has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education. The accreditation process is a comprehensive review of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications and curricula, including self-evaluations, peer reviews and committee reviews.
Accreditation ensures that students are learning material most relevant to their field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders upon graduation.
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Obama Advisor to Speak
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the Obama Foundation, David Simas ’92, will deliver the College’s 67th Commencement address on Sunday, May 20. A political science major, Simas spent eight years as a top advisor to President Barack Obama.
While in the White House, Simas was always generous with his time, meeting with Stonehill students whenever they visited Capitol Hill. He has returned to campus for speaking engagements focused on leadership and public policy. Simas will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Along with Simas, John Stack Jr. ’72 and Claudia Rankine will also receive honorary degrees.
A scholar and author specializing in ethnicity and world politics, administrative law, national security, and constitutional law, Stack is the founding dean of the Stephen J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Stack will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
One of America’s most powerful poetic voices, Rankine uses her gifts as an essayist, poet and playwright to address some of the difficult racial and social-justice questions that society faces today. Rankine will receive an honorary doctor of literature degree.
Read Commencement 2018 press release here.
The women’s basketball team headed off to Sioux Falls, S.D., to play in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in over 20 years. While they ultimately lost to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 75-71, longtime coach Trish Brown noted, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team—their work ethic and their character are just off the charts.”
Seniors Samuel Bradford, Dillon McGee and James Murphy [l to r] play Spikeball on the quad during February’s mild temps.