Alumni Community

Empowering our Alumnae

THE INAUGURAL ALUMNAE SUMMIT in March exceeded expectations, and plans are already underway for a follow-up summit in 2019.

In her keynote address before 80 women graduates, President of The New York Academy of Medicine Judith Salerno, M.D. ’73 [left] offered insights and inspiration for self-empowerment, establishing work-life balance and defining one’s own success.

Of her own career, she explained, “I refused to let others define me.” Salerno also noted the importance not just of role models but also of mentors, “those whose example you admire and who you can trust to lift you up.” And she added, “Don’t be afraid to change jobs or to call out unfairness.”

Reflecting on the event, Marie (Coleman) Leonard ’79 said, “The various follow-up sessions were focused, realistic and productive. In connecting with so many alumnae, it seems we are all grappling with similar challenges. I liked the energy in these sessions and came away with helpful ideas and suggestions.”

To read Salerno's keynote address, visit here

Volunteer Spotlight

Student Alumni Association

THEY ARE AT THE CHECK-IN TABLE at Reunion. They greet you and your family on Alumni Day. They welcome you back to campus at events with current students. They are the members of Stonehill’s Student Alumni Association (SAA).

For over 25 years, SAA members have volunteered at various alumni events including Reunion, Auction and Alumni Day, and they run their own programs, such as careers dinners and panels, to engage alumni in the life of the College and make students aware of their future roles as alumni.

Giving up time during the evenings and weekends to be part of this group, current and former members echo the same sentiment: SAA is one of the most impactful organizations at Stonehill.

Mary Lehane ’17, a vendor relations specialist at W.B. Mason, notes, “At my job, I’m in constant contact with high profile people at some of the most well-known companies in the world. I truly believe that being in the SAA was crucial to my success in landing this job and starting off on the right foot.”

Explaining why he joined SAA, current SAA President Erich Maynard ’18 says, “I felt like it would be a great opportunity to network with alums and open myself to more opportunities on campus. My leadership skills, specifically public speaking, have grown so much in the last year. I love connecting with graduates.”

Former SAA President Caroline Lambert ’16 agrees. “I always told my friends that SAA was one of the best kept secrets at Stonehill, and a lot of that was because of the networking opportunities,” she says.

The Office of Alumni Affairs founded the association in 1992 to serve as a link between the Stonehill campus community and alumni. The College has now seen former SAA member Kerri (Riley) Ansello ’96 become the vice president of the Alumni Council. On average, the group engages over 300 students and approximately 150 alumni in its programs each year.

In 2015, SAA won the National Outstanding Organization award presented by CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), a testament to all former members of the organization. In February, Asssociate Director of Alumni Affairs Aine McAlister ’11 received the Outstanding Advisor Award from CASE ASAP for her work with SAA.

To participate in one of the SAA’s programs or to learn more, email

ALL SMILES (above right): SAA helps out with Alumni Day in February. [Front Row, L to R] Jennifer DiPersio ’18, Emily Rizzitano ’20, Rachel Santos ’19, Carolina Capote ’18. [Second Row] Catello Battinelli ’18, Jenna Payne ‘19, Adelilne Tavarez ’18, Kaitlyn Sands ’19, Leonardo Casillas ’18. [Back Row] Erich Maynard ’18, president, Samantha Carey ’18, Brandyn McColligan ’20.

Alumni Travel to Portugal

THE 2017 ALUMNI TRAVEL PROGRAM took travelers to Portugal on a 10-day educational tour of Porto, Lisbon, Fátima, Sintra, the Algarve and other amazing locations. The group journeyed through cities and coastal villages that were once home to some of the greatest explorers the world has known. For the first time, the program offered a three-night extension to Lisbon and the Azores.

Associate Professor of Communication Rev. James Chichetto, C.S.C. ’64 served as the trip’s faculty host and shared his expertise as travelers toured historic sites including the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, St. Francis Church, Chapel of Bones and the 19th century, Romanticist Palácio da Pena in Sintra [below], among other sites. The year 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions witnessed by three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal.

UP NEXT: Scotland
In 2018, the Stonehill College Alumni Travel Program is pleased to present Scotland: Edinburgh and Beyond! This educational tour, which departs on October 5 and returns on October 14, will take travelers to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Drymen and other historic places. Travelers will journey through lands influenced by the tribal Celts and ancient, face-painted Picts, Roman legions and Vikings, fallen monarchs and powerful warrior-royals, noble clansmen, great explorers, pensive philosophers and bright inventors.

Visit for more information about this $3,059 per person (double occupancy) trip, which includes round-trip airfare from Boston, hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, four dinners and the full-time services of a tour director. Space is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This trip is currently sold out. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list, please contact Lauren O'Halloran at

Visit the Alumni Travel Program's web page here.


10 GOLD After-Work Party, Scholars, Boston

12 27th Annual Stonehill Night at the Boston Pops, “Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute,” Boston Symphony Hall

1-3 Reunion 2018
23 Stonehill Day at Newport Polo

22 Admission Legacy Session


June 1–3, 2018

Classes of 1968, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, 2003, ’08, ’13 AND THE PILLAR SOCIETY.

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Precollege Program Rising high school juniors and seniors accepted into the Summer@Stonehill program in July take three-credit, college-level courses taught by our professors in computer science, fine arts, political science and psychology. Living on campus, they experience course-related activities, night programs and field trips. Stonehill community members get a 10 percent discount. For more information, visit stonehill. edu/precollege/.

Purple Door Business Network The Alumni Association’s Purple Door Business Network is your best resource for finding businesses owned and operated by alumni. With more than 26,000 living graduates, Stonehill has alumni in nearly every industry. The network is searchable by industry and location and includes business descriptions and contact information, so you can personally reach out to your fellow alums at their business. Listing a business in the network is a benefit available to all alumni. Visit to find or list a business.

Career Mentoring Directory The Career Development Center and the Office of Alumni Affairs recently launched
a new career mentoring directory, housed on the Stonehill Connect site. By registering as a career mentor, students and alumni interested in entering your field will be able to contact you for career advice and career development opportunities—such as informational interviewing, job shadowing or email networking. As a mentor, you can choose how you wish to be contacted and how you would like to be involved. To sign up as a mentor or to search for mentors, go to

Become Educators in the Faith The Congregation of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers is an international community dedicated to educational, pastoral and social ministries. For vocations, contact Rev. Neil Wack, C.S.C. at 574-632-6385 or at Visit

The Monthly Mass of Alumni Intentions is celebrated on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel in Donahue Hall.