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Stonehill Restructures Into Two Schools

Big changes are happening at Stonehill this summer. As part of the College’s continued commitment to offering a first-class education that prepares our students for success in life and career, Stonehill will restructure into two schools: a School of Business and a School of Arts & Sciences as of July 1.

This transition will create opportunities for new accredited programs and academic recognitions that are currently inaccessible and will position the College to better compete with similar institutions regionally and nationally.

To complement this change, Stonehill will construct a School of Business [below] that is equipped with the latest technology and modern classrooms designed to take full advantage of these new resources. The College will also build a new Welcome Center [right] that offers state-of-the-art office, classroom and performance spaces for faculty, students and visitors, along with a café. On the main quad, the buildings will transform and revitalize the heart of our campus.

The School of Business will be home to accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics and healthcare administration. The School of Arts & Sciences will be home to all the other majors, with religious studies, philosophy, and history moving into the Welcome Center, which is expected to be open for the 2018-2019 academic year. The School of Business building will open the following academic year.

For nearly 70 years, Stonehill graduates have made a lasting impact in finance, banking, politics, STEM fields, education, the arts and humanities, nonprofits and more. These new and innovative spaces will build on that success—ensuring that the College is positioned to prepare students for success in future jobs, to be critical thinkers who can innovate and solve challenging problems and to build a better world by positively contributing to their families and communities.

The new School of Business dean is Professor Debra Salvucci who will take office on July 1. [For more on Salvucci, see her profile here.] A search is underway to fill the dean of Arts & Sciences position.

Reflecting on the Stations

Every year during Lent, Catholic churches and colleges participate in the Stations of the Cross—the 14-step devotion that marks Jesus’ last day on Earth. The Stonehill community has added a social justice element to its stations.

Fourteen campus groups provided prayers specific to their social justice cause for the outdoor stations on March 24, which began at the Chapel of Mary and processed around the main quad, stopping at each station marked by a white cross.

“When others fall, we need to help them back up, not knock people down with derogatory, humiliating or stigmatizing words and actions,” reflected Allison Faraclas ’17 of the disABILITY Enlightenment Project at Station III, when Jesus falls for the first time.

Later, at Station VI, when Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, Rev. George Piggford, C.S.C., president of the Faculty Senate, reflected, “…We spend much of our time debating about what seem to be small matters: curriculum, procedures and committees. We try never to forget, however, that the College is a community of learning and faith and that our purpose is to help transform the world.”

Other groups involved were the Moore Center for Gender Equality, Facilities Management, Radiant Inspirational Sisters Empowered, Stonehill Police, Athletics, Growing Climate Justice, United House of Justice, SGA Diversity Committee, H.O.P.E., Into the Streets, Senior Leadership Team and the Knights of Columbus.

According to Rev. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C., director of Campus Ministry and alumni minister, “It is a wonderful cross-section of our community coming together to pray. I think we have started a new tradition on campus.”

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Meet Stephen Conway ’17

News broadcaster, Soccer player, Politics follower, Bible Study goer and Panda lover.

Stephen Conway ’17 is all about communicating. As a defensive back for the men’s soccer team, he must communicate with his teammates to keep the ball out of the net. As an intern for the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services, he listens to the concerns of Bay State folks. And as the founder of The Summit SkyNews broadcast, he reports on campus news. It’s no wonder he became a mediated communication major with a minor in journalism and political science.

This interest came to him early. “Once tragedy struck Sandy Hook, and I saw news journalists I’ve watched on TV all my life come into my hometown, it sparked my interest in journalism,” recalls Conway, who grew up in Newtown, Conn., and had attended Sandy Hook Elementary.

“I viewed these journalists as heroes—people who could report the news but could also reassure and comfort those affected by the tragedy.”

Combine this experience with a trip to Washington, D.C., in the eighth grade, and Conway knew that news reporting and politics were his calling.

As a freshman at Stonehill, he asked the Communications Department if they would support him in creating SkyNews, since a current campus news broadcast didn’t exist. “ They gave me the reins to start the program in the new studio. It has grown from three of us to now, four years later, 12 newscasters and production assistants,” Conway says.

Last summer, while interning for WTNH News 8 in Connecticut, Conway had a full-circle experience when he reported on the reopening of Sandy Hook. “To go to the site as a part of the media and cover the reopening of my elementary school was a special moment for me,” he says.

Conway’s interests go well beyond the camera. In addition to playing soccer, he is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Alumni Association and the Lux et Spes Society. One of his best experiences, he notes, has been Athlete Bible Study. “It’s taught me that there are many students here that have a strong relationship with God and feel that God plays a critical role in their athletic development.”

As his senior year comes to a close, Conway reflects, “I have grown so much as an individual. I’m 110 percent confident that Stonehill was the right decision for me.”

After graduation, the self-proclaimed “history nerd” and Panda lover will begin graduate studies at Post University, before pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. What he hopes for most in life harks back to when he saw those journalists enter his hometown. “I want to be someone who people can trust, respect and turn to in times of need.”