President's Letter

Embracing Interests

WS17-President's-LetterOne of the blessings that being president has given me is the opportunity to meet many alumni. I’m always impressed by what our graduates are doing throughout the world.

Whether you are engaged in service work, raising families, navigating your professional career, caring for elderly parents or continuing your studies, I am inspired by your lives and the ways in which you strive for a more just and compassionate world.

This past March, we honored three alumni on the same night: Judith Salerno ’73 with the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Catherine Campbell ’96 with the Alumni Service Award and Nicole Bollerman ’10 with the GOLD Award. All three honorees have demonstrated a great capacity for giving back and sharing their talents for the betterment of others [here].

In this issue, we feature 10 alumni who have a remarkable range of diverse interests that reflect their zest for life. Whether it is Whitney Wemett ’16 scuba diving in Madagascar or George Allen ’79 playing taps on his trumpet, we have alumni across all class years whose passions ignite their creativity and boost their well-being [here].

On Alumni Day, more than 500 alumni and their families attended events ranging from a Soup Cook-Off to the Alumni Intentions Candle Dedication. We topped off the day by celebrating the 25th anniversary of Intercultural Affairs, when we recognized founding director Jean Hamler for her many contributions to diversity at Stonehill [here].

There are other stories in this issue that speak volumes about the people who attend and serve Stonehill today. Consider Evaudie Paul ’20, who survived the earthquake in Haiti and has just completed her first year here as a biochemistry major [here]. Or take groundskeeper Ken Percy, who has spent four decades keeping our campus beautiful [here]. And Nicole Borofski ’17, an All-American runner, who challenges herself to run faster in each race [here].

I hope your time at Stonehill has set the stage for your life and that it has given you the confidence to embrace your interests and ambitions.

Sincerely in Holy Cross,

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