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July 8, 2015
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Sons of Serendip wow crowd at Esplanade

Micah Christian performing alongside the Boston Pops orchestra at the city's annual Firework Spectacular (Photo Credit: CBS Boston)

Micah Christian performing alongside the Boston Pops orchestra at the city’s annual Firework Spectacular (Photo Credit: CBS Boston)

By Liam Dacko

They may not have won America’s Got Talent last year, but that sure hasn’t stopped the Sons of Serendip.

The vocal quartet, led by Stonehill alum Micah Christian ’06, performed alongside the Boston Pops at the orchestra’s annual Firework Spectacular July 4.

The group performed an orchestral version of “I Lived,” a single featured on OneRepublic’s most recent album.  The band’s performance, which took place on the Esplanade, was originally broadcast on local CBS affiliate WBZ Channel 4. (To view a clip from the show, click here).

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May 8, 2015
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Seniors showcase their art in Calo exhibit

By Erich Maynard

Senior graphic design majors are showcasing their talents on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carole Calo gallery.

The theme of the exhibit is the spring Pantone color palate, the color choices available to the students.

As part of the senior requirement, students have to present their work in an exhibit.

Professor Smith-Corby said she is excited to see how the largest group of graphic design majors work together.

Smith-Corby said she is confident that the 18 students will rise above expectations.

“The devil’s in the details, and there are a lot of them. This year we’ve made a very clear calendar of tasks that have needed to be done by a certain date,” Smith-Corby said.

There is no display for individual students. Instead, all work is mingled together. Smith-Corby said the students stuck to their deadlines and worked together to create the best show possible.

It has taken days for the exhibit to be set up. The graphic design exhibit includes print, web design, media, packaging, and signs.
Professor Gary Stanton, graphic arts program chair, has worked with the senior annual for over 10 years.

Stanton said he is proud to see his students putting together such an impressive exhibit, and is impressed by their hard work.

May 8, 2015
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Benefactor Tom Shields passes away at 83

By Holly Cardoza

Long-time Stonehill benefactor and healthcare entrepreneur, Thomas Shields, died April 2 at age 83.
Shields and his wife Mary donated $7 million to build the Science Center in 2009, which is now named after them. It was one of many donations the couple made to the College.

The $7 million donation from the Shields is the largest donation to the college to date.

Father of two Stonehill alumni, William ’84 and Thomas ’92, and one trustee, Carmel, Shields served on the Board of Trustees from 1994-2002 and received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Stonehill in 1994. He was also chairman of the College’s first capital campaign, “Securing the Vision” which raised $23 million from 1992-1997.

One of Shields’s greatest contributions was the Shields scholarship, established by Shields and his wife, which has helped over 140 students.

Each year the Shields would meet with scholarship recipients over dinner and learn of the students’ achievements.

“Generous to a fault he immersed himself in the life of the College, always leading by example,” said President John Denning, in a statement.

Shields was the CEO and founder of Shields Healthcare Group, which offered several medical services and facilities to people throughout New England. Starting the business with his wife Mary in 1972, they first opened a nursing home together in Brockton.

Shields would later open the first independent MRI center in Brockton.

A celebration of Tom’s life was held on April 10 in Weymouth. A funeral Mass was held Saturday, April 10.

May 8, 2015
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Office of Res Life, Facilities: Less damage this year than past

By Erin Cangiano

Even after being stuck in the dorm through this year’s endless winter, students have managed to keep dorm damage at a minimum, officials said.

“I can’t think of any severe damage caused by students from this past year. Anecdotally I feel like we did not have to charge for excessive damage as much this year as in past years,” Andy Anderson, the associate director of Residence Life, said.

Facilities reports there was far less dorm damage this year. Bruce Boyer, director of Facilities Management, said he could not pinpoint a specific incident that has caused major damage.

“There hasn’t been major damage like in the past. There have been minor things spread throughout campus, but nothing excessive,” Boyer said.

He noted that is in sharp contrast to 2014, when there was a severe amount of dorm damage.

“I want to say there was about $10,000 worth of damage in 2014. There were a lot of problems in many of the courts houses,” Boyer said. “There was a student in Jamestown that kicked the handle on the toilet and busted the pipe in the wall. It flooded the entire building.”

In regards to the “Jamestown flood,” Boyer said water caused the most severe damage.

“Water is the worst damage because it goes everywhere and by the time we get there to shut everything off, the damage is already done,” Boyer said.

This year’s lower dorm damage could quite possibly be a result of Residence Life’s efforts, Anderson said.

“Our staff continually monitors the halls to make sure that everyone is respecting the community and the facilities,” Anderson said.
However, some students worry that some of their peers’ weekend guests may cause some damage in the residence halls.

“The Quality of Life Survey shows that students do have concerns about damage and specifically damage caused by guests of residents,” Anderson said.

May 8, 2015
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W.B. Mason plays hosts to networking event on-campus

By Holly Cardoza

W.B. Mason set up shop in Alumni Hall on March 30 for what was billed as the first annual“W. B. Mason and Stonehill Improv Boston” event.

Juniors and seniors were welcomed with an open bar, free appetizers, entertainment and a chance to network with some W.B. Mason employees.

W.B. Mason has been part of theStonehill community for over 30 years. When W.B. Mason CEO Leo J. Meehan graduated from Stonehill in 1975, he joined the W.B. Mason team and worked his way up the corporate ladder.

Now at the top of the multibillion dollar company, he has given back to his alma mater. The football stadium is named after the company and it also provides allof the paper used to print documents at Stonehill.

The event was not a typical networking event.

“We realized that the semester was coming to an end and that many students were going to be stressed out with papers, exams, graduation, etc. We wanted to put this event to relieve some of that tension and stress and instead enjoy a cocktail and have a good laugh,” said Stonehill senior, Jose Paz, an HR intern and recruiting ambassador at W.B. Mason.

The national touring company, Improv Boston, opened the eventwith a half-hour comedy show, in the style of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” The five actors incorporated several aspects of Stonehill into their skits, including Lot 17, Ace the Skyhawk and Brother Mike’s. Several students were invited to the stage to perform with the comedians and were incorporated into several skits.

After the show, the floor was open for students wishing to speak to W.B. Mason employees at the event about working for the company. Many W.B. Mason employees are Stonehill alumni and said they were more than happy to talk to students about potential jobs and their experiences at Stonehill.

This was the first event of its kind put on by W.B. Mason.

“It was a learning opportunity for us to see what the students enjoy and hopefully create something even better next year,” said Paz.

Partnering with Career Services,W.B. Mason conducted on-campus interviews on Wednesday, April 8, with students looking for internships and full-time positions.

May 7, 2015
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College selects commencement speaker


Commencement Speaker Kenneth Feinberg, J.D.

By Liam Dacko

The Class of 2015 will have the chance to sit in on one final lesson before graduating from Stonehill College and going out into the real world.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will serve as this year’s commencement speaker and impart his wisdom on our graduating seniors as they prepare to venture out on their own.

Over the years, Feinberg has worn a number of hats. After studying at the New York University School of Law, he began his decades-long career as administrative assistant and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney General. He founded his own law firm, Feinberg Rozen, LLP, in 1993.

Feinberg is perhaps most noted for his work with The One Fund, a nonprofit set up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, which occurred April 2013. The fund benefits families affected by the bombing. Feinberg was appointed administrator of the One Fund in 2013 by former Mayor Thomas Menino and former Governor Deval Patrick. By July of that year, the One Fund collected nearly $61 million, which was distributed among 232 claimants.

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April 20, 2015
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Stonehill students are wrapping up their semester in the Big Apple

By Erin Cangiano

With internships from Mount Sinai Hospital to Atlantic records, members of Stonehill’s New York City Internship Program are wrapping up their final month in the city that never sleeps.

Since January 12, these 13 students have been living in the New Yorker Hotel while interning four days a week and taking a class at Fordham University.

By interning in one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities, the students said they are getting real-world working experiences while also discovering their own professional preferences for the future.

Junior Ryan O’Keefe’s internship with Gerstein Fisher, an investment management firm, opened his eyes to changes in his future career plans.

“I enjoy the experience I am getting in the investments world. What I have been exposed to so far has made me realize that investments might not be the career path I plan to pursue in the future. Had I not done this internship, I might not have learned this,” O’Keefe said.

Unlike O’Keefe, Junior Alyssa Hayes’s internship with Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Health Center increased her interest in the field of psychology.

“I work in elementary schools all across the city from the Upper East Side to the Bronx facilitating mental health curriculum. I’ve also been creating mental health curriculums for peers that will be coming to the health center’s eight week program this summer which is beneficial since I’m minoring in Secondary Education,” Hayes said. “I really like it. On days when I’m not in the school or working on summer curriculum, I get to shadow psychiatrists and psychologists in the clinic.”

Junior Katie Fabry has barely had time to catch a breath while interning in the frantic PR world with Alison Brod Public Relations.

“I like my internship in that I get a new experience every day. I’m constantly busy doing things like press mockups, product send outs and writing press releases and pitch letters. After all, New York City runs on interns and it’s your responsibility to prove yourself in such a hectic environment,” Fabry said.

Outside of her internship, Fabry has spent a lot of time self-reflecting in the city.

“I always thought New York was my place and the place I would end up after college, but I learned that it’s okay to change your mind about who or where you want to be. After spending last semester in London, I learned that there are places out there better suited for me than New York,” Fabry said.

Overall, the students highly recommend the New York City Internship Program to others who are interested.

“Living in New York City is so different than the Stonehill bubble. Adventure is always waiting around the corner,” O’Keefe said. “Being independent and working full time is helping me prepare for life after college and the experience is priceless for resumes and career advancement.”

Hayes said interning in the city has made her more independent.

“I’ve lived in a small rural town all my life. I wanted to be able to get a city feel. It’s nice to be able to get away from Stonehill and home without being too far,” Hayes said. “I feel like I have become much more independent.

“Even simple things like having to cook a full meal for myself three times a week or budgeting and saving aren’t part of daily life at Stonehill. There are so many things I have been able to do and experience this semester that I will never forget,” Hayes said.

Fabry offered some advice to future New York City interns.

“It’s as close to a real world experience as you can get,” Fabry said. “They should know that not all areas are as hectic as the one you live in. Explore Brooklyn. Explore West Village or the Upper East Side. Explore everywhere. Discover what part of the city is right for you.”

March 30, 2015
by Summit

CORRECTION: Goodbye to L.C. program?

In the March 25 edition of The Summit we reported that Todd Gernes, assistant dean of general education and academic achievement, was the founder of the Learning Community program, while it was Professor Susan Mooney, then Dean of General Education, who was the founding director of the Learning Community program at Stonehill.

March 26, 2015
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Class registration looms over students


Class registration season can be stressful. Just ask anyone who is trying to pick classes for next Fall.

Students have begun to prepare for the worst, expecting that the classes they want to take for the Fall semester of 2015, will already be filled by upperclassmen by the time they register.

This has become a notorious problem for first-year students because they are the last to register.

“The process makes me nervous because you have to make sure you’re on time to get on a computer just in case your laptop crashes and the constant worry that the Internet will just give out on you,” Cris DePina, a first year student said.

Meetings with advisors are scheduled, courses are picked out and back-ups lists are created so as to prepare for the let down of losing out on first choice classes.

“I’m making sure to have at least three-quarters backup classes that work around my schedule as a whole,” DePina said.

Thursday March 26 is the start of registration, with Honors students of the Class of 2016 the first to pick classes. Registration for the Class of 2018 starts Wednesday April 8, allowing plenty of time for classes to fill up with students, making it near impossible for first years to sign up for classes that they need to take either as a general education requirement or for their major.

When students do not get the classes that they need or want, fear can set in. The fear of college careers crumbling, extra-semesters and course overloads are at the forefront of students’ minds as they start to rebuild their schedules based around the courses that are still available.

There are many things that can go wrong on the day of registration and students have heard all of the horror stories about computers freezing, the Internet crashing, getting locked out of MyHill, and passwords expiring. All of the planning that goes into creating the perfect schedule can go out the window in a matter of 30 seconds.

DePina said she was given some good advice from upperclassmen on what to do.

“I’ve been told to pick the one class that I really want or need that has a few spaces left and submit and then go back and do the others,” DePina said

“I also got advice to write out my course numbers in Word and copy and paste them onto the computer,” she said.