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September 29, 2016
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New Digital Innovation Lab stimulates technology education

By Amy Szablak

The MacPhaidin Library isn’t just a space for studying anymore.  Starting in October, students will be able to create podcasts, webpages, and more in the new Digital Innovation Lab.

Located in room 106, the Digital Innovation Lab will feature computers, a projector, and recording technology for students to use.

The Global Struggle for Female Education Learning Community and an Honors Learning Community will be using the digital lab throughout the semester for class projects.  These classes will work on projects such as creating podcasts.

“I believe that working with the digital lab to design and teach our course makes the integration of digital learning much more effective, for both professors and students,” said Professor Karen Teoh, who is co-teaching the Global Struggle for Female Education Learning Community. “Because we’re working closely with the director of the digital lab on prioritizing which online tools to use, how to structure digital assignments, and to ensure that students have the technological support they need, we have a customized plan that fits the pedagogical needs of our course.”

Professor Scott Cohen, director of the Digital Innovation Lab, said the new lab will help students and faculty learn more about technology.

“It is a great opportunity to bring students behind the curtain of digital projects and give them access to guts of server management and website management,” Cohen said.

The digital lab was created because Stonehill faculty members wanted a space to collaborate on how to integrate technology in the classroom.

“We’re using the term ‘lab’ because we are trying new things and reporting if we want to do them on a larger scale or not,” Cohen said.

The lab is aimed at faculty development, curricular innovations, cross-disciplinary research, and online excellence.  The lab is not a service or IT help center.  Instead, it is a place for students and faculty to network, collaborate, create projects together, and learn about technology, he said.

“Stonehill offers a very personalized education and that’s one of the important values of the college,” Cohen said.  “There are so many different approaches to teaching with classroom and we want to personalize these technologies to make them fit each faculty members’ needs.”

Cohen said the lab will allow students and faculty to experiment with technology and learn together.

“We want to work on demystifying technology,” said Cheryl McGrath, director of the library.  “It’s about not giving up and being resilient and realizing that it’s just a matter of play.  We want to give students the ability to have a critical eye with technology.”

The lab will also give students the tools to create their own web domain.

“It will be a tremendous advantage for a student to go into the job market having the separate web skills to be able to update a website,” McGrath said.

In addition to the lab’s technological opportunities, Cohen is also in the process of interviewing students for the Digital Fellows portion of the space.

Digital Fellows are students nominated by faculty to work in the digital lab as work-study positions.  Cohen hopes to have the fellows be available to help students next semester.

“The fellows are from all different majors and disciplines,” he said.  “For example, if a student needs help making a PowerPoint, they could get help from a Digital Fellow that is a Graphic Design major.”

Cohen and McGrath said they hope students will enjoy the digital lab.

“I want people to now that it’s okay to fail in this space, and that we can work with students and learn from our projects in this space,” McGrath said.  “That’s the most important thing for faculty.  We are here to keep pushing students and be supportive and help with their accomplishments.  The lab will let us do this with students’ relationships with technology.”

The lab will be open for students and faculty during library hours, and when classes aren’t using it.  The official grand opening will be in January.

More information on the digital lab can be obtained by emailing digitallab@stonehill.edu.

September 28, 2016
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Fresh Check Day encourages conversation on mental health

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By Sarah Crespo

Students enjoying food, animals and time each other filled the quad Sept. 24, while discussing mental health on campus.

Stonehill College held a Fresh Check Day Saturday to give students the opportunity to learn techniques and resources to improve general well being.

Senior Trisha Donadio said the day was important in uniting and understanding the Stonehill community.

“This day reinforces that people aren’t alone in their personal struggles and offers support by talking about them,” she said.

Led by the Health and Wellness office, Fresh Check Day featured interactive booths of student clubs and campus resources to help students learn more about wellness issues and services on campus.

Senior Taylor Vigneault represented the Health@thehill booth, which highlighted the reasons people have to stay alive.

“It was great to see everyone’s index cards with reasons like ‘friends and family,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘to finish my favorite Netflix series’ and ‘to change someone’s life for the better,’” she said. “Seeing them all hanging up really emphasized all the good we have in this world that may not always seem good.”

Students were also encouraged to relax with baby farm animals, puppies, massages, food, music, lawn games, stress balls, and inspirational and informative activities including taking pledges against sexual assault and to help with suicide prevention.

Junior John Irving said he enjoyed learning about the effects of alcohol from a neuroscience perspective.

“The alcohol table was informative and putting the drunk goggles on was an interesting experience,” he said.

Other booths at Fresh Check Day included Health Services, Recreational Sports and Counseling Services as well as student run booths focused on healthy eating, and increasing positive self-esteem.

Students were given the chance to get their flu shot, talk to counselors, and take informational handouts during the event as well as express their personal opinions on the issues and engage in a community discussion.
Senior Allie Smith said she appreciated seeing students engage in conversations about suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs and the ItsOnUs initiative.

“The thing I enjoyed most about the day was watching students coming together in support of very important topics of discussion and learning no only here on campus but in life,” Smith said.

September 28, 2016
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Faculty, staff come together for ALICE Training

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By Amy McKeever

Campus police pushed Stonehill faculty and staff out of their comfort zone for ALICE Training Sept. 23 in Merkert-Tracy.

ALICE Training is a program that Stonehill adopted in preparation for a possible active shooter incident on campus.

Sergeant David Wordell said the training is all about empowering people to know what to do in this type of emergency situation.

“We want everyone to get out of the ‘sitting duck, mentality,” he said. “I don’t want them to be complacent.”

He said it is important to do this kind of training after the bomb threat last year, which changed Stonehill’s thought process regarding potential threats.

Campus Police started the training around Stonehill in May and plan to train the entire campus, including students. The training in Merkert-Tracy consisted of a main presentation and three acted-out scenarios with debriefing meetings in between each.

Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Aine McAllister said being forced to talk about uncomfortable things is good for the campus.

“Also of people learn by doing and seeing, so people can take away a lot from this training,” McAllister said.

She said she recommends everyone to go through the training.

Merkert-Tracy was the sixth building on campus to complete the training. Others trained have been Shields Science Center, Martin Institute, Stanger, Duffy and Holy Cross Center.

September 14, 2016
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Stonehill students start soccer club team

By Erika Sasso

Exciting things are happening on campus this semester, including the formation of a brand new club soccer team led by juniors Jon Letourneau, Kojo Ansah and David Sawyer.

The three captains have all played soccer at some competitive level in the past and wanted to find a way to be back on an actual team, which brought about idea of the creation of a Stonehill club soccer team.

Ansah and Sawyer have worked closely with the Athletic Department to start up the team. They currently have about 30 players signed up. Those signed up are interested in being a part of the team throughout the year and have already started playing pick-up games together.

Although they are not sure yet if there is a certain ratio that needs to be met in order to be considered a co-ed club, there is a variety of both boys and girls interested in participating.

“Our goal is to let every- one who wants to play have the chance to play and at the moment we have a handful of girls who want to play,” Letourneau said.

The three captains are currently planning on using the fall semester time to get organized and practice as a team; however, they want the club to be a year-round activity. They hope by next semester they will start to play in actual tournaments with other schools.

Letourneau, Ansah and Sawyer are excited to make their favorite pastime an activity they can participate in and play competitively in again.

“It’s unfortunate that Stonehill does not have an active club soccer team, so my hope is to expedite the process of creating the team,” Letourneau said.

“Stonehill had a club soccer team years ago and…we’ve been playing pick-up soccer once a week for a while during our time at Stonehill,” Sawyer said.

“With the incoming first- years, we found a large number of students interested in soccer. We figured with the interest we had, we could do something with this,” Sawyer said.

For any students looking to sign up for the team,
the captains are hosting an information session, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the Sports Complex. Additional information can be found on the groups Facebook page.

September 14, 2016
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Stonehill College ranked one of the ‘Best Colleges’

By Sarah Crespo

Stonehill College has once again been named one of the best institutions on two major ranking lists.

Stonehill was featured in the 2017 edition of “The 381 Best Colleges,” a guidebook for incoming first-years by The Princeton Review. The College also jumped up from No. 116 to No. 108 in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s National School Rankings.

Each year, The Princeton Review surveys students across the country to learn which colleges have the best academics, extracurricular activities, career placement, campus life and food in order to list the best institutions.

According to the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s National School Ranking, Stonehill College jumped eight spots on the list of the National Liberal Arts Schools.

“Along with that ranking, we were included in the unranked list of A+ Colleges for B Students,” Associate Director of Communication and Media Relations Michael Shulanksy said.

Communication and Media Relations Director Martin McGovern credits Stonehill’s success to the hard work of its students, faculty and staff.

“We’re pleased to once again be featured as one of The Princeton Review’s best colleges and universities,” McGovern said. “While these rankings don’t fully represent the incredible work being done by our students, faculty and staff, they are a reminder that Stonehill continues to gain recognition regionally and nationally as an educational institution of exceptional quality.”

Many students were not surprised by Stonehill’s ranking and felt proud that the College was getting the recognition it deserved.

Junior Michael Young said that he is happy that Stonehill is being acknowledged for the hard work of its staff and students.

“The professors and administration have worked hard to make Stonehill a great place and they deserve the recognition,” Young said.

Sophomore Dallis Silvia thought of the ranking as just another way to love Stonehill.

“There are millions of reasons I’m proud to be
a Skyhawk and seeing Stonehill on the list of the Best Colleges gives me one more reason,” she said.

Stonehill College is known for much more than its beautiful campus. This school gives students the confidence and skills needed to succeed in life after college.

Senior Melanie Smeaton said that the relationships formed at Stonehill are what makes this college so beneficial for an undergraduate career.

“Stonehill College is a wonderful and welcoming community that embraces students in all forms of diversity and allow students endless experiences and opportunities to be successful in their lives,” she said.

“This school encourages independence while readily offering us all of the resources we need to be successful in the future,” Young said.

Alumni Matt Farrenkopf, Class of 2016, credits his Stonehill education to his new career at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.

“Stonehill will always be second to none, not just academically, but because
of their service and a student-first administration,” Farrenkopf said.

September 14, 2016
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Good news released regarding Professor Wetzel

By Amy McKeever

A sea of college students stands in silence. A soft prayer spoken over a microphone generates memories of a beloved professor in each students mind. A Sociology Professor, who guides students to achieve their future goals, now receives prayers for his own recovery from those same students.

Positive information has been released about Professor Chris Wetzel, who was seriously injured in a hiking accident in early August.

Wetzel is alert and stable after a Cranioplasty at Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center, Michelle Sia said on the Chris Wetzel Updates Facebook page. Wetzel is now in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

He recently passed a speech and swallow evaluation and is increasingly alert, according to an update on the Stonehill website. He has been improv- ing with three to four hours of physical therapy every day.

Wetzel is the Sociology and Criminology Department Chair at Stonehill College. He studies politics, culture and social movements with a focus on contemporary indigenous nations.

Junior Maggie Shellene said Wetzel’s presence is greatly missed this semester.

“It makes me sad that he’s not here,” Shellene said. “He always brings energy and positivity into the Stonehill community every day.”

She said the way Stonehill is reacting to Wetzel’s injuries says a lot about the impression he has made on campus.

“Since Stonehill is such a close knit, family-like college, when someone like Professor Wetzel has been hurt, it im- pacts us all,” Shellene said.

Wetzel’s family extends their thanks for all of the support and well wishes that the Stonehill community has extended to them, according to the website.

Not only did students and faculty pray for Wetzel’s quick recovery at Convocation, the Office of Campus Ministry also held an Interfaith Prayer Service for Healing for him on Sept 1.

To stay updated on Wetzel’s status, check the Chris Wetzel updates Facebook page.

April 27, 2016
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Talley Steps Down as Football Coach at Stonehill

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Talley accepts athletics development position at Cal State Chico

EASTON, Mass. (April 27, 2016) – Stonehill College has announced that Robert Talley has stepped down following nine seasons as its football head coach to accept the position of Director of Development for the Athletics Department at California State University, Chico. The announcement was made this morning by Dean O’Keefe ’94, Director of Athletics at the College.

Talley oversaw the transformation of a Stonehill football program, which hadn’t won more than four games in the 11 years prior to his appointment in 2007, into the upper echelon of the Northeast-10 Conference over his nine seasons. He guided the Skyhawks to a 5-5 mark in his first year, winning as many games as they had the previous two seasons combined, going on to lead the program to six .500 or better seasons for the first time since the 1990s. Talley departs Stonehill as its all-time wins leader with a 48-46 (.511) overall record, including a 39-36 (.520) clip in Northeast-10 play, highlighted by a share of the 2013 NE-10 regular season championship. Stonehill finished 2015 with its second winning season over the past three years, with a 7-4 record overall, including a season-opening 27-10 triumph at 11th-ranked Bloomsburg University.

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April 25, 2016
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Sports Complex receives award

By Nick Chiocco

The newly renovated Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex has received an award for the Best New Construction Award (under $20 million) from the Construction Management Association of America’s New England Chapter.

Using state-of-the-art technology allowed the expansion to take only 433 calendar days and within budget.

The award was given to a building constructed under $20 million; 50,000 square feet was added to the original Stonehill building that was finished in 1988.

Since the opening in August, students said they have enjoyed the expansion of the SpoCo.

“I go to the gym every morning, and I still have not gotten sick of the view looking out onto the football field,” Hunter Geraghty ’16 said.

April 25, 2016
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Alumni to return for finance career event

By Alec Enright

Stonehill College has asked two alumni to return to campus to discuss career options in the financial service industry with students.

Michael Scannell ’87 and Daniel Farley ’92, are both executives at State Street, a financial institution headquartered in Boston.

Scannell is the senior vice president and global head of Talent Acquisition at State Street, as well as head of State Street’s global initiative. Farley is an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors.

The event, part of the Business Administration Department’s C-Suite Speaker series, is taking place Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. All students, regardless of class year or major, are invited to attend the event.

Topics to be covered during the event include the issues facing financial firms today, as well as what a successful career in financial services looks like. The two alumni will also be discussing how a student can develop a network at Stonehill and job opportunities at State Street.

For more information on State Street, go to statestreet.com.

April 25, 2016
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Spring Carnival to take over Duffy lot Saturday

By Katelyn Rota

Students can expect to see the Duffy lot filled with something other than cars Saturday, April 30.

Assistant Director of Student Activities Lina Macedo said the Spring Carnival, a free event, is sure not to disappoint.

Students can expect to see, “airbrush tattoos, a booth-less photo booth, an inflatable obstacle course, rides, a shootout game, a basketball trailer, friend dough, cotton candy, popcorn, and lemonade shakeups,” Macedo said.

The carnival will begin at 1 p.m when Jamnesty ends and continue until 5 p.m. Jamnesty is an annual, spring, outdoor music festival for social justice. Jamnesty includes performances by students and outside bands.

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