||It has been suggested that W.B. Mason Stadium be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2013.|
Seal of Stonehill College
|Motto||Lux et Spes|
|Motto in English||Light and Hope|
|Religious affiliation||Congregation of Holy Cross|
|Campus||Suburban, 375-acre (1.52 km2)|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II (Northeast Ten Conference)|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball|
|Mascot||"Ace" the Skyhawk|
Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, Liberal Arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948. Situated in North Easton, Massachusetts, a suburban community of 23,329 people, Stonehill is located 22 miles (35 km) south of Boston on a 375-acre (1.52 km2) campus, the original estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames. The campus map highlights 29 buildings that complement the original Georgian-style Ames mansion.
Other Holy Cross Colleges include Our Lady of Holy Cross College (Louisiana), King's College (Pennsylvania), the University of Portland, Saint Mary's College (Indiana), St. Edward's University, Holy Cross College (Indiana), and Stonehill's sister school, the University of Notre Dame, where Stonehill's engineering majors spend their last four semesters of undergraduate education.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Student life
- 4 Campus renovations
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Noteworthy alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In the autumn of 1934, the Holy Cross Fathers in North Dartmouth began to look for new quarters because of increasing seminary enrollment. The current Stonehill campus was purchased from Mrs. Frederick Lothrop Ames on October 17, 1935. The initial purchase included 350 acres (1.4 km2) and the original mansion; the congregation purchased the remaining 190 acres (0.77 km2) from Mrs. Cutler two years later. Frederick Lothrop Ames was the great-grandson of Oliver Ames, who came to Easton in 1803 and established the Ames Shovel Company.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized the Congregation of Holy Cross to establish Stonehill College on the Frederik Lothrop Ames estate on June 30, 1948. In September of that year the college enrolled 134 men as the first class. Classes were held in the mansion and in the Ames Gym.
The first building built by the college was the Science Building which opened in February 1949. In 1974 the building was renovated and renamed the Tracy Science Building in honor of David Tracy, a former Stonehill advisor and trustee. The Science Building has since been moved to the brand new Shields Science Center, which opened in 2009.
On November 3, 1949, the first issue of the College newspaper, The Summit, was published. In the fall of 1951 the college decided to become a coeducational organization and enrolled 19 women. The first class graduated from Stonehill on the first Sunday of June 1952 and consisted of 73 men.
Degrees and academic programs
Students develop knowledge and skills through general education, master at least one major area of study, and have the flexibility to explore other coursework, study abroad, internships, independent research, and other experiences unique to their own educational plans.
The MacPhaidin Library
The MacPhaidin Library, named in honor of Stonehill College's eighth president, Father Bartley MacPhaidin, C.S.C., was constructed in 1997 and opened in May 1998, at the college in North Easton, Massachusetts. The MacPhaidin Library is three stories high and covers 600,000 square feet. It houses a collection of 250,000 print volumes, including more than 100 full-text databases and indexes, and two computer labs. Various works of local art and history are on display at the library as well as a large collection of historical Irish documents and literature.
In September 2012, the MacPhaidin Library launched new hours, changing to 24/5. The library is open to students from Sunday at 10 a.m. continuously until Friday at 9 p.m. The library re-opens Saturdays at 10 a.m. and is open until 9 p.m.
Ace's Place Cafe: Ace's Place Cafe, located on the ground floor of the MacPhaidin Library, was renovated in the summer of 2012 and now serves Starbucks coffee and Sodexo food products. Additional booth and table seating has been added and use of the facility is open for the enjoyment of students, staff, and outside patrons.
- Chairman of the Board of Directors: Thomas May (President and CEO of NSTAR);
- President: Rev. John Denning, C.S.C.;
- Vice President for Finance and Treasurer: Jeanne M. Finlayson;
- General Counsel and Clerk: Thomas V. Flynn;
- Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost: Dr. Joseph Favazza;
- Vice President for Advancement: Francis X. Dillon;
- Vice President for Student Affairs: Pauline M. Dobrowski;
- Vice President for Mission: Fr. James Lies, C.S.C.;
- Vice President for Enrollment Management: Christopher Lydon.
The College offers Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision options for applicants. They have an average acceptance rate of 40.3%.
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College offers summer programs for high school students with Blueprint Summer Programs. In summer 2011, the program begins on June 26 with four courses available: Introduction to American Government & Model UN, Business and Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing and Psychology. Students live and study on campus and go on field trips to Washington D.C., Six Flags, Boston, Cape Cod and Portland, Maine.
U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges 2008” ranked Stonehill #105 of nearly 300 nationally renowned baccalaureate institutions included in the “Liberal Arts Colleges” category. One of only 8 Catholic colleges in the top 50% of that group, Stonehill previously held the #1 ranking in the “Comprehensive-Bachelor's (North)” category from 2001-2007. Currently, Stonehill is ranked as one of the top up-and-coming schools in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010." The report also ranked Stonehill #7 for "happiest student body" and #14 for "most beautiful campus." In total, Stonehill ranked among the top 20 institutions in 11 categories of the report. In addition, among institutions using the NSSE (2005), Stonehill is ranked in the top 10% for providing “Enriching Educational Experiences,” and in the top 50% for “Level of Academic Challenge” and “Supportive Campus Environment.”
- Best 373 Colleges
- Best Northeastern Colleges
- Happiest Students #7
- Everyone plays Intramural Sports #9
- Most Accessible Professors #10
- Town-Gown Relations Are Great #10
- Most Popular Study Abroad Programs #13
- Best Career Services #19
- Most Beautiful Campus #14
Stonehill also has two of the country’s best undergraduate teachers according to The Princeton Review. The Massachusetts-based education services company-widely-known for its test-prep courses, books, and student survey-based college rankings-profiles Professors Richard Capobianco (Philosophy) and Jared Green (English) in its new book, The Best 300 Professors (Random House/Princeton Review).
The 2012 issue of the U.S. News and World's report ranked Stonehill 100 in the country for National Liberal Arts Colleges, moving up 5 spots from the previous year.
- The Summit: Bi-weekly newspaper (student-run).
- Rolling Stonehill: Culture magazine (student-run).
- WSHL-FM: Radio station (student-run).
- Channel 70: Stonehill's TV station.
Stonehill provides guaranteed 4 years of housing. The housing is set up as Freshman/ Sophomore and Junior/ Senior. O'Hara and The Holy Cross Center are designated freshman traditional-style dorms.
Freshman and Sophomores have the chance the live in O'Hara, Holy Cross Center, Boland, Villa Theresa, Corr, and select Pilgrim Heights suite style housing.
Juniors and Seniors all live in Suite style housing in Notre Dame Du Lac, Junior, and Senior Courts, along with the brand new New Hall.
The college has begun a series of improvements to the campus. These improvements include:
- Diverting the Rt. 123 access road to wrap around the outside of the campus, passing W.B. Mason Stadium and the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Previously the road passed between O’Hara Hall and The Martin Institute. The new road is intended to create a better pedestrian atmosphere on campus with most of the main access roads encircling the campus. The area where the previous road passed through was converted into walking paths and grass lands. In addition a new brick walkway was constructed to connect to the brick pathways on the quad.
- Construction of a new science center on the Rt. 123 side of the Martin Institute. The new center had a soft open in the Summer of 2009, and had a grand opening for the Fall semester of the same year. The center also marks the first corporate inclusion on campus, as a Dunkin' Donuts opened in the student center of the building in October 2009.
- Construction of a much-desired footbridge over the Ames Pond (to be located and accessed behind O'Hara Hall). This is planned to be completed in mid-2010. Project has been put on hold.
- Construction of a new residence hall next to Notre Dame Du Lac Residence hall, planned for a Fall 2010 opening.
The re-routing project was completed in late summer of 2006. The pathway project was completed in the spring of 2007. The final phase, with the construction of the new residence hall and bridge, will be completed by summer 2010.
- The Hill, a fast food-like eating area in Roche Commons, is being completely done over by the architect of the Fire and Ice restaurant. The remodeling is starting the beginning of May and should be completed by the start of the Fall 2010 semester.
New buildings on campus
- Near the entrance way to Stonehill, the Shields Science Center is an 89,630 Sq. foot, 34 million dollar building. It is the Newest and greenest academic building. Completed in the summer of 2009, it is one of the newest buildings on campus. It has windows that have special coating to keep cool air in and hot air out (or vice versa) It also boasts a rooftop garden to collect rainwater, as well as a greenhouse out back of the building. The building is divided into two wings: The Wet science wing (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and the Dry science wing: (Physics, Psychology and Neuroscience) Many classrooms are "Clab" style-mixed class and lab space. Students can have lectures and then immediately apply what they learned in a lab setting. Shields Science Center also houses the Pettit Atrium, a popular 24-hour study space for students. Besides a study area, it is also home to many other social events, as it houses approximately 340-500 people events. Right outside the Petit Atrium is the Dunkin donuts, which is open until 11 PM.
- New Hall is a brand new upperclassman, suite-style residence hall, completed in 2010. It contains 31 suites housing 6-10 students each. Most suites feature a common area living room, two full bathrooms and a well-appointed kitchenette. New Hall also features two laundry rooms, several quiet study rooms, a game room, a common-area kitchen, chapel for mass/quiet reflection and a main programming lounge on the first floor. It is also the tallest building in Easton.
The Athletic Department fields 20 competitive NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports. The College’s combination of academic and athletic success has garnered Stonehill the #4 ranking in the country among NCAA Division II schools in the Collegiate Power Rankings that are published by the National College Scouting Association. Furthermore, Stonehill finished 65th in the overall NCSA Top 100 Power Rankings across all three NCAA divisions. The Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex is home to the College staff that sponsors eight intercollegiate club teams featuring Ultimate Frisbee, Rugby, Lacrosse and Golf as well as an extensive intramural sports program offering Racquetball, Basketball, Soccer, Floor Hockey and Flag Football.
In late 2002, The Strategic Planning Committee determined that the then-current Stonehill College mascot, the chieftain, was politically incorrect as it was disrespectful to American Indians and decided that it would be changed. The committee ruled that a new mascot be named as the institution's athletic identity. Therefore, in the following year the college held open forums in which students, alumni, and faculty were asked to submit ideas for the new identity, vote on suggestions, and gauge popularity. Among popular choices were The Stonehill Summit, The Stonehill Skyhawks, The Stonehill Saints, The Stonehill Wolfpack, The Stonehill Crusaders, The Stonehill Mission, The Stonehill Shovelmakers, and The Stonehill Blizzard.
During the fall semester of the 2005 academic year Stonehill College officially changed the name of its athletic teams to the "Stonehill Skyhawks," with a brand new mascot known as 'Ace', an anthropomorphic purple hawk wearing a scarf, goggles, bomber jacket, and an aviator cap. The actual name 'Skyhawks' is not a reference to either a bird or animal. It is instead an homage to a type of airplane that Frederick Ames allowed to land on his property (what is now the main campus) during World War I. The name is linked closely to the school's history in this way.
- Ryan Asselta - Television Sportscaster, Comcast Sports New England & Fox 5 in New York City
- Duke Castiglione - Former ESPN SportsCenter host, current sports journalist for WNYW Fox 5 in New York City
- Daniel F. Conley - Suffolk County District Attorney
- Ed Cooley - Providence College Head Men's Basketball Coach
- Michael DeSisto -Founder of The DeSisto School
- Garth Donovan - Independent Filmmaker
- Bob Reitz - class of 1983, Reitz was first-team All-American, drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1983.
- James "Lou" Gorman - General Manager for the Boston Red Sox (1984–1993)
- Thomas J. May - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer NSTAR, Director Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) 
- Doug McIntyre - Radio talk host, television writer and documentary film maker
- Leo Meehan - CEO of W.B. Mason 
- Christy Mihos -Grandson of the founder of Christy's Markets; former member of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority; 2006 and 2010 candidate for the Governor of Massachusetts
- Michael Novak - philosopher, journalist, and diplomat. Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
- William O'Malley (lawyer)  - Plymouth County District Attorney (1979–1995)
- Butch Stearns - Radio Sportscaster WEEI
- Scott Thompson - Former CEO of Yahoo, former President of PayPal
- "Profile: Stonehill College", Princeton Review website
- Details of improvements
- "Thomas J. May, M.S. '69 (Chair)", Stonehill College website
- "Profile: Leo J. Meehan, III ’75", Board of Trustees, Stonehill College website
- O'Malley Scholarship application form and DA will not fight court's dismissal of indictment in fetal drug case, Boston Globe 1990 November 29 (accessed 2010 May 19).