Stonehill College

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Stonehill College
Stonehill Emblem.png
Seal of Stonehill College
MottoLux et Spes
Motto in English
Light and Hope
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Congregation of Holy Cross)
Endowment$207 million[1]
PresidentJohn Denning
ProvostJoe Favazza
Academic staff
Location, ,

42°03′25″N 71°04′48″W / 42.057°N 71.080°W / 42.057; -71.080Coordinates: 42°03′25″N 71°04′48″W / 42.057°N 71.080°W / 42.057; -71.080
CampusSuburban, 375-acre (1.52 km2)
ColorsPurple and White[2][3]
AthleticsNCAA Division IINE-10
Mascot"Ace" the Skyhawk
Stonehill College logo.png
The former Ames estate was the first building of the Stonehill campus

Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948. 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, Jr.. The campus map highlights 29 buildings that complement the original Georgian-style Ames mansion.

Stonehill College was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose members established the University of Notre Dame (1842).

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.


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, Jr. on October 17, 1935. The initial purchase included 350 acres (1.4 km2) and the original Ames mansion; the congregation purchased the remaining 190 acres (0.77 km2) from Mrs. Cutler two years later. Frederick Lothrop Ames, Jr. was the great-grandson of Oliver Ames, Sr., 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 Frederick Lothrop Ames, Jr. 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 Shields Science Center, which opened in 2009.

In June 2017 the college announced that W.B. Mason would be donating 10 million dollars to open the Leo J. Meehan School of Business. The school is named after alumnus and W.B. Mason CEO Leo Meehan, and will accommodate programs in accounting, finance, international business, business administration, management, marketing, economics, and healthcare administration.[4]

The first issue of the College newspaper, The Summit, was published on November 3, 1949. 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[edit]

Through the School of Arts and Sciences and the Meehan School of Business, Stonehill awards on the undergraduate level the B.A., B.S., and B.S.B.A. They have also added master's degree programs. The Integrated Marketing Communications master's program was launched during the 2017-18 school year, and a Special Education (K-8) program will be launched in May 2019.

Stonehill offers 47 major programs, the opportunity to double major or participate in one of the College's 51 minor programs.[5]

Students develop knowledge and skills through general education, master at least one major area of study, and are able to explore other coursework, study abroad, take internships, undertake independent research, and other experiences unique to their own educational plans.

The MacPhaidin Library[edit]

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.

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.

Key administration[edit]

  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Thomas May (President and Former 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: Douglas J. Smith;
  • Vice President for Student Affairs: Pauline M. Dobrowski;
  • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences: Peter Ubertaccio
  • Dean of the Meehan School of Business: Debra M. Salvucci


The College offers Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Early Action, and Regular Decision options for applicants.

Student life[edit]

Campus media[edit]

  • 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 to students admitted as residential students. The housing is set up as freshman/sophomore and junior/senior. O'Hara Hall and The Holy Cross Center are designated freshman traditional-style dorms.

Both freshmen and sophomores have the chance to live in Boland Hall, Villa Theresa Hall, Corr Hall, and Notre dame du Lac.

The Pilgrim Heights, O'Hara Village and Pilgrim Heights suite-style housing is primarily for sophomores.

Juniors and Seniors all live in suite-style housing in the Colonial & Commonwealth Courts, Pilgrim Heights, Notre Dame du Lac (for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors), and New Hall.

Campus renovations[edit]

The college has begun a series of improvements to the campus. These improvements include:[6]

  • Construction of the Meehan School of Business building on the main quad.
  • Construction of a new academic and welcome center on the main quad.
  • 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 was 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, with a Dunkin' Donuts opening in the student center of the building in October 2009.
  • A much-desired footbridge over the Ames Pond (to be located and accessed behind O'Hara Hall) was completed in the fall of 2013.

The re-routing project was completed in late summer of 2006. The pathway project was completed in the spring of 2007.

  • The Hill, a pub-like eating area in Roche Commons, was completely done over by the architect of the Fire and Ice restaurant. The remodeling began in the beginning of May 2010 and was completed by the start of the Fall 2010 semester.

New buildings on campus[edit]

  • Leo J. Meehan School of Business, under construction and will open in August 2019. It will house Debra Salvucci, Dean of the School of Business, Bloomberg classroom, Capital Markets trading room, Experiential Learning Center, Board room, One Button studio, student study spaces, cafe, new classrooms, and faculty offices.
  • The Academic and Welcome Center, also named May Hall, on the campus' main quad opened in August 2018. It houses Peter Ubertaccio, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; a 363-seat auditorium; classrooms and lecture halls with modern technology; an Au Bon Pain cafe; the History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy departments and faculty; Admissions; and the Skyhawk apparel shop. The bookstore will remain in the basement of Boland Hall.
  • The Shields Science Center, near the entrance way to Stonehill, is an 89,630 Sq. foot, 34 million dollar building, completed in the summer of 2009. Its windows 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. The building 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 Pettit Atrium is the Dunkin donuts, which is open until 11 pm.
  • New Hall is an 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 21 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 fourteen intercollegiate club teams featuring Ultimate Frisbee, Rugby, Lacrosse and Golf as well as an extensive intramural sports program offering Basketball, Soccer, Floor Hockey and Flag Football.

W.B. Mason Stadium is a 2,400 seat, multipurpose sports stadium. Opened in 2005 at a cost of $4 million, it is the home of Skyhawk football, lacrosse, field hockey, and track & field.[7] W.B. Mason, an office-supplies dealer based in nearby Brockton, Massachusetts, and its alumni employees contributed $1.5 million toward the project.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and government


Journalism and art




  1. ^ "GoLocalProv - 50 Top College Endowments In New England". GoLocalProv.
  2. ^ "College Seal · Stonehill College". Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  3. ^ Stonehill College Graphics Standards Manual (PDF). Stonehill College. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  4. ^ College, Stonehill. "W.B. Mason and CEO Leo Meehan Give $10 Million to Stonehill · News & Media · Stonehill College". Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  5. ^ Stonehill College. "Areas of Study · Stonehill College".
  6. ^ Details of improvements Archived 2007-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Paul Harber, "Stonehill Ready to Unveil New Athletic Facility", The Boston Globe, September 1, 2005.
  8. ^ W.B. Mason Stadium, Stonehill College official website.

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