Seal of Stonehill College
|Motto||Lux et Spes|
Motto in English
|Light and Hope|
|Type||Private liberal arts college
(Congregation of Holy Cross)
|Location||North Easton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Campus||Suburban, 375-acre (1.52 km2)|
|Colors||Purple and White
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – NE-10|
|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. 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.
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 Sports
- 6 Notable 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, 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, management, marketing, economics, and healthcare administration.
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
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
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.
- 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: Catherine Capolupo
The College offers Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision options for applicants.
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College offers summer programs for high school students with Blueprint Summer Programs. In 2011, the program began 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.”
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 places from the previous year.
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- 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
According to The Princeton Review, Stonehill also has two of the country’s best undergraduate teachers. 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 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.
The Residence Life staff is extremely committed to working with all of their residential students to ensure a positive experience.
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 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
- The Shields Science Center, near the entrance way to Stonehill, is an 89,630 Sq. foot, 34 million dollar building. It is the newest and greenest academic 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 Academic and Welcome Center is set to be complete and open for the 2018-19 academic year. It is located in place of the Old Student Union, which was torn down during the summer of 2017 after being open since the 1950s. The Welcome Center will house Admission; the History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy departments and faculty; Peter Ubertaccio, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; a cafe; and the Stonehill bookstore; and will include new lecture halls and classrooms with new technology, as well as an auditorium. Students, faculty, and staff were able to sign one of the beams that was used to construct the Welcome Center.
- The Meehan School of Business is scheduled to be open for the 2019-20 academic year. It will be in place of Stanger Hall and the business department and faculty will be housed in this building. Stanger Hall, the current building for business classes, will be knocked down during the summer of 2018.
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 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. W.B. Mason, an office-supplies dealer based in nearby Brockton, Massachusetts, and its alumni employees contributed $1.5 million toward the project.
Politics & Government
- Daniel F. Conley – Suffolk County District Attorney
- Stephen J. Murphy – former Boston city councillor, Suffolk County Register of Deeds
- Claire D. Cronin – Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2013
- Christopher Markey – member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 9th Bristol district
- Thomas P. Kennedy – former State Senator and State Representative in the Massachusetts Legislature
- Marjorie Clapprood – Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1985–1991
- 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
- David Finnegan – American attorney, talk show host, and politician
- Judith A. Salerno – former president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Scott Thompson – Former CEO of Yahoo, former President of PayPal
- Leo J. Meehan - CEO of W.B. Mason
Journalism & Art
- Duke Castiglione – Former ESPN SportsCenter host, current sports journalist for WNYW Fox 5 in New York City
- Ryan Asselta – Television Sportscaster, Comcast Sports New England & Fox 5 in New York City
- Garth Donovan – Independent Filmmaker
- Dick Flavin – Poet laureate of the Boston Red Sox
- Butch Stearns – Radio Sportscaster WEEI-FM
- Doug McIntyre – Radio talk host, television writer and documentary film maker
- Donna Denizé – American poet and award-winning teacher at St. Albans School
- Ed Cooley – Providence College Head Men's Basketball Coach
- James "Lou" Gorman – General Manager for the Boston Red Sox (1984–1993)
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- "Profile: Stonehill College", Princeton Review website
- Details of improvements
- Paul Harber, "Stonehill Ready to Unveil New Athletic Facility", The Boston Globe, September 1, 2005.
- W.B. Mason Stadium, Stonehill College official website.