2015: Year in Review

Alumnus donates $32.5 million; plans announced to build contemplative center and renovate and expand Hart Center
December 18th, 2015 by 

January

PAC-photo

Holy Cross announced that its new performing arts center, funded in part by a gift from Cornelius B. Prior ’56, will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an internationally acclaimed design firm known for its vibrant, interdisciplinary approach.more »

 

February

catholicsandcultures

Holy Cross launched an ambitious online global initiative called Catholics & Cultures. The encyclopedic web resource — free to all users — is managed by and housed in the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College.more »

 

 

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Holy Cross is among a group of liberal arts colleges included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by Type of Institution” for 2014-15.more »

 

March

snow

Mother Nature dumped more than 100 inches of snow on Worcester — and we have pictures to prove it.more »

 

April

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During a blessing and ceremonial groundbreaking, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, announced plans for constructing a contemplative center on a 52-acre site atop a hill overlooking the Wachusett Reservoir in the town of West Boylston, Mass.more »

 

May

Raven

Raven Tukes ’15, of Morrow, Ga., received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year to travel to Kinmen, Taiwan to serve as a teaching assistant.more »

 

Stevenson

Under sunny skies on Fitton Field, a total of 724 men and women were awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees before family and friends of the graduates, Holy Cross faculty, administrators, staff and honored guests. Social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson addressed the graduates.more »

 

NCAA_APR

Twenty Holy Cross varsity teams achieved a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures academic performance among Division I programs.more »

 

Churik

Nikolas Churik ’15, of Hempstead, N.Y., was awarded a Fulbright Study Research Grant to the Netherlands. Churik, a classics major, will be studying Greek literature and paleography, with a focus on the 11th century Byzantine author Michael Psellos.more »

 

June

dottie

Following a national search, Dorothy A. Hauver was named vice president of administration and finance.more »

 

Luths

John E. Luth ’74, founder, CEO and chairman of Seabury Group, a global advisory and investment company specializing in aviation, aerospace, financial services and software and data products related to such industries, is donating, along with his wife Dr. Joanne (Jo) Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D., $32.5 million to the College. The gift is the largest single donation in the history of Holy Cross.more »

 

Stack_PLB

Steven J. Stack ’94, an emergency physician residing in Lexington, Ky., became the 170th president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in June 2015.more »

 

student-affairs

Holy Cross ranked among the “2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The College’s student affairs division was applauded for the wide-ranging services it provides to students and for its ability to engage students actively on campus. The award also acknowledges the atmosphere of inclusion and “an environment marked by freedom, mutual respect and civility” at the College.more »

 

Kimball

Holy Cross’ Kimball Dining Hall received the bronze award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) in the annual Loyola E. Horton Dining Awards.more »

July

LindenLine

Holy Cross launched a new mobile-friendly website, featuring a comprehensive redesign, more photography, and improved navigation to better convey the College’s story to multiple audiences.more »

 

AmandaBelichick

Amanda Belichick, the daughter of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, was named the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. The news of her appointment ran in more than 50 media outlets across the country including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! News, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and the Houston Chronicle.more »

 

amit

Following a national search, Holy Cross announced the hiring of Amit Taneja as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. This is a new position at Holy Cross and is part of the institution’s continuing efforts to support diversity and inclusion across the College.more »

 

August 

DinandCrane

With more than 45 projects reaching all corners of campus, crews worked throughout the summer to renovate and enhance residence halls, academic buildings, offices, and recreational facilities.more »

 

Classof2014Commencement

With average starting salaries for graduates higher than the national average, members of the Class of 2013 fared well in their post-graduate endeavors, according to research conducted by the Career Planning Center of Holy Cross.more »

 

movein

More than 200 student leaders, athletic teams and alumni helped members of the Class of 2019 move in on Aug. 29.more »

 

September

Normand_Gouin

Normand Gouin, assistant chaplain and director of liturgy and music at Holy Cross, composed the hymn that was played during three Masses celebrated by Pope Francis when he visited the U.S.more »

 

pope-francis

At the invitation of Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, attended Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress on Sept. 24.more »

 

DC_students

Members of the Holy Cross community were busy sharing their stories and expertise about the first Jesuit pontiff coming to the U.S. with national, regional and local media.more »

 

NewFacultyHires
In her annual address to the College for the 2015-16 academic year, Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, announced the hiring of eight new faculty members. These new faculty members include an endowed chair, three new tenure-track professors and four postdoctoral teaching fellows.more »

 

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From musical performances to art exhibitions to theatre productions, Holy Cross hosted a slew of events during the fall semester as part of its efforts to enhance the arts at the College.more »

 

October

Kenneth Mills, professor of chemistry at Holy Cross, was awarded a three-year $748,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his research on protein splicing and the structure and stability of thermophilic inteins. This funding falls in line with a series of uninterrupted grants from the NSF — totaling more than $1.5 million — in support of his research.more »

 

FlorenciaAnggoro

Florencia Anggoro, assistant professor of psychology at Holy Cross, was awarded a two-year grant of $311,139 from the Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences, along with her colleague Benjamin Jee, assistant professor of psychology at Worcester State University. The research project examines cognitive factors that support student learning in elementary astronomy.more »

November

KristofWuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-winning couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn delivered the 50th annual Hanify-Howland Lecture at Holy Cross on Nov. 3.more »

 

GSR

Holy Cross’ athletic teams are tied for third in the nation with an overall graduation rate of 98 percent, according to the Graduation Success Rate Report, which was released by the NCAA. Holy Cross’ overall Graduation Success Rate of 98 percent for all student-athletes ranked behind only two other schools in all of Division I: Dartmouth and Samford at 99 percent.more »

 

On Nov. 7 and 8, the Holy Cross community welcomed world-renowned jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard to campus for two evenings of music and dialogue, presented by Arts Transcending Borders.more »

 hart

On Nov. 11, Holy Cross announced that it raised the required two-thirds of the estimated construction costs for the renovation and expansion of the Hart Center on campus, and signed a contract with Bond Brothers, a construction management firm to begin work on the project.more »

 

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