2016: Year in Review

NCAA Tournament game win, Joyce Contemplative Center opens, Hart Center expansion and renovation begins, banner year for fundraising
December 22nd, 2016 by 

At Holy Cross, each year is marked by new achievements and accomplishments. Here are some of the most notable from 2016.

January

Men’s Lacrosse Team Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell

Nasdaq

On Jan. 25, the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team and head coach Judd Lattimore rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. more »

February

Professor Launches First Digital Transgender Archive

DTA

K.J. Rawson, assistant professor of English at Holy Cross, launched the world’s first Digital Transgender Archive (DTA), a collection of transgender-related historical materials. more »

6,200 Donors Take Part in ‘Give Purple’ Challenge

DTA

In just 43 hours, more than 6,200 donors contributed $1.94 million to Holy Cross. more »

March

Former Holy Cross President, Fr. Reedy, Dies

Reedy

The network of Jesuit colleges and universities, along with countless colleagues, students, and friends mourned the death of former Holy Cross president Rev. Gerard C. Reedy, S.J., who died March 11. He was 76. more »

Crusaders Move On to NCAA Tournament First Round With 59-55 Victory Over Southern

Basketball

The Holy Cross men’s basketball team won 59-55 over Southern in NCAA Tournament First Four action on March 16. The win for Holy Cross was its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1953. more »

Holy Cross Announces Faculty Promotions

Faculty

Five members of the Holy Cross faculty were promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. more »

April

Time.com: When It Comes to Academics, Crusaders Are National Champs

Basketball

According to an article on Time.com, if the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was determined by performance in the classroom, Holy Cross would be crowned the national champions. more »

Data: Holy Cross Grads Highly Employable, Happy

Commencement

According to a report compiled by the Center for Career Development at Holy Cross, the mean starting salary of its 2015 graduates was $48,455. In addition, Holy Cross graduates were in high demand in a variety of professions and industries, ranging from accounting to utilities brokering. more »

May

Holy Cross Kicks Off $400 Million ‘Become More’ Campaign with Celebration Weekend

Beam Signing

With a dazzling weekend of performances, discussions, and events that showcased both the history and future of the Jesuit liberal arts college, Holy Cross celebrated the public launch of “Become More: Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross” from April 29 to May 1. more »

Holy Cross Produces Seven Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright

Six members of the Class of 2016 and one member of the Class of 2014 were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2016-17 academic year. more »

Holy Cross Awards 699 Bachelor of Arts Degrees During Commencement Exercises

Commencement 2016

A total of 699 men and women were awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees at the DCU Center in Worcester. Harry K. Thomas Jr. ’78, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, addressed the graduates. more »

June

Holy Cross Men’s Varsity Four Place Fourth in the Nation

Crew

The Holy Cross men’s varsity four placed fourth in the Grand Final at the 114th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on June 5 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The Crusaders placed fourth overall in the 28-boat varsity four competition. more »

July

Holy Cross Makes its 11th Appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’

Jeopardy

When Holy Cross was mentioned on June 27, it marked the 11th time that the College was part of either the answer or question on the popular quiz show. more »

Video: Total Giving to Holy Cross Breaks Record With $46.7 Million Raised

OKane Hall

A total of 21,074 alumni, parents, students, employees, and friends made gifts to the College during the 2015-16 fiscal year. For the 10th consecutive year, the College surpassed 50 percent participation in alumni giving. more »

August

Holy Cross Welcomes New Director of Library Services

Mark Shelton

After conducting a national search, Holy Cross announced the hiring of Mark Shelton as the new director of library services. more »

Students Conduct Cutting-Edge Research Across Disciplines Over the Summer

Bees

From bees to geometric surfaces to Latin American cinema, scores of students were involved in research over the summer. more »

Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Video

Colbert

In a Facebook web exclusive, comedian and host of “The Late Show” Stephen Colbert demonstrated the far reach of the Holy Cross community. more »

Class of 2020 Receives a Holy Cross Welcome on Move-In Day

Move In Day

The 768 members of the Class of 2020 received a warm welcome on move-in day. more »

Photo Gallery: 2016 Summer Construction, Renovation and Maintenance Across Campus

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

September

Holy Cross Celebrated the Opening of the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center

Contemplative Center

Members of the Holy Cross community gathered on Sept. 10 at the newly constructed Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Mass., for a ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony. more »

October

Fitton Field Gets Makeover with New Sod

Fitton Field

Over the summer, Fitton Field was resodded for the first time since it was constructed in 1903. The work was recognized with a grounds management award. more »

In Memoriam: Ogretta McNeil, Associate Professor Emerita of Psychology

McNeil

Ogretta McNeil, the first woman hired on a tenure track to teach in the psychology department and the first African-American woman to serve on the faculty at Holy Cross, passed away on Oct. 5. She was 84. more »

Holy Cross Announces Seven New Faculty Hires for 2016-17 Academic Year

fulbright_chonicle

Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, announced the hiring of seven new faculty members. more »

November

Holy Cross Athletics Ranks in National Top 20 for Graduation Success Rate

Commencement

The College’s athletic teams tied for 17th in the nation out of 351 Division I schools with an overall graduation rate of 97 percent, according to the Graduation Success Rate Report released by the NCAA. more »

Photos: Holy Cross Takes Over NYC for Event-Filled Ram-Crusader Cup Weekend

Ram Crusader Cup

Events centered around the Ram-Crusader Cup, an annual match between football rivals Holy Cross and Fordham University, brought Holy Cross to every corner of New York City during Veterans Day weekend. more »

Senior Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Victoria Mousley ’17

Victoria Mousley ’17, a psychology and deaf studies double major also completing a concentration in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, was selected as a 2017 Marshall Scholar. Earlier in the year, she was honored with a Truman Scholarship. more »

December

Holy Cross President Joins College, University Leaders in Signing Letters in Support of Undocumented Students

O'Kane Hall

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, joined other college and university presidents across the country in showing support for undocumented students and the retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. more »

Mark Shriver ’86 Discusses Pope Francis, New Book During Packed On-Campus Event

Shriver

Following the release of his new book, Mark Shriver ’86 stopped at the Holy Cross during his book tour to discuss “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis” (Random House, Nov. 29, 2016), which paints an intimate portrait of Pope Francis based on interviews with men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, before he became the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. more »

Boston Globe: ‘Eat, pray, study: Holy Cross students learn the language of serenity’

Boston Globe

A front page story in the Boston Globe focused on the College’s new Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center, which has allowed for the College to develop retreats and programs for students, alumni and faculty. more »

Expansion and Construction of Hart Center Continues at Steady Pace

Luth / Hart Center

Extensive progress was made on the expansion and renovation of the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Construction crews were busy at work on the facility which will be the cornerstone of Holy Cross’ athletic success for many years to come. more »

Sculpture Stands as Symbol of Community and Dialogue at Holy Cross

Stickwork

Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculptures have graced more than 250 sites around the world — from the open fields of the Scottish Highlands to the Riniyo-in Temple in Chiba, Japan. This fall, Holy Cross became home to one of the renowned artist’s most recent works, which stands on Linden Lane in playful conversation with the campus’ surrounding architecture. more »

In Memoriam: Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., 1945-2016

Fr. K

Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., professor emeritus of history at Holy Cross, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at the Campion Health Center in Weston, Mass. at the age of 71 after a swift battle with cancer. more »

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