2017 at Holy Cross: A Year in Review

Holy Cross named two vice presidents; produced 14 Fulbright scholars; received $800K Mellon Grant, and much more
December 28th, 2017 by 

The silhouettes of three dancers performing on the side of a building in front of a bright blue, clouded sky
Vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP performs on the side of the Hogan Campus Center. Photo by Tom Rettig

At Holy Cross, each year is marked by new accomplishments and milestones, and this year was no different.

Here are some of the most notable from 2017.

January

Biology Professor Wins $780K NSF Award for Genetics Research

Geoffrey Findlay stands in his laboratory

Geoffrey Findlay, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, for the amount of $780,902. Read more >>

February

Activist Shaun King Offers Keynote for Black History Month

Shaun King stands on the stage of the Hogan Ballroom, addressing students

“Decide to be the change,” the social justice activist said before more than 500 students in the Hogan Ballroom. Read more >>

Holy Cross Names Vice President for Communications

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Dan Kim was named vice president for communications, a newly created vice president role at Holy Cross. Read more >>

‘I LOVE HC’ Fundraising Challenge a Record-Breaking Success

Fr. Boroughs cheers along with students in CoolBeans
The 24-hour fundraising challenge mobilized 6,100 donors in the Holy Cross community, raising $1.8 million in a single day. Read more >>

March

Eleven Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Tenure

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These members of the Holy Cross faculty were promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Read more >>

Travel + Leisure Names Holy Cross Most Beautiful College in Massachusetts

The sun gleams on Fenwick Hall during early autumn
In celebration of the substantial acknowledgment, check out 10 of our favorite photos of Holy Cross. Read more >>

Holy Cross Hosts First Women in Science Day

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More than 200 high school and college-aged women attended the day-long event designed to celebrate women in the sciences and empower the attendees to pursue education and professions in the STEM fields. Read more >>

April

New Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Named

Michele Murray smiles
Michele C. Murray was named the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students, succeeding Jacqueline D. Peterson who retired after serving the College for 20 years. Read more >>

May

Holy Cross Produces Fourteen Fulbright Scholars

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Thirteen members of the Class of 2017 and one member of the Class of 2016 were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world. Read more >>

Digital Transgender Archive Receives $150K Grant

The Digital Transgender Archive Lab door stands ajar to show students and professor K.J. Rawson talking inside
K.J. Rawson, assistant professor of English, received an American Council of Learned Societies Digital Extension Grant to continue his work on the world’s first online collection of transgender-related historical materials. Read more >>

Class of 2017: Last Thoughts From the Hill

Two seniors from the Class of 2017 sit at a wooden table set up outside on the Hogan Oval
As the members of the Class of 2017 prepared to graduate, they took a moment to think back on their time at the College. Read more >>

667 Bachelor of Arts Degrees Awarded at Commencement

A student shakes the hand of Fr. Boroughs as he receives his diploma before the Class of 2017
Dr. James J. O’Connell, president and founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) addressed the new graduates at the DCU Center in Worcester. Read more >>

June

Video: Take a Look Inside the New Joyce Contemplative Center

An aerial shot of the Contemplative Center in autumn as the leaves change to bright orange
Explore the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Mass., the new home of the College’s well-established retreat programs. Read more >>

July

Data: New Report Shows Success of Class of 2016 Graduates

A group of seniors in their graduation gowns throw their caps in the air before Fenwick Hall
What can you do with a liberal arts degree from Holy Cross? According to a report compiled by the Center for Career Development at Holy Cross on the Class of 2016, the answer is: whatever you want. Read more >>

Holy Cross Fund Surpasses $10 Million for First Time in History

A spring blossom blooms in from of the the top of Alumni Hall
Holy Cross broke fundraising records in almost every category during the 2016-17 fiscal year, underscoring the community’s deep affection for the College and unwavering commitment to its priorities. Read more >>

Holy Cross Unveils Drawings for New Center for Arts and Creativity
An architectural drawing of the new arts center shows a glass entrance

The building is an initiative of the College’s $400 million Become More Campaign. Read more >>

August

107 Holy Cross Students Conduct Original Research Over Summer

Two students talk in a Vermont forest as they conduct biology research
Projects ranged from the survey of eastern hemlocks across New England to the composition of a digital score for a silent Charlie Chaplin film. Read more >>

Photos, Video: Class of 2021 Receives a Holy Cross Welcome

Students, alumni and staff unload the trunk of a car during Move-In Day
Bright and early on Aug. 26, the 819 members of the Class of 2021 arrived on Mount St. James, ready to kick off their four years at Holy Cross. Read more >>

September

Ann Dowd ’78 Wins Emmy Award for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Ann Dowd gets hooded during Commencement 2016
Ann Dowd ’78, P20 won the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the 69th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 17. Read more >>

Video: BANDALOOP Brings Vertical Dance to Holy Cross

Two dancers in bright yellow and turquoise costumes dance on the side of Hogan Center while suspended in harnesses
Crowds gathered to see troupe’s unique, gravity-defying performance on the façade of the Hogan Campus Center. Read more >>

Bon Appétit: Holy Cross on List of ‘7 Healthiest College Dining Halls in the Country’

A yellow and orange plate showcase an assortment of cooked vegetables and quinoa
Bon Appétit, the widely circulated American food and entertainment magazine, featured Holy Cross at No. 5 on its list of healthy college eateries. Read more >>

October

Silkroad Ensemble Launches Three-Year Residency at Holy Cross

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble perform outside in front of Patrick Dougherty's Stickwork sculpture on Linden Lane on an autumn day
Holy Cross has partnered with the Grammy award-winning ensemble to engage students and faculty in creating unexpected connections through the arts. Read more >>

Holy Cross Welcomes Ten New Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Five new tenure track faculty members pose together on Fenwick Porch
The accomplished scholars are bringing their expertise to six departments and all students across campus. Read more >>

November

Holy Cross Receives $800,000 from Mellon Foundation

Worcester City Hall reflects off of a glass with the Holy Cross seal on it
The grant, equal to the largest from Mellon in College history, will support community-based research projects in Worcester. Read more >>

Holy Cross Ranked a National Leader for Student-Athletes Graduation Success Rate

Purple graphic includes Holy Cross shield with interlocking 'HC' and words:'GSR, Graduation Success Rate, 97 Percent, Tied for 14th Best in the Nation'
With a Graduation Success Rate of 97 percent, Holy Cross ties 14th-best in the nation out of 351 Division I schools, according to the NCAA. Read more >>

December

Holy Cross Ranks First in Long-Term Study Abroad Participation

A lone tree stands in an open field as the sun hangs low during dusk in the Serengeti
Yet again, Holy Cross has been ranked No. 1 among baccalaureate institutions in the United States for long-term study abroad participation. Read more >>

Holy Cross Names Bob Chesney Head Football Coach

Chesney speaks into his headset while wearing sunglasses and surrounded by football players in blue uniforms
Chesney, who has posted a winning record in each of his 8 seasons as a collegiate head coach, became the 28th head coach in the history of the program. Read more >>

Video: 12 Days of a Holy Cross Christmas

Students line up for dessert in a decorated Kimball Hall
Holy Cross celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a Holy Cross spin on a Christmas classic. Read more >>

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