2018 at Holy Cross: A Year in Highlights

Holy Cross was named 4th best Catholic college in the U.S.; celebrated its new state-of-the-art athletic complex; kicked off its 175th anniversary year, and much more
December 27th, 2018 by 

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As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at the major accomplishments and milestones that made up the past year at Holy Cross.

Here are some of the most notable:

January

Holy Cross Announces $3 Million Gift for J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World

J.D. Power
The gift offered by the family of pioneer in consumer research and information, J.D. Power III ’53, supports the enhancement and expansion of the College’s experiential learning opportunities. Read more.

February

Six Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2018

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Coming from a diversity of fields, these accomplished faculty members were promoted to associate professor with tenure. Read more.

Wall Street Journal Ranks Holy Cross Fourth Best Catholic College in U.S.

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The College was in good company, following University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University and Boston College. Read more.

Board of Trustees Reaffirms Holy Cross Will Continue to Be Known as Crusaders

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The Board of Trustees announced the decision about the school’s moniker after months of discussion and discernment. Read more.

March

Roxane Gay Talks Feminism, Nuances of Privilege to Packed House

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The New York Times bestselling author addressed students during the Unity Week keynote, touching on many social justice issues. Read more.

Second Annual Women in Science Day Brings Over 100 High Schoolers to Campus

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Alongside nearly 200 Holy Cross students, the high schoolers celebrated, explored and learned how women in STEM fields can change the equation. Read more.

April

Photos: Holy Cross Cuts Ribbon for New Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex

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The $95 million facility gives all Crusader student-athletes a world-class collegiate, competitive experience, and puts Holy Cross a step above its peer institutions. Read more.

Academic Conference Showcases Creativity, Independent Research of Over 470 Students

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The four-day event was filled with performances, poster sessions and presentations across academic disciplines and class years. Read more.

May

Famed Choreographer Bill T. Jones Discusses Art, Ambiguity With Students

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The recipient of a McArthur “Genius” Award and two Tony’s offered a lecture and discussion sessions, and his visit was featured on WGBH’s Open Studio. Read more.

Class of 2018: Reflections From Mount St. James

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Members of the graduating class sat down to talk about their transformations over four years at Holy Cross. Read more.

739 Members of Holy Cross’ Class of 2018 Cross the Commencement Stage

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“Your future is our great hope,” celebrated NPR journalist and commencement speaker Michele Norris said to the graduates. Read more.

June

Holy Cross Celebrates 175th Anniversary Year

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The cornerstone of the College was set in place in June 1843. One-hundred and seventy-five years later, Holy Cross is celebrating the milestone with events throughout the year. Read more.

Professors Recognized for Outstanding Scholarship and Student Advising

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Marfuggi Awards were given to Neel Smith and Lorelle Semley, who also received a notable Burkhardt Fellowship. Read more.

Eleven Students and Recent Alumni Receive Prestigious Grants, Scholarships

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Fulbrights, Critical Language Scholarships and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships were among the competitive awards won. Read more.

July

Eight Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

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The professors answered questions on their scholarship and proudest accomplishments. Read more.

Holy Cross Fund Surpasses a Record $10 Million for Second Year in a Row

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The year’s success was a result of the support of more than 20,000 alumni, parents and friends. Read more.

Over 100 Students Spend Their Summers Conducting Research Around the World

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From digging up fossils in the Midwest to interviewing three generations of women in Russia, Holy Cross students were performing cutting-edge research. Read more.

August

Photos: Move-In Day 2018 — Boxes, Duffels and a Sense of Community

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On Aug. 25, the class of 2022, made up of 869 students from 33 states and eight countries, were welcomed to Mount St. James. Read more.

Photos: Holy Cross Named Among Most Beautiful College Campuses in the Country

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Conde Nast Traveler put Holy Cross on its list for 2018. Read more.

September

College Marks 175th Anniversary with Community Celebration

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Students, faculty and staff gathered on the Kimball quad for gourmet food and live entertainment to celebrate the milestone. Read more.

Holy Cross Descends Upon Boston for Football Matchup Against BC

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Thousands gathered for an event-filled weekend centered around the first football game played between the teams in 32 years. Read more.

Service, Faith and Justice: Five Alumni Honored for Wide-Ranging Achievements

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The distinguished alumni were honored with Sanctae Crucis Awards for their lifelong accomplishments and commitment to living the Holy Cross mission. Read more.

October

Eight New Tenure-Track Faculty Members Welcomed in 2018-19 Academic Year

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The new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge to eight different departments at Holy Cross. Read more.

Holy Cross Among Liberal Arts Schools With the Highest Paid Grads

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Beyond salary potential, PayScale named Holy Cross a top school for business majors, based on the success and strength of our accounting major. Read more.

November

Holy Cross a National Leader in Graduation Success Rate

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With a Graduation Success Rate of 98 percent, Holy Cross ties 8th-best in the nation out of 352 Division I schools, according to the NCAA. Read more.

Black Student Union Celebrates 50 Years at Holy Cross

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Nearly 300 alumni and current students spent a weekend honoring the history and importance of the organization. Read more.

Holy Cross Hosts Campuswide Summit to Address Campus Culture

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The half-day event invited all students, faculty and staff to engage in dialogue, gain new perspectives, and offer ideas for building a more inclusive community. Read more.

December

Holy Cross’ Long-Term Study Abroad Programs Recognized for Tenth Year in a Row

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Among baccalaureate colleges with long term study abroad programs, Holy Cross came in at No. 2 on the Institute of International Education’s annual list. Read more.

Holy Cross Joins the American Talent Initiative

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The initiative brings together more than 100 of the nation’s top-performing colleges and universities in an alliance to substantially expand the number of talented lower-income and first-generation students at undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates. Read more.

Video: Christmastime is Here at Holy Cross

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Students, faculty and staff embrace the spirit of the season by sharing the best gifts they’ve ever received. Read more.

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