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New Whall Chair Will Continue Fostering Lifelong Bonds Between Students and Faculty at Holy Cross

The chair was made possible through a $2.6 million gift

04/26/22 by

More than four decades ago, Helen Whall ventured up to the third floor of Fenwick Hall to calm her nerves. The then 26-year-old faculty member at the College of the Holy Cross sought guidance from beloved English Professor Thomas Lawler.

In Serving Others, Holy Cross Connected an Alumnus, His Father and Paul Farmer Hon. ‘12

The deaths of both Farmer and his father revealed the impact of his Jesuit education

Paul Farmer, M.D., Hon. ’12 and my father, Doric Scarpelli ’73, both died unexpectedly. Both of sudden heart attacks. Both at just 62 years of age.

Inaugural Billy Collins ‘63 Scholarship Propels Holy Cross Students to Law School, Graduate Opportunities

The scholarship will be awarded annually to students committed to majoring in classics

Alec Levesque ’22 measures the impact of the Billy Collins ’63 Scholarship for Studies in Classics as the difference in the scale of a dream.

Jon Favreau ’03 Credits Holy Cross’ Washington Semester Program for Helping Shape His Political Career

The College celebrated the program's 50th anniversary last week in the nation's capital

04/19/22 by

Jon Favreau ’03, Hon. ’14 remembers his job interview with Barack Obama as one of “the easiest” in his career. Favreau said he and the future 44th president of the United States, then recently elected to the U.S. Senate, immediately connected …

Annual Giving Day Sets New Records, Reaffirms the Power of Purple

Holy Cross community rallies around mission, shows loyalty and passion

On February 25, despite a campus shutdown due to inclement weather, the College once again broke records on its annual Giving Day. A total of 5,361 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends donated a record $1,496,650 on the College’s …

From Holy Cross to America’s Freedom Church: How Rev. Dr. John Vaughn ’82’s Path Led to the Spiritual Home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vaughn talks about his role helping shepherd the 6,000-strong congregation of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Ask Rev. Dr. John Vaughn ’82 and he’ll tell you himself: “I do not fit the stereotype of when people think of the traditional Black pastor.” From his youth, when he worshipped at the First Baptist Church of Worcester, Rev. …

Holy Cross Alumna Creates Fast-Growing Company With One Goal: To Go Out of Business

Quinn Fitzgerald ’11 seeks to empower people through wearable personal safety technology

Quinn Fitzgerald ’11 says she has always been interested in the concepts of de-escalation and conflict resolution. She was the first Holy Cross student to create a major in peace and conflict studies and in 2020 — despite the pandemic …

Holy Cross’ Carrie Peck and Elizabeth Wambui ‘09 Named ‘Women to Watch in 2022’ by Worcester Magazine

Worcester Magazine

Worcester Magazine recently named two Holy Cross community members as “Women to Watch” in 2022. Holy Cross  COVID Response Director Carrie Peck and alumna Elizabeth Wambui ’09, who is currently the director of diversity, inclusion and community impact at Fontaine …

Holy Cross Music Professor Honored as 2021 Hometown Hero by Worcester Magazine

Megan Ross ‘11 strives to bring social change through hip hop education

Worcester Magazine has recently named Megan Ross ’11, visiting assistant professor of music at Holy Cross, a 2021 Hometown Hero for her role as executive director of the Worcester chapter of the Hip Hop Congress, a national nonprofit that works …

History Professor Featured in The HISTORY Channel’s ‘Engineering That Built the World’ Series

The HISTORY Channel

Holy Cross Associate Professor of History Ed O’Donnell ’86 is one of the experts helping to bring the stories of the visionaries behind the most epic builds of the past two centuries to life for a national audience. As the …

Four Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Professor

Educators in classics, physics, religious studies, and sociology and anthropology recognized for their scholarship.

Four Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor this fall, in recognition of their scholarship, teaching, mentorship and service to the College.

Holy Cross Students, Alumnus Receive Distinguished Scholarships

The prestigious Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students

Once again this year, College of the Holy Cross students—and an alumnus—have earned coveted scholarships from prestigious organizations, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program and the Fulbright Program. These honors speak to the boundless curiosity of Holy Cross students, the impact …

Holy Cross Magazine Launches Podcast

Launched this month, the new podcast features Billy Collins '63, former US Poet Laureate, as its first guest

Holy Cross Magazine has branched out into a new platform: the Holy Cross Magazine Podcast.

College’s Fiscal Year Closes with Record-breaking Engagement, Success

Annual giving reached the highest total in Holy Cross history this year with $65.9 million, and thousands of alumni engaged with the College digitally

The Holy Cross community once again demonstrated its dedication to the College’s mission by setting new records for giving and alumni and parent engagement during the 2021 fiscal year.

Fr. Tim O’Brien ’06 Named Incoming Director of Mission Initiatives

Fr. O'Brien reflects on his time at Holy Cross as he returns to spread the mission he loves

For Rev. Timothy (“Tim”) O’Brien, S.J., ’06, frequent zip code changes have become the norm as part of his Jesuit vocation and scholarly pursuits. But his most recent move — one that brings him back to Mount St. James to …

Yolanda Rabun ’90 Is Not Done Yet

Rabun blazed a path across Mount St. James with big plans that are still unfolding more than 30 years later

It was the first football game of the 1986 season, Holy Cross versus Lehigh — a season that would culminate in a Patriot League championship for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross Alumnus and Genealogy Enthusiast Honors Local Veterans

Paul Brueggemann ’84 has turned his hobby into a service for others

As a longtime genealogy enthusiast, Paul Brueggemann ’84 is always looking for his next research project. Last spring, long days at home amidst the pandemic inspired him to tackle something he’d been thinking about for years. He and his wife, …

Holy Cross Bestows 2021 Sanctae Crucis Awards

The awards recognized seven Crusaders who made a difference during the pandemic

When asked about their 2021 Sanctae Crucis Award ahead of the virtual celebration on May 4, 2021, each honoree offered a variation of the above. In every interview, they expressed surprise and humility, citing the family, friends, colleagues and fellow …

Longtime Director of Admission Ann McDermott ’79 Reflects on the Evolution of Admission at Holy Cross

As she prepares to depart the College following decades overseeing admission, McDermott shares her unique perspective on how admission at Holy Cross has changed—and what has stayed the same

07/02/21 by

After more than 30 years devoted to admission at the College, Ann McDermott ’79 has announced her departure as director of admission, a position she’s held since 1994. During her tenure, McDermott has admitted more than 20,000 Crusaders and spearheaded …

Music Class and Web Series Help First-Year Students Immerse Themselves in Worcester’s Hip-Hop Culture

The Boston Globe

First-year students at Holy Cross have immersed themselves in Worcester’s hip-hop culture through Professor Megan Ross‘ hip-hop education class “Hip-Hop & the Community” and the “Hip-Hop With the Woo Crew” web series, The Boston Globe reports in a recent article. …