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Academic Conference Showcases Creativity, Wide-Ranging Research of Holy Cross Students

The four-day celebration featured presentations, performances and lectures from students of all class years

05/03/21 by

  Two summers ago, while studying abroad in Cambodia, Emily O’Regan ’21 had the first inspiration for her honors thesis: “I spent weeks deep in the jungle surrounded by some of the most pristine landscapes and incredible wildlife I had …

31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Nu acceptance is granted to less than four percent of the class

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …

Holy Cross Named Among Top ‘Green’ Colleges in the Country for 11th Consecutive Year

The Princeton Review

For the 11th consecutive year, the College of the Holy Cross has been recognized as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review, receiving a “Green Rating” score of 88 out of 99.  In its …

Tracing and Celebrating Indigenous Roots at the College of the Holy Cross

1620/2020 Speaker Series is part of ongoing work to educate the campus community on the College’s complex history

It is a well-known story that Holy Cross was formally established by the Jesuits in 1843, on land that college founder Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick, S.J. purchased for $1,500. The fact that the land was originally home to the Nipmuc, …

Eco-Action Co-Chairs Focus on Virtual Sustainability Efforts

The student-led group is innovating outreach activities for a remote semester

When the College’s student-led Eco-Action group was canvassing for student votes for the Holy Cross Green Fund last year, Kimberly Fetherston ’22 went to the place she knew she’d get results. “That was my first campaign,” she remembers. “I immediately …

Holy Cross Student Summer: Christopher Smith ’22

The Holy Cross rising junior contributes to a COVID-19 vaccine research study as part of his summer research internship

Christopher Smith ’22 Summer Plans: Intern, NY Medical College Hometown: Tillson, NY Major: Environmental Studies Summer Plans I am a research intern, and along with some other colleagues, I am facilitating a novel COVID-19 vaccine research study. I also attend …

Holy Cross Says Farewell to Seven Retiring Professors

The cohort leaves a lasting legacy in generations of students

They’ve taught generations of Holy Cross students in class­rooms, laboratories, arts ven­ues and even locales abroad. Now, these esteemed faculty members are retiring: Robert Bertin, Distinguished Professor of Science; Thomas Cecil, Dis­tinguished Professor of Science; Barbara Craig, associate professor of …

Holy Cross Names Cathy Liebowitz as First-Ever Director of Sustainability

New position is part of the College's commitment to safeguarding the environment

Cathy Liebowitz began her work in April as the College’s first Director of Sustainability. Liebowitz joins Holy Cross from Emerson College, where she was the Campus Sustainability Manager. Congratulations on becoming the first-ever Director of Sustainability at Holy Cross. What …

The Climate Crisis: Holy Cross Students, Faculty and Staff Explore a Warming World

Campus-wide conversations, a climate strike and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions are among the green initiatives underway

11/07/19 by

Climate change is such a large, global challenge, it can be hard to imagine how a single person can make an impact. But not for Renee LeBlanc ’21, an environmental studies and political science double major, and co-chair of the …

Holy Cross Recognized as One of the Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges in the Country

The Princeton Review

For the 10th consecutive year, the College of the Holy Cross has been named to the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges: 2019,” receiving a “Green Rating” score of 89 out of 99. The Princeton Review tallied this ranking list …

Blog: Gutt ’23 Excited to Get Involved on Campus During First Year at Holy Cross

The Petoskey, Michigan native is interested in studying biology, architectural studies and environmental studies

10/11/19 by

Name: Hunter Gutt ’23 Hometown: Petoskey, Michigan Interested in studying: Architectural studies, biology and environmental studies Activities: The Spire Why did you choose Holy Cross? “I chose Holy Cross for its small student-to-teacher ratio, incredibly supportive alumni network and approach to a well-rounded....

Eight Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The newly promoted faculty members answer questions about their scholarship and more — from insect diversity to Mozart.

09/26/19 by

They’ve spent years teaching at College of the Holy Cross and advancing research in their respective fields. Now, eight faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor. Learn more about their scholarship, their time at Holy Cross …

Roommate Confidential: Q&A with Two First-Year Holy Cross Students

The first-year roommates get candid about clubs, campus and what's surprised them about their first semester on The Hill

12/17/18 by

First-year roommates share more than four walls — they experience navigating the leap into college together. To get a peek at the ins and outs of the first semester on The Hill, we went right to the source — to …

Over 100 Students Spend Their Summers Conducting Research Around the World

From digging up fossils in the Midwest to interviewing three generations of women in Russia, Holy Cross students are on the cutting edge of undergraduate research

07/30/18 by

For 113 Holy Cross students, summer has been a time to dive deep into innovative research through the Weiss Summer Research Program. Sixty-eight students conducted research in the natural sciences; 37 in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts; and …

Ten Years of Montserrat: Holy Cross’ First-Year Program Invites Students to Challenge, Question from Day One

The innovative program arms students with curiosity and skills instrumental to their four years at Holy Cross

The sculptures of Shih Chieh Huang’s “Reusable Universe” — built from recycled Tupperware, plastic bags, fans and light bulbs — appeared to float just below the darkened ceiling of the Worcester Art Museum. They had been wired to detect motion, …

Holy Cross Takes Top Seat in Ranking for Long-Term Study Abroad Participation

Students share their experiences abroad through photos

For yet another year, the College of the Holy Cross has been ranked No. 1 among baccalaureate institutions in the United States for long-term study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education. According to its report, 133 Holy Cross students …

Blog: Midwest Native Tapia ’21 Eager to Explore Worcester in Second Year

NAME Xochitl Tapia ’21 HOMETOWN Kansas City, Missouri AREAS OF STUDY English and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies double major WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “When going through the search process, I was interested in a small liberal arts college …

Holy Cross Named to Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges of 2017

The Princeton Review

The College of the Holy Cross was recently named to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in 2017. Holy Cross is among institutions that show “the most exceptional commitments to …

Video: Take a Look Inside the New Joyce Contemplative Center

In first year of operation, quarter of student body took part in retreat or contemplative program

One of the distinguishing features of the Holy Cross experience got grander this past academic year. The College’s well-established retreat programs now have a new home in the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Mass. Since the …

Two Juniors Awarded Full-Tuition Scholarship for Women in the Sciences

Phallika Mon ’18 and Michelle Yu ’18 named 2017-18 Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

Phallika Mon ’18, a chemistry major, and Michelle Yu ’18, a mathematics major and environmental studies minor, have been named recipients of Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to two women entering their …