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Fall 2018


Alumna Leads Movement to Empower and Advance Female Visual Artists

Artist Maggie O'Neill '99 is spearheading a cause to make sure the work of underrepresented women artists is seen worldwide

In 1999, Maggie O’Neill departed Holy Cross with a political science degree in hand and a plan in mind: She was going to law school. There was just one problem. “I didn’t really want to go to law school,” she …

Finding Oneself in Others: Theresa Becchi ’10 Finds Inspiration in Peace Corps

Two years of service in a Southeast Asian female prison helped this young alumna discover commonality in an unlikely place

A year ago, I sat in a prison yard under the corrugated metal roofing of a makeshift shelter, surrounded by women who had trafficked drugs, trafficked humans, killed their husbands or killed a child. We laughed, cried and sang, squinting …

Holy Cross Women’s Volleyball Team Tops National Community Service Challenge

With 571 volunteer hours and 100 percent participation in a three-month period, the team topped the NCAA competition

For the first three months of 2018, Holy Cross women’s volleyball beat the competition with their service and assists of a different kind — those they performed off the court. And they did it without even trying. “It was really …

Last Lap: Reflections from Retiring Swimming and Diving Coach Barry Parenteau

After 43 years and 241 combined wins, the second-generation coach has a lot to be thankful for

It was a fall day in 1975 when Barry Parenteau found himself alongside his father, Paul, in the office of then-Holy Cross Athletics Director Ron Perry Sr. ’54. The elder Parenteau was head coach of the Holy Cross men’s swim …

Young Alumni Found Nonprofit to Build Schools and Provide Medical Care in Honduras

Action for Education has built two schools and served thousands of Honduran patients since its 2015 founding

It was 2014 when Michael Mastroianni ’16 found himself in Honduras on a missionary trip — and on the verge of losing a bet that would change his life and those of local residents. In the country on a Medical …

Holy Cross Alumni Fight to Create Affordable Housing for All

At the local, state and national levels, alumni are taking the charge to be sure everyone can afford a place to live

In the beginning, all Connie Snow ’77 wanted to do was take a few houses — Victorians, once stately but now decrepit — and bring them up to code, creating homes for needy families in Brattleboro, Vermont. “We were in …

Le Chevalier: English Professor Receives French Knighthood

Maurice Géracht adds a new layer to his 52-year (and counting) story of teaching and impact on The Hill

It was a chance encounter in an elevator that brought Maurice Géracht to Holy Cross 52 years ago. He was a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin, wrapping up his dissertation and fielding job offers, when his adviser asked …

Citizen Scientists: Summer Course Takes Hands-On Approach to Environmental Issues

Environmental chemistry students partake in frequent experiments to help complex subjects gel

“It’s a Small World” might seem an odd soundtrack for a chemistry course, but the chirpy chorus begins every time students in Environmental Chemistry rig their tabletop wind turbines just right. First they connect a string of lights to the …

Five Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The professors discuss their scholarship and proudest accomplishments while at the College

After years of dedicated teaching and research in their respective fields, five Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor. We asked them a few questions about their scholarship — and more:

Chaplains’ Office Welcomes New Staff

Rev. Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J. and Andrew Omondi will serve as assistant chaplains

This academic year, the Office of the College Chaplains welcomes two new staff members: Rev. Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J. and Andrew Omondi. Both offering rich education and faith experience, they are excited to join the Holy Cross community. To many, Maczkiewicz …

Holy Cross Maymester Program Leaves Mark on Faculty, Too

After a month of using Rome as a classroom, two professors share the transformative effects of these immersive trips

At the end of a long, hot day last May, Aaron Seider, associate professor of classics, was leading a group of students on a tour of the Capitoline Museum in Rome. He was ready to throw in the towel and …