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Class of 2023 Spotlight: Valentina Maza

"Embrace your power!"

Name: Valentina Maza  Hometown: born and raised in Venezuela and currently living in New Castle, Delaware  Major: International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies  Activities: Senior Admissions Fellows, admissions tour guide, The Weiss Summer Research Program, Community-Based Learning Intern Program, …

Holy Cross Alumnus One of First Peace Corps Volunteers to Return to Overseas Service Since 2020

Tiernan Naughton ’21 will serve as an agricultural extension agent in Ghana until 2026.

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College of the Holy Cross alumnus Tiernan Naughton ’21 is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020.

34 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

The honor is bestowed on fewer than 4% of a class.

  In October, 34 members of the College of the Holy Cross class of 2023 were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.  Selection is one of the highest honors that can be earned on a Jesuit campus. …

College of the Holy Cross Fulbright Alumni Cite Program’s Lifelong Impact

The combination of the international program's opportunities and Holy Cross mentorship deliver life-changing experiences.

Tucked within the offices on the third floor of Smith Hall, a silk painting hangs in Room 333. Rising from floor to ceiling, it covers most of the wall and depicts a woman standing in a small boat, her hands …

30 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

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

Thirty Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 24th in the Rehm Library. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, …

Account Management Internship – Holy Cross Student Summer Series

Sophia Chu '22 interns with Ogilvy NY for an exclusive look at the power of marketing

This summer, Sophia Chu ’22, an international studies major, is working as an account management intern at Ogilvy NY as part of a 10-week immersive experience. She is currently working on the Citizens client and as part of the account team. …

Holy Cross’ Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award

The recognition was conferred to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide

Omicron Epsilon, Holy Cross’ Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2019-20, an award that was bestowed to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide. …

Blog: Driscoll ’24 Looking Forward to Making Friends and Exploring Opportunities at Holy Cross

Name: Grace Driscoll ’24 Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Studies She’s Considering: International studies, business, ethics, and society Why She Chose Holy Cross: I wanted to go back to the New England area for college because this is where the rest of …

Holy Cross Professor Spearheads Virtual Study Abroad for the College and Russian State University for the Humanities

The remote summer study provided Holy Cross students an immersive experience to enhance their Russian language abilities

When the 2020 Moscow Maymester was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 12 students who were scheduled to attend found themselves suddenly without their highly anticipated study abroad plans. But Olga Partan, associate professor of Russian and co-director and …

Six Holy Cross Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Recipients to teach or conduct research in Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Malaysia

Six members of the Class of 2020 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. This year’s recipients are headed to Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Malaysia. The Fulbright Program, sponsored …

Holy Cross Economics Course Explores the Intricacies of Inequality

In the course, students learned to make real-world connections between social issues and policy ideas

“What is your opportunity cost of buying an iPhone?” Kolleen Rask, professor of economics, asks her class. “You wouldn’t be able to buy other products, right?” In the case of this conversation, the term “opportunity cost” denotes the loss of …

Blog: Kennelly ’21 Aims to Become Fluent in Arabic During Year Abroad in Jordan

The international studies major is studying abroad at The University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan

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Name: Matthew Kennelly ‘21 Hometown: Garden City, New York Areas of study: International studies major Studying abroad at: The University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan Duration: Full academic year Why Jordan? “I’ve always felt that learning and achieving fluency in Arabic is a …

Holy Cross Alumnus Wins Prestigious French Award

For his dedication to advocating for French language and culture, Stephen Silvestri '19 received the 6th Annual French Consulate in Boston Excellence Award

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Parlez vous Français? Stephen Silvestri ’19, a Chinese and international studies double major with a minor in French, not only speaks the language, but has fervently advocated for the French language and Francophone culture throughout his time at the College. …

Blog: Chinese Native Looks Forward to Exploring England in Year Abroad

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NAME Siming Zhai ’19 (My friends call me Siming, Jasmine, Jazzy, Jas …) HOMETOWN Shanghai, China AREAS OF STUDY International Studies and history double major WHERE SHE’S STUDYING University of Sussex in Brighton, England DURATION Full academic year WHY SHE …

Holy Cross Ranks Among Top Undergraduate Fulbright Scholarship Producers

The Chronicle of Higher Education

According to data submitted by the Institute of International Education, the College of the Holy Cross ranks as one of the top undergraduate producers of the Fulbright Scholarship during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. …

Simulation Challenges Students to Explore Complexities of U.S.-Mexico Border Issue

Fifteen Holy Cross students — from a range of class years and disciplines — spent a recent Saturday taking on a current hot-button topic: the U.S.-Mexico border issue. As a part of the Presidential Scholars Symposium, the students participated in …

Washington Semester Award Winner to Present Lecture on Syrian Refugees in America

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of the Holy Cross has selected Alexander Kochenburger ’17, an international studies major from Storrs, Conn., as the Washington Semester Away Program, Mauricio Vannicelli Award recipient. Kochenburger will present a lecture titled …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

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Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, inducted 28 Holy Cross students on Oct. 23. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service. Membership is only awarded to four percent of …

Fall Break Offers Students Time for Passion, Service and Reflection

Purple pride morphs into red, orange and gold

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As the seasons change and new color emerges on the hills of Worcester, Mt. Saint James finds its students immersing themselves in unique opportunities they will remember for the rest of their lives. College of the Holy Cross takes pause …

Students are Honored with Prominent Awards Recognizing Academic Excellence

A number of Holy Cross students and recent alumni received highly competitive national awards, recognizing their academic achievements and continuing to support their future goals. The awards allowed these individuals — whose accomplishments span a range of disciplines — to …