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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.

Why More Holy Cross Alumni Are Making Their Teaching Careers in Worcester Public Schools

Motivated students and a desire to shatter urban education myths are drawing an increasing number of graduates of the College's Teacher Education Program to the city's schools

Josué “Josh” Delgado ’15 and Lauren Delgado ’16, who married in 2020, not only met thanks to Holy Cross’ Teacher Education Program (TEP), but also discovered a love of teaching and Worcester. Lauren’s voice catches as she recounts the moment …

Inside the Lifelong Impact of Holy Cross’ Unique Washington Semester Program

People — not policy — lie at the heart of the seminal program, now celebrating its 50th anniversary

“In Mexican culture, storytelling is a value we hold very dearly,” explains Jaime Perez ’23, an Arizona native and child of Mexican immigrants, who spent fall 2021 in the nation’s capital as a member of the College’s highly competitive Washington …

Holy Cross’ LASO Celebrates 30 Years of Providing a Voice, Home to Latinx Students

Students, alumni and the College community celebrate the group’s past and look to the future

When Melisa Alves ’06 arrived at Holy Cross in 2002, she immediately realized there weren’t many Latinx students on campus. Fortunately, she quickly discovered the Latin American Student Organization (LASO).

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 …

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.

Inside the Family, Faith and Foundations of New Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau

From his deep Catholic roots to his new role as the College’s 33rd president, Rougeau brings his lifelong mission of balancing human rights with community responsibility to the education of future generations

Throughout his career in law and higher education, Vincent D. “Vince” Rougeau has worked across the United States and abroad, yet regardless of where he is or what his title may be, the theme has been the same: working to …

Madeline Vargas Appointed Dean of the Faculty

The professor of biology brings a wealth of experience to her new role

Madeline Vargas, professor in the Department of Biology, has been appointed dean of the faculty effective June 1, 2021.

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 …

Three Holy Cross Faculty Appointed to Endowed Professorships

The professors of chemistry, classics and history will serve their terms through 2024

Kenneth Mills, of the department of chemistry, Ellen Perry, of the department of classics and Stephanie Yuhl, of the department of history, have been appointed to endowed positions at the College, which they will hold through June 2024.

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 Says Farewell to Six Retiring Professors

The cohort leaves a long legacy, teaching on Mount St. James for a combined 203 years

At the finish of the 2020-2021 academic year, Holy Cross saw six professors conclude their careers on Mount St. James, after decades of educating generations of Crusaders.

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 …

Holy Cross Professor Mark Freeman and Alumnus Jack Bauer ’89 on the Study of Personal Narratives

The narrative psychology experts and authors share how humans make sense of their lives through the stories they tell themselves and others

This is a story about the stories we tell — to ourselves and to others — to create meaning in our lives. Taken together, those stories reveal what we value, what we hope to achieve and who we have become.

Syllabus: Family Life in Turbulent Times

The class, which studies how families adjust to patterns of immbolity in turbulent times, takes on new meaning in the pandemic

It’s nearing the end of April and students in the Sociology 399 course, Family Life in Turbulent Times, have been in lockdown various times over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That experience, as it turns out, provides …

Holy Cross Alumni Form Grassroots Anti-Racism Alliance

90+-person group focuses on dialogue, understanding and action

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year and ensuing protests against police brutality across the United States, Maria Amendolia ’92 reached out to her classmate Fred Givens. Her intention was clear: She didn’t want Givens, a Black man, …

Alicia Molt-West ’09 Traces Her Path from Mount St. James to the White House

As special assistant to President Joe Biden and House legislative affairs liason, she joins the new administration ready to listen, learn and put people first

Whenever Alicia Molt-West ’09 returned home for the holidays after graduating from Holy Cross, she’d make a breakfast or lunch date with her former history professor and friend, Stephanie Yuhl.