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From the Courtroom to the Classroom, Alumnus Fights to Empower the Marginalized

What began as a Holy Cross honors thesis has developed into a decade of advocacy for Jerry Dickinson '09

Jerry Dickinson ’09 was in the final push of the Democratic primary race to represent Pittsburgh and surrounding areas in the U.S. House of Representatives when the country erupted this May over the death of George Floyd. A constitutional law …

Alumna Creates Volunteer Network to Aid Vulnerable Neighbors During the Pandemic

Inspired by social media, Megan Demit '16 started a neighborhood group that quickly expanded throughout San Francisco

In mid-March, a few days before the shelter-in-place order was announced in San Francisco, Megan Demit ’16 was at home scrolling through Twitter when she came across an anecdote that caught her attention.

Joanna Geraghty ’94 Leads JetBlue With a Holy Cross Mindset

One of the highest-ranking women in the U.S. airline industry, Geraghty focuses on service, values and community

Holy Cross Alumna Dishes on Baking With Martha Stewart

Catherine Foley '10 shares her experiences competing on Food Network's reality show and working with the home and lifestyle guru

Martha Stewart has a bowl of lemons behind the glass doors of the refrigerator in her farmhouse kitchen, freshly picked from the trees in her own greenhouse. There’s a bowl of eggs on the counter, supplied from the chickens in …

Holy Cross Course Examines Health Care as Common Good

Students analyze theological perspectives on medical ethics, health care and more

Many students first learn about HeLa cells in a science course. These human cells were the first to grow indefinitely in a laboratory setting, which is why they’re commonly referred to as “immortal.” The cell line has been used for …

Four Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Professor

Educators from psychology, sociology and anthropology and visual arts recognized for their scholarship, mentorship and more

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

Holy Cross Continues Community-Wide Effort Against Racism

Inspired by its Jesuit roots, the College examines its past as it works toward an anti-racist future

People and institutions from every corner of the country — and beyond — are embracing the call to become an anti-racist society and Holy Cross is no exception.

Holy Cross Reflects on Record-Breaking Comprehensive Campaign

Over the course of seven years, more than 35,000 donors united to support the College's $420 million historic 'Become More' effort

Like much at the heart of Holy Cross, the College’s landmark Become More campaign began in 2013 with deep reflection and contemplation: “What does it mean to think critically, act ethically and have hearts of compassion today?” “What does discerning …

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 Alumna Sews to Help Those Experiencing Homelessness

'We're just regular people, trying to do something,' says Kate Shea '13

On a chilly morning in 2017, Kate Shea ’13 was rushing to catch her train alongside fellow Boston commuters when she spotted a woman holding a sign that read, “Homeless. Anything Helps.” Shea almost kept walking, but then she realized …

Holy Cross Alumna Leads NBA Worldwide Marketing Strategy

Kate Jhaveri '95 brings America's game global

When the National Basketball Association was considering candidates for the position of chief marketing officer, it’s hard to imagine a better resume than that of Kate (Taneyhill) Jhaveri ’95. Since leaving Mount St. James, Jhaveri has developed corporate and marketing …

Holy Cross Alumni Make Community Wherever They May Be

Whether in person or online, across the state or across the country, alumni find new ways to rely on each other for friendship and support

They’re the people who can’t wait to see those pictures of your kid wearing a Holy Cross onesie. They cheer your accomplishments and pray for you when things get tough. The ones you call to discuss life, faith or the …

Billy Collins ’63: The Making of an American Poet

The environs of the Holy Cross alumnus and former U.S. Poet Laureate may have changed dramatically, but he hasn't

Some would say poetry is the calculus of English: Difficult. Inscrutable. Maddening. An art form intended for a small, select and stuffy society that measures words by the foot and speaks the strange and secret language of caesura and catalexis, …

Holy Cross’ Legendary Field House: An Oral History

Alumni remember the building that was supposed to be a temporary solution, but served the College in myriad ways over 70 years

It wasn’t much to look at, but it did the job. A utilitarian workhorse, the Field House fulfilled a host of functions over its 70 years: gymnasium, practice facility, concert hall, Commencement stage, finals pressure cooker, class registration hub … …

Alum’s Random Act of Kindness Takes an Unexpected Turn

Richard McGuinness '60 held a door open for a woman; three years later he finds himself host of an online international community that celebrates kindness daily

While at the post office one day, Richard McGuinness ’60 took an extra minute to hold the door for an elderly woman. The response he got took him aback.

When Major League Baseball Starts, Matt Blake ’07 Will be on the Sport’s Biggest Stage

In just five years, Blake leapt from coaching high school baseball to the Bronx, as the Yankees' new pitching coach

When the 2020 baseball season finally begins, Matt Blake ’07 will put on the most famous uniform in sports history, the white, pinstriped pants and shirt with the interlocking, navy blue NY over the heart. It is the uniform worn …

Inside Holy Cross’ Most Unique Dorm Community

Over 177 years, the College has offered students many places to live, but for generations, none has the everlasting pull on former residents like Wheeler Hall

It’s subterranean champagne soirees and secret speakeasies. High adventure propelled by hurricanes and blizzards. It’s fraternity forged in the clandestine heist of a decommissioned missile. It’s street cred earned in hall jai alai and inspired scribbling done in drafty garrets.

Performance Artist Tim Youd ’89 Travels the World Sharing the Art of Being a Good Reader

An economics major and former Wall Street associate, Youd uses a typewriter and two pieces of paper to turn words into art in a whole new way

Like many, Tim Youd ’89 goes to work and types at a desk. However, the desk varies depending on the state or country he’s in, and when he types, it’s not on a desktop or the newest MacBook: It’s on …

Out-of-the-Box Class on Creativity Challenges Students, Faculty

Team-led course outlines how creativity yields real-world benefits in any workplace

Today’s CreateLab class in Brooks Concert Hall hasn’t started yet, but already the space is buzzing. Six musicians from the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble — a musical collective founded by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma — mingle and warm up on …

Office of Multicultural Education Outlines New Priorities, Welcomes New Staff

When Michelle Rosa Martins interviewed on campus last fall, word started to spread among students that the former associate director of the Office of Multicultural Education (OME) was back on The Hill. “All day long we had students coming to …