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Holy Cross Alumna Leads Nonstop Philanthropy From an Unexpected Source

Mary Ellen Curran '86 helps World Wrestling Entertainment deliver hope, empowerment and action to communities worldwide

Mention billion-dollar international powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the thoughts of many automatically land on its colorful characters and eye-popping feats of athleticism. But Mary Ellen Curran ’86 says there’s another story to tell. As the company’s senior vice …

New Book Gives Voice to History of Jesuits on Campus

'Beneath the Cross' tells the stories of the men buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, offering a companion history of the College

Hundreds walk by daily, but most would recognize only a handful of the names on the nearly 300 white stone markers at the Jesuit Cemetery. A new book seeks to rectify that, detailing the lives of those interred and, in …

Not Backing Down: Athletics Director Marcus Blossom Has Big Goals for Holy Cross

From pursuing his dream of playing Division I basketball to finding the career he loves, Blossom has a long history of refusing to stop until he's reached his goal

With a 4.43 GPA and stellar ACT scores, Marcus Blossom had his pick of colleges across the United States when he was a high school senior. The offers of an academic scholarship came from far and wide. Blossom, however, wanted …

Curiosity Leads to Unique Find Hidden in Fenwick for Decades

A munitions box found in Fenwick 421 revealed long-lost letters and scholarship from the late classics professor Rev. Robert Healey, S.J.

You’d think that everything hidden in Fenwick Hall would have been found by now. But that’s the thing about 175-year-old buildings: There’s always something else to discover. Such was the case in May when Avanell Brock, the College’s multimedia producer, …

Holy Cross Alumnus Honors Late Rev. Brooks, S.J., One Signature at a Time

Rodney De Leaver ’74 has been collecting signatures of students, faculty and alumni of color in the book "Fraternity" since 2008

It was November 2008 and Rodney De Leaver ’74 had an epiphany while sitting in the Hogan Ballroom. On campus to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Black Student Union, he was watching a “fireside chat” between the late president …

Theater Professor Enlightens the Next Generation

As chair of the theater and dance department, Edward Isser makes sure to take part in ethical discourse

Whether it’s the Great White Way or College Street, questions of social justice in an increasingly polarized country can be asked and explored onstage. “I think a lot about my responsibilities as a white man,” says Edward Isser, W. Arthur …

Retiring Faculty Members Leave Rich Legacy on Students, College

For more than four decades, these seven professors have shaped Holy Cross and their fields

After decades of shaping students and the College, the following faculty members announced their retirement from Holy Cross this spring: Isabel Alvarez Borland, distinguished professor of arts and humanities; Patricia Bizzell, distinguished professor of humanities; John Hamilton, associate professor of …

First-Year Biology Course Studies the Effects of Aging

How do we age and what can we do about it? Montserrat students dig in

There’s something poetic about the youngest members of the Holy Cross community spending an entire year learning about the oldest members of society. That’s the scientific quest students undertake in Biology of Aging: Understanding and Combating Aging, a Montserrat class …

Holy Cross Alumnus Bridges the Gap Between Civilians and Military

Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel ’89 founded Hiring Our Heroes to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment

For Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel ’89, each morning breaks with a cup of coffee and some reading. “I start each day reading emails from service members who have received our care packages,” he says. “They express gratitude and astonishment …

Holy Cross Alumni Find Powerful Connection, Spiritual Growth Through Retreat Program

The popular program offers a slate of retreat options for alumni across generations

One was looking for a community of faith. Another was mourning the death of his wife of more than 50 years. And a third, juggling grad school and a full-time job, just needed time to breathe. Their reasons are as …

Theater in a Contentious Age: Holy Cross Alumnus Uses Theater to Tackle Contemporary Questions

Bartlett Sher ’81 uses the classic art form to address real-world issues in a world that 'is complicated and messy and full of weird contradictions'

It’s really hard to say what the national narrative is anymore,” says Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher ’81, “but one thing you can almost be certain of is every eighth-grader in the United States is probably going to read ‘To …

Joanne Chouinard-Luth Wants to Help Holy Cross Students Live Long, Healthy Lives

The namesake Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center will foster a new era of holistic wellness on The Hill

Dentists are all about preventive care, says Joanne “Jo” Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D, MPH, M.S. She spent 30 years in practice embracing an approach of preventing and mitigating disease, and now she’s using that same tactic in her philanthropy, promoting health and …

Game On: Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Embraces New Role

Katie Lachapelle is ready to make the team competitive in college hockey’s toughest division

Want to evaluate team character during a rough season? Check out a Monday practice. “Mondays were the hardest,” says Tori Messina ’19, a co-captain on Holy Cross’ women’s ice hockey team that went 1-29-3 last year in its first season …

It’s Never Too Late: Holy Cross Alumna Pens Two Bestselling Novels

Karen McManus '91 left a 20-year career in marketing to follow her dream of writing young adult novels

When Karen McManus ’91 published her first book in May 2017, she realized a dream deferred. An aspiring author since childhood, she experienced the thrill of watching her first novel catapult onto The New York Times’ best-seller list and remain …

Black Student-Athletes Take Leadership Role in Creating Shared Community

The student-founded group, Men of Color Athletes, is driving discussion and impacting its members

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent the 2017 and 2018 football seasons out of work. And even if he never takes another snap, he leaves quite a legacy. Kaepernick’s influence was on display at January’s Black Student-Athlete Summit (BSAS) in …

The Golden Rule: Holy Cross Alumnus Helps Provide Health Care to the Homeless

Ron Lawson '75 found himself homeless 30 years ago — now he helps others in the same situation

Ron Lawson ’75 had worked for 14 years as a financial analyst and manager for some of the biggest firms on Wall Street. So when he was suddenly laid off in the early 1990s recession, he didn’t think much of …

Holy Cross Students Turn Project Ideas Into Reality Through Ignite Fund

When students were tasked with building a religious curriculum for a local middle school, the Ignite Fund helped the project take shape

Rev. Thomas McMurray, S.J., wears many hats at Nativity School of Worcester — director of admissions, director of Jesuit mission and identity, and chaplain. When he needed help developing a religious education curriculum for the school, he knew where to …

Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society Takes Business Programs at Holy Cross to Next Level

The new center gives students multiple pathways to study business at the College

“Before, we emphasized that students could ‘major in anything, succeed in business,’ but we only offered the one pathway, the co-curricular certificate of readiness through COES,” says David Chu, the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society’s director of certificate programs …

Holy Cross Alumnus Paves Way for Ethical Business Leaders

Throughout his career, Art Ciocca '59 has taken an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy

Before tech startups flocked to Silicon Valley, before entrepreneurs competed for millions in funding on the TV show “Shark Tank,” and before entrepreneurship was part of the cultural zeitgeist in the U.S., Arthur “Art” Ciocca ’59 saw entrepreneurship as the …

New Course Explores Storied, Unexpected Relationship Between the Jesuits and Music

Students studied the misunderstood relationship and showcased their research in a culminating, full-length concert

What do Freddie Mercury and Chance the Rapper have in common? They’ve both created music that nods to their Jesuit ties. And they’re both topics of discussion in the course Music & the Jesuits, taught by Daniel DiCenso ’98, assistant …