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Students Share What It Was Like Living Through the Pandemic at an Empty Holy Cross

60+ students unable to return to their homes and families abroad created a bubble — and memories unlike any other in College history

Nearly all Holy Cross alumni have experienced life on a bustling campus, from noisy, packed dining spaces to hilly paths teeming with foot traffic. But when the pandemic forced students to return to their homes last March, a small group …

Holy Cross Welcomes Twelve Tenure-Track Faculty Members

The new faculty members represent nine academic disciplines

At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Holy Cross welcomed new tenure-track faculty members, joining the following departments: biology, classics, English, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and world languages, literatures and cultures. The scholars …

31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

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

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …

Dr. Anthony Fauci ’62 Talks to Holy Cross Students About the Pandemic: ‘Don’t Give Up Hope’

In a live webinar, the Classics major answered questions from students on COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci ’62, the nation’s most trusted expert leading the COVID-19 response, joined current Holy Cross students in a live webinar on October 6 to discuss the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic and the best ways students can keep …

Holy Cross Awarded in Multiple Categories of International Academy of Dispute Resolution Vilnius Competition

Three Holy Cross students participated in the international competition—and took home top prizes in their categories

As one of only two undergraduate institutions invited to participate in this year’s International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) Vilnius competition, Holy Cross was an underdog with—as it turns out—a big bite. At its conclusion, the international law school competition …

Holy Cross Students Find Ways to Continue Supporting Worcester Community Organizations During the Pandemic

The community created by CBL and SPUD perseveres through COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has brought disruption and loss, but it has also sparked in many Holy Cross students the desire to help and inspired new ways to continue making a difference. Community-service programs, in particular, such as Community-Based Learning (CBL) …

Holy Cross Student Summer: Elizabeth Larkin ’21

The design and marketing intern finds inspiration from a mentor and Holy Cross alumna

Elizabeth Larkin ’21 Summer Plans: Intern, Seaside Design and Digital Marketing Hometown: Centerport, NY Major: Philosophy, studio art minor Summer Plans This summer I’m interning remotely for Seaside Digital Design & Marketing. The company works with service-based businesses in the …

Academic Conference Goes Virtual in Response to Pandemic

A longtime staple of the Holy Cross experience, the forum for students to present research and independent work found success in leveraging technology

As faculty members across the College worked to transition their courses to a distance-learning format this semester, one of the many logistical challenges to tackle was the annual Academic Conference, where students present the results of their independent work in …

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 …

Holy Cross Students Reflect, Find Tranquility Through Off-Campus Retreats

Over 700 students each academic year travel to the Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center to unwind and ask big questions

03/03/20 by

When Christine Church ’20 told her friends last spring that she was taking part in a five-day silent retreat, the reaction was anything but quiet. “They said, ‘oh, I could never do that. I could never be silent for five days.’” …

The Climate Crisis: Holy Cross Students, Faculty and Staff Explore a Warming World

Campus-wide conversations, a climate strike and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions are among the green initiatives underway

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Climate change is such a large, global challenge, it can be hard to imagine how a single person can make an impact. But not for Renee LeBlanc ’21, an environmental studies and political science double major, and co-chair of the …

Home Sweet Campus: A Peek Inside Residence Life at Holy Cross

What’s it really like to live on The Hill? Five students share their living spaces

10/09/19 by

Ninety percent of Holy Cross students live in one of 11 residence halls on campus — but how do they make those spaces feel like home? The answer is both literal and emotional. The Holy Cross housing experience starts as …

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 …

Is Theistic Belief Rational in a Scientific Age? A Philosopher and Astrophysicist Exchange Arguments

Philosopher William Lane Craig and astrophysicist Jeff Hester presented their cases for theism and atheism during a highly-anticipated event

The practice of engaging with difficult questions lies at the heart of a Holy Cross education. On April 9, those packed into Seelos Theatre grappled with a particularly formidable one: Is theistic belief rational in a scientific age? The highly-anticipated …

At Holy Cross, Professors Become Mentors

Through interactions both in and out of the classroom, Holy Cross students are surrounded by faculty members invested in their success

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With small class sizes and faculty members committed to their success, Holy Cross students develop close bonds with professors, both in and out of the classroom — a cornerstone of the Holy Cross experience. From guiding students in independent lab …

Student Organizers Challenge Campus to Critically Explore Issues of Diversity During Unity Week

Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson leads discussion about getting involved and staying active

03/25/19 by

For this year’s annual Unity Week, the two student chairs — Co-Officers of Diversity for the Student Government Association Mithra Salmassi ’19 and Manuel “Manny” Trejo ’19 — wanted to honor intersectionality while leaving space for exploration and introspection. So …

Justice, Equality and Immigration: Holy Cross Alumnus Offers Free Legal Advice to Undocumented College Students

On the cutting edge of higher education, Jason Hernandez '07 helps undocumented college students navigate the U.S. immigration system

When Jason Hernandez ’07 arrived on Mount St. James in fall 2003, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in or which career he might be interested in after graduation. But he did know, he says, that he wanted …

Follow the Question Marks: Holy Cross Students Blur the Lines Between Art and Science

Fueled by a weeklong residency of rock opera performers, students explore the many ways the symbolic and the scientific entwine

10/24/18 by

A drum circle in a math class. A music lecture in a marine biology class. A hunt for freshwater shrimp with a group of wader-clad Montserrat students. It was clear that something interesting was afoot on campus as artists, musicians …

Blog: Baker ’22 Excited for Extracurricular Opportunities on The Hill

10/23/18 by

NAME  Mitchell Baker ’22 HOMETOWN Upton, Mass. STUDIES HE’S CONSIDERING Political science and philosophy double major, Middle Eastern Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies concentration ACTIVITIES Mock Trial, Moot Court WHY HE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I chose Holy Cross because I immediately felt a connection …

Eight Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The professors answer questions on their scholarship, proudest accomplishments

After years of research and accomplishments in their respective fields, eight Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor. Below, the professors share their thoughts on their careers, scholarship and more.