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Learning Outside the Classroom at Holy Cross

Create a new, innovative project or spend the semester in the bustle of New York City — the opportunities are endless

08/07/19 by

Not all education takes place in an academic building — particularly at College of the Holy Cross, where outside-the-classroom learning opportunities range from local to global. Whether you’re contributing to community engagement or diving into summer research or spending a …

10 Things to Know About Academics at Holy Cross

Majors and minors, student to faculty ratio, academic advising — it's all here

07/18/19 by

If you’re looking for an education that combines academic excellence, critical inquiry and meaningful reflection, then the College of the Holy Cross might just be the perfect fit. From first-year seminars to undergrad research opportunities, here are 10 facts to …

A Tour Guide’s Guide to Holy Cross

From sharing experiences of their first year on campus to identifying the best food on The Hill, five current Holy Cross tour guides tell all

07/03/19 by

What should students expect in their first year at Holy Cross? How do students spend their free time? Is it true the College brings food trucks to campus? Five current Holy Cross tour guides — Caitlin Keaveny ’21, a psychology …

Eight Holy Cross Students, Recent Alumni Receive Distinguished Scholarships

The highly-competitive Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students

05/21/19 by

College of the Holy Cross students and alumni have earned an impressive array of scholarships this year from prestigious organizations, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program and the Fulbright Program. These honors are testimony to the astonishing intellectual curiosity of Holy …

Holy Cross Professor Analyzes the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Watchlist, Reveals Inconsistencies

The Conversation

Since 1997, the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Watchlist has been blacklisting America’s enemies, yet some believe that it has done little to actually thwart terrorism attempts. Helping to break down this complex issue is Eric Fleury ’08, visiting assistant professor of …

Blog: First-Year Student Nurtures Passion for French Culture on Maymester to Paris

Lucy Rizzo '22 takes four-week immersive study abroad trip to Paris, France

05/09/19 by

Name: Lucy Rizzo ’22 Hometown: Bronxville, New York Areas of study: Political science and visual art studio double major Maymester program: “Arts and Architecture” in Paris, France. Students in this program explore the arts and architecture of Paris to trace the history of …

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

04/23/19 by

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jon Favreau ’03, Former Obama Speechwriter, Talks 2020 Presidential Candidates, His First Encounter With Obama, and Holy Cross

Favreau credits 'fantastic professors' who 'actually believed that I could go do something to change the world,' during conversation at NPR's Boston news station

During a single hour-long conversation, former director of speechwriting for President Obama and current podcast celebrity Jon Favreau ’03 covered myriad topics: the strengths and failures of the new Democratic House majority, 2020 presidential candidates, his tense first encounter with …

Video: Holy Cross Students Find Success After Graduation

Data and anecdotes from recent alumni showcase the breadth of opportunities available to graduates

03/20/19 by

What doors does a degree from Holy Cross open? If you’re a recent grad, you just might be changing the world by teaching music to refugee children in Palestine, finishing your second year of law school or managing clients for …

Holy Cross Is Once Again a Top Producer of Fulbright Students in the U.S.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The College of the Holy Cross is once again among the colleges producing the highest number of Fulbright students, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual “Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students” for the …

Ten Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2019

The faculty members represent 10 different academic departments

02/27/19 by

From researching fruit flies to reimagining the first commercially successful color film, College of the Holy Cross faculty members are making massive contributions to their fields — and to their classrooms. Hear a bit more from the 10 newly tenured …

Two Alumni, Political World Veterans Teach Course Examining Politics From Inside-Out

Political consultant Peter Flaherty '87 and former congressman Tim Bishop '72 teamed up for real-time course on 2018 midterm elections

The advertisement starts with a video of Hillary Clinton on stage. “If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” she says. The video is intercut with images of …

Win-Win: With Midterms Around the Corner, Students Hit the Campaign Trail

As a part of a course, students are interning at political campaigns throughout Massachusetts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

10/30/18 by

Knocking on prospective voters’ doors, conducting opposition research, helping with debate prep — it’s not every class that has students knee-deep in the election cycle. But Campaign 2018: A Hands-On Approach, a course team-taught by two Holy Cross alumni, Timothy …

Blog: Hastie ’22 Looking Forward to Making Lifelong Friends at the College

10/23/18 by

NAME Olivia Hastie ’22 HOMETOWN Holliston, Mass. STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Political Science and Theatre double major ACTIVITIES Theatre production of “Little Women,” Pax Christi, Delilahs all-female a cappella group, liturgical ministry, Chapel Choir, Feminist Forum WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “The majority of my....

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 …

Service in Practice: Teach for America Counts Holy Cross as Top Contributor

By sending 12 students to Teach for America in 2018, Holy Cross ranks second for number of alumni joined among all small schools in the country

10/10/18 by

A dozen recent Holy Cross alumni are taking their love of learning and service to the classroom by joining the ranks of Teach for America. Teach for America, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with communities to expand educational …

Alumna Leads Movement to Empower and Advance Female Visual Artists

Artist Maggie O'Neill '99 is spearheading a cause to make sure the work of underrepresented women artists is seen worldwide

In 1999, Maggie O’Neill departed Holy Cross with a political science degree in hand and a plan in mind: She was going to law school. There was just one problem. “I didn’t really want to go to law school,” she …

Holy Cross Women’s Volleyball Team Tops National Community Service Challenge

With 571 volunteer hours and 100 percent participation in a three-month period, the team topped the NCAA competition

For the first three months of 2018, Holy Cross women’s volleyball beat the competition with their service and assists of a different kind — those they performed off the court. And they did it without even trying. “It was really …