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Class of 2022 Student Spotlight: Meah Austin

The psychology and Africana studies double major will pursue a career in marketing after graduation

05/25/22 by

Name: Meah Austin Hometown: Waterbury, Conn. Major: Psychology and Africana Studies double major Campus Activities: Black Student Union E-board member; Head Peer Mentor for the Mentor Program; Varsity Track & Field (captain); Women of Color Athletes (co-founder and co-chair); Patriot League …

Holy Cross Fenwick Scholar Finds Unique Opportunities to Go Beyond Science in HIV Research

“It’s not just about the science. It’s about how we can help other people with the science,” says Charles Millard ’22.

05/23/22 by

Throughout his senior year, Charles Millard ’22 said he had ample opportunities to fail, test his perseverance and improve his approach to scientific discovery, moments he might not have experienced had he not been selected as the College of the Holy …

Four Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

05/17/22 by

From implementing video game technology to better understand neurophysiology to deciphering a mischievous smile from Machiavelli, Holy Cross faculty continue to advance research in their respective fields. Learn more about the four recently promoted faculty members to associate professor with …

Two Years Into the Pandemic, We’re Suffering From “Narrative Fatigue,” Says Holy Cross Psychology Professor

The Atlantic

By all accounts, the pandemic has been exhausting to live through for the past two years, with some experts attributing this to the fact that it has defied our natural impulse to turn reality into a coherent story. Mark Freeman, …

30 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

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

Thirty Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 24th in the Rehm Library. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, …

Holy Cross Celebrates Worcester Partnerships at Community Partner Appreciation Reception

Staff, faculty and students gather at Polar Park to thank local organizations for their support

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, College of the Holy Cross hosted its annual Community Partner Appreciation Reception at Polar Park, an event to celebrate the many partnerships the College shares with local organizations in the City of Worcester. The reception was …

Holy Cross Psychology Professor Receives 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award From the American Psychological Foundation

Mark Freeman is recognized for scholarly and transformative contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge

Mark Freeman, Holy Cross Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and professor of psychology, has received the Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation for his scholarly and transformative contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge. “I …

Student-Generated Urban Studies Minor Debuts at Holy Cross

Maggie Hartnett '23 & faculty advisors team up to create new Urban Studies minor, which will explore themes around how we build our cities, what we do in them and how they shape us

Maggie Hartnett ’23 knew she enjoyed the architecture classes she took during her first year at Holy Cross, but wasn’t quite sure she wanted to be an architect. Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she took note of the changes …

Holy Cross Names Charles Millard ’22 as the 2021-22 Fenwick Scholar

The rising senior plans to spend the year pursuing research that could unlock novel treatments for HIV-positive patients

As a student biologist, it could be easy to get lost in lab work and computer modeling, but this year’s Fenwick Scholar, Charles Millard ’22, is focused on the big picture — he knows that science is only part of …

Designing Museum Exhibits for Children – Holy Cross Student Summer Series

In collaboration with a local museum, Holy Cross students apply psychology research to improve museum exhibits

This summer, Florencia Anggoro, associate professor of psychology, and her summer research students are collaborating with the Ecotarium to create a new exhibit that helps children to understand the day-night cycle. Watch the video to learn more about their process. This profile …

Nonprofit Summer Internship – Holy Cross Student Summer Series

Elizabeth Leo '23 is mobilizing the community for a livable climate

This summer, Elizabeth Leo ’23, a Spanish and psychology double major, is working as a summer intern for Mothers Out Front in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mothers Out Front is a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing the community for a livable climate and protecting …

Holy Cross’ Montserrat Program Leverages Art in First-Years’ Education

Lessons incorporating a variety of artistic forms instill in students a sense of discovery—in themselves and in the world around them

07/26/21 by

Art is often a communal experience: sitting in a theater beside strangers in the dark or standing like sardines singing along at a concert, it offers the promise of coming together.

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 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 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.

Longtime Director of Admission Ann McDermott ’79 Reflects on the Evolution of Admission at Holy Cross

As she prepares to depart the College following decades overseeing admission, McDermott shares her unique perspective on how admission at Holy Cross has changed—and what has stayed the same

07/02/21 by

After more than 30 years devoted to admission at the College, Ann McDermott ’79 has announced her departure as director of admission, a position she’s held since 1994. During her tenure, McDermott has admitted more than 20,000 Crusaders and spearheaded …

Ten Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Grants for COVID-Related Research

The grants will fund research in a wide range of areas, from the impact of COVID-19 on college students’ mental health to pandemic responses in the ancient Roman and Chinese empires

Holy Cross’ Committee on Faculty Scholarship, along with the Office of Sponsored Research, has awarded more than $26,000 in research grants to 10 faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines for nine projects designed to explore issues related to …

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 …

New Student Health Ambassadors Group Provides Peer-to-Peer Resources

Students step up to serve their community through the College's Student Wellness Education Office

A playlist of pop and dance songs, from Nick Jonas to Britney Spears, reverberated through the speaker on a table outside “The Jo,” as the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center is known. It was the second week of March, …

Holy Cross’ Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award

The recognition was conferred to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide

Omicron Epsilon, Holy Cross’ Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2019-20, an award that was bestowed to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide. …