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Holy Cross Alumnus Aids Theatres in Their Darkest Hour

Despite a long career as an actor and director, David Saint's most critical role may be that of benefactor

In spring 1975, theater legend Arthur Laurents received a Tony Award nomination for directing the revival of “Gypsy,” the 1959 classic often referred to as the quintessential Broadway musical. In that same time—and some 200 miles away—David Saint was graduating …

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 …

Holy Cross Reaches Milestone in Construction of Center for Performing Arts

The topping out ceremony marked progress as the state-of-the-art facility continues construction

Last week, a small group gathered for the topping out ceremony to watch the final beam be placed atop the Prior Center for Performing Arts. This milestone marks significant progress on a structure that will be the heart of the …

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 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 …

Artistic Director Valerie Curtis-Newton ’81 Named One of Seattle’s Most Influential People of the Decade

Seattle Times

Valerie Curtis-Newton, Holy Cross graduate of 1981 and an award-winning artistic director, has been named one of Seattle’s most influential people in the past decade by the Seattle Times. Other notable figures making the list include: Amazon founder and CEO …

Embracing Honest Curiosity: Holy Cross Alumnus Directs Fall Production “Ah, Wilderness”

Emily Arancio '20, who plays a principal role, leads a conversation with director Eric Butler '06

11/15/19 by

Eric Butler ’06 might have officially left College of the Holy Cross over a decade ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from returning to Mount St. James — and not just for reunion. Butler, who double majored in psychology and …

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 …

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 …

Roommate Confidential: Q&A with Two First-Year Holy Cross Students

The first-year roommates get candid about clubs, campus and what's surprised them about their first semester on The Hill

12/17/18 by

First-year roommates share more than four walls — they experience navigating the leap into college together. To get a peek at the ins and outs of the first semester on The Hill, we went right to the source — to …

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....

Famed Choreographer Bill T. Jones Talks Art, Ambiguity in Intimate Roundtable with Students

The recipient of a McArthur 'Genius' Award and two Tony's offered a lecture and discussion sessions, his visit featured on WGBH's Open Studio

05/02/18 by

The morning after his engaging lecture, as part of a creative residency with members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at the College of the Holy Cross, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones held an intimate discussion with students, majoring …

Academic Conference 2018 Showcases Creativity, Independent Research of Over 470 Students

The four-day celebration was filled with performances, poster sessions and presentations across academic disciplines and class years

Over the course of four days, more than 470 students spanning all class years presented the results of their independent, creative and intellectual endeavors during the 2018 Academic Conference. The celebration of academic life at the College of the Holy …

Legendary Choreographer and Dancer Bill T. Jones to Visit Campus

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Two-time Tony Award winning choreographer Bill T. Jones will be visiting campus tomorrow, March 21 to deliver a talk titled “An Evening with Bill T. Jones.” Jones’ upcoming visit was recently featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, along with …

Independent Film by Holy Cross Alumnus Resonates With Families Suffering From Dementia

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

A new independent feature film by Holy Cross alumnus Brendan Boogie ’98 titled “Sundown,” is about more than just the experience of losing his father to dementia, according to a feature article in the Telegram & Gazette. Lauded by critics …

Ten Years of Montserrat: Holy Cross’ First-Year Program Invites Students to Challenge, Question from Day One

The innovative program arms students with curiosity and skills instrumental to their four years at Holy Cross

The sculptures of Shih Chieh Huang’s “Reusable Universe” — built from recycled Tupperware, plastic bags, fans and light bulbs — appeared to float just below the darkened ceiling of the Worcester Art Museum. They had been wired to detect motion, …

Holy Cross’ Bilingual Theatre Production Engages Campus in National Conversation

Fascism, misogyny, the patriarchy...'Fuente Ovejuna' takes on major issues that resonate with audiences across time and language

12/04/17 by

For Edward Isser, professor of theatre at the College of the Holy Cross, the choice of what show to produce this semester carried more weight than usual. On account of the current sociopolitical climate in the United States, Isser viewed …

Holy Cross Theatre Department to Present ‘Fuente Ovejuna’

The College of the Holy Cross Theatre Department will present “Fuente Ovejuna,” published by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega in 1614 and directed by Professor Edward Isser of the theatre department. Performances will be held in Fenwick Theatre, on the second …

Blog: Christovich ’18 Shares the Glory of Senior Year at Holy Cross

NAME Alison Christovich ’18 HOMETOWN Jacksonville Beach, Florida AREAS OF STUDY Theatre major WHAT SHE’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT SENIOR YEAR “To be honest, I’m just so happy to be back on The Hill after studying abroad for a …

Blog: McSweeney ’21 Eager to Show What Life is Like at Holy Cross

NAME Rebecca McSweeney ’21 HOMETOWN Stoughton, Mass. STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Biology major WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I first heard about Holy Cross through a family friend. What really convinced me that Holy Cross was the perfect school for me, …