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Student Life



Mission Division

Educating the mind and the heart…

This vision of education as a work of forming the whole person inspired Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and his religious family, the founders and sponsors of Stonehill College.

Stonehill College is proud to share in the educational legacy of Fr. Moreau. Moreau’s vision of education as a “work of resurrection” inspires us to purse the blessings of new life that come from a diligent pursuit of all that is true, beautiful and good.

Moreau’s vision of education as an art that never “deprives our students of anything they should know,” spurs us to academic excellence in every discipline of study.

Moreau’s vision of education as the formation of the whole person such that the “mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart,” leads us to value the co-curricular and spiritual dimensions of life at Stonehill.

And Moreau’s vision of education as the work of forming students “into justice” underlies our mission of educating students to lead “with courage toward creating a more just and compassionate world.”

The staff of the Mission Division, inspired by Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision of education, works with students and the entire Stonehill community to live the values of a Holy Cross education by preparing “good citizens for both earth and heaven.” Campus Ministry, the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, and the Center for Nonprofit Management collaborate in fostering this noble mission.

Campus Ministry

The Department of Campus Ministry has a five-fold charge: the ministry of Word and sacrament, pastoral care, service beyond the campus, religious formation, and evangelization.

From every quarter, Campus Ministry summons the College community for the worship and praise of God, especially for celebration of the Sunday Eucharist. In the Chapel of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Word of God is heard anew, prayers are offered for the needs of all, and the assembly is nourished at the Lord’s Table.

In times of sickness, bereavement, or crisis, Campus Ministry is present to recall God’s gracious promises of redemption from every loss, and to extend the support of the community. Campus Ministry challenges students to discern the face of God in the suffering and the oppressed.

Diverse programs, such as HOPE, our alternative spring break program (domestic and international), and Into the Streets, our community service program, provide students with the opportunity to act on behalf of others through friendship and collaboration with the young, the elderly, the physically challenged, and the poor and homeless.

Through retreats, the Christian Initiation program, and spiritual direction, Campus Ministry offers students and other Stonehill community members the opportunity to deepen their faith and to be more active members of their local Christian communities.

Finally, in its call to evangelize, Campus Ministry extends an invitation to the entire College community to hear again – or for the first time – the message of the Catholic tradition and its relevance for our times. In this period of crisis in culture, Campus Ministry works collaboratively with various departments as it seeks to revitalize the Church and form future leaders.

Common to these diverse expressions of the faith is Campus Ministry’s effort to uphold everywhere the value of community and to encourage a lived reflection on the importance of the common good on campus, in the neighboring community, in the family, and in the Church.

Consistent with this effort, Campus Ministry is also committed to helping students of various faith traditions to find opportunities for affirming and strengthening their own faith.

The Center for Nonprofit Management

The Center for Nonprofit Management works with and builds the leadership and management capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations throughout southern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.

The Center is focused on enhancing critical management skills, while also fostering relationships with and among the region’s diverse community-based organizations so that they may better achieve their missions. Drawing on expertise within the nonprofit sector and Stonehill, including student interns, the Center conducts research and provides workshops and other learning programs for the region’s nonprofit sector.

Student Affairs

It is the goal of Stonehill College to foster the total development of our students. While this is the responsibility of the entire community, the Student Affairs Division provides many opportunities for integrating the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of students.

Below is an overview of the departments within Student Affairs. Additional information regarding these departments and other departments associated with campus life can be found by accessing the A – Z index on the College’s main website.

Counseling and Testing

The mission of the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) is to support all full-time students as members of a learning community. The CTC regards each student as a unique individual and empowers her/his efforts to attain self-understanding, integrity and academic success. Counselors assist students with personal and educational concerns by providing individual and group counseling as well as preventive services. The CTC staff offers programs and workshops throughout the campus aimed at the developmental needs of college students to help them maximize their potential and benefit fully from the college environment. In addition, a psychiatrist is accessible weekly through the CTC for consultation services.

Health Services

Health Services is an appointment-based, ambulatory care setting designed to manage the acute episodic health concerns of our fulltime students. The management of chronic health problems can also be coordinated in collaboration with the student’s personal physician. The facility is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and is staffed by nurse practitioners. An internal medicine physician is always available to the nurse practitioners for consultation. After hours emergency care can be coordinated through Campus Police. The office is located in the Chapel of Mary.

The Health and Wellness Office provides health education, awareness events and prevention programs on a variety of topics including but not limited to stress reduction, physical activity, nutrition, smoking cessation and healthy relationships throughout the entire school year. Services range from workshops, individual consultation or presentations by request. The office is located in Merkert 106A.

Intercultural Affairs Office

The mission of Intercultural Affairs at Stonehill is to contribute to the creation, influence, and sustainability of a community where the dignity of all people is respected. Intercultural Affairs works to support underrepresented students in academic, cultural, and personal endeavors and facilitates dialogue with faculty, staff, and students on issues of privilege, power, and social justice. Intercultural Affairs aids the whole Stonehill community in creating a more inclusive culture though opportunities such as the Diversity Networking Group, RACE Dialogues, Freshmen Leadership Through Diversity Program, the Inclusive Excellent Grant, ALANA Leadership Program, and various heritage month events. In addition, Intercultural Affairs provides services ranging from personal consultations to larger group training in order to enable Stonehill community members to thrive in a diverse and global society. Resources can be found in the Intercultural Resource Center located in the Roche Dining Commons.

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports Program at Stonehill seeks to provide formal recreational opportunities to all students, faculty and staff by:

  • offering opportunities for interesting and rewarding competitions involving men’s, women’s and co-recreational sports;
  • presenting a varied and diverse program of sports, recreational, fitness and wellness activities so that the entire campus community has the opportunity to participate regardless of athletic ability or preference; and
  • attempting, whenever possible, to expand current facilities and to accommodate the recreational wishes or needs of the majority of participants.

Throughout the academic year, there are over twenty intramural sports, eight to ten sport clubs and a variety of fitness and instructional programs offered through this office. In addition, the office is located within the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, which offers over 55,000 square feet of recreational and leisure space for members of the Stonehill community.

Intercollegiate Sport Clubs

  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team
  • Golf (Men and Women)
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Men’s and Women’s Rugby
  • Men’s Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Disc
  • …and More!

Intramural Sports

  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Walleyball
  • …and more!

Residence Life

The Residence Life staff recognizes the primary importance of the academic environment, as well as individual student development, and the establishment of a strong and loving Christian community within the residence halls. It is the goal to combine these three elements in a manner that cultivates the “whole person.” As a way to achieve this objective, the staff offers an environment conducive to learning and programs leading to emotional, social, spiritual, physical, cultural, and ethical development. This living-learning atmosphere enhances the classroom experience by providing students with opportunities to talk, think, and feel, to share new information, to turn ideas into actions, and to reach both within and beyond themselves, with the additional support of faculty and administrators. By focusing programming efforts around the wellness perspective and involving other offices, the Residence Life experience affords students opportunities to grow spiritually, culturally, physically, emotionally, morally, professionally and intellectually.

Office of Community Standards

Stonehill College’s Office of Community Standards serves to provide students with a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Stonehill community and supports the College’s commitment to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social competencies of our students. To achieve this goal, Stonehill looks to the students to be partners in this process with the hope of creating an environment that is respectful of the rights of all individuals within the community. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Stonehill Community. Therefore, the Office of Community Standards seeks to educate students regarding the rights and responsibilities of being a member of Stonehill College and will call students to accountability for their actions as a necessary part of community life.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities is committed to enhancing the overall education of the Stonehill community through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff in order to create social, cultural, recreational, and spiritual growth opportunities. Throughout the year, a variety of co-curricular, social and educational programs are organized for students by students. Stonehill values the co-curricular program as an integral facet of the College and believes that these experiences enrich the quality of student life.

Therefore, all students are encouraged to become involved in the many clubs and organizations as interested members or as student leaders. A complete list of all officially recognized student groups is listed below:

Clubs and Organizations

Academic

  • Accounting Association
  • Anthropology Society
  • Biochemistry Club
  • Biology Society
  • Chemistry Club
  • Education Society
  • English Society
  • History Society
  • Financial Management Association
  • Neuroscience Society
  • Psychology Society
  • Public Relations Society
  • Religious Studies Society

Cultural & Special Interests

  • A.C.E.S. (Active Concerned Educated Students)
  • Activism Club
  • Anthropology Society
  • Art Club
  • Asian American Society
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Diversity on Campus
  • disABILITY Enlightenment Project
  • EMS Club (Emergency Medical Service)
  • General Self-Defense Organization
  • Mock Trial
  • Model U.N.
  • Philosophy Society
  • PRIDE (Providing a Responsible, Inclusive, & Diverse Environment)
  • SEA (Students for Environmental Action)
  • Silent Witness Initiative
  • Spanish Club

Governance & Programming

  • Class of 2010 Committee
  • Class of 2011 Committee
  • Class of 2012 Committee
  • Class of 2013 Committee
  • Commuter Council
  • Diversity Committee
  • Programming Committee
  • SGA (Student Government Association)

Media

  • ACRES (yearbook)
  • CAIRN (literary magazine)
  • Rolling Stonehill
  • SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers)
  • The SUMMIT (College Newspaper)
  • WSHL 91.3

Performance

  • Art Club
  • Chapel Choir
  • Cheerleading Team
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Girls from the Hill
  • Goose Troupe Improv Comedy Club
  • RUCKUS
  • Stonehill Musical Theater Company
  • Surround Sound

Political

  • Activism Club
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Mock Trial
  • Model U.N.
  • Politics Society

Pre-Professional

  • Healthcare Society
  • St. Thomas Moore Pre-Law Society

Religious

  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas
  • Campus Christian Fellowship
  • Knights of Columbus

Service and Volunteering

  • A.C.E.S. (Active Concerned Educated Students)
  • Circle K
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Into The Streets Volunteer and Service Organizations
  • Knights of Columbus
  • M.A.C.K. & W.A.C.K. (Monday and Wednesday Academic Club for Kids)
  • SEA (Students for Environmental Action)

Recreational and Sports

  • High Adventure Club
  • Running Club
  • Ski Club
  • Swim Club
  • Intramural Sports

Athletics

With 20 intercollegiate sports and a tradition of winning both on and off the field, the Stonehill Skyhawks are one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country.

The Skyhawks, who compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference, won the President’s Cup for the second time in 2009-10 and have finished in the top three in the President’s Cup standings in each of the last five seasons. This prestigious award is given to the top performing athletic school in the Northeast-10, across all sports and seasons.

In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked #2 in the entire country for Division II academic-athletic programs by the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) for the 2008-09 academic year. Last year over 90% of our student-athletes graduated within four years. The average GPA for Skyhawk student-athletes is 3.1.

2009-2010 – A Year of Athletic Success

  • NE-10 President’s Cup Champions
  • 11 NCAA Tournament Bids
  • 5 NE-10 Championships
  • 5 NE-10 Freshmen of the Year
  • 3 NE-10 Coaches of the Year
  • 1 NE-10 Players of the Year

Skyhawk Student-Athlete Success:

  • 14 NE-10 Academic All-Conference athletes
  • 5 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honorees
  • 1 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
  • 53% of student-athletes achieved 3.20 GPA

Varsity Teams

MEN

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)

WOMEN

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball

“Ace” the Skyhawk

Stonehill’s mascot, “Ace”, is a crowd favorite who makes regular appearances at many events on campus. The origin of the Skyhawk mascot lies in the mists of Stonehill history. In the 1920s, the beautiful 375-acre campus belonged to the wealthy Ames family, and young Frederick Ames – an early aviator – had an airfield built on the property. Today, “Ace” leads spirited Stonehill students as they cheer the Skyhawks to even greater heights.