Rajotte ’17 Sails Away on Unique Semester Experience

September 30th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

Timothy Rajotte ’17, an English major from Abington, Mass., spent the spring semester off campus, partaking in the SEA Semester, a field-based environmental education at sea. Before departing on the ship, Rajotte spent six weeks in Woods Hole, Mass., where he took a number of classes including oceanography, nautical science, and maritime history.


Rajotte traveled the sea aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Enrolled in the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program, Rajotte traveled to St. Croix, St. John, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cuba.


Above, Rajotte stands at the helm of the ship. “Standing the watch” was crucial to his experience. “Our class of 24 was divided into three watches, one of which was always required to control the navigational and scientific objectives while underway at all hours of the day and night. We usually had two watches per day, one of which would be six hours long during day light hours, and then a four hour watch taking place during the dark of night” Rajotte explains.


Above, Rajotte is pictured in a Holy Cross shirt, poses after playing a pickup game of baseball in Samaná, Dominican Republic. On shore, each student conducts a research project on a current social topic in the Caribbean. “I chose to focus on the historical effect of Major League Baseball on the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and how prospects from the Caribbean are exploited for their talents,” Rajotte says.

Looking back on the adventure, Rajotte reflects on the many unique experiences, “this experience was one I will never forget. It instilled confidence, work ethic, and leadership abilities in me that I never knew I could attain. Surrounded by great friends, professors, and crew members, I explored amazing towns and cities that are considered off the beaten path for tourism, in the process meeting people who embraced us and welcome us into their culture.”

Students Learn More About Getting Involved at Co-Curricular Extravaganza

September 14th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Students learn more about campus life and the many activities on Mount St. James at the annual Co-Curricular Extravaganza, sponsored by the Purple Key Society and held in Hogan Ballroom. With more than 100 clubs and organizations to satisfy just about every interest, there are unlimited personal and professional development opportunities — all while ensuring students make memories that will last a lifetime.

Photo by Elizabeth Gorrill ’18

Carlson ’19 Completes Summer Internship with Rhode Island Congressman

September 9th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Patrick Carlson ’19 poses with Congressman Jim Langevin while participating in an internship program at the Rhode Island District Office. Carlson spent the summer completing various tasks: answering phone calls, drafting constituent correspondence, and supporting staff members on various projects.

Photo courtesy of Congressman Jim Langevin

105 Students Participate in 20th Anniversary of Odyssey Program

August 26th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


One hundred and five members of the incoming class of 2020 participate in Odyssey, a one-week summer orientation for multicultural and international students, as well as American students living abroad, first-generation college students, Pell eligible students, and students for whom English is their second language.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program.


Above, participants gather on the steps of Dinand Library. At its inception, 20 students participated in the program; this year, 105 students are took part.


Above, students enjoy off-campus excursions in the local Worcester community. Additionally, the week included dinner at a Holy Cross faculty member’s house, participating in community service, and settling into life on Mount St. James.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Student Volunteers at Wheelchair Lacrosse Clinic

August 9th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Jack McGovern ’17 volunteers at a wheelchair lacrosse clinic held in Hayward, Calif. Working closely with the Center for Independent Living and Wheelchair Lacrosse USA, McGovern supports players in the high-demand, fast and fun sport.


McGovern is a political science major and lacrosse player from San Francisco.

Holy Cross Alumni Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

August 5th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


From left, Broderick Johnson ’78, Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Terese Casey ’82, Pamela (Wright) Lane ’88, Senator Robert Casey ’82, United States Senator for Pennsylvania, and Rick Lane ’88, Sr. Vice President Government Affairs at 21st Century Fox, attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30, 2016.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is traditionally attended by senior government officials and members of the press corps, as well as, the U.S. president and the first lady. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

Photo submitted by Rick Lane ’88

Community Members Volunteer to Clean Up Local Bikeway

August 3rd, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Members of the Holy Cross community joined Congressman Jim McGovern to participate in cleanup efforts of the local Blackstone Valley bike path. Volunteers gathered at the Honorable Richard J. Dwinell Blackstone Valley memorial access area, a portion of the Blackstone Valley bike path in Millbury, Mass.

Photo courtesy of Congressman McGovern’s Office.

McCue ’17 Receives Prominent Critical Language Scholarship to Indonesia

July 29th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Political science major Billy McCue ’17 spent the summer in Indonesia after receiving a competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS),  a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. McCue, pictured above traveling the picturesque mountains of Indonesia, completed the intensive 8-week-long Bahasa Indonesia language program at Universitas Negeri Malang located in Malang, Indonesia, the second largest city in East Java.


After spending the fall of his junior year abroad in Jogja, Indonesia, McCue pursued a CLS in Indonesia in order to improve his language skills and reconnect with his own Indonesian heritage. For McCue, the opportunity to return to Indonesia through a CLS was both a rewarding experience and an indicator of his future goals.

“I want to work abroad and help solve problems that hurt Indonesia today. Indonesia is such an emerging, vibrant country and it is for that reason that I want to go back,” expressed McCue, who is currently applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia.

Written by Grainne Fitzpatrick ‘17
Photos by Billy McCue ‘17

Students Embark on Holy Cross for Chamber Music Institute

June 25th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos leads a lively and challenging drumming workshop with participants in the 2016 Chamber Music Institute. The Institute, now in its third consecutive year, provides a week long residential session of chamber music immersion, in which students play along with faculty in small ensembles and are offered engaging workshops including drumming with Marcus Santos, Alexander Technique with Tommy Thompson and a string masterclass and conducting workshop with violinist, conductor and Professor at Indiana University, Joseph Swensen.

Children Crowd Microscopes Donated by Holy Cross

June 20th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey



Children of Uganda crowd around microscopes donated by the Holy Cross biology department. Members of the department collaborated with Jacki Creed Ebone ’86, president of The Giving Creed, a non­profit combining philanthropy and scientific equipment sales, who facilitated the “gift in kind” to Generis International. Generis International seeks to mitigate the negative impact of poverty on orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. As part of their work, they build educational capacity, including setting up science labs in rural areas.

Photos provided by Jacki Creed Ebone ’86