Alumna Offers Advice to Students at Annual MLK Leadership Luncheon

January 26th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

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Elizabeth Wambui ’09, director of advancement at the Nativity School of Worcester, tells students to be innovate, to embrace change, and to step into discomfort during her keynote address at the 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Luncheon, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education. With Dr. King’s example of leadership serving as the backdrop for the event, the community members present explored what it means to be a leader today, both within our own communities and beyond Holy Cross.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Exhibition of Contemporary Work by Latin American Artists Opens at Holy Cross

January 25th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

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Students, faculty, and staff gather in the Cantor Art Gallery for the opening reception of “Last Frontier: The Subjectivity of Territory,” engaging with the thought-provoking work of 10 Latin American artists who explore the concept of borders through photography, sculpture, and video. The exhibition, curated by V. Nicolás Koralsky, the director for the College’s study abroad program in Buenos Aires, will run through April 14.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Take Deep Dive Into Entrepreneurship

January 19th, 2017 by Nikolas Markantonatos

During the Entrepreneurial Deep dive students pitch alumni.

Mary Kate Vanecko ’17 pitches her startup idea to alumni during the Entrepreneurship Deep Dive. Held over winter break, the five-day workshop transforms a student’s idea into a fully developed business plan. Students are encouraged to then participate in the spring Shark Tank Competition for up to $12,000 in prize money.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Cut Winter Break Short to Take Part in Simulated Workweek

January 19th, 2017 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Students returned early from winter break to take part in the Fullbridge Professional Edge program at Holy Cross. The program provides a simulated work experience to expose students to the basics of business.

Photo by Tom Rettig

National Coast Guard Museum Association Honors J.D. Power ’53 for Outstanding Service

December 19th, 2016 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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J.D. “Dave” Power III ’53, founder of J.D. Power and Associates, holds the 2016 Alexander Hamilton Award, and is flanked by Richard Grahn, president of the National Coast Guard Museum Association on the left, and Admiral Robert Papp, 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on the right. Power, who served as an officer aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND during the mid-1950s, was recognized for his efforts and success in establishing the National Coast Guard Museum, which is being constructed on the historic downtown waterfront in New London, Conn.

Students in Economics Class Take Part in Pecha Kucha Night

December 9th, 2016 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Over pizza in Stein Hall, students in the economics class Latin American Economic Development put on a pseudo Pecha Kucha night titled “20×20 by 17x17x17.” Pecha Kucha is a concise presentation format in which each speaker brings 20 slides and speaks about a topic, and each slide is shown for only 20 seconds. “We added 17X17X17 — 17 students, 17 countries, 17 issues of Latin American Economic Development,” says Robert Reinauer, visiting instructor in economics. Invitees included students and faculty members from the economics and Latin American and Latino Studies departments.

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Charles Richard ’19 gives a presentation titled “The Venezuelan Crisis and Economic Mismanagement.”

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Marie Therese Kane ’18 gives a presentation titled “Preferential Option for the Poor: Evaluating Liberation Theology as a Model for Poverty Alleviation in El Salvador.”

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Rosangel Cruz Cabrera ’18 gives a presentation titled “China’s Mega-Projects in Latin America: The Proposed Canal in Nicaragua.”

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Emma Carlone ’19 gives a presentation titled “NAFTA: Its Impacts on the Industrial Sector of the Mexican Economy.”

Photos by Robert Reinauer

Spanish Lecturer Hosts Bilingual Theater Workshop in Spain

November 26th, 2016 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Helen Freear-Papio, director of the Foreign Language Assistants Program and lecturer in Spanish, center, conducted a two-day bilingual theater workshop at the University of Murcia in Spain while she was there over the Thanksgiving break. Freear-Papio involved two of her former students from Holy Cross, Kyler Canastra ‘14, far left, and Brendan Medeiros ’11, second from right, who live in Madrid and love the theater. María Cantuel, a well-known Spanish actor and Medeiros’ girlfriend, second from left, was the artistic director of the performance.  At far right is Diana de Paco Serrano, dramatist, cultural coordinator and professor of classics at the University of Murcia, who invited Freear-Papio to conduct the workshop.

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At the end of the workshop, the participants staged a series of short bilingual monologues around the themes of fear and anger. Here Freear-Papio, Medeiros, and Canastra work with some of the participants to make the texts bilingual.

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Cantuel leads the group in theatrical warm-up activities. The workshop was such a great success, Freear-Papio says they have been invited back to the University of Murcia and will be doing a follow-up workshop over spring break.

Arts Community Inspired by Stickwork Designs

November 22nd, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

Throughout the fall semester, members of the College of the Holy Cross community have been inspired by Stickwork, an environmental sculpture made from local saplings. Created by renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty, with the help of campus and local community volunteers,, the structure stands on Linden Lane.

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Above, students, faculty and staff embraced the environmental sculpture and gathered for a drum circle lead by Brazilian percussionist, Marcus Santos.

On #ArtsMattersDay Uni2Act, the Spanish-English bilingual student theatre troupe teamed with members of dance ensemble and a student choir to perform a piece called “Árboles | Trees.”

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Alumnus and Bride Photo Bombed By Tom Hanks

October 30th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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As Ryan Barclay ’08 and his wife Elisabeth posed for their wedding photos in New York’s Central Park, they were approached by a familiar stranger: actor Tom Hanks.

The couple were taking photos with their wedding party near a common path for runners when one runner stopped and approached the happy couple.

“Hey, I’m Tom Hanks,” he said to an awestruck wedding party, before happily posing for photos with the couple. In a tweet shortly thereafter, Hanks shared a selfie and well wishes to the newlyweds.

Congratulations, Ryan and Elisabeth!


Photo courtesy of Meg Miller Photography

Students Walk Among Fall Colors on Scenic New England Day

October 30th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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The colors of the leaves and vines are changing as students take in the New England autumn with scenic walks around campus.

This blog entry by Grainne Fitzpatrick ’17, photo by Tom Rettig