Archive for September, 2012

Hogan Courtyard Provides Nice Place to Study

September 24th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

First-year student Marian Blawie, of Bethel, Conn., studies in the Hogan Courtyard.

Photograph by John Morton ’15

Former and Current Military Alumni Connect at O’Callahan Society Dinner

September 22nd, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

Midshipman 2/C Calvin Joewono ’14, of Berkeley, Calif., and his date Maya Nicole Welch ’14 enjoying the annual O’Callahan Society Dinner in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. (The O’Callahan Society, named for Holy Cross professor Rev. Joseph T. O’Callahan, S.J., the first Navy chaplain to be awarded the Medal of Honor, encourages and cultivates the traditions associated with the Jesuit, liberal arts education of military officers.) “The dinner was a wonderful experience to connect with former and current military alumni. This year we had the opportunity to commemorate the Special Warfare community, and it was a great experience to talk with SEALS,” Joewono said.


From left, O’Callahan Society Dinner keynote speaker, rear admiral Garry Bonelli, deputy commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, and his wife Marti with Ann and Capt. Thomas Kelley, USN (Ret.) ’60. Kelley is a Medal of Honor recipient for his service in Vietnam. During Bonelli’s speech to about 300 guests in Hogan Ballroom, he discussed the combat and non-combat duties of the Navy SEALs, as well as the care given to returning SEALs and their families.

Photography by Glenn Parry

Alumni Career Services Holds ‘Alumnae Helping Alumnae Succeed’ Event

September 15th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

At the “Alumnae Helping Alumnae Succeed” event presented by Alumni Career Services, almost 50 alumnae attended workshops on how to reenter the workforce and redirect one’s career, as well as a panel discussion about competing in today’s job market. Sara True Pacelle ’82, founder and principal of NorthBridge Career Partners, was co-chair of the event and one of the day’s workshop presenters.


Keynote speaker Carol Fishman Cohen, far right, co-founder of iRelauch and co-author of “Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work,” also served as moderator at the panel discussion, “What it takes to compete in today’s job market.” Panelists included, from left, Elizabeth Fente ’82, vice president of human resources for ABN AMRO Holdings USA; Mary Halpin ’81, vice president of human resources for personal and workplace investing at Fidelity Investments; and Kate Donovan ’81, managing director of ManpowerGroup Solutions – Recruitment Process Outsourcing.


Alison Cheung ’06, of Westford, Mass., attended the career services event. Robert S. Wally ’68, assistant director for Alumni Career Services, noted that at the lunch following the morning discussions, several alumnae told him they had found the day’s discussions “informative and energizing.”

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Study Abroad Students Capture Striking Images

September 12th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

The Study Abroad office sponsored their second annual study abroad photo contest this year, and once again the results were impressive.


Allison Hartman ’13 captured the first place prize for her photo titled “Hard Life in Thin Air,” which shows Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca in Peru. “Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca does not allow any machines so residents must carry everything on their backs. Lake Titicaca is a deep blue because it is the highest navigable lake in the world,” says Hartman.


The second place price went to Elizabeth Mahoney ’13 for her photo titled “Positano: A City Built into the Side of a Mountain” which was shot in Positano, Italy. “Positano was one of the quaintest and most charming places that I have visited in my year abroad,” says Mahoney. “The tiny town of just under 4,000 residents is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Built literally into the side of the mountain, Positano has only one main road which is one way. It is known for its phenomenal seafood, extremely kind residents and incredible location along the Amalfi Coast.”


Charlotte Gellene ’13 garnered third place for her photo titled ” La Maleta,” which was taken in Pamplona, Spain. “This was one of the first interesting things I saw during my times abroad,” explains Gellene. “In Pamplona we came across a street in which every house had a differently decorated suitcase hanging outside its window. One looked like an old boom box, another had handlebars and wheels as if it was a bicycle, and others had stories written on them. This one was simple but stunning nonetheless with the intense red interior set against the calm white exterior.”


Gellene also nabbed an honorable mention for ” Valldemossa,” shot in Mallorca, Spain. “This photo was taken in a small town near the city of Palma. Each of the towns in Mallorca has a unique and beautiful character. Valldemossa is known for its cobblestone streets, green shutters and the small plant pots suspended on the walls that line every street. I think this photo really demonstrates the tranquility that Mallorcan towns have been able to maintain despite the years of development and tourism on the island.”

Mary McClay ’13 received an honorable mention for her photo titled “Agatha’s Smile,” which was taken in the village of HaMakuya in South Africa. “I interviewed Agatha for one of our research projects as she was drying spinach in the afternoon sun. The joy she radiated as we spoke was inspiring,” says McClay.

College Community Joins in United Way’s Annual Day of Caring

September 12th, 2012 by csteuer

Members of the Holy Cross community participated in the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ 19th annual Day of Caring on Sept. 12. The Holy Cross team painted and performed renovation work at the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury.

From L-R: Matt Kennis, assistant director of government and community relations; Chante Bond, assistant women’s basketball coach; Kathleen Lavallee, administrative assistant in career planning;  Allison Bryant Ludden, associate professor of psychology; Sahar Nusseibeh, assistant women’s basketball coach; and Edward Augustus, director of government and community relations.