Posts Tagged ‘community’

Celebrating 20 Years of Impact

May 23rd, 2017 by Rebecca Fater

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jackie Peterson stands with College President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. at a reception honoring Peterson.

Jackie Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, gazes around the room with gratitude at a reception held in her honor. Peterson will retire at the close of the academic year, capping 20 years at Holy Cross where she was the first female, first person of color and first lay person appointed to the president’s cabinet. Members of the campus community, including Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., College president (pictured with Peterson), attended the May 18th reception held at the Hogan Campus Center to thank Peterson for her service and dedication.

Hundreds of Volunteers Take Part in 5th Annual Working for Worcester

April 29th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Site managers hold up signs with their site names in front of hundreds of volunteers gathered behind Worcester’s City Hall at Working for Worcester’s kick off rally. Working for Worcester, in its fifth year of operation, has raised more than $500,000 in capital, invested more than $1 million in the city in resources and services, mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers and renovated more than 100 sites across the city.

Student volunteers revitalize the interior walls of the Midland Street School in Worcester during the fifth annual Working for Worcester event.

SPUD Brings Taste of Worcester to Campus

April 28th, 2017 by Rebecca Fater

Students and staff taste food from local restaurants who offered samples on the Hoval.

Students, faculty and staff lined up at tables on the Hoval last Friday, April 28 to taste samples from local restaurants. The Taste of Worcester event was hosted by Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD) community organizers. Vendors included El Patron, Loving Hut, Tom’s International Deli, Hacienda Don Juan’s and Cafe Reyes. Also in attendance were 35 refugee transition students from Worcester Public Schools. The event was free of charge with download of Foodler, a restaurant ordering app, with optional donations to support refugee resettlement in Worcester.

Campus Community Stand in Solidarity With Victims of Sexual Violence

April 26th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Jeans hang in the middle of the Hogan Oval to commemorate “Denim Day,” a nationally celebrated event that serves as a symbol of protest against sexual violence during Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Members of the Holy Cross community wore jeans across campus in solidarity and donated up to $5 to be given to Aids Project Worcester, a nonprofit organization in Worcester. The event was organized by the Sexual Assault, Facts, Education and Response (SAFER) committee on campus.

‘I LOVE HC’ Valentine’s Day Fundraising Challenge Breaks Records

February 14th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Sean Teebagy ’17, shows off why he loves Holy Cross during the ‘I LOVE HC’ fundraising challenge on Feb. 14. The 24-hour challenge engaged 6,111 donors who contributed a total of $1,848,787, shattering the previous donor record set at a liberal arts college. Some of the most impressive statistics of the day include: 61 percent of all donations came from the classes of the 1990s through the 2010s; 49.4 percent of seniors made donations, making the Class of 2017 the top-giving class; and 100 percent of senior-athletes participated in the challenge. Read more about the successful challenge here.

Photo by Tom Retti

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 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.

Social Entrepreneur Hosts Q&A at Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

October 25th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line — a 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people with a variety of issues, including depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and eating disorders — answers questions after presenting the 51st annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture titled “The Giving Solution: How Philanthropy is Changing the World.”
This blog entry by Grainne Fitzpatrick ’17, photo by Andrea Peraza Calderon