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
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.
Holy Cross students and staff participate in a pilgrimage for the Holy Year of Mercy. Joined by students from Anna Maria College, Assumption College and Worcester State University, community members began with a prayer on the steps of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel on the Holy Cross campus and walked the 2.4 miles to the “Holy Door” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester. Participants traveled with canned goods for donation to the Cathedral and upon arrival participated in reconciliation services and confession after walking through the Holy Doors.
Clint Jackman ’16, center, represents the College of the Holy Cross in the third annual Mr. Worcester Pageant. Hosted by the Working for Worcester project and the Worcester Student Government Association, the event brings together college students and residents from the community to help raise money for the citywide Working for Worcester project.
In addition to Holy Cross’ Jackman (left), contestants from three area colleges participated in the event; Dan Page ’16 represented Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bobby Costanza ’16 from Worcester State University and 2016 winner Brian Belleville ’18 of Assumption College. Students competed in three rounds of competition: talent, interview and formalwear. Local celebrities Walter Bird, editor of Worcester Magazine; Mayor Joseph Petty; Maureen Binienda, principal of South High Community School; and City Councilor Kate Toomey judged the contestants.
Photography provided by Brendan Healey ’16, co-executive director, Working for Worcester
College of the Holy Cross students, Ryan Kingsley ’17 (black Shirt) of North Attleboro and Sean Teebagy ’17 (grey shirt) of Shrewsbury have started “Engage. Educate. Empower.” Both raised $1,000 to purchase, pack, and deliver 48 backpacks to elementary school students at Pernet Family Health Service’s after school program in Worcester on February 2, 2016. Charter TV-3 was on hand to cover the event. The program’s future plans include raising $5,000 by the fall of 2016 to provide 500 backpack bundles to Worcester public elementary schools.
Photography by Tom Rettig
Donna Wrenn, director of employee relations, delivers remarks during a farewell reception in her honor in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Hundreds showed up to honor Wrenn for her unparalleled devotion to Holy Cross. She served 55 years of loyal and distinguished service under six different presidents, from Rev. Raymond J. Swords, S.J., to Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
Fr. Boroughs and members of the Office of Human Resources noted Wrenn’s extraordinary commitment to the mission of Holy Cross and unwavering attention to the welfare of those in the Holy Cross Community.
During the reception, Worcester mayor Joseph M. Petty presented Wrenn with a key to the city.
Photography by John Buckingham
For the second year in a row, the Student Government Association, the government and community relations office, the men’s lacrosse team and numerous volunteers from the Holy Cross community, delivered 50 holiday gift bags to neighbors on College Hill.
From left, Toshanna Santos ’18, Cedric Henderson ’16, Robert T. Jones, associate director of multicultural education, and Ariel Baker ’18 deliver gift baskets to houses along Glade Street in Worcester.
From left, Cedric Henderson ’16, Toshanna Santos ’18, Robert T. Jones, associate director of multicultural education, and Ariel Baker ’18 deliver gift baskets to houses along Glade Street in Worcester.
Photography by Tom Rettig.
Gov. Charlie Baker visited Worcester in honor of Veterans Day. Gov. Baker took part in a dedication ceremony of the home, which is the very first Veterans Build project of the MetroWest/Greater Worcester chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The renovated house, on 79 Kendig Street, is the former meeting hall of the College Hill Civic Association. The home was built for Marc Ewings, a Marine Corps veteran, and his family. Fifteen Holy Cross students volunteered at the home in August as part of a Community Service Day through the Odyssey program at the College.
Promoted by social media, Holy Cross students participated in an on campus scavenger hunt for tickets to the DCU Center performance of “TORUK – The First Flight”. Students were invited to follow the picture clue that led to Café Babel, located in Stein Hall, to find and win a pair of tickets. Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR and produced by Cirque du Soleil, “TORUK – The First Flight” is coming to Worcester December 11-13. Holy Cross community members can continue the scavenger hunt this week by following the DCU Center on social media or purchase tickets at the DCU Center box office.
Photo by Tom Rettig