Archive for September, 2009

Greg Mortenson Meets Afghan Students, Signs Books

September 30th, 2009 by


Noted humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson talks with Uzra Azizi ’12 after delivering a talk at Holy Cross. Mortenson dined and spoke at length with Azizi and Yalda Faqeerzada ’12, who are attending Holy Cross through the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. Read their story in an article that ran in the Boston Globe earlier this year.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11

Faculty Honored at Awards Ceremony

September 29th, 2009 by


Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, left, presents Blaise Nagy, professor of classics at Holy Cross, with the 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award at the College’s annual Fall Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony. Timothy Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, looks on.


Fr. McFarland presents David Damiano, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, with a Swords Medal, which is awarded to faculty members who have served the College for 25 years or more. Also awarded the Swords Medal, are, from left: Robert I. Bertin, professor and chair of biology; Richard S. Herrick, professor and acting chair of chemistry; Kenneth N. Prestwich, associate professor of biology; and Scott Sandstrom, associate professor of economics and pre-law advisor. Other faculty members were received the award but were not present include Janine Shertzer, professor of physics, and William R. Morse, associate professor of English.

Photography by John Buckingham

Running for a Cause

September 26th, 2009 by


Laura O’Neil ’11 was the women’s winner of the Alison Murphy 5K, which was established after 17-year-old Murphy lost her life in a tragic ski accident in 2005. The Alison Murphy Foundation raises money for students in the Lancaster and Nashoba school system. O’Neil is pictured with Alison Murphy’s parents Jo-Anne and Rich.

Photography by John Cannon

Chris Matthews ’67 Returns to Alma Mater

September 23rd, 2009 by



Chris Matthews ’67, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show, gives a wide-ranging talk and signs books in the Hogan Campus Center. Read a profile of Matthews on the Holy Cross site, and about his talk in the Telegram & Gazette.

Matthews poses with one of his professors during his time at Holy Cross, James F. Powers, professor emeritus of history. Both in his memoir Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, and in his televised visit to campus commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Matthews made specific mentions of Powers. It was in Professor Powers’ Western Civilization class on Nov. 22, 1963 that Matthews and others first heard the news flash about the president’s shooting, and like most of his generation, he vividly recalls the details of that moment, down to Professor Powers’ response.

From left, Ryan Donovan ’10, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of Holy Cross, Matthews, and Casey Lee ’10. Both students participated in Holy Cross’ Washington Semester Program, and worked alongside Matthews at NBC as part of their internship.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11

Banding Together for a Cure

September 13th, 2009 by

More than 300 students, faculty and staff from Holy Cross took part in the 11th Annual Walk to Cure Cancer in Worcester. The college is a flagship sponsor of the fundraising event, which over the years has raised millions of dollars.


Helena Mahan, a Physical Plant employee who is battling cancer, with John Cannon, associate director for planning and operations in Physical Plant.


The women’s basketball team with coach Bill Gibbons.

Photography by Ellen Ryder

Students Present Their Findings at Annual Summer Research Symposium

September 11th, 2009 by


Hundreds of students, faculty and staff attended the 16th Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in the Hogan Ballroom. The symposium included more than 70 poster presentations featuring research conducted by students and faculty in the departments of math and computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology and anthropology, and economics.


Robert Nazarian ’12, a history and physics double major from North Providence, R.I., presents his summer research titled “A Spectral Analysis of Black Hole Candidate 4U1630-472,” to Timothy Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. Nazarian worked with Tomohiko Narita, associate professor of physics at Holy Cross.


Alice Simcoe-Matthews ’10, a psychology major with premedical and biological psychology concentrations from Somers, Conn., interned at Autism Speaks this summer. She blogged about her experience on the Holy Cross Web site.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Remembering 9/11

September 10th, 2009 by


Students take part in an interfaith candlelight prayer vigil in Memorial Plaza in commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A photo of the vigil ran on the front page of the Telegram & Gazette.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11

Bored? Never!

September 9th, 2009 by


As part of the annual Co-Curricular Extravaganza, in which underclassmen are introduced to the plethora of activities available at Holy Cross, Pat McMahon ’12, an economics and accounting major from Middletown, N.Y., explains the different types of program and leadership opportunities within House Council.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11

Gone but Not Forgotten

September 7th, 2009 by



The names of Segundo Montes, Amanda Lopez, Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, Celina Ramos, Julia Elba Ramos, and Juan Ramos Moreno are engraved on a medallion in Martyr’s Plaza in front of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. Holy Cross is marking the 20th anniversary of the death of the six Jesuits and two lay collaborators who were murdered in El Salvador with a series of events this semester.

Photography by John Buckingham

Sunny Weather Forecast

September 4th, 2009 by


Patricia Halpin, records coordinator in Human Resources, enjoys some sun during her lunch break. The beginning of summer was marked by soggy weather, but the rain gradually dissipated as the summer wore on. Mostly sunny weather is expected over the next week.

Photography by Nick Markantonatos