Archive for March, 2014

Acclaimed Author, Columnist Samuel G. Freedman Visits Holy Cross

March 27th, 2014 by


Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning author, columnist, and professor, gives a reading as part of the Working Writers Series in the Rehm Library. He writes the On Religion column for The New York Times.


Leah Hager Cohen, W.H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters and visiting professor of English department, introduces Freedman. Cohen was a student of Freedman’s when she attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Freedman signed copies of his recent book “Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.”

Photograph by Rob Carlin

Crowley ’15 Performs at Arts Advocacy Event in Washington, D.C.

March 24th, 2014 by


John “Declan” Crowley ’15, a 2009 YoungArts winner in Irish step dance, performed, along with other YoungArts alumni, at the 27th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy held in Washington, D.C. Here, Crowley, third from right, poses with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, actor Alec Baldwin, and YoungArts alumni, at the arts advocacy event held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Dowd served as keynote speaker at the event, and Baldwin offered introductions. Watch Crowley’s riveting performance (9:40-17:00) , and read more about Crowley in the summer 2013 issue of Holy Cross Magazine.

Six Honored During Fifth Annual Women’s Appreciation Banquet

March 20th, 2014 by

The Brother to Brother Committee and the Black Student Union honored six at the fifth annual Women’s Appreciation Banquet celebrating Women’s History Month in Hogan 401.



Honorees were, front row, from left, Virginia Coakley, assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American) ministries; Rose Marie Caranci, administrative assistant for the Office of Multicultural Education and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards; Sue Finne, administrative assistant for Residence Life and Housing; and Amy Murphy, director of the Career Planning Center. Mary Hobgood, associate professor of religious studies, and Ann Zelesky, associate director of athletics, were also honored but were not in attendance. Members of the Brother to Brother Committee stand behind the honorees. They are, from left, Irvin Scott ’14, Gary Acquah ’14, Anthony Russo ’14, Aaron Jackson’14, and Darien Henry ’14.



“The purpose of the event is simply to give back to the women who have been consistent role models, leaders and true dedicated supporters of and for the Holy Cross comunity over the years. Students from multiple multicultural student organizations and registered student organizations voted to elect recipients who impact them in a professional and personal way,” said Henry, a member of the committee, who is seen here with Murphy.


Roses were distributed to all women in attendance.

Photography by Darien Henry ’14


Chicago-area Alumni Cheer on the Men’s Basketball Team

March 19th, 2014 by csteuer

Phil Beans ’13, a former captain of the College of the Holy Cross men’s basketball team, organized a viewing party at the Hidden Shamrock in Chicago to watch the men’s basketball team take on American in the Patriot League semifinal tournament game.

Even thought the men’s team didn’t win the game, more than 25 Chicago-area alumni donned their purple to come out for the event. “Everyone had fun and even though we couldn’t pull out the win, I think everyone wants to make this a yearly event,” said Beans.


Photographer is Janet Mesic Mackie


College Holds Memorial Ceremony for Rev. Joseph T. O’Callahan, S.J.

March 18th, 2014 by bcass

On Tuesday, March 18, the College community marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of Rev. Joseph  T. O’Callahan, S.J., a Navy chaplain and a professor of math and physics at the College, with a wreath-laying ceremony at his grave. Fr. O’Callahan was the first Jesuit to be commissioned as a Navy chaplain in World War II and the first chaplain to receive the Medal of Honor. Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and Paul Covino, chaplain, spoke at the ceremony, while Navy Captain Thomas G. Kelley ’60, a Medal of Honor recipient, read the citation that was issued with Fr. O’Callahan’s medal. Read more about the anniversary on the Holy Cross website.





Alumni Put on the Green (and Purple) in Florida

March 17th, 2014 by smorriss
The Holy Cross Club of Greater Naples (Florida) marched for the first time in the City of Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Organized by Andrew Jessen ’95 (the tall lad in the back, sporting a green fedora), the crew showed its purple pride for about 40,000 spectators.


Chamber Orchestra, College Choir, and Chamber Singers Perform Together

March 12th, 2014 by

For the first time in recent history, the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra, College Choir, and Chamber Singers perform together on in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The performance program, titled “Classics,” included works by Mozart, Brahms, and Gershwin, and performances by special guests from Beaver Country Day School Concert Chorus. Learn more about the event.



Photography by Darien Henry ’14