Archive for March, 2015

Holy Cross Spends an Evening With President Obama and Government Officials

March 30th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Karla Burns ’16 attended the dedication and opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute  in Boston. Burns was nominated to represent Holy Cross and her home state of Vermont by Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. During the dedication, President Obama and other top officials paid tribute to the late Edward M. Kennedy.


In a surprise appearance, after the main ceremony, President Obama joined guests including Burns. “When he walked through the doors we were all shocked and humbled that he prioritized the time to speak with us.” Additionally, Burns was able to spend time with numerous government officials.


Burns with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.


Burns with Congressman James McGovern.


Burns with Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh.


Burns even took a selfie with U.S. Senator Ed Markey.


Burns with U.S. Senator John McCain . Reflecting on the day, Burns said, “It was an honor and a privilege to represent the Holy Cross community and the state of Vermont at the dedication ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. It was inspiring to be surrounded by politicians and student leaders from all over the country who share the common goal of serving our community. President Obama and Vice President Biden along with the other politicians present, opened my eyes to the responsibilities, we the student leaders, have to our country. We are the most educated and involved generation in history and thus, we have a real opportunity to make a difference. After graduating from Holy Cross, I truly aspire to live the mission of being a woman for and with others.”

Photos provided by Karla Burns ’16

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest Offers Big Thanks to Holy Cross

March 29th, 2015 by kethier

Nate Pine accepting award

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest recently held the Big Show at the Hanover Theatre in honor of the organizations 15th anniversary of the College Mentor Program. Big Brothers Big Sisters honored the College of the Holy Cross for being an integral part in helping build its program. During the event the College was presented with the 2015 Bob Cousy Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award and Nathan Pine, director of athletics, accepted the award on the College’s behalf. The award is given to an organization which goes above and beyond in support of the mission and agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and it is named after one of our most loyal donors and supporters, the legendary Holy Cross alumnus, Bob Cousy ’50.

“It was a privilege to accept the Bob Cousy Most Valuable Partner Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters on behalf of Holy Cross. Our student-athletes, students and staff have been heavily involved with the program  in the Worcester community for the last 15 years” said Pine. “Together we are honored to have the opportunity to support mentoring in our local community, and we look forward to continuing to enhance this important partnership for many years to come.”

Student Volunteers and Nathan Pine

Nearly 300 students from Holy Cross mentor a child after school one afternoon each week.


The event was hosted by Ben Bailey, comedian and host of the popular television show “Cash Cab” and included many musical and dance performances from local College’s. Holy Cross was well represented with performances by Fools on the Hill, Holy Cross Cheer Squad, Rhythm Nation Steppaz, and Sons of Pitches.

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Youth Day

March 21st, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Lacrosse team members Parker Greiwe ’17, left, and Jack McGovern ’17 sign autographs during Youth Lacrosse Day. Young fans participated in halftime contests and a post-game meet and greet session with the team after Holy Cross’ victory over Big East Conference opponent, St. John’s.


Frank Gaul ’15 signs autographs during Youth Lacrosse Day.

Photos of event provided by Bonnie Lattimore and Dao Chung

Pansies Await Spring’s Warm Weather

March 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


William J. St. Germain, laborer for the Holy Cross Grounds Department, checks on pansies growing in the on-campus greenhouse. Over the course of each growing season around 15,000 plants are grown in the greenhouse. Currently about 5,550 pansies await spring’s warmer weather.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Express Gratitude to Numerous Campus Offices for Their Service

March 19th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, are surrounded by students during an appreciation event. Members of the Holy Cross Student Government Association gathered to thank Dining Services, Facilities, Health Services, Public Safety and Residence Life and Housing for their dedication and commitment to students during the winter season that brought record amounts of snow.


Scores of students signed large posters that read “Thank you for your dedication during these challenging winter months to keep the campus running safely.”

Photos by Kevin Madrigal ’15

New Graphics Give Hart Center Fresh Look

March 18th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

The Hart Center has a new and engaging look to the entrance and main hallway, which brings to life the storied history of Holy Cross Athletics, in addition to showcasing a number of current student-athletes.


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The main lobby of the Hart Center is home to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame. The display includes plaques highlighting the accomplishments of every member of the Hall of Fame, which includes more than 300 former Holy Cross standouts.


Photos by Tom Rettig

Classics Alumnus and President-Elect of American Medical Association Visits Campus

March 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Steven J. Stack ’94, president-elect of the American Medical Association, returned to Holy Cross to discuss the value of a liberal arts education with the campus community. A classics major at Holy Cross, Stack said, “In medicine, my classical liberal arts education illuminates the soul behind the science; it keeps me forever mindful that science exists in service to humanity and that care of the entire person is at the heart of the healing arts.”

Photo by Rob Carlin

Modern Dance Class Interprets Faculty Art Exhibit

March 16th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Jimena Bermejo-Black, visiting lecturer of theatre, center, leads students from modern dance classes to develop a one minute interpretation of displayed art from “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists” the exhibit currently on display in the Cantor Art Gallery.

Photo by Tom Rettig

A Perfect Day for Some Outdoor Guitar Strumming

March 11th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Pat Brekka ’15 gives an impromptu performance of “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix outside St. Joseph Memorial Chapel during an unseasonably warm day.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Signs of Spring

March 11th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


From left, Lorenzo Vicente ’18 and Kelman Ramirez ’18 walk past bulbs sprouting outside of the Hogan Campus Center during today’s spring-like weather.

Photo by Tom Rettig