Archive for November, 2015

Holy Cross Prepares for Advent Season

November 25th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Facilities department staff member, Arthur Allard hangs an Advent wreath in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The College will celebrate the Advent season with various events including an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, and weekly mass.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Chamber Singers Explore New Musical Territory

November 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The Holy Cross Chamber Singers perform an evening of staged opera scenes, arias, duets, and choruses in “Love and the Fyer.” The concert featured a diverse selection of operatic works from “Carmen” and “Marriage of Figaro” to choral works by Brahms and Monteverdi.



Under the direction of conductor David Harris, performers explored new musical territory. Unlike a traditional choral concert, the singers did not stand in uniform rows. Instead, the Chamber Singers moved about Brooks Concert Hall, interacting with each other and using their acting skills in an interwoven plot.

Photography by Caroline Cormier ’16

‘ONE HC’ Symbol of Unity

November 19th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Season basketball ticket holder, Cecile M. Phaneuf of Spencer, Massachusetts, picks up a “ONE HC” button inside Holy Cross’ Hart Center.


The Student Government Association invites all community members to stand together in unity as “ONE HC” by proudly wearing one of the buttons, which are available throughout campus.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Student Group Holds Prayer for Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

November 16th, 2015 by


At noon today, members of the Holy Cross community gathered for a brief prayer service at the edge of the Hogan Courtyard, where eight large crosses representing the martyrs of El Salvador, are on display. The service was sponsored by the student group Pax Christi which strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and bearing witness to the call of Christian nonviolence. “As we gather to honor their witness, we must acknoweledge the victims of violence who cry out to us today from Paris, Beirut, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, and from all corners of the Earth,” said Marty Kelly, associate director of the Chaplains’ Office, in opening remarks.

Photograph by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Hosts Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

November 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, welcomes guests to the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)  Conference in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The annual conference brings together professionals from around New England to promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment worldwide. HERC advances the ability of member institutions to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.


The day’s schedule included a keynote address by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, breakout sessions and networking among conference attendees.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Rainbow Skies Over Campus

November 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


A rainbow arches over the Holy Cross campus on a clear, warm autumn day.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Washington Semester Program Students Meet Alumnus Clarence Thomas ’71

November 11th, 2015 by kethier

Washington Semester Students Meet Clarence Thomas

Students in the Washington Semester Program at the College had the unique opportunity to speak with Holy Cross alumnus Clarence Thomas ’71, associate justice of the United States. Thomas talked to the students about  his Holy Cross education and his career path that led him to a seat on the Supreme Court. Thomas also offered insight about what  students can expect to encounter in the professional workforce as they start to think about their future after Holy Cross.

Pictured from left to right: Kyle Espinola ’17, Chris Auray ’17, Emily Breakell ’17, Genesis Bautista-Torres ’17, Samuel Gentile ’17, Andrew Higgins ’17, Max Lies ’17 , Clarence Thomas ’71, Bowen Lee ’17, Caroline Shannon ’17, Alec Davis ’17, Nick Goode ’17, Ryan Foley ’17, Hannah Tulinski ’ 17, and Victoria Pennacchio ’17

Holy Cross Students Help Build Home for Veteran

November 11th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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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.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Couple Delivers 50th Annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

November 5th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Co-chairs Brendan Healey ’16 and Abigail Oliver ’17, along with faculty advisor, Professor Sarah Luria welcome Pulitzer prize-winning couple, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to the 50th annual Hannify-Howland Memorial Lecture. The lecture, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the realm of public service in honor of Edward Hanify, a member of the graduating class of 1904, and Weston Howland, addressed challenges facing America today.


The husband-and-wife duo addressed Holy Cross community members with a talk entitled, “Why Students Should Care About the World—& Change It”. Using their own experiences as journalists, Kristof and WuDunn inspired students to shape and contribute to a meaningful global environment.



At the close of the lecture students and guests engaged with the speakers during a question and answer session, followed by a book signing in the Hogan ballroom.

Read more about how Pulitzer-winning couple urges values-informed public policy in HC talk from Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette here.

Photography by Rob Carlin

Acapella Co-Founders Return for Anniversary Surprise

November 5th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Ted and Valerie Lombardi ’01 return to Holy Cross to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary with Fools on the Hill, Holy Cross’ only co-ed acapella group, which they co-founded in 1998. After dining in Worcester, Ted and Valerie returned to Mount St. James for an acapella performance, with a few surprises.

The couple watched in admiration as Fools on the Hill performed. To Valerie’s surprise, they began singing Amy Winehouse’s, “Valerie” in her honor. That was not the only surprise Ted had arranged however.

During the performance Ted joined current students and began singing Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance,” Valerie’s favorite song.

At the conclusion of the performance Valerie and Ted were embraced by current students and shared their story of founding Fools on the Hill and life after Holy Cross with current members and the audience.

Photography by Colleen Paddock ’16