Posts Tagged ‘academics’

Professors Take Classes Outside to Enjoy the Late Summer Weather

August 31st, 2017 by Austin Bosworth '18

As the fall semester gets underway, Leah Hager Cohen, the James N. and Sarah L. O’Reilly Barrett Professor in Creative Writing, settles her students onto a shady spot of grass in the Stein Hall courtyard. She, like many Holy Cross professors, takes advantage of the warm August weather and Holy Cross’ beautiful campus to kick off the semester!

Photo by Tom Rettig

Summer Research Students Sample Ocean Water in Gulf of Maine

July 26th, 2017 by Rebecca Fater

Students standing on the deck of a research vessel help lower canisters into the ocean water.

Students Ciro “CJ” Aprea ’18 and Caroline Fleming ’18 steady a lift filled with canisters as a winch lowers the contraption into the ocean. Using the canisters, or “Niskin bottles,” the students sampled ocean water at different depths to measure the temperature, salinity and density of the water, and to assess the amount of phytoplankton present. The trip off the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, which included a visit to the Shoals Marine Lab, was part of the Weiss Summer Science Research Program. Aprea and Fleming, both biology majors, are research students working in the lab of Assistant Biology Professor Justin McAlister.

Exhibition of Contemporary Work by Latin American Artists Opens at Holy Cross

January 25th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

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Students, faculty, and staff gather in the Cantor Art Gallery for the opening reception of “Last Frontier: The Subjectivity of Territory,” engaging with the thought-provoking work of 10 Latin American artists who explore the concept of borders through photography, sculpture, and video. The exhibition, curated by V. Nicolás Koralsky, the director for the College’s study abroad program in Buenos Aires, will run through April 14.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Cut Winter Break Short to Take Part in Simulated Workweek

January 19th, 2017 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Students returned early from winter break to take part in the Fullbridge Professional Edge program at Holy Cross. The program provides a simulated work experience to expose students to the basics of business.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students in Economics Class Take Part in Pecha Kucha Night

December 9th, 2016 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Over pizza in Stein Hall, students in the economics class Latin American Economic Development put on a pseudo Pecha Kucha night titled “20×20 by 17x17x17.” Pecha Kucha is a concise presentation format in which each speaker brings 20 slides and speaks about a topic, and each slide is shown for only 20 seconds. “We added 17X17X17 — 17 students, 17 countries, 17 issues of Latin American Economic Development,” says Robert Reinauer, visiting instructor in economics. Invitees included students and faculty members from the economics and Latin American and Latino Studies departments.

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Charles Richard ’19 gives a presentation titled “The Venezuelan Crisis and Economic Mismanagement.”

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Marie Therese Kane ’18 gives a presentation titled “Preferential Option for the Poor: Evaluating Liberation Theology as a Model for Poverty Alleviation in El Salvador.”

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Rosangel Cruz Cabrera ’18 gives a presentation titled “China’s Mega-Projects in Latin America: The Proposed Canal in Nicaragua.”

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Emma Carlone ’19 gives a presentation titled “NAFTA: Its Impacts on the Industrial Sector of the Mexican Economy.”

Photos by Robert Reinauer

Spanish Lecturer Hosts Bilingual Theater Workshop in Spain

November 26th, 2016 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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Helen Freear-Papio, director of the Foreign Language Assistants Program and lecturer in Spanish, center, conducted a two-day bilingual theater workshop at the University of Murcia in Spain while she was there over the Thanksgiving break. Freear-Papio involved two of her former students from Holy Cross, Kyler Canastra ‘14, far left, and Brendan Medeiros ’11, second from right, who live in Madrid and love the theater. María Cantuel, a well-known Spanish actor and Medeiros’ girlfriend, second from left, was the artistic director of the performance.  At far right is Diana de Paco Serrano, dramatist, cultural coordinator and professor of classics at the University of Murcia, who invited Freear-Papio to conduct the workshop.

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At the end of the workshop, the participants staged a series of short bilingual monologues around the themes of fear and anger. Here Freear-Papio, Medeiros, and Canastra work with some of the participants to make the texts bilingual.

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Cantuel leads the group in theatrical warm-up activities. The workshop was such a great success, Freear-Papio says they have been invited back to the University of Murcia and will be doing a follow-up workshop over spring break.

Social Entrepreneur Hosts Q&A at Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

October 25th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line — a 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people with a variety of issues, including depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and eating disorders — answers questions after presenting the 51st annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture titled “The Giving Solution: How Philanthropy is Changing the World.”
This blog entry by Grainne Fitzpatrick ’17, photo by Andrea Peraza Calderon

Rajotte ’17 Sails Away on Unique Semester Experience

September 30th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

Timothy Rajotte ’17, an English major from Abington, Mass., spent the spring semester off campus, partaking in the SEA Semester, a field-based environmental education at sea. Before departing on the ship, Rajotte spent six weeks in Woods Hole, Mass., where he took a number of classes including oceanography, nautical science, and maritime history.

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Rajotte traveled the sea aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Enrolled in the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program, Rajotte traveled to St. Croix, St. John, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cuba.

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Above, Rajotte stands at the helm of the ship. “Standing the watch” was crucial to his experience. “Our class of 24 was divided into three watches, one of which was always required to control the navigational and scientific objectives while underway at all hours of the day and night. We usually had two watches per day, one of which would be six hours long during day light hours, and then a four hour watch taking place during the dark of night” Rajotte explains.

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Above, Rajotte is pictured in a Holy Cross shirt, poses after playing a pickup game of baseball in Samaná, Dominican Republic. On shore, each student conducts a research project on a current social topic in the Caribbean. “I chose to focus on the historical effect of Major League Baseball on the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and how prospects from the Caribbean are exploited for their talents,” Rajotte says.

Looking back on the adventure, Rajotte reflects on the many unique experiences, “this experience was one I will never forget. It instilled confidence, work ethic, and leadership abilities in me that I never knew I could attain. Surrounded by great friends, professors, and crew members, I explored amazing towns and cities that are considered off the beaten path for tourism, in the process meeting people who embraced us and welcome us into their culture.”

Carlson ’19 Completes Summer Internship with Rhode Island Congressman

September 9th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Patrick Carlson ’19 poses with Congressman Jim Langevin while participating in an internship program at the Rhode Island District Office. Carlson spent the summer completing various tasks: answering phone calls, drafting constituent correspondence, and supporting staff members on various projects.

Photo courtesy of Congressman Jim Langevin

105 Students Participate in 20th Anniversary of Odyssey Program

August 26th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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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.

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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.

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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