Posts Tagged ‘Fr. McFarland’

Holy Cross Community Welcomes First-Year ALANA and International Students to Campus

August 21st, 2011 by

Faculty, administrators and alumni welcomed participants of Odyssey 2015 and their families at the opening dinner in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the program. Odyssey is a one-week program open on a voluntary basis to all first-year ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American) and international students. During the week, the 61 participants took part in workshops, field trips, discussions, and volunteer and social programs. Since the program’s inception, 776 first-year students have participated in Odyssey.

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, welcomes Odyssey participants.

From left, Amadeus Javier ’11, Anthony Zelayandia ’11 and Gabriel Fernandez ’12.

Stephanie Montilla ’13 and Samantha Oliveira ’12 embrace.

Odyssey “grads” who attended the event pose for the camera. At far left is Esther Levine, director of the Odyssey Program.

Photography by Patrick O’Connor

Class of 2009 Valedictorian Returns to Take In ‘Hogwarts at Holy Cross’ Event

May 1st, 2011 by

Elizabeth Morse, valedictorian of the Class of 2009, talks with Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, during “Hogwarts at Holy Cross: Snape’s Dungeon.” The event is sponsored by the Science Ambassadors, a group of more than 60 Holy Cross students who work with local children to develop an interest in the sciences. Morse, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biology at Yale University, was a co-chair of the Science Ambassadors during her junior and senior years at Holy Cross.

Photograph by Dan Vaillancourt

Holy Cross President With Loyal Alumnus

April 21st, 2011 by

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, and George Paletta Jr. ’84, an orthopedic surgeon and team doctor, in the clubhouse of the St. Louis Cardinals after the admitted students reception Paletta hosted in St. Louis.

Holy Cross Celebrates World Smile Day

October 1st, 2010 by

The Holy Cross community is all smiles for World Smile Day. Charlie Ball, son of Harvey Ball, a Worcester native who invented the smiley face, presents Rev. Michael C. McFarland, president of Holy Cross, with a “You’ve Been Smiled!” certificate.

Photograph by Tim Paquette ’11

Student Affairs hosted a “Smile Station” on the first floor of the Hogan Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where free smiley face goods and information about Worcester was available.

Photograph by Cristina Sato ’11

At 12:30 p.m., 200 free smiley face cookies were available.

Photograph by Cristina Sato ’11

Four Faculty Members Receive Swords Medals for 25 Years of Service to the College

September 28th, 2010 by

Timothy R. Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, delivers remarks before Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, hands three faculty members with a Raymond J. Swords, S.J., Faculty Medal. The medal honors members of the faculty who have served Holy Cross for 25 years or more.

Kim McElaney, who had worked in the Chaplains’ Office for 25 years, was posthumously awarded a Swords Medal. Fr. McFarland presents her husband, Tim Cox, with the honor. Dean Austin is seen in the background.

Photography by John Buckingham

Harry Thomas ’78 Gets Sworn In as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines

May 14th, 2010 by


Harry K. Thomas Jr. ’78, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, gets sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines.


Thomas with Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of Holy Cross.


Thomas and Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president of Holy Cross, share a laugh.


Thomas and Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., president emeritus of Holy Cross, embrace.


Thomas speaks with Rev. Earle Markey, S.J., associate director of Jesuit Relations at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Celebrates Official Opening of $64M Integrated Science Complex

March 23rd, 2010 by


Crowds of people are seen in the Swords Atrium during the dedication and blessing ceremony of the new $64 million Integrated Science Complex.


Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, blesses the science complex.


Adam Nadelson ’10, a biology major in the health professions program, interviews Dr. Joseph E. Murray ’40, who performed the first successful organ transplant in 1954, and was honored with the Nobel Prize in 1990.


Dr. Murray signs a copy of his book, Surgery of the Soul, as science librarian Barbara Merolli looks on. The book will be displayed in the science library.

Watch a video recap of the day’s events.

Photography by John Buckingham

Worcester Community Organizations to Benefit from $400,000 in Federal Funding

January 12th, 2010 by csteuer

Holy Cross received $400,000 in Congressionally-approved federal appropriation funding to support and enhance educational achievement, higher education access, and other programs for Worcester students through community-based partnerships with the College.  The funding will advance collaborations between the College and six of Worcester’s youth-serving institutions, including: Girls CHOICE, Nativity School of Worcester, North High School, South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, Worcester Boys & Girls Club, and Youth Effect. The College made the announcement at a press conference today.


Smiling for the camera: Thuha Le, from the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts; Yachira Torres ’10; Ellen Ryder, director of public affairs at Holy Cross; and Andrew Le, from the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts.


Rev. Michael C. McFarland, president of Holy Cross, chats with Ron Charette, executive director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, where the press conference was held.

Holy Cross President Greets Massachusetts Governor

November 16th, 2009 by


Rev. Michael C. McFarland, president of Holy Cross, left, greets Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during a meeting at Pine Manor College. Organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, the presidents only meeting focused on the importance of private higher education.

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