Posts Tagged ‘Montserrat’

Students Learn About Food Waste Through Documentary, Panel

April 4th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


On April 4, students in the Montserrat class “I Am, Therefore I Eat”, as well as from biology and sociology classes, watched a screening of “Just Eat It” in Seelos Theater.

Following the film screening was a panel on food waste, which featured (from left) Marty Dudek, associate director of dining services; Connor Zanini ’17 and Emily Breakell ’17, both of whom are members of the Holy Cross Food Recovery Network, which gathers food left over from events at the College’s Hogan Campus Center and donates it to the Food for the Poor Program, a Worcester-based soup kitchen and food pantry; Stephanie Crist, visiting assistant professor of sociology; and Anna Hankins (not pictured), a staff member for the national Real Food Challenge, which leverages the power of young people and universities to create healthy and fair food systems in communities across the country.

The students in the audience had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the panelists, which included a robust discussion around potential food waste problems found at Holy Cross, and how dining services is working to minimize waste at the College. Overall, the event provided the students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of food waste issues, and how people can take action against these issues.

Photo by Lynn Cody

Living and Learning

November 28th, 2012 by kmmalone
Students in the Montserrat seminar “Reacting to the Colonial Past,” taught by Mary Conley, associate professor of history, participate in a month-long role-playing conference to decide the future of Indian state after World War II and British willingness to cede the country.  The class meets in a new seminar space in Hanselman Hall, the dormitory in which the students all live.

Hunger Banquet Raises Awareness of Food Disparities Across the Globe

November 19th, 2012 by kmmalone

Montserrat’s Global Society cluster held a Hunger Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 5 to raise awareness of disparities in food access locally and globally. More than 200 students and faculty participated in the lottery-styled meal that highlighted hunger and homelessness across the globe.

Fifteen percent of attendees enjoyed three-course meals served by wait staff, representing the proportion of the world’s population able to afford a nutritious daily diet; 35 percent received a healthy supply of beans and rice; representing those living on the edge of poverty; and a third group, comprised of 50 percent of participants, was given only ½ cup of rice and water, representing the majority of the world’s population that struggles daily to find food, water and shelter.

During the banquet, Liz Sheehan Castro of the Worcester County Food Bank; John Perkins of the Heifer Project; Drew Rapa ’14, co-chair of the College’s Oxfam chapter; and Michaela Johnson ’13, SPUD intern coordinator of hunger and homeless projects, spoke about local and global food challenges.

Author Gives Talk on Constant Presence of Technology and Its Effect on Society

February 16th, 2012 by

A crowded Hogan Ballroom awaits to hear from MIT Professor Sherry Turkle, who gave a talk based on her new book, “Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other.”

As a professor, author, researcher, and licensed clinical psychologist, Turkle spoke on the social implications of technology, a topic she has studied for the last 30 years. In light of the author’s discussion and as part of the Montserrat program, all first-year students will take part in a technology-free day on Feb. 17.

After the talk, Turkle met with students and signed copies of her book, which explores the complex relationships people have with technology in our digital age.

Photography by Christian Santillo

Author of First-Year Reading, Jesuit Fr. Greg Boyle, Gives Talk

September 6th, 2011 by

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries and author of “Tattoos on the Heart” delivers a presentation titled “Barking to the Choir: Finding the Kinship of God” in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. “Tattoos on the Heart” was selected as the first-year reading for the Class of 2015. Read more about the talk in the Telegram & Gazette.

Fr. Boyle signs books following his talk.

Photograph by J Kevin Crowley ’12

A Spiritual Journey

June 22nd, 2009 by

Each year since 2004, different members of Holy Cross faculty and staff have participated in the Ignatian Pilgrimage to study the life of Ignatius Loyola (1491 -1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus, and to enrich their understanding of the heritage of Jesuit education. The pilgrimage is led by Tom Landy, director of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture at Holy Cross.

This year’s participants stand on the roof of the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica is seen in the background. First row, left to right: Jerry Lembcke, associate professor of sociology; Margaret A. Post, director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning; Justin Poche, assistant professor of history. Second row, left to right: Susan Rodgers, professor and chair of sociology and anthropology; Sharon Frechette, associate professor of mathematics; Karen Teitel, assistant professor of economics; Virginia Raguin, professor of visual arts; Donald Brand, professor of political science; Rev. Earle Markey, S.J., associate director of admissions; Katherine Kiel, associate professor of economics. Third row, left to right: Mark Savolis, head of archives and special collections; Jeffrey Reno, associate professor of political science; Landy; Paul Covino, associate chaplain and director of liturgy; Blaise Nagy, professor of classics.


Holy Cross’ universal first-year program, titled Montserrat is named after this mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain, where, in 1522, St. Ignatius of Loyola laid aside the symbols of his old life and began a pilgrimage of exploration, self-discovery and commitment.

Photograph by Virginia Raguin


The Church of St. Sebastian in Spain where St. Ignatius was baptized.

Photograph by Virginia Raguin

Celebrating a Gift From Nature

September 18th, 2008 by admin


Campus life, academics, and environmental awareness came together — all under the apple tree in front of the Hogan Campus Center.  Visual arts professor Virginia Raguin’s Montserrat seminar, Graven Images, sampled applesauce made from the tree’s fruit  and reflected on its natural beauty.


Photography by Tim Paquette ’11