Posts Tagged ‘off-campus’

Spanish Lecturer Hosts Bilingual Theater Workshop in Spain

November 26th, 2016 by


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.


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.


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.

Alumnus and Bride Photo Bombed By Tom Hanks

October 30th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


As Ryan Barclay ’08 and his wife Elisabeth posed for their wedding photos in New York’s Central Park, they were approached by a familiar stranger: actor Tom Hanks.

The couple were taking photos with their wedding party near a common path for runners when one runner stopped and approached the happy couple.

“Hey, I’m Tom Hanks,” he said to an awestruck wedding party, before happily posing for photos with the couple. In a tweet shortly thereafter, Hanks shared a selfie and well wishes to the newlyweds.

Congratulations, Ryan and Elisabeth!

Photo courtesy of Meg Miller Photography

Carlson ’19 Completes Summer Internship with Rhode Island Congressman

September 9th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


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

Cousins and Fellow Crusaders Travel To Mountaintop Monastery

February 16th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Cousins Casey Norton ’16 and Tommy Gallant ’12 pose during a trip to Montserrat, a mountain in Catalonia, Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, laid down his soldier’s weapons and began a new life devoted to study, teaching, service, faith and purpose. The two traveled for 10 days touring Barcelona and Morocco last summer. “We decided to make a special trip to Monserrat because Tom had recently graduated from Holy Cross and I was going to begin senior year,” says Norton. “It was an incredible experience being at such an important religious site and words truly can’t describe how I felt. It really made me feel connected with my faith and reinforced the concept of ‘men and women for and with others.’ ” Gallant is currently in his second year of medical school at the University of New England.

Photo submitted by Casey Norton

Students Abroad Attend Lecture by Former Obama Speechwriter Jon Favreau ’03

February 13th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Jon Favreau ’03, third from left, former chief speechwriter for President Obama, poses with Tom Reuter ’17, Megan Izzo ’17, and Tyler Ambrose ’17, after delivering a speech at the Oxford Union. The members of the class of 2017 attended the lecture, “Life as Obama’s Speechwriter,” during their study abroad at Mansfield College.

Photo provided by Megan Izzo ’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.

Worcester’s DCU Center Conducts Scavenger Hunt at Holy Cross

November 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Promoted by social media, Holy Cross students participated in an on campus scavenger hunt for tickets to the DCU Center performance of “TORUK – The First Flight”. Students were invited to follow the picture clue that led to Café Babel, located in Stein Hall, to find and win a pair of tickets. Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR and produced by Cirque du Soleil, “TORUK – The First Flight” is coming to Worcester December 11-13. Holy Cross community members can continue the scavenger hunt this week by following the DCU Center on social media or purchase tickets at the DCU Center box office.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Student Gives Keynote Speech at National Order of the Arrow Conference

September 14th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Donald Stephens ’18, an economics and political science major from Shavertown, Penn., gives the keynote address at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow conference. Stephens addressed 15,000 attendees at the conference, marking the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding. In addition to providing leadership and assisting to execute the event, Stephens participated in various training sessions and programs during the weeklong conference.

Stephens is one of 170,000 selected, out of 3 million Boy Scouts of America members, to the Order of the Arrow. Based on his proven track record of experience in the outdoors and service to others, Stephens was named national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow, the second highest role within the organization. At Holy Cross, he volunteers in the admissions outreach program, campus ministry and is a student worker in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

Learn more about Donald “Donnie” Stephens as he reflects on his time in the Order of the Arrow and the past year helping to plan the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference in this video.

Photography provided by Glen Greube and Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America.

Holy Cross Past, Present and Future Gather in Los Angeles

April 10th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Ann McDermott ’79, director of admissions at Holy Cross, poses with an accepted student and his family during the Bob Cousy Award reception in Los Angeles. In celebration of Crusaders past, present and future, admitted students, alumni and guests attended a special reception in downtown Los Angeles. Together, they connected with classmates and friends, learned about what is new and exciting on campus and shared their Holy Cross experiences.


Guests also gathered to watch the presentation of the Bob Cousy Award sponsored by Holy Cross during the first-ever College Basketball Awards Show on ESPN2. The award, named for Holy Cross and Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy ’50, is awarded to college basketball’s top point guard, along with additional awards presented by some of basketball’s all-time great players.

Courtesy Aurelia D’Amore Photography

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