Turning the Page
When winter arrives on Mount St. James, it often brings a fresh blanket of white snow.
Some see it as a clean slate, just as they are focusing on resolutions and improvements for a new year and new semester. Others might see it as an obstacle in climbing up The Hill to the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, or down the steps to Kimball.
These conflicted reactions to winter seem to mirror our own feelings as we close out 2016, a year consumed by an intense and negative presidential campaign. On campus, students in our Presidential Selection course studied this campaign in context with elections of the past, engaging in respectful dialogue and simulated debates, regardless of their political opinions. The course is taught by Professor Donald Brand, who says, “I’ve spent my entire career really trying to find a way of teaching that allows students of all political persuasions to feel comfortable and to explore their views and be challenged.” You can read more in Syllabus.
After this election season, Professor Brand’s approach is encouraging and refreshing, and offers a path forward for us all: to engage in dialogue, and to support each other. And as you’ll read in this issue, members of our Holy Cross community are already doing that every day. Not only do they lift each other up, but they also positively contribute to their surrounding communities and the wider world.
First, we have our Sanctae Crucis Award winners, who deservingly have received the College’s highest non-degree honor for not only for their professional achievements, but also for the ways in which they embody our community’s commitment to service, faith and justice.
Thomas H. Carey ’66, the former executive vice president of global marketing and corporate communications company Omnicom Group, Inc., has lent his advertising and business expertise to those institutions and organizations closest to his heart, including Holy Cross.
AnnMaura Connolly ’86 has dedicated her life to expanding citizen service opportunities in the United States and abroad, and to educating people about the importance and impact of service.
Cheryl A. Martin, Ph. D., ’84 works to further clean energy and sustainability initiatives that can solve global challenges.
Rev. James D. Mathews ’58 goes to the margins of society, providing food to the homeless, English as a second language classes to refugees and job training for the unemployed at a Syracuse parish that is known for its welcoming and inclusive spirit.
Jonathan E. Racek ’95 took his skills from the architecture world and founded Play360, a nonprofit that facilitates the creation of low-cost, sustainable playgrounds to improve education and social engagement in the developing world.
In "The Path Forward," you’ll read about our Alumni Job Shadowing Program and the power of the Holy Cross network. More than 200 alumni generously offer their time to help current students learn more about a given field and discern their career path through job shadowing days.
Each issue of Holy Cross Magazine includes a profile of one of our spectacular alumni, and in this issue, you’ll meet Judge James Carroll ’69, who offers compassion and a path to recovery, rather than jail time, for non-violent drug offenders in New Hampshire.
I also want to thank our readers for the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Food Issue. Joe Arnstein ’66 wrote to us via email to say, “How many alumni used the adjective ‘delicious’ in referring to the Fall 2016 Issue? Here’s one more.”
We heard from all facets of our Holy Cross community—alumni, faculty, students and parents—about how you devoured the food stories, and learned something new in the process. You can read more of what people had to say in the Letters to the Editor. We were thrilled by the warm response, and hope to do another themed issue in the future. If you have any suggestions on which topic we should tackle next, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we welcome your feedback and feel privileged to tell your stories, and the story of Holy Cross. ■
All the best from Mount St. James,
Maura Sullivan Hill