5 New Points of Purple Pride

1. Holy Cross is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. The list, which appeared on the Princeton Review and USA Today websites, features 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.

2. Chemistry Professor Richard Herrick has received a grant from the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions. The award will result in two student summer research fellowships for summer 2011 and a special guest lecturer in April: 1981 Nobel Laureate Professor Roald Hoffmann. Herrick has also been named the second Edward A. O'Rorke Professor in the Liberal Arts; his one-year term begins July 1.

3. Professor Maurice Géracht (right) accepted the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, an allied organization of the Modern Language Association. Géracht was chosen for his work on Interfaces, a French-English illustrated journal he has co-edited since 2000. The Parnassus Award is based on a single issue of a journal published within the previous three years, and organizers emphasize that it recognizes "significant realization of editorial mission" and the highest standards of editorial practice, including high-quality content, compelling arrangement of contents, style, visual appeal and readability."

4. Director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies Tony Cashman reports that Kristen Dunlap '08 has recently earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil. And with 16 Holy Cross Fulbright finalists still in the running, Cashman expects more good news soon. "My goal is to keep us in that group of leading Fulbright-producing schools," he says.

5. Transforming Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College, a coffee table book by Holy Cross visual arts Professor Virginia Chieffo Raguin and Gary Wayne Gilbert earned a spot as a "Best Book of 2010" from Independent Publisher Awards. Raguin also made a mark in the Windy City, where the exhibition she co-curated, Pilgrimage and Faith, appeared at the Loyola University Museum of Art-and was named one of the best art exhibitions in Chicago for 2010 by Time Out Chicago magazine.