Editor's Note

Back to School

There's a reason why people who haven't been students in years still love back-to-school time. The promise of a new school year and the crispness of the air as fall replaces summer create a special energy. At Holy Cross, the happy buzz of returning students and professors greeting each other across campus reminded us all that we were being propelled into a new semester.

Certainly a special level of excitement came from the Class of 2015 as they arrived on campus Aug. 27. With the help of able-bodied and über-enthusiastic student and alumni volunteers (see a large bunch of them, decked out in purple, below), they filled their residence halls and quickly settled in before Hurricane Irene blew across New England the following day.

But lest you think a fall full of excitement means that summer was a dull lull, let me give you the scoop on just two of the interesting goings-on that took place on campus in the steamy days of June, July and August.

Now in its fifth year, the Summer Business Program, organized by the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies, welcomed two dozen students in June. The intense, four-week program immerses students in the art and science of business and entrepreneurship. Alumni speakers-leaders in their business fields-offered sessions on managing a global enterprise, techniques for data analysis, best practices for making business presentations and more. They also mentored teams for a group project competition. This year, first place went to the Synergist team led by Alberto Correia '78 P14, vice president of Cambridge Biomedical. Team member Andrew Coury '13, says, through the group project, he learned about business models, how to conduct valuations and "the meaning behind the metrics."

Describing the Summer Business Program as a "business buffet," Coury notes, "We gained exposure to many different aspects of the broad field of business, which helped us each decide which ones best suit us," adding that the alumni presenters were very generous with their time and feedback.

Another academic opportunity, the Summer Research Program, allowed 103 Holy Cross students to engage in graduate-level research with their faculty mentors. A list of titles from the resulting 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium event showcases the program's broad scope: "Interactions between dopamine and serotonin in an animal model of schizophrenia," "Archiving Lakota oral traditions" and "The Effect of Sound Waves on the Formation of Laser Induced Plasmas" are just a few.
We took a special interest in "Sociality in the Mygalomorph tarantula Heterothele villosella" presented by Jennifer Bosco '12 and Brian Moskalik, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in biology. Read about our visit to the pair's tarantula lab in this issue's Web Exclusives at http://magazine.holycross.edu.

Suzanne Morrissey   hcmag@holycross.edu

 

Alumni volunteers dodged raindrops on Aug. 27, 2011, to help the Class of 2015 settle into their residence halls.

Front row (seated, left to right): Maureen Moran '89, Paul Schiff '83, Ann Marie Dadoly '89, Arnold Ziesse '11, Johnny Chin '05.

Second row (kneeling, left to right): Alex Sullivan, Nathan Sullivan, Justin Sullivan, Sue Trasatti Sullivan '89, Ella Sullivan, Nancy Amanti Williams '82, Alexa Simeone '03,Tressa Santillo '07.

Third row (standing, left to right): Stacey Charon '11, Lynne Ticho, Tom Cadigan '02, Lorraine Ryan '81, Catherine Yin '03, Ruth Ann Elias '76, Maureen Varley '76, Daniella Wilmot '03, Eileen Fitzpatrick '77, Kristyn Dyer '94, Enri Azizaj '05.

Back row (left to right): Jonathan Provost '11, David Sullivan, Ben Ticho '68, Brian O'Connell '71, Don Brady '75, Boris Moczula P14, 11, 09, Al Correia '78.

Not pictured: Jennifer Gibbons '01, Ryan McReynolds, Rev. James Hayes, S.J. '72, Karen Heveron Bagdonas '90, Kelly Bagdonas, Linda Luke Lee '78 and Johanna Reilly P00