Editor's Note

Welcome to the Spring issue! Springtime on the Holy Cross campus is a spectacular sight, as all of the readers of this magazine surely know. Whether you spent four years here as a student, have visited a son or daughter here or have the honor of working on campus, you know that the warmth of spring melts away any lingering snow and reminds us that Holy Cross is not just a pretty place, it’s a registered arboretum with an abundance of unique plantings to enjoy. With the latest installment of our seasonal photo spreads by Designer Stephen Albano and Photographer Tom Rettig on the next page, you’ll get a taste of the stunning spring flora on the Hill.

And speaking of design and photography, you may have already seen on social media that HCM’s redesign last year—the brainchild of Stephen Albano (pictured)—won an Award of Excellence from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA). We’ve heard from you, the readers, that you enjoy the look and feel of each issue, so receiving this national accolade from the UCDA is delicious icing on the already-sweet cake.

The Magazine has also recently earned a bronze award for Excellence in Photography from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The images submitted for that honor were taken by Tom Rettig, and included two of our all-time favorite Rettig shots (pictured): the College’s vintage orange Allis-Chalmers model B tractor and the impossibly gorgeous sunset view of Dinand Library from the steps of O’Kane.

As you turn the pages of this issue, you’ll find stories about alumni who have followed their passion for public service all the way to the White House, as well as students, faculty and staff who are achieving at national and even international levels in their chosen fields. You’ll meet Kate Ginsbach ’11 and hear her story of persistence and success in the world of extreme sports. You’ll learn more about the Holy Cross alumni who have joined the ranks of Teach for America after Commencement—and the intriguing connection a group of alumni from the 1990s have with slain journalist James Foley after they shared the TFA experience with him.

Springtime is the season of change, so we hope you’ll enjoy our feature on alumni who have drastically changed their career paths to pursue their passions. We call it “Second Acts.” (I have a bit of personal knowledge of this process from my own family. My father, Don, Class of 1965, became a college administrator after more than two decades as an Air Force officer and pilot. And Mom began a career as a special education teacher after working as a homemaker for about 20 years.)

Working on the “Second Acts” feature was a stirring reminder of how Holy Cross gives its students the solid academic grounding to make career shifts—and that the Jesuit, liberal arts foundation forms lifelong learners who have the critical thinking skills to make major life changes.

And now, I share some news of another change: After seven years at the helm of this publication, I am stepping down to pursue a new career opportunity at another institution. Thank you for all your calls, letters, emails and visits to let me know how I was doing as the caretaker of your magazine. And please continue to share your ideas and feedback with Executive Editor Ellen Ryder, Designer Stephen Albano and Assistant Editor Maura Sullivan Hill as future issues reach your mailboxes.

As I said to my colleagues at a recent farewell reception (pictured), I will always be proud that I worked at Holy Cross, and I will always be grateful that I worked with all of you. Thank you.

All the best from Mount St. James,

Suzanne Morrissey