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LAY OF THE LAND  June saw the arrival of members of the Class of 2020 and their parents for the Summer Gateways Orientation Program. The sessions gave attendees their first taste of life on The Hill and opportunities to meet the faculty, administrators and students who will help shape their Holy Cross experience. During the summer, incoming first-year students read the memoir When Breath Becomes Air, written by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Orientation programming continued after Move-In Day with Fall Gateways.

HARD HAT UPDATE  With visible changes and the buzz of bulldozers, progress on the construction at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex could be seen and heard this summer. In June, crews erected structural steel at the main entrance, worked on ceiling framing in the basketball arena and continued foundation installation on the new Field House, among other projects. Visit to see a live feed of the expansion and renovation.

星谈 (STARTALK)  For the fifth consecutive year, Holy Cross won a $90,000 STARTALK grant, funding a 10-day workshop on campus in July. The program, titled “Read-On: Teaching Reading Literacy in Chinese,” allowed teachers of Chinese as a foreign language who are in the early stages of their careers to learn research-based strategies for Chinese literacy instruction. Claudia Ross, professor of Chinese, led the initiative.

FIELD GOALS  The grass is in fact greener on Fitton Field. For the first time in its history, the football field is getting a refresh in the form of brand-new sod—a bluegrass blend sourced from Maine—as well as updated netting. Members of the physical plant department worked on the project throughout the summer. The Crusaders made their home turf debut against Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 24, during Fall Homecoming.

AT THE BOX OFFICE  The fall Seelos Film Series kicked off on Aug. 31. Charles Baker, associate professor emeritus of French and director of film programs, started the series, which is open to the public, in 1963. The movies, free since 2001, are screened in Seelos Theater and are hugely popular with not only the campus but also the local community. Baker estimates that about 3,000 films have been shown as part of the series.

COLONIAL OR CAPE?  If you tuned in to Episode 1 of the 112th season of HGTV’s “House Hunters” on Aug. 24, you may have seen a familiar face from the Holy Cross community. Assistant Basketball Coach Joe Kennedy was featured on the hit show with his fiancee searching in Framingham, Massachusetts for their first home.

75 YEARS OF NROTC  On Sept. 24, during Fall Homecoming, the O’Callahan Society honored the 75th anniversary of Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Holy Cross. The O’Callahan Society affinity group supports and cultivates the traditions of military and naval officer training within the context of a Jesuit, liberal arts education.

FACULTY READING  The Creative Writing Program sponsored the faculty reading held in Rehm Library on the evening of Sept. 1. Oliver de la Paz, poet and assistant professor of English, read from his four published collections of poetry, and Stephanie Reents, fiction writer and assistant professor of English, read her short stories. Reents has taught at the College since 2007, and de la Paz joined the English department this year.

UPCOMING PANEL  On Oct. 24, Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) will host a panel discussion, “Rethinking ‘East vs. West:’ Challenging Assumptions.” Moderated by Associate Professor of History Cynthia Hooper and co-sponsored by the Montserrat Contemporary Challenges Cluster, the panel will set the stage for the Oct. 27-28 coffeehouse opera, “Othello in the Seraglio: The tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch.”

DÜNYA ENSEMBLE  On Oct. 26, the Dünya Ensemble will hold a lecture-demonstration titled “An Ottoman Tableau of Faith.” This musicians’ collective, co-sponsored by ATB and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, will feature musical traditions associated with Islam, Christianity and Judaism in Ottoman Istanbul.