Attaining the Summit Campaign Launched
September 27, 2007

$55 million effort to raise funds for new Science Center, scholarships, academics, and athletics

Tom May '69NStar Chairman Tom May ’69 (left) electrified the audience in the Martin Institute for the public launch of Attaining the Summit: The Campaign for Stonehill College by announcing that the campaign is more than half way toward its ambitious goal.

“Already, we have raised $30 million toward our $55 million goal. We’re ahead of schedule,” proclaimed May, who chairs the College’s Board of Trustees.

“My message to you tonight is a simple one: thank you, thank you, thank you,” he told the 150 alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and students assembled for a gala dinner.

“Thank you for your generosity, for your leadership in being pace-setters, and for your continued interest in the College’s future and the complete success of this campaign. We know raising the remaining $25 million will be a huge effort, but we also know that this campaign is an incredible opportunity to transform our college.” 

Hearkening one of his favorite songs, John Lennon’s “Imagine,” May urged the crowd, “Imagine how a new Science Center, expanded scholarships, new faculty initiatives, and enhanced athletics will impact the experience of future Stonehill students. As chairman of the Board of Trustees, I am confident that we have set the right course of action for Stonehill. Our mission is to push the quality of a Stonehill education to a new standard of excellence.

”May’s remarks capped a program that included the unveiling of a moving campaign video and touching testimonials from three seniors – Lynes Torres, Michael Ryan and Danielle Mason. Lynes Torres '08

A biochemistry major, Torres (right) explained that she thought studying abroad was out of reach but that Erika Schluntz, director of international programs, convinced otherwise.

As a result, she spent an incredible semester in China, learning the language and exploring a very different culture. At present, she is interning at a holistic health center utilizing the taiqi she learned in China in an effort to advocate alternative medicine as a secondary treatment for ovarian cancer.

Michael Ryan '08English major Mike Ryan (right) told the audience: “Stonehill College is a marble with a colored fleck in it. Held one way, the marble is all but transparent, with only a hairline of brightness. Held another way, the convex shape of the glass broadens the color out, and the sphere radiates. We are here this evening, because we see the brilliance of this college, because we recognize the vivacity and dazzle that is the foundation of every day in the classroom, on the fields, in the dorms, and at the chapel. We are here because we want more people to hold the marble the right way.

”Ryan went on to detail his SURE (Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience) project, which culminated in presenting a paper at the 2006 American Culture Association national conference.

“None of this would have been possible without the consistent advocacy provided by Stonehill faculty, administration, and benefactors,” he concluded.

Danielle Mason '08“The opportunities Stonehill has given me have been amazing, but the best of all has been the chance to be a student-athlete,” said Danielle Mason, a Fine Arts and English double major (left).

"I have met a group of friends I will hold on to for life, I have learned skills like time management and leadership that will transfer into the postgraduate world, and I have been able to balance academics with my passion for athletics.”

 Grateful for scholarship support that enabled her to stay at Stonehill, Mason added, “My family and I will be forever grateful for that help. Without it, I would not be able to share with you the amazing experiences I’ve had here at Stonehill College.

”In closing the ceremony, President Mark Cregan, C.S.C., expressed gratitude to everyone present for their contribution to making the Stonehill story such a vibrant and compelling one.

“Stonehill has a story…that began in 1948 when we opened our doors. This story continues because of the efforts of so many – students, faculty, administrators, and our alumni network of over 20,000 graduates who share their stories every day. It’s a story that continues because of the many minds with one purpose in every phase of the Stonehill experience – academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually.

President Cregan”The $55 million Attaining the Summit: The Campaign for Stonehill College is the largest fundraising campaign undertaken in the history of the College. 

The comprehensive effort will transform the student experience by strengthening Stonehill in five strategic areas: building a new Science Center, increasing scholarship support, strengthening academics, growing the Stonehill Annual Fund, and enhancing athletics.

With $30 million raised at the launch of the public phase, Attaining the Summit is $7 million ahead of the total amount in Stonehill’s last campaign, Securing the Vision, which raised $23 million and ended in 1997.

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