Stonehill Honored with Metro South Economic Impact Award
november 19 , 2009


The Metro South Chamber of Commerce recognized Stonehill with a Metro South Economic Impact Award for its investment in the Shields Science Center on Wednesday, November 18 at its annual meeting. The awards were presented to a total of nine organizations that have made a significant investment in the Metro South region over the past year. Vice President for Advancement Fran Dillon accepted the honor on the College's behalf.

"We have a close, good relationship with our neighbors and, as this award from the Metro South Chamber of Commerce shows, our neighbors appreciate how the College's efforts benefit the wider community. We are very grateful for the recognition and we are committed to building ever better and stronger relations with our neighbors in the community," said Dillon.

At 89,630 square feet, the Shields Science Center is the largest building on Stonehill's campus and houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology. It features innovative laboratory spaces that allow the integration of lab and lecture in chemistry and biology labs. The Center also houses new state-of-the-art psychology research and teaching labs. Groundbreaking for the Science Center took place on Sept. 27, 2007 and construction was completed this spring.

Over 225 benefactors, friends of the College, trustees, and faculty and staff members gathered inside the Science Center at Stonehill for the building's official dedication on Sept. 24. In his remarks, President Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. '78 made the surprise announcement that the Science Center would be named in honor of longtime friends of the College, Thomas and Mary Shields.

On Sept. 12, the College dedicated the Center's large Atrium, located in the front of the building, in honor of longtime friends and benefactors Peggy and Ray Pettit.

The eight other organizations that received Economic Impact Awards included: Carousel Family Fun Center in Whitman; Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton; North End Motors in Canton; On Deck Sports in Brockton; Old Colony Elder Services in Brockton; Prestige Car Wash in Brockton; Sullivan Tire, Co., Inc., in Abington; and Whelan Associates, LLC in Easton.

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business association based in the City of Brockton. The Metro South Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes the local business community through leadership in public advocacy, education, networking, information and community development.

The Chamber serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries. The Metro South region consists of eighteen communities south of Boston and is one of the fastest growing regions in Massachusetts with 10,000 new arrivals since 1959.

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