Attaining the Summit: A Gift Story
August 31, 2009


A Gift Story, Sullivan Family Unites for Science

Sullivan Family Unites for Science

Who Gave it? The Sullivan Family — Paula Sullivan, assistant vice president for athletics, and her sisters Martha Sullivan, Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Alchorn ’74, and brother Neil and sister-in-law Maribeth Sullivan. Their daughter Katherine is a sophomore at Stonehill, who aspires to be a physician like her parents, grandfather and greatgrandfather.

How much? $10,000 How wi ll gift be used ? It funds a cold room in the Science Center. Named after Arthur
and Rosemary Sullivan, the cold room stores solutions and living specimens and supports revolutionary/environmental biology teaching laboratories.

Reason for Giving? “Our parents gave us an appreciation for education that has enriched our lives. They are gone now, but we wanted to create a lasting tribute to them. They loved Stonehill, so this just felt right for us as a family, especially given the importance of science to the medical world,” explains Paula Sullivan.

Why not Athletics? “Between medicine and teaching, our family has always valued academics. And, I have spent my career at Stonehill ensuring that our student-athletes compete not just on the playing field, but also in the classroom. That the College has an outstanding academic program works very well for those of us in Athletics,” notes Sullivan.

Next Generation? “My niece Kate chose Stonehill. She is involved in volleyball and basketball, has already studied in Spain and is interested in neuroscience. Indeed, the fact that the College was building a new Science Center was a big factor in her decision to attend,” says Sullivan.

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