Stonehill Celebrates Completion of Record-Setting Campaign
september 23 , 2010


Stonehill Student speakers at the celebration for Attaining the SummitStonehill student speakers from left: Jason Lynch '11, Michelle Tineo '12, Lauren Gifford '11 and Zach Tsetsos '12.

Stonehill's Attaining the Summit Campaign came to a close in June, raising a record-setting $59.5 million and on Thursday, September 23, the College celebrated its success inside the Pettit Atrium of the Shields Science Center.

Friends, benefactors, trustees and administrators of the College gathered for a reception prior to hearing from four student speakers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Tom May ’69 and Stonehill President Rev. Mark Cregan, C.S.C. ’78.

“This campaign transformed the College and significantly enhanced the opportunities Stonehill provides its students,” said Vice President for Advancement Francis X. Dillon ’70, who served as the master of ceremonies.

Biology major Lauren Gifford ’11 spoke of her experiences playing on the turf of W.B. Mason Stadium as captain of the field hockey team.

“The happiness and success that I have felt over these last four years could have never been possible without the help of everyone in this room...I want to take this time to specifically thank Leo Meehan ’75, W.B. Mason, and the Coughlin Family for providing Stonehill with the resources to make the athletics program so successful. You have given athletes an environment in which we can succeed,” said Gifford.

For English major and captain of the cross country and track teams Jason Lynch ’11, an injury opened up a new door for him.

“All of the energy and effort I had been so accustomed to putting into running went unused. I turned to my interest in Irish Studies for relief, and started focusing my energies, for the first time, on the academic component of my life. I had one passion taken for me for a time, but only so that I could develop another,” said Lynch, a Shields Scholarship recipient who studied in Ireland through a traveling Learning Community course.

Shields Science Center“Many students, myself included, have been able to attend this school due in large part to the scholarships offered by many of the people sitting in this room tonight. Specifically, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shields for your continued support. Your generosity has opened more doors for me than I ever thought possible, and I hope you know that it’s tremendously appreciated.”

International Business major Michelle Tineo ’12 has taken advantage of Stonehill’s many resources, actively involving herself in several clubs and organizations on campus.

The President of Diversity on Campus and co-coordinator of the ALANA-A Brothers and Sisters Leadership Program, Tineo said “when I leave Stonehill, I want Stonehill to know I have left. I want to leave big shoes to fill, I want people to say, ‘that Michelle Tineo, she made a difference here.’ “

“I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to this institution, specifically during the Attaining the Summit Campaign. Due to the leadership and generosity of the Board of Trustees and their chairman Tom May, Stonehill has exceeded the goal of this campaign, which will provide resources to help students like myself, realize our pontential, so thank you,” said Tineo.

Political Science and International Studies double major Zach Tsetsos ’12 credits Stonehill for making him the person he is today. “I cannot stress enough how the opportunities that Stonehill has presented me, both inside and outside of the classroom, have contributed to the person that I am today and the person I will be tomorrow. Choosing Stonehill was one of the best decisions that I have ever made,” stated Tsetsos, who will study abroad next semester in Cape Town, South Africa where he will be taking part in a service-learning program.

Tom May '69“On behalf of all my fellow students, I’d like to say how grateful we are to all of you for your generosity in helping Stonehill to ‘Attain the Summit.’ “

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tom May (right) commended the four student speakers, saying “in the financial world there is an old adage, if you make good investments you get good returns and dividends and Lauren, Jason, Michelle, and Zach are our dividends.”

May defined the true meaning of Attaining the Summit during his speech.

“To me it means an incredible effort by hundreds of people- only a small portion of which are here with us tonight. It means the development of so many new relationships and friends that we have gained and who now become a part of the Stonehill network…It also means to experience the amazing generosity of our Stonehill community,” said May.

“I could go on and on about what I’ve learned those few words to mean but I want to stop here and just thank you all for Attaining the Summit. You’re the ones who did it.”

Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. '78“This year when I met with Tom May and the leadership of the Board and when I met with our Division Heads, I said there are two words we need to say an awful lot this year to so many different people and those two words are ‘thank you,’ “ said President Cregan (left) in his closing remarks.

“The four students who spoke tonight and did such a wonderful job, remind us of the other two words that I think our so important and so central to the mission of this institution, and they are student success,” noted President Cregan.

“As we continue to go around the country and visit with alumni, friends and others who participate in the mission of this institution, we will continue to say ‘thank you’ throughout this year and we are so grateful to everyone’s participation and support.”

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