Making History: Stonehill's First Chair Endowed
JULY 31, 2006

Theresa and Lawrence Salameno pose with copies of historical documents from the Joseph W. Martin Jr. Papers, which the College presented as a token of appreciation for their generosity.

Stonehill has received the first endowed chair in the College's 58-year history thanks to the generosity of Trustees Lawrence and Theresa Salameno. This marks yet another step forward in the College's academic development.

The Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Endowed Chair in History will allow the History Department to enhance and invigorate its already strong reputation for academic excellence.

"In helping Stonehill to create our first endowed chair, Larry and Theresa are signaling their confidence in our future, and they are also moving our young college into a new phase of maturity in terms of scholarship and teaching," says President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. '78.

The College will fill the Salameno Chair in the coming year with a scholar in American History 1848-1900, preferably one who can bridge the fields of Civil War and Reconstruction and African American History. The Chair will also assist in energizing that part of the Department's mission that prepares students for independent research, for graduate study, and for successful application for post-graduate fellowships and awards.

Until the Salameno Chair is filled, the Salamenos have generously agreed to have the endowment fund a lecture series in the History Department that will bring two major speakers to campus per academic year.

A successful businessman and history enthusiast, Larry Salameno became acquainted with Stonehill when his daughter attended the College in 2001-2002. He became a Trustee in 2002, and his wife followed suit earlier this year.

"My wife and I have come to love the special way Stonehill educates and challenges its students. We wanted to do something unique, and we cannot think of anything more meaningful than creating this endowed chair. It will strengthen the academic excellence of an already strong department, and it will set the College on a new path," explains Salameno.

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