5/2/22 - Three Senior CBL Interns Awarded SGA Student Leadership Awards

Three senior CBL Interns were honored at the SGA Student Leadership Awards, held on Monday, May 2, 2022. Dora Calva '22 received the "Outstanding Service to Worcester Award" for her work with Ascentria Care Alliance as one of the lead tutors through the CBL Intern Program for three years and as one of the volunteer tutors through her Spanish and Montserrat CBL courses during her first year. Julianne Esteves '22 received the "Admirable Leadership Traits Award" for her humble, kind, and generous leadership at Holy Cross as a CBL Intern, student leader in the Chaplains' Office and more. Kat Hauver '22 received the "Outstanding Contribution to the Holy Cross Community Award" for all of the ways in which Kat leads across the College, from being a CBL Intern, to a Gateways Orientation Leader, to a SBIP leader, to an E-board member of Feminist Forum, and more. We congratulate Dora, Julianne, and Kat on these honors!

The Donelan Office also congratulates J.D. Power Center Ambassador, Anne Comcowich '22 on being awarded "The Remarkable Vision Award" at the SGA Awards. 

4/27/22 - CBL Featured at Academic Conference

On Wednesday, April 27th, over 400 students and 30+ departments/programs came together for Holy Cross' annual Academic Conference, featuring student research and academic engagement at the College. CBL was featured in the Academic Conference panel, "CBL Across Disciplines: Students' Reflections on CBL in CIS, Montserrat, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Visual Arts." The student presenters included:

  • "Beginnings and Endings" - Kit Meszaros ‘24 and Lindsay Riordan ‘25
  • "Art of Africa and the Americas" and "Kings and Caliphs" - Grace Morrissey ‘22
  • "Theology of Making" - Luke Birch ‘25 and Michael Scuderi ‘25
  • "Filmmaking in Spanish" - Diana Chavez Cruz ‘24, Marie James ‘24, and Sam Kirkpatrick ‘24
  • "Seeking Justice" - Molly Doyle ‘22 and Rachel Enad ‘22

The students reflected on their CBL projects and how the projects enabled them to build connections, connect better and more deeply to course content, and learn academic and professional skills. Many shared about the impact CBL had on their academic and professional decisions, such as leading them to a major, minor, concentration, or interest in a particular professional field. Congratulations to all of our presenters! View their presentation (PDF). 

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4/26/22 - End-of-semester updates from the J.D. Power Center

Read the JDPC's end-of-semester newsletter for the latest JDPC and CBL happenings. 

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4/8/22 - Isabelle Jenkins appointed as Director of the Donelan Office

Isabelle Jenkins has been appointed as the Director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning. Isabelle's appointment letter from Margaret Freije (Provost and Dean of the College) included the following Isabelle's appointment:

Beginning late last fall, the College undertook a national search to select the next Director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning. The Director of the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts and the World (Michelle Sterk Barrett) coordinated with the Committee on Academic Programs to structure the search process and the formation of the search committee. The search committee was composed of Dan Frost (Spanish & LALC), Renee Beard (Sociology & Anthropology), Tsitsi Masvawure (CIS), Susan Hunt (Government & Community Relations), Marty Kelly (Chaplains’ Office/SPUD), Rudy Antoncic ‘22, Anne Comcowich ’22, and Michelle. 

Isabelle has served as the Interim Director since July of 2021. Isabelle is a Holy Cross alumna who majored in Religious Studies. She did a post-graduate year of service with the Life Together program through the Episcopal Service Corps. She then pursued her M.Div. at Harvard University where she was selected as a Presidential Scholar and worked with their Title IX initiatives, Office of Career Services, and Women’s Center. As part of her divinity school education, she interned in the Holy Cross Chaplains’ Office. She was hired to be the Assistant Director of the Donelan Office in 2014 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2016. While working full-time at Holy Cross, Isabelle has also been pursuing doctoral work in higher education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her dissertation research is entitled, Developing Skills for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: An Examination of Faculty Teaching that Resonates for Students of Color. She anticipates defending her dissertation in the fall. Isabelle has taught courses in the Academic Internship Program and the Montserrat Program and has done dozens of formal presentations in classes, at conferences, and on retreats. She has also earned numerous awards for her professional contributions including: the 2019 Women’s Appreciation Award from the Male Involvement Coalition at Holy Cross; the 2017 SGA Outstanding Program Support Award, and the 2016 “40 Under 40” honor from the Worcester Business Journal. 

4/6/22 - CBL Community Partner and HC Alum, Frank Kartheiser awarded IVC's Madonna Della Strada Award

IVC (Ignatian Volunteer Corps) New England has selected CBL community partner and Holy Cross alum, Frank Kartheiser '88 as one of their Madonna Della Strada Award recipients this year. The Madonna Della Strada award is named after Sancta Maria Della Strada, the first church that St. Ignatius and the early Jesuits obtained to serve the urban poor in the center of Rome. The award honors lives that reflect the Ignatian values of direct service to the poor, and of working and educating for a more just society. Frank is being honored for his activism in Worcester, including his work to co-found the Mustard Seed and his many years as the Director of Worcester Interfaith. Congratulations, Frank! The Donelan Office thanks you for all that you do to partner with Holy Cross through community-based learning.

3/1/22 - CBL Professor, Megan Ross (Music) featured on on WCCA 

WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale interviews Megan Ross, Ph.D., about the Worcester Hip Hop Congress, an arts non -profit founded in 2021 by a collaborative of local artists, educators, and scholars with a shared love for hip hop and Worcester. In the interview, Megan discusses her CBL courses and her community-based work. Congratulations, Megan! View the interview.

2/21/22 - Michelle Sterk Barrett publishes book chapter in Service-Learning Pedagogy and the Teachings of the Catholic Church

J.D. Power Center Director (and former Donelan Office Director), Michelle Sterk Barrett's book chapter, "Actualizing mission and holistic education through service-learning" has been published in the larger work, Service-Learning Pedagogy and the Teachings of the Catholic Church. The book features scholarship from around the world on service-learning in the context of Catholic higher education. Michelle's chapter examines the importance of mission at Catholic institutions and how service-learning is a way to enact mission in academic settings. Access the book and read Michelle's chapter (PDF) (pp. 93-115).

2/15/22 - Check out the J.D. Power Center's Latest Newsletter!

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Read the latest J.D. Power Center newsletter. This edition features many CBL-related updates and announcements, including about the 2022 NPCC, our upcoming Dialogue Session, and the CBL Intern application deadline. 

1/11/22 - "Filmmaking in Spanish" film Featured at MSDA Annual Symposium

In Fall '21, students in Prof. Bridget Franco's (Spanish) "Filmmaking in Spanish" course created short bilingual films for community partners to feature community partners' programs, communities, and extraordinary efforts. One group worked with the Medicaid | Medicare | CHIP Dental Services organization (MSDA) and created the film, "Giving Voice." This film features several patients that MSDA serves and how the dental care they have received has been meaningful for them. On January 11, 2022, this film was featured nationwide at MSDA's Annual Symposium in the session, "Understanding the Problems." In this symposium session, participants viewed the Holy Cross student-made video and then learned why access to dental care is so important to the individuals featured in the film. Dr. Renée Joskow then presented about barriers and challenges to achieving equitable oral health from the policy and program perspectives. Congratulations to the MSDA filmmakers, Stephanie Jordan ’22, Elizabeth Mahoney ’24 and Katie Stathoulopoulos ’24! Learn more about MSDA and view the students' film (and all of the films created through "Filmmaking in Spanish") on Prof. Franco's "Filmmaking in Spanish" showcase page.

12/8/21 - Updates from the J.D. Power Center!

Check out the J.D. Power Center's end-of-semester newsletter, which includes news and announcements from the Center, as well as a spotlight on one of our CBL community partners, Our Bright Future. The Donelan Office wishes everyone a happy holidays!

11/26/21 - CBL Faculty member, Prof. Megan Ross featured as a "Hometown Hero" in Worcester Magazine

The Donelan Office congratulates Prof. Megan Ross for being featured as a "Hometown Hero" in Worcester Magazine. The magazine shared about Megan's work as executive director for the Worcester chapter of the Hip Hop Congress, as well as about the community-based learning projects Megan has done in the city. About CBL, Megan shared, “You can’t teach music, in my opinion, without having a sense of what culture and community is. I may not be a hip-hop practitioner, I’m certainly not someone who can speak on the Black American experience, but what I can provide is that historical lens, I can be an educator, I can help bring their music and their work into the light of a broader community.” Read the entire spotlight.

11/2/21 - SIA Grant Featured on Spectrum News 1

The Donelan Office congratulations Scholarship in Action (SIA) for being featured on Spectrum News 1. Spectrum News 1 highlighted the most recent SIA winners, including partnerships with Family Health Center, AIDS Project Worcester, and the Worcester County Poetry Association. Read and watch the feature. 

10/24/21 - 2 Senior CBL Interns Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Senior CBL Interns, Kat Hauver '22 and Emily Taylor '22 were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society on 10/24/21. Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education. Less than 4% of the senior class is granted acceptance into Alpha Sigma Nu. Congratulations, Emily and Kat!

10/20/21 - Updates from the J.D. Power Center in the J.D. Power Center's first-ever newsletter!

Check out the J.D. Power Center's first-ever newsletter, which includes updates and happenings in CBL and across the J.D. Power Center's programs. 

10/14/21 - J.D. Power Center Director, Michelle Sterk Barrett featured in Conversations magazine

The Fall '21 edition of Conversations, the AJCU's magazine publication, features J.D. Power Center Director, Michelle Sterk Barrett's (and former Director of the Donelan Office) article, "Why Jesuit Education Can Lead the Way." In the piece, Michelle reflects on how the values of a  Jesuit education are particularly relevant to meet today's challenges of political and racial divides, mistrust in government and media, and even mistrust in our own colleges and universities. Particularly, the community engagement that a Jesuit liberal arts education fosters can help widen viewpoints and build relationships across difference. Read Michelle's article.

10/8/21 - "Holy Cross Celebrates Worcester Partnerships at Community Partner Appreciation Reception" 

On October 8th, the Community Engagement Steering Committee was able to hold it's annual  in-person Community Partner Appreciation Reception for the first time since Spring '19. The reception was hosted at Polar Park and included various Holy Cross faculty and staff, along with community partners that Holy Cross works with through its various community engagement programs. President Rougeau offered remarks, as did two student leaders. Read about the reception in Holy Cross' newsroom story. Thank you to our CBL community partners for not only making CBL possible, but for making it a meaningful and enriching experience for Holy Cross students!

9/15/21 - Updates from the Donelan Office and Newsletter Transition

Check out the Donelan Office's last e-newsletter. We are excited to combine our e-newsletter with the J.D. Power Center's new e-newsletter so that all of our readers can learn about J.D. Power Center news and happenings, in addition to CBL news and happenings. Our entire mailing list has been transferred to the J.D. Power Center's e-newsletter mailing list, so be on the lookout for the first newsletter from the J.D. Power Center soon. In addition to the J.D. Power Center’s new e-newsletter, you can still keep up with us through this news page, through the CBL Intern Blog, on myHC (for Holy Cross students, staff, and faculty), and on the J.D. Power Center’s social media (instagram and facebook).

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8/20/21 - Holy Cross CBL Professor, Megan Ross (Music) and Holy Cross CBL student, Martell Audate '24 Featured in Worcester Magazine

Worcester Magazine featured the Worcester Hip Hop Congress' event which kicked off the "Living Local Worcester Hip Hop Archive." CBL Prof. Megan Ross and CBL student Martell Audate were both featured in the piece. Martell is overseeing the "Living Local Digital Archive" for the Hip Hop Congress. Read the article. 

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