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12/3/2018 - CBL Interns Get Into the Holiday Spirit and Win the J.D. Power Center Holiday Door Decorating Contest!

CBL Interns have gotten into the holiday spirit through celebrating the CBL Intern community, exchanging "Secret Snowflake" gifts, and working tirelessly on the Donelan Office door for the J.D. Power Center holiday door decorating contest.  Featuring pictures of the CBL Interns on hand-made snow globes and an interactive community-building activity, the CBL Interns decorated the door in true CBL spirit.  And, their efforts paid off! On 12/3 at the J.D. Power Center Holiday Open House, the CBL Interns were awarded top prize.  Thank you, Interns, for spreading holiday cheer and community-building spirit.  Below the door decorators are pictured with their prize-winning creation, as well as other Interns getting into the holiday spirit (including with a holiday tree made of post-it notes). Happy Holidays from the Donelan Office!


11/9/2018 - CBL Professor Bridget Franco (Spanish), Donelan Office Director Michelle Sterk Barrett, and CBL Students Present at NEFDC

Professor Bridget Franco and Donelan Office Director Michelle Sterk Barrett co-presented at the New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference on November 9th on Prof. Franco's CBL course, "Filmmaking in Spanish." The session, "Fusing Digital Filmmaking & CBL to Deepen Student Engagement," explored the fusion of digital technology with the creation of short films for community-based organizations. They began the presentation by explaining how both the filmmaking process and CBL enable non-linear, multi-faceted learning processes that teach adaptability and prepare students to independently engage in our diverse world. In the second part of the session, attendees participated in a hands-on introduction to filmmaking by utilizing iPads to interview former students, Tesa Danusantoso '19, Efrain Lozano '19, Isabel Tehan '19, and Nicholas Triant '19 about course impact. The presentation was extremely well received, as the participants appreciated learning about the course directly from a variety of perspectives (faculty member, CBL Director, students) and briefly experiencing what it was like to be a student in the class by practicing filmmaking. Congratulations to Prof. Franco, Michelle, and the students!

The student presenters (from L to R): Efrain Lozano, Tesa Danusantoso, Isabel Tehan, and Nicholas Triant.

Prof. Franco and Isabel Tehan demonstrate filmmaking for participants using an iPad.


11/3/2018 - CBL Interns Attend Annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington D.C.

This weekend, four CBL Interns, Mattie Carroll ‘19, Emma Davison ‘21, Yesenia Gutierrez ‘21, and Fatima Oseida '20 joined the Holy Cross cohort at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington D.C. The Family Teach-In for Justice, an annual conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, brings together high school and college students from Jesuit institutions across the country to advocate for social justice and change through learning, praying, and reflecting. This conference, now in its 21st year, honors the Jesuits and their companions that were martyred in El Salvador in 1989. At the conference, the Interns had the opportunity to listen to different keynote speakers share about issues regarding racism, immigration, mass incarceration, climate change, and more. On their third and final day in D.C, the Interns participated in the conference's advocacy day on Capitol Hill. There, the Interns had the opportunity to speak to the staff of Senator Markey's (MA) office and to the staff of Representative McGovern's (MA) office about issues of immigration and mass incarceration, as well as what they hope the MA elected officials will advocate for in the coming years to enact justice-oriented change locally and nationally. Below, the Interns are pictured standing in front of the office of Representative McGovern.

October, 2018 - Isabelle Jenkins, Prof. Ginny Ryan, and Michelle Sterk Barrett's Article, "'I will forever be changed': Encouraging meaning-making in service-learning" Published in The Exchange

This past summer, Associate Director Isabelle Jenkins, Prof. Ginny Ryan, and Director Michelle Sterk Barrett presented at the New England Faculty Development Conference (NEFDC) on the meaning-making that happens in Prof. Ryan's Montserrat CBL course, "Identity, Diversity, and Community."  Isabelle, Prof. Ryan, and Michelle then turned their presentation into an article entitled, "'I will forever be changed': Encouraging meaning-making in service-learning."  In October, their article was accepted for publication in the Fall 2018 edition of the NEFDC's annual publication, The Exchange.  The article features quotes from students regarding their experience taking Prof. Ryan's course, as well as the reflection curriculum Isabelle and Prof. Ryan implement to assist students in their meaning-making of the course content and their community based learning experience.  Click here to access the article.  

10/28/18 - CBL Interns and CBL Professor Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, The Jesuit Honor Society

On Sunday, October 28th, three senior CBL Interns, Mattie Carroll '19, Maya Collins '19, and Kara Cuzzone '19 were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. CBL Professor, Ginny Ryan (Religious Studies) was inducted as an honorary member as voted on by the Alpha Sigma Nu members. Alpha Sigma Nu is a society that seeks to honor those students of Jesuit Institutions of higher learning who embody and live out the values of Scholarship, Loyalty, Leadership, and Service. Alpha Sigma Nu also recognizes that the value of a Jesuit education is that it not only draws from the classroom learning experience, but also from emphasis on a commitment to and concern for the well being of others. The members of Alpha Sigma Nu form a community that successfully integrates the ideals of service and scholarship into a meaningful life. Congratulations to Mattie, Maya, Kara, and Prof. Ryan (pictured below)!

10/16/2018 - Community Partner and HC alum, Frank Kartheiser '87 (Worcester Interfaith, the Mustard Seed) Featured in the Telegram and Gazette

The Donelan Office sends best wishes to community partner and HC alum, Frank Kartheiser '87 (Worcester Interfaith). Frank has just retired from his role as Director of Worcester Interfaith after 25 years with the organization (Frank founded the organization in 1993). Through his work with Worcester Interfaith and beyond, Frank has served as a mentor and co-educator of countless Holy Cross students. He has hosted CBL and SPUD students and interns at Worcester Interfaith and the Mustard Seed (which he co-founded in 1972), has been a presenter at the Non-Profit Careers Conference, supervised CBL projects, and been a presence at numerous Holy Cross events. The Donelan office is grateful to Frank for his service and dedication to Worcester and to the College. Recently, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette featured Frank Kartheiser and his work. Click here to read the spotlight.

9/30/2018 - Director Michelle Sterk Barrett Serves as Panelist on "Women's Voices: How Should the Church Lead and Serve?" 

Donelan Office Director Michelle Sterk Barrett served as a panelist for the St. Ignatius Church event, "Women's Voices: How Should the Church Lead and Serve?" The panel discussion addressed clergy sexual abuse and the current crisis facing the Catholic Church. Click here to read more about the event.

7/20/2018 - Former CBL Student, Marie Therese Kane '18 published article in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education on her CBL experience in Bangalore, India (Conversations Magazine)

Marie Therese Kane '18, former CBL student and recent Holy Cross graduate, had an article featured in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education magazine.  In the article, "Prophets of a Future Not Our Own," Marie Therese reflects on her Maymester CBL course, "Social Justice in Action" in Bangalore, India (Marie Therese participated in the course in June of 2017.  Read an excerpt of Marie Therese's article below and click here to naviagate to the full article. Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education magazine is a publication of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Read more about the AJCU here.

Donald Trump rejected the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement that seeks to safeguard our planet from the increasingly disastrous impacts of climate change on June 1, 2017. I received this disappointing news 8,300 miles from my home, by an Indian schoolgirl tasked with reading the daily headlines at her school’s morning assembly. She declared these words with an innocence and clarity apparently universal to eight year-olds, leaving them to echo across a sea of other school children, sitting with prayerful attention in their schoolyard.

Allow me to explain. Last summer, I traveled to Bangalore, India—whose bustling streets are home to 10 million people—for a month-long academic immersion through College of the Holy Cross. Exploring “Social Justice in Context,” my peers and I dove into issues of urban development, globalization, gender, caste, and religious diversity through seminars and visits to NGOs and cultural sites. One weekend, we traveled to Manvi, a rural village in the Raichur district of the Indian state of Karnataka, twelve hours by bus from Bangalore, to build community with The Loyola Xavier School.

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