If all goes well, you will be reading this in the final week
of January. The tree is down. The decorations are stored away.
The gifts have been exchanged. And you've even begun facing
the holiday credit card bills.
Due to the intricacies of magazine production, however, I am writing this as
the Christmas season begins. You would never know it, though, to look outside
at the steps of Hogan. The temperature is hovering just under 70 degrees, and
as I punch at the keyboard, students in T-shirts and gym trunks are dribbling
a basketball up to the courts. Classes ended today and while there is some grumbling
term papers and the need to ace next week's macro final, the campus mood this
moment seems more suited to spring weekend than to caroling and tree-lighting
celebrations on the steps of O'Kane.
But this is Worcester, and we can anticipate
snowfall and freezing temperatures presently.
This issue is devoted to business and industry, topics Holy Cross alumni appear
to know well. At the start of our research, one statistic indicated the size
of the story we were tackling: Holy Cross is ranked 12th in the nation among
colleges and universities (based on graduation class size) in graduates who have
gone on to become CEOs
of Fortune 500 companies.
While this standing is a source of pride to
the College, it's also one to give a magazine editor pause. Where to begin? Which
alums to profile? We proceeded from the natural starting point - the
classroom. It was an unsettling experience for this former English
major to sit in lecture
halls where the chalkboards are regularly covered with numbers and
graphs rather than words. But the teaching styles were familiar even
when the subject matter
was not. There was warmth, animation, and even humor in those rooms
as economics and accounting professors translated formulas, theories
and concepts into real-world
Concerning alumni in business, we've tried to give you a brief and anecdotal
sampling of the many disparate fields in which Holy Cross graduates have succeeded.
We've checked in with the "Economic Czar" of New York City, observed
the inner workings of a family
business, and learned how to start a stock exchange in Poland.
Perhaps the most striking moment out of all these various stories was reading
a comment made by Stanley Kulas '74. In speaking of his friend and mentor, Professor
John D. O'Connell, Kulas
said, "He taught accounting and moral fortitude." The remark is certainly a tribute
to one of the College's fine educators, but it speaks, as well, to
the mission of this particular school. It underlines one of the qualities
that makes Holy
Cross not only unique but essential.
No matter how lofty the position attained by our alums, they started out in those
same classrooms and lecture halls I visited, often listening to the same teachers
I watched in action just last month. Which is why, as study week gets underway
and Dinand suddenly becomes the preferred location on the Hill, it is both interesting
and encouraging to watch packs of frantic undergrads race to the library: You
can't help but wonder what their particular success stories will one