Emmanuel Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Muddy River Restoration Project

On Friday, April 21, Emmanuel College hosted the celebration marking the completion of Phase One of the Muddy River Restoration Project, a comprehensive effort to prevent flooding, improve water flow and make landscape upgrades along this historic waterway. The milestone also marked the official opening of the “Justine Mee Liff Park.” Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, former Governor Michael Dukakis, Colonel Christopher Barron of the US Army Corps of Engineers and other dignitaries were in attendance.

The park is named after Justine Mee Liff, who served as Boston’s first female Parks and Recreation Commissioner until she passed away in 2002. Liff was dedicated to restoring the Emerald Necklace in Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s original vision.

The Muddy River Restoration Project’s objectives seek to improve flood control and water quality, enhance the aquatic/riparian habitat, rehabilitate the landscape and historic resources and implement Best Management Practices in the Longwood Medical and Academic area. The project introduces new river crossings and plantings along the recreated river’s edge for habitat and bank retention.


2017 Recipients of Emmanuel Faculty Excellence Awards

To:        The Emmanuel College Community
From:   Sister Janet Eisner, SND, President
Date:    April 21, 2017
Re:        2017 Recipients of Emmanuel Faculty Excellence Awards

I am pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Excellence in Service to the Community Award.

Christine Leighton, Assistant Professor of Education, is the 2017 recipient of the Emmanuel College Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Leighton was selected for this honor for her passion for teaching, commitment to her discipline and dedication to her students’ academic success.

Sr. Karen Hokanson, SND, Assistant Professor of Education, is the 2017 recipient of the Emmanuel College Faculty Excellence in Service to the Community Award, in honor of Professor Christine Jaworek-Lopes. Professor Hokanson was selected for this award as she embodies the commitment to service that is at the core of Emmanuel’s mission and what Professor Jaworek-Lopes epitomized as a teacher, scholar and mentor.

I am so proud of the great contributions that Professor Leighton and Professor Hokanson have made to the Department of Education and the life of the College. We look forward to recognizing them during the 95th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 13. Please join me in congratulating them on these outstanding achievements!

Announcing the 2017-2018 1804 Society Leadership Team!

Announcing the 2017-2018 Emmanuel College 1804 Society Leadership Team: Congratulations to Jeremy Morrisette, Jackie Sady, Alanna Woodlock, Sophia Berardinelli, Dan Chadwick, CJ LaCreta, Kylie Scott and Tina Le!

This dynamic leadership team will continue 1804’s tradition as a mission-based organization rooted in the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN).

The 1804 Society upholds the values of the SNDdeN and of Emmanuel’s founding vision by engaging in service, traditions, and educational programs which make the mission known and valued on campus and beyond. We can’t wait to see what this leadership team accomplishes next year!

1804 2017-2018 Leadership Team

Emmanuel College Students Present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Musical

The Cast of "The Little Mermaid"

From Wednesday, April 5 to Sunday, April 9, Emmanuel students performed Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” musical.  Each of the five 8:00 p.m. showings, and the matinee on Sunday, were sold out performances.

The show, which was written by Doug Wright, includes fan favorites like Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, King Triton and Sebastian and features musical numbers like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Read more



MARCH—On Wednesday evening, March 29, students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to hear a lecture by writer and civil rights activist Shaun King in the Janet M. Daley Lecture Hall.

The event, which was part of Emmanuel’s “Through the Wire” series, filled the lecture hall from wall to wall. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Programs hosted the event and invited King, who has written extensively in the scope of the Black Lives Matter movement, to speak to the Emmanuel community. Read more


Message from the President on the Passing of the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J.

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

The College was saddened to learn of the death of the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., the 24th president and first chancellor of Boston College. To Father Monan’s family, to his brother Jesuits, and to the entire Boston College community, I express my heartfelt condolences.

Father Monan was an extraordinary person and a transformational figure in the history of Boston College. During his 24-year tenure as president (1972-1996), he led B.C. through a period of unprecedented growth and elevated its stature as one of the nation’s most preeminent Catholic universities. His leadership was an inspiration to many, and I consider it a great blessing to have known him and to have benefited from his wisdom and advice over many years.

At each of this weekend’s Masses in the College Chapel, we will offer prayers of gratitude for the life of Father Monan. We will always remember his enduring contributions to our city, to Catholic education and to the lives of generations of students.

Sister Janet Eisner, SND

Emmanuel Students and Faculty Engage with Boston Community Leaders on Urban Violence Reduction

Emmanuel students and Dr. Janese Free with (left to right) Rev. Jeff Brown, Rev. Mark Scott, Mr. Ed Gaskin, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans

“Toward a Safer Community” 

Written by: Elisabeth Carse & Sarah Salerno, Sociology students concentrating in Criminology

On Sunday evening, February 26th, Emmanuel College students and Professor Janese Free were joined for dinner by Mr. Ed Gaskin. The dinner served as a forum for students to engage in a discussion with Mr. Gaskin, who is a community activist, author and executive director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets in Dorchester, MA. Additionally, Mr. Gaskin was the chief operating officer of Boston’s TenPoint Coalition and played a role in the “Boston Miracle” – an unprecedented drop in youth violence and homicides in the 1990s, including a period of more than two years when there were no teenage homicide victims in the city. The Boston Miracle involved collaboration between sometimes conflicting constituencies, such as the police, social workers, religious leaders and community members.

In addition, Professor Free discussed her recent research project on “streetworkers.” (Streetworkers aim to connect at-risk youth to social services, jobs, school and other pro-social activities and work to disrupt gang involvement and community violence. They are often from the neighborhoods they serve and have backgrounds similar to their clients, but are choosing now to give back to their communities by helping high-risk youth.) Professor Free and a student research assistant, Jenna Wilson ’18, interviewed 48 streetworkers in the city of Boston regarding the rewards and challenges of their jobs, their lived experiences, their relationships with their clients and the strategies streetworkers employ to intervene and interrupt violence. The purpose of the dinner was to learn more about these important issues before attending a lecture and panel discussion the following night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum entitled, “Toward a Safer Community.”

On Monday evening, February 27th, some students from the Criminology concentration within the Sociology department, as well as other Emmanuel students, joined Prof. Free and Mr. Gaskin at the John F. Kennedy Library for a panel discussion featuring Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Revs. Jeffery Brown (founding member of the TenPoint Coalition and founder of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace)) and Mark Scott (founding member of the TenPoint Coalition and member of Boston’s Streetworker Team). All three are nationally known experts and consultants on reducing violence via relationships and collaborations among the police, religious leaders and community members. Evans, Scott and Brown spoke about the successes and challenges Boston has faced historically regarding youth violence, gang involvement and police-community relations and the progress that is being made through community policing and collaborations. Rev. Scott spoke on the importance of streetworkers in this process and their key role in interrupting violence and supporting high-risk youth. The Boston model of collaboration, community policing and violence reduction is now being replicated in several cities in hopes of reducing youth violence and homicide rates across the United States.

Mr. Ed Gaskin, Rev. Mark Brown and Dr. Janese Free
Emmanuel students, Dr. Janese Free, Mr. Ed Gaskin and panelists
Mr. Ed Gaskin and Rev. Mark Brown