A Message from the President: On the Shooting in Florida

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Two days ago, Ash Wednesday, we heard of yet another horrific school shooting in our country. By the time it was over, 17 people, both students and educators, lay dead inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The confessed gunman, a 19-year-old former student, committed this atrocity using a semiautomatic rifle, which he had purchased legally.

For all the innocent victims of this tragedy, and for their families and friends, we offer sincere condolences and prayer. Yet there is more that we can and should do to honor those lost on Wednesday and in many previous shootings.

As a Catholic College, we are called to examine and address the structures in our society that allow such senseless acts of violence to continue. Like Emmanuel College students and faculty have done for over nine decades, we today must engage in critical social analysis of the root causes of the problems of our day and reflect on effective responses and actions.

I invite all members of our College community to take an active role in public life by being well informed, by communicating with our legislators and by exercising our voting privilege. On and beyond this campus, may we continue to be people of conscience, compassion and commitment.

Sister Janet Eisner, SND

News & Updates | January 2018

Emmanuel Partners with Gallup to Launch StrengthsQuest Achievement Program

Emmanuel’s new StrengthsQuest Achievement initiative is a six-week non-credit seminar engaging students in a process of self-discovery and talent development. The seminar will begin the week of January 29, 2018, and conclude the week of March 12, 2018. StrengthsQuest introduces students to the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and provides them with an individual profile of their top five strengths. Through the seminar, students will understand and capitalize on their strengths in academic settings, in relationships and at work. For more information, contact Alissa Lynch, Director of StrengthsQuest Achievement at Emmanuel, at lyncha@emmanuel.edu.

Academics: More Program Offerings, Greater Flexibility

In response to expanding job market opportunities and student interest, the College has established courses and requirements for a Finance concentration within the Economics major; minors in Digital Media Production, Finance, Sport Management, and Statistics; and a Certificate in Spanish for Health Care Professionals. These programs provide students greater flexibility to combine interests and design an academic path that more closely aligns to their professional goals—and the unique ways they aspire to make a difference in the world.

Dance Marathon Goes All the Way to $500K

Emmanuel College Dance Marathon (ECDM) has officially reached its fundraising goal of $500,000 (since 2012) for Boston Children’s Hospital. This significant milestone is especially impressive for an institution of Emmanuel’s size. Emmanuel’s program is currently ranked the #1 Dance Marathon fundraiser in Boston and in the top five in New England. Nationwide, ECDM places in the top 20 for schools with fewer than 12,000 undergraduate students!

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Watch a highlight video of these miracle workers’ amazing efforts so far, and visit their website for more information on how to get involved.

Calling All Saints!

Do you know a high school senior who would make great contributions to the Emmanuel College community? Encourage them to apply by the February 15th Regular Decision admissions deadline! @APPLYEMMANUEL #BeASaint


Josef Kurtz
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Biology

The College recently appointed Josef Kurtz as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs. Kurtz joined the biology faculty in 2003, and for the last three years has provided strong leadership as associate dean of natural sciences. More recently, as dean for strategic program development and partnerships, Kurtz has fostered synergies with innovative institutions in our Longwood neighborhood and beyond. In addition to having chaired the Faculty Senate, he has served on a number of College-wide committees including the Academic Prioritization and Enhancement Committee (APEC) and the NEASC 10-Year Accreditation Steering Committee.

Sister Karen Hokanson, SND
Associate Dean of Education and Assistant Professor of Education

Sister Karen Hokanson, SND, has been appointed associate dean of education. Sister Karen has served at the College since 2001, most recently as director of the Carolyn A. Lynch Institute and as chair of the Education Department. During this time, Sister Karen has provided strong leadership to the department while building and strengthening partnerships through the Lynch Institute and through affiliations with Boston Public Schools and the Catholic Schools Office. Through these initiatives, Emmanuel provides ongoing professional and leadership development for educators. In this new role, she will have responsibility for developing education programs and strategic partnerships both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Molly DiLorenzo
Vice President of College Relations and Director of the Centennial

Molly DiLorenzo recently returned to Emmanuel as vice president of college relations/director of the Centennial. DiLorenzo has a strong history with the College, having worked in Marketing and Communications from 2001 to 2015, most recently as associate vice president for marketing communications. In her new role, DiLorenzo will lead the College’s communication with its on-campus community and external constituencies, promoting the College’s strategic goals, activities and achievements. In addition, she will manage public and external relations for the College and direct the planning for the upcoming Centennial. DiLorenzo earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her master’s from Emmanuel.


Career Center Recruiter Series | Spring 2018

The Recruiter Series welcomes recruiters to campus to educate students on hiring trends, share job and internship opportunities, and provide insight into their organizations and industries. Upcoming Recruiter Series Events include:

  • Planon Corporation—Thursday, January 25
  • Boston Red Sox—Thursday, February 1
  • Commonwealth Alliance—Tuesday, February 20
  • Mass Technology Leadership Council—Tuesday, February 27

All events will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Room 155 of the Administration Building.


2018‑2019 Housing Selection Timeline and Key Dates

The season of housing selection is upon us! Here are key dates and details.

  • February 9—The following items are due by 4:00 p.m.:
    1. Housing Lease, Preferences Questionnaire and Deposit
    2. Housing Accommodation Application
    3. Living-Learning Community Application
    4. Group Housing Process Form
  • February 15—Living-Learning Community Notifications Sent
  • February 16—Group Housing and Individual Lottery Numbers issued by end of day
  • February 21—Group Housing Selection
  • February 22—Studio Apartment and Notre Dame Campus Selection
  • February 26—Rising Senior and Junior Housing Selection (individuals and pairs)
  • February 28—Rising Sophomore and Returning First-Year Housing Selection (individuals and pairs)

For more information, visit the Housing Selection section of the website.


Spring Tuition Bill Deadline

The Spring 2018 tuition bill was due on December 15, 2017. Past-due balances should be resolved as soon as possible at www.emmanuel.afford.com. Students with a past-due balance may have a financial hold added to their account, which may prevent them from making changes to their course schedule or participating in housing selection. The Office of Student Financial Services is available at 617-735-9938 or financialservices@emmanuel.edu to help address any questions or concerns regarding the tuition bill.

Applying for Financial Aid for 2018-2019

To apply for need-based financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, please complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The priority filing date to submit the FAFSA is February 15. We encourage students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import their 2016 tax information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. Merit scholarships are automatically renewed annually provided students are enrolled full-time and meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirement.

Additional Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

  • Endowed Scholarships: Endowed Scholarships are awards established through the generosity of Emmanuel alumni and friends of the College and are awarded based on academic merit, financial need, community service, or other criteria established by the donor. The application for the 2018-19 Emmanuel College Endowed Scholarships is available at www.emmanuel.edu/endowed. The application deadline is February 15.
  • Private Scholarships: Private scholarships are a great way to reduce the cost of education. Many students benefit from scholarships awarded in their local communities, their parents’ place of employment, or from national scholarship providers.  More information on applying for private scholarships may be found at www.emmanuel.edu/privatescholarships. 
  • Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: Students interested in teaching after graduation may be eligible for a federal grant of up to $4,000 per year. Students must commit to teaching full time for at least four years as a teacher in a high-need field or area. Please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for eligibility requirements and further information on the TEACH Grant.

2017 Tax Forms

The 2017 W-2 and 1098-T tax forms will become available on MySaints by January 31, and will also be mailed to the student’s permanent home address. The 1098-T can only be generated for students with a Social Security Number (SSN) on file. If you have ever submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Emmanuel, the Office of Student Financial Services has your SSN. If you have not submitted a FAFSA and you would like to receive a 1098-T, you may want to confirm that your SSN is on file by emailing financialservices@emmanuel.edu or calling 617-735-9938. For more information regarding tax forms, please visit www.irs.gov.


26th Annual Founders’ Week

Sunday, January 28 – Saturday, February 3, 2018

Each year during Founders’ Week, the Emmanuel community reflects on the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SND) by St. Julie Billiart in 1804 and the founding of the College in 1919. Founders’ Day is part of a week-long celebration that includes various programs and activities such as prayer services, discussions and local community service opportunities for students, faculty and staff. All members of the Emmanuel College community are invited to celebrate Founders’ Week. For inquiries about events and to R.S.V.P., please contact Mission & Ministry at mission@emmanuel.edu.

Founders’ Day Address—President Sister Janet Eisner, SND will speak on “Preparing for the Centennial of Emmanuel College: Celebrating the Educational Legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur”

February 1, 2018 at 12:15 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library


Wyant Lecture—Titus Kaphar to speak on “Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library

Featured speaker Titus Kaphar is an American artist and painter whose work explores issues of race, inequality, and historical narratives. His art wrestles with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present.

Big Man on Campus

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Emmanuel College Gymnasium

Don’t miss this annual event filled with laughter and purpose. Watch Emmanuel gentlemen compete for the title of Big Man on Campus in this benefit for breast cancer awareness.

Dorothy Day Lecture—Razia Jan to speak on her advocacy for Afghan women and girls

Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall, Cardinal Cushing Library

Razia Jan is a fearless advocate for girls and women in her native Afghanistan. Come hear Razia’s journey from immigrant to Massachusetts businesswoman to humanitarian and philanthropist. Through her Ray of Hope Foundation, Razia established a girls’ secondary school and the first private women’s community college in Afghanistan.


Baccalaureate Mass

Friday, May 11, 2018


Saturday, May 12, 2018

To see all events happening at Emmanuel College, visit our Events Calendar.



On December 31, 2017, the EC women’s basketball team rang in the New Year by besting Dickinson College 83-58 at Whittier College in California. With this win, Women’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Yosinoff entered 2018 just seven wins shy of recording his 800th career victory.


Men’s Basketball

Thursday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. vs. Suffolk University
Thursday, February 1, 5:00 p.m. vs. Anna Maria College
Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Lasell College
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Norwich University

Women’s Basketball

Thursday, January 25, 5:00 p.m. vs. Rivier University
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. vs. Suffolk University
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Johnson & Wales University
Saturday, February 3, 1:00 p.m. vs. Simmons College
Saturday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. vs. Anna Maria College

Men’s Volleyball

Saturday, January 27, 12:00 p.m. vs. Newbury College
Saturday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. vs. Ramapo College
Sunday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. vs. New York University
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Johnson & Wales University

Visit the Emmanuel athletics website for Saints news, schedules, contest results and more.

News and Updates for Faculty and Staff | December 2017

Emmanuel’s latest News and Updates for Faculty and Staff page is live, featuring:
• An announcement on new College initiatives to better-equip students for professional success
• Progress on Emmanuel’s new apartment-style residence hall
• Departmental updates from Academic Affairs, the Career Center, Mission and Ministry and more
• Upcoming holiday gatherings and events
• Upcoming Saints athletic contests

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News and Updates for Students | December 2017

Emmanuel’s latest News and Updates for Students page is live, featuring:
• Winter break move-out dates, student bill due dates and FAFSA filing dates
• An announcement on new College initiatives to better-equip students for professional success
• Progress on Emmanuel’s new apartment-style residence hall
• Departmental updates from Academic Affairs, the Career Center, Student Financial Services and more
• Upcoming holiday gatherings and events
• Upcoming Saints athletic contests

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News and Updates for Parents and Families | December 2017

Emmanuel’s latest News and Updates for Parents and Families page is live, featuring:
• Winter break move-out dates, student bill due dates and FAFSA filing dates
• An announcement on new College initiatives to better-equip students for professional success
• Progress on Emmanuel’s new apartment-style residence hall
• Departmental updates from Academic Affairs, the Career Center, Student Financial Services and more
• Upcoming holiday gatherings and events
• Upcoming Saints athletic contests

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Welcome Back! Fall 2017 News & Updates

It was another beautiful summer in Boston, with excitement, activity and energy ever present at 400 The Fenway. As we begin the 2017-18 academic year, we welcome more than 530 new students to Emmanuel, who join our ambitious and engaged community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. There is much to report regarding campus improvements, new academic offerings, faculty and staff appointments, and upcoming events, and we are thrilled to start the year.

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Message from the President: In Support of DACA

Last December, I wrote to the College community (see below) to express the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, established by President Obama in 2012. Today, as elected officials prepare to address the future of DACA, Emmanuel College affirms its strong commitment to this vital and humane policy.

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Message from the President on Events in Charlottesville, VA

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

This past weekend, our nation witnessed a disturbing outbreak of hatred and violence as white-nationalist groups rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia. Events took a particularly shocking turn as one demonstrator deliberately plowed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a young woman, Heather D. Heyer, and injuring nearly 20 others. To Ms. Heyer’s family, and to all harmed in this tragic incident, we send our heartfelt prayer.

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Emmanuel Offers College Students Summer Housing in Boston’s Dynamic Fenway Neighborhood

This summer, Emmanuel College will open its residence hall doors to undergraduate and graduate students from Emmanuel and other colleges and universities who are taking courses, interning or working in the Boston area for the summer. Summer housing options are located in the heart of the city and conveniently located near subway and bus lines to get you to wherever you need to go. While you are here, you can take advantage of Boston’s reputation as a cultural capital with world-class recreational and entertainment options right at your fingertips.

The minimum stay is seven days and additional days are available on a per day basis.

Double and single room rates are available.

More information about Summer Housing at Emmanuel »

Or contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing at reslife2@emmanuel.edu or 617-735-9746.

Did you know? Emmanuel’s booming Fenway neighborhood is one of the fastest-growing and most bustling areas of Boston.

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