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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.

Residence Hall Construction Rolls Ahead

Emmanuel students will move into the 18-story tower in the fall of 2018.

Emmanuel’s new 18-story apartment-style residence hall is on track to open its doors in August 2018. A few weeks ago, workers “topped off” the staircase for the tower and have made major progress on the exterior of the building, including brickwork and window installation. An unbelievable 80 million pounds of concrete and 4 million pounds of reinforcing bar have been used, making this one heavy and sturdy structure!

From Library to Learning Commons

The Learning Commons features a host of technical and infrastructural upgrades.

This summer, work began on the multi-year transformation of the Cardinal Cushing Library, with a focus on enhancements to the student experience in the library’s main reading room. The conversion of the library into a modern “learning commons” re-envisions the traditional library as a vibrant hub of academic life and active learning beyond the classroom. Recent changes include renovations to the building’s interior to add study space, updated furniture and lighting, installation of dozens of power outlets and improved wireless network access throughout the space.

Work is beginning on new “ALL-INnovation Services” to offer tools and support for students who want to experiment with new technologies, create original media, develop student-run businesses and more. The new services include video cameras, audio-recording equipment, a green-screen kit, augmented reality tools, prototyping supplies, electronics and support for student entrepreneurs.


Larger, Enhanced Location for the Career Center

The Emmanuel Career Center has moved from Marian Hall to the Wilkens Science Center (WSC), Suite 316, which includes a section of the Connors Atrium. This new location provides increased space for meetings with career advisors, job interviews and Skype appointments with employers. With the Office of Academic Advising in close proximity, this is a premier area for students to develop strategies for pursuing internships, jobs and other academic and career opportunities.

New and Improved Commuter Lounge!

The commuter lounge is moving downstairs in Marian Hall, to room 224. The new space offers more room to relax; computers and a television for technology needs; a small kitchen to store food; a whiteboard for group work; and, most important, great company!

OSAMP and SGA Move to Marian Hall

The Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs (OSAMP) and the Student Government Association (SGA) have moved to Marian Hall, room 214, the space formerly occupied by the Career Center. This new suite provides an ideal location for new and returning students to get involved in campus life, with valuable resources all under one roof. Stop for a tour and to say hello to Dan Darcy, associate dean; Alexa Trainor, director of new student engagement and transition; Kelli Connors, assistant director of student activities for involvement and student leadership; as well as the members of the SGA.

Faculty and Staff Office Changes

Several faculty members from the Biology & Chemistry and Psychology Departments have moved to new office locations on campus. In addition, staff in Academic Advising and the Academic Resource Center have relocated. For all individual office locations, please visit the online directory at: https://www.emmanuel.edu/directory.html.


The College is pleased to bring new courses to seven academic departments this year, with offerings including:

  • Marketing Research: An Applied Orientation – Business & Economics
  • Indonesia: Sustainable Development (travel course) – Chemistry & Physics
  • Health Communication – English
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Youth at Risk – Sociology

In addition, the College has advanced the curriculum with modifications including:

  • New minor in education
  • Revised curriculum in art therapy to coordinate more seamlessly with graduate school admission requirements
  • Revised major and minor requirements for Communication & Media Studies to include more emphasis on the practical aspects of the field
  • Renamed the Writing & Literature major to Writing, Editing and Publishing
  • Renamed the Literature major to English


Through the Summer Research Fellows program, nearly 40 students collaborated with faculty to complete 19 separate research projects across nine disciplines. Projects covered a broad range of topics, from Light Activated Therapies for the Treatment of Cancer to Chinese and Italian Immigrants in 19th and 20th Century Boston to Population Dynamics of Migratory Species. Summer Research Fellows will present their findings in a poster session on Thursday, September 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium on the 3rd floor of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center (WSC).

More than 30 students completed internship courses this summer, with placements at a wide variety of companies, hospitals and nonprofit agencies, including Hill Holliday Advertising, the Boston Red Sox, the U.S. Department of State and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Where in the World Were Emmanuel Students?

Katherine Journeay ’19 studied in Morocco this summer.

Italy, Ireland, England, Denmark, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Spain and the Dominican Republic are among the countries Emmanuel students explored through this year’s summer study abroad programs. More than 35 students advanced their learning globally through Emmanuel Travel Fellowships, service learning, traditional summer study abroad experiences and faculty-led travel to Italy and Greece.

A Summer of Service, Learning and Fellowship

Forming bonds and serving others: 2017 Fellows included (from left) Lorrayne Britto Assis ’19, who served at Julie’s Family Learning Program, and Mission Grammar School volunteers Jason St. Jacques ’18, Faarooq Sahabdeen ’18 and Olivia Richard ’19.

For the sixth consecutive year, Emmanuel’s Community Service Summer Fellows program matched students with local nonprofit organizations for a summer of service and experiential learning. This year, 12 students received fellowships and lived at Emmanuel’s Notre Dame Campus in Roxbury, where they worked with area groups including Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), the Boston Food Project and St. Ambrose Catholic Charities.


Students aren’t the only ones new to Emmanuel—a number of faculty and staff have joined the community since May. In addition, several individuals have taken on new roles at the College. Here are just a few of the new appointments and new faces at Emmanuel:

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Josef Kurtz, Professor of Biology and Dean for Strategic Program Development and Partnerships
In addition to serving as professor in the Biology Department, Dr. Kurtz, in a newly established role, is working with faculty across all disciplines, as well as with leaders at other institutions, to develop programs that advance students on specific career paths.

Brendan McWilliams, Director of Athletics and Recreation
Following a national search, Emmanuel is proud to have promoted Brendan McWilliams to this position. Mr. McWilliams joined the Emmanuel community in 2010 as the first head coach for the men’s lacrosse program, and he successfully facilitated the establishment of both the men’s and women’s lacrosse. He built a national roster of student-athletes for the men’s program and brought home Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Conference Championship Titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He previously served as assistant director of athletics and recreation; prior to coming to Emmanuel, he held coaching positions at Tufts University, the University of Vermont and Kenyon College.

Faina Ryvkin, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences
Dr. Ryvkin will succeed Dr. Josef Kurtz in the role of associate dean for natural sciences, and continue to serve as professor of chemistry.

Kathy Soles, Professor of Art and Wyant Professor
A 1973 graduate of Emmanuel, Professor Soles is an accomplished artist who reflects the values of Sister Anne Cyril Delaney, SND, in whose honor the endowed Wyant Professorship was given. She succeeds the most recent Wyant Professor, Dr. Raymond J. Devettere, professor of philosophy, who retired from Emmanuel last spring after 47 years of distinguished teaching, scholarship and service.

Full-Time Faculty

Natalie Karagodsky, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Karagodsky comes to Emmanuel from Fitchburg State University, where she held the appointment of assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University.

Asimina Lazaridou, Lecturer of Psychology
Dr. Lazaridou currently serves as a research fellow in the Pain Management Center, Department of Anesthesiology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Previously, she held positions as a clinical and research fellow at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, UMass Medical School and Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Macedonia, Greece, and has received post-doctoral training in clinical psychology and pain medicine from Harvard Medical School.

Idoia Martinez-del Mozo, Lecturer of Modern Languages
Prior to joining the Emmanuel faculty, Ms. Martinez-del Mozo was a visiting lecturer in Spanish and the coordinator of online summer classes at UMass Amherst. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Holyoke Community College, teaching both Spanish and English as a Second Language. She earned a master’s in Hispanic studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is working toward her Ph.D. in Hispanic literature and culture.


Sarah Emmons, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services
Ms. Emmons previously served as manager of post-secondary planning and success at Tenacity.

Kerri Hoppe, Tutor Coordinator
Ms. Hoppe joins the Academic Resource Center from the University of Rochester, where she served as undergraduate/graduate coordinator in the Department of Economics. She previously worked as a writing tutor at Genesee Community College and a senior department coordinator at Brandeis University.

Karl LaClair, Campus Minister for Retreats and Spirituality
Mr. LeClair comes to Emmanuel from the Wesley Foundation Boston–Cambridge Ministry in Higher Education, where he worked as director of campus ministry. He was previously coordinator of youth ministry at Holy Family Parish in Concord and a theology teacher at Matignon High School.

Julia Morgillo, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services
Ms. Morgillo joins the Office of Student Financial Services from Sacred Heart University, where she served for five years in the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Ally Ruffo, Academic Advisor
A 2015 Emmanuel graduate, Ms. Ruffo worked as an intern in the Office of Academic Advising as an undergraduate. Before returning to the College, she served for two years as a graduate assistant in residential living and learning at MCPHS University.

Tamarra Tavernier, Assistant Registrar for Records
Ms. Tavernier comes to Emmanuel from Regis College, where most recently she worked as a degree audit coordinator in the Registrar’s Office. Previously, she served as an assistant in the Regis Office of Admissions.


With the start of classes just around the corner, it is critical to be aware of these important dates:

Last day to add a course: September 14
Last day to drop a course: September 21
Due date for Dec. 2017 degree applications: September 15
Mid-semester grades available: October 20

All students who anticipate graduating this year received a personalized e-mail on Monday, August 21, summarizing all courses they need to complete to graduate. It is essential that this e-mail is reviewed carefully and comprehensively.

The 2017-18 academic calendar can be found here.

Annual Address and Emergency Contact Information

Students are encouraged to update address and emergency contact information on the user profile of the MySaints portal. Students living on campus should confirm or update their permanent home address. Students living off campus should confirm or update their local address.


Welcome Week provides new students with programs, informative workshops and social events to assist in acclimating to campus, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Through collaboration with departments across campus, six Weeks of Welcome events and activities have been scheduled, culminating with Family Weekend from Friday, October 13, to Sunday, October 15. A complete list of Weeks of Welcome events can be found here. Here are a few upcoming favorites:

Screen on the Green: Wonder Woman Wednesday, September 6, 8:00 p.m., Emmanuel Quad
Patriots Home Opener Viewing Party Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m., JYC
COF Block Party September 8, 5:00 p.m., Emmanuel Library Lot
COF After Party September 8, 9:00 p.m.
Grocery Bingo Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., JYC
Student Involvement Expo Friday, September 22, 12:30 p.m., Emmanuel Quad<
Emmanuel Beach Bash September 22, 12:30 p.m., Emmanuel Quad


Academic Convocation—Keynote Speaker: Tim Rowe, Innovation and Startup Advocate
Thursday, September 7, 12:15 p.m., Gymnasium, JYC

Tim Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), the world’s largest center for startups. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, CIC creates hubs of collaborative innovation and has served over 3,000 startup and technology companies, including Hubspot, Uber, Pandora, Square, Google/Android, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. CIC houses more than 1,400 businesses across five cities and two continents. Approximately $7.2B of venture capital is concentrated in CIC’s Cambridge buildings alone, putting the company on par with many countries.

In addition to his role with CIC, Tim Rowe is a venture partner at New Atlantic Ventures and a board member of the New England Venture Capital Association. He has served as a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a manager with the Boston Consulting Group and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute. He speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently and holds an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a B.A. from Amherst College. In 2015, he was named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for the New England region.

Bringing Light into Darkness—A Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, September 10, 9:00 p.m., Emmanuel Quad

Following the 8:00 p.m. liturgy on Sunday, September 10th, Mission and Ministry will be hosting a candlelight vigil on the Quad. It will be an opportunity for students to reflect and gather peacefully given the political and social climate of today. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mass of the Holy Spirit—Join in Our Annual Community-Wide Liturgy
Thursday, September 14, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., College Chapel

To mark the opening of the academic year, Catholic colleges and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This longstanding tradition dates back to 16th century Europe and allows the entire College community to come together and celebrate Emmanuel’s mission and Catholic identity. The Mass serves as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom throughout the academic year.

Peter Temin, Author of The Vanishing Middle Class
Tuesday, September, 26, 4:30 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall

Dr. Temin, professor emeritus of economics at MIT and a widely respected economic historian, will speak on his most recent book, The Vanishing Middle Class, and his hopes for its impact on readers. He will discuss the contribution of education, the justice system and the political power dynamics of the U.S. to this growing crisis in America.

Hakim Lecture Series—Roberto Gonzales to Address Experience of Young Immigrants
Thursday, October 12, 4:30 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall

As part of the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim ’70 Lecture Series, the College will welcome Roberto Gonzales, assistant professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Gonzales’s research focuses on the factors that promote and impede the educational progress of immigrant and Latino students and on the transition of undocumented immigrant children to adolescence and young adulthood. His work has been has been featured in top social science journals, including the American Sociological Review, Current Anthropology and the Harvard Educational Review, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

Red Sox Historian to Lead Roundtable Discussion on the 1967 ‘Impossible Dream’ Season and its Impact on Boston
Tuesday, November 7, 5:00 p.m., Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall

The Department of History will bring Boston Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, Boston Globe journalists Eric Moskowitz and Bob Ryan and other special guests to campus to discuss how the miraculous 1967 baseball season brought Boston communities together during a time of social and cultural unrest. Red Sox memorabilia from the ’67 season will be on display, as will trophies from World Series Championships. (And yes, you can have your picture taken with the trophies!)


Men’s Soccer

  • Saturday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. vs Roger Williams
  • Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. vs Lasell
  • Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. vs Johnson & Wales
Women’s Soccer
  • Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. vs. MIT
  • Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. St Joseph’s (ME)
  • Saturday, September 16, 1:00 p.m. vs. Simmons
  • Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. UMass Boston
  • Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Roger Williams
  • Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. vs. Albertus Magnus
Women’s Volleyball
  • Thursday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. vs. Eastern Nazarene
  • Saturday, September 9, 12:00 p.m. vs. University of St Joseph (CT)
  • Saturday, September 9, 4:00 p.m. vs. University of Southern Maine
  • Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. vs. UMass – Dartmouth
  • Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Salem State
  • Thursday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. Emerson
  • Saturday, September 30, 12:00 p.m. vs. Mount Ida
  • Saturday, September 30, 4:00 p.m. vs. Dean

Mark Your Calendar

Family Weekend Friday, October 13–Sunday, October 15
Thanksgiving Break Residence Halls close on Tuesday, November 21, at 9:00 p.m. and reopen on
Sunday, November 26, at Noon
Winter Break Halls close on Tuesday, December 19, at 10:00 a.m. and reopen on
Sunday, January 14, at Noon
Spring Classes Begin Wednesday, January 17

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