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News & Updates | Fall 2018


It was another beautiful summer in Boston, with excitement, activity and energy ever present at 400 The Fenway. As we begin the 2018-19 academic year, we welcome more than 650 new students to Emmanuel, who join our ambitious and engaged community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. This newsletter provides updates on all that is new on campus and beyond!

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Emmanuel College’s founding. During the year, we’ll celebrate our rich history and look to an exciting second century. A student event will kick off the year in winter 2019. For more information on major Centennial events, click here.

What’s New Around Campus:


Our new residence hall is open! This 18-story, apartment-style residence hall for upper-class students offers sweeping views of Boston, and common areas and amenities for all students:

  • The Plaza
  • Plaza Lounge
  • Dunkin’ Donuts with café seating (OPENING SOON)
  • Joe Di’s Food Mart (OPENING SOON)
  • Margaret L. McKenna ’83 Media Center
  • Dance Studio
  • Fitness Center
  • Brookline Avenue Patio
  • Brookline Avenue Lounge
  • Group Study Rooms
  • 110-space bicycle rack



New Dining Options

Emmanuel’s Convenience Store — Joe Di’s Food Mart (OPENING SOON!)

Located on the first floor of the new residence hall, Joe Di’s will be stocked with everything students need for their room or apartment. Hot and cold express meals, soups, grocery items and toiletries will all be available. Meal equivalency is also available for students on the go!

EC Runs on Dunkin’ (OPENING SOON!)

Located across from the Convenience Store in the new residence hall, Dunkin’ will have all of their local favorites available. Emmanuel’s Dunkin’ Donuts will accept Flex Dollars and Fenway Cash, as well as cash, credit cards and the DDPerks app.


Updates to Meal Plans

Emmanuel has introduced new and improved meal plans based on the block model. The block model includes a specific number of meal swipes per week or semester and eliminates the restriction of meal periods. Students will be able to use up to five swipes daily as their schedule allows.

Click here to learn more about meal plan options.




This summer, work continued on the multi-year transformation of the Cardinal Cushing Library into a modern learning commons. Updates include:

  • New DiscoveryLab space located behind the circulation desk—equipment currently available for student use includes 3D printers, an embroidery machine, video cameras, green screen kit, Cricut Maker, button maker, small electronics and more
  • A first-tier IT Help Desk at the Library’s front desk, making basic IT services available whenever the Library is open
  • An updated Learning Commons website, which includes a new live chat service for research questions
  • Planning for fall events, including an Intro to Coding, Designing Your Own Apparel, Crafting an Elevator Pitch, a bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, events celebrating Native American and Latino/a heritage, and the Second Annual Innovation Day
  • Expanded research collections, print subscriptions, expanded access to cutting edge business-intelligence databases, and hundreds of new and updated reference books

Space Updates:


In response to student requests, we have increased the quantity of open study space on campus!

The following group study spaces can be reserved for groups of at least two-to-four Emmanuel students for collaborative work and are limited to two hours per day. Rooms may be booked up to two weeks in advance through the Student Resources section of the MySaints portal.

  • Seven group study spaces in the Cushing Library Reading room (105A-105G)
  • Conference Rooms (available between 5:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. ONLY)
    • Administration Building, Rooms 337, 351, 352, 426, 445
    • Wilkens Science Center 103 and 113
  • Every evening, eight classrooms in the Administration Building will be made available from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. for study space. Some will be reserved for quiet study space and some will be available for collaborative group work. Students can check the room reservation link in the MySaints portal for more information. The Cardinal Cushing Library, the atriums and breakout rooms in the Wilkens Science Center and the atriums of the Jean Yawkey Center also serve as great locations for individual and group study for students.
  • Additionally, group study spaces in the New Residence Hall can be reserved through the Resident Director.



To increase the amount of recreational space on campus, we recently installed a volleyball net behind Loretto Hall in addition to placing more blue and gold Adirondack chairs on the Quad for students to relax any time of day.

Also, to create more activity space for students, parking will be restricted on the residence hall side of campus to better accommodate pedestrians. We’re adjusting tracking patterns to ensure students have plenty of open space around all of the residence halls!

There’s also a new (but familiar) face in the Jean Yawkey Center. Zach Pelletier, who has served Emmanuel as Assistant Director of Residence Life and Resident Director of St. Ann Hall, is now the Director of Student Center Services & Programs.



The College’s Mailroom on the first floor of the Administration Building has also undergone a recent expansion in addition to the Copy Center moving down the hall. The Mailroom is also open 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on both Move-in Days.

Academic Program Updates:

In addition to officially reorganizing undergraduate and Graduate & Professional Programs academic programs and departments into five schools (Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Health, Business & Management, Education and Nursing) effective this fall, the College is pleased to bring new courses to seven academic departments this year, with the offerings including:

  • Human Health and the Environment—Biology
  • Sport Communication – English
  • Spanish at Work in the Healthcare Community—Modern Languages
  • Drugs & Society—Sociology

The College has advanced the curriculum with new programs for fall 2018, including:

  • Healthcare Management (concentration and minor)
  • Finance (concentration and minor)
  • Ceramics (minor)
  • Sport Management (minor)
  • Statistics (minor)
  • Digital Media Production (interdisciplinary minor)
  • Political Communication (interdisciplinary minor)
  • Transcultural Studies (interdisciplinary minor)
  • Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (certificate)



By demonstrating continued dedication to High-Impact Educational Practices, Emmanuel College has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The national guide for colleges highlights innovative learning opportunities, and the Colleges of Distinction selection process requires that institutions adhere to its four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. This process also included a review of Emmanuel’s first-year experience as well as our general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures and more. Click here to access Emmanuel’s College of Distinction profile.



Through the Summer Research Fellows program, nearly 40 students collaborated with faculty to complete more than a dozen research projects across the departments of biology, communication & media studies, chemistry, education, psychology, mathematics and history. Summer Research Fellows will present their findings in a poster session in late September.

Campus Preparedness Updates:

Emmanuel College uses the RAVE emergency notification system to alert the Emmanuel community of emergencies or events such as weather closures that occur on or around campus. This system is also utilized to inform the EC community of events such as snow storm campus closures. All students, staff, and faculty are automatically enrolled in the system and receive emergency alerts via phone call, text, and/or email.

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:  Can join Emmanuel’s emergency notification system using our Opt-In feature. Those interested can simply text EmmanuelAlert to phone number 67283 and will be added to the Emmanuel College emergency notification system for five months (they will receive instructions to renew when their five months expires). If at any time they would like to be removed from the emergency notification system, they can text STOP EmmanuelAlert to 67283.

Also, we encourage parents to have their students update their address and emergency contact information in their User Profile on the MySaints Portal. Regardless of whether students live on or off campus, we require students to have a non-Emmanuel permanent home address on file in case we needs to contact parents/guardians in the event of an emergency.

What’s New Around Town (And Beyond):


As part of move-in weekend around town, we’re encouraging students to explore Boston and get to know their neighborhood through the #MEETBoston Challenge! #MEETBoston is a new initiative by the City of Boston that provides students with a fun, low-cost list of activities that guides them through the city’s neighborhoods, local attractions, and hidden gems (such as taking a selfie with Paul Revere in the North End, catching a movie at the Brighton Main Streets Movie Night, or grabbing lunch at a food truck throughout the city).

To participate, students are asked to complete 10 tasks on the list, share their experiences on social media using #MEETBoston, and submit a form to the Mayor’s Office to receive a personalized certificate! For more information about #MEETBoston, click here.



Nearly 50 students completed internships this summer, with placements at a wide variety of companies, hospitals and nonprofit agencies, including Fidelity Investments, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Genetics Lab, Boston Red Sox and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.




Emmanuel students traveled far and wide this summer, studying abroad in 10 countries spanning three continents.

Thirty-eight students participated in four Emmanuel College faculty-led travel programs, studying religion, culture and justice in Chennai, India; exploring marine microbiology on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; examining statecraft, globalization, and the conflict of geopolitical interests versus domestic forces in the Eastern Mediterranean; and in a brand new course, examining areas of agriculture, health care,  the economics of sustainable ecology and the role of biology in Crete and Cyprus.

Nearly a dozen student traveled through study abroad partner programs, to locations in France, Ireland, Portugal, England, Greece, the Netherlands, China and Tibet.



For the seventh consecutive year, Emmanuel’s Community Service Summer Fellowship program matched students with local nonprofit organizations for a summer of service and experiential learning. This year, 10 students received fellowships and lived at Emmanuel’s Notre Dame Campus in Roxbury, where they worked with area groups including St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Sociedad Latina, OLPH Mission Grammar School. Julie’s Family Learning Program, the Notre Dame Education Center and Emmanuel’s own Urban Food Project.

What’s Trending in Tech:


In an effort to improve communications and provide students with access to the most up-to-date information, we are pleased to launch a student-focused smartphone app. Available via both Apple and Android app stores, this information hub integrates access to key Emmanuel student resources and services. To download the app, students can search for “Emmanuel College Student App” in their App Store.




EC Innovation Quest is a brand-new challenge designed specifically for incoming first-year students in which they can work together to solve a social justice problem, build an app and develop in-demand skills such as creative thinking and teamwork.

The program is open to first-year students of all academic interests and skill sets. Working with mentors from the faculty staff and alumni, as well as innovative tools in Emmanuel’s new DiscoveryLab and software such as MIT’s App inventor, students taking part in this elective yearlong program will create innovative technology products designed to address a social justice issue or engage with the local community in a meaningful and productive way.

Mark Sherman, the College’s new assistant professor of computer science and director of integrated data and digital science, will be at the helm of this new program. Dr. Sherman comes to Emmanuel from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as a postdoctoral research associate with the MIT App Inventor. He has also worked as a master trainer for the Verizon Foundation Innovative App Challenge and an adjunct computer science professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition to his work with Innovation Quest, Dr. Sherman will be spearheading curriculum development for the College’s upcoming programs in Computer Science.

What’s on the Calendar:


Welcome Week provides the Class of 2022 with programs, informative workshops and social events to assist in acclimating to campus, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Though collaboration with departments across campus, six weeks of events and activities have been scheduled, culminating with Family Weekend from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14.

Click here for a complete list of Weeks of Welcome events. Here are a few upcoming favorites:

  • EC Spirit Night: Tuesday, September 4, 8:30 p.m., Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center
  • Screen on the Green: Wednesday, September 5, 8:00 p.m., Quad
  • Colleges of the Fenway Block Party: Friday, September 7, 5:00 p.m., Emmanuel College; After Party: 9:00 p.m.— Midnight, MassArt
  • Patriots Home Opener Viewing Party: Sunday, September 9. 1:00 p.m., Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center
  • Student Involvement Fair: Tuesday, September 18, 12:30 p.m., Emmanuel College Quad



The start of classes is just around the corner! Be aware of the following important dates:

  • Last day to add a course: Thursday, September 13
  • December 2018 degree applications due: Monday, September 17
  • Last day to drop a course: Thursday, September 20
  • Mid-semester grades available: Friday, October 19

All students who anticipate graduating this year received a personalized e-mail in August, summarizing all courses they need to complete to graduate. It is essential that this e-mail is reviewed carefully and comprehensively. Click here to access the 2018-19 academic calendar.



Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. vs. Newbury
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. vs. Regis

Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Wentworth
Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Dean

Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Curry

For more dates, check out the Athletics website at www.goecsaints.com.

Lectures & Gatherings:



Bill Cummings founded the commercial real-estate firm Cummings Properties in 1970, which started as one small building and has grown to an 11-million-square-foot portfolio of more than 100 modern buildings. Cummings, along with his wife Joyce, have generously contributed much of their wealth to numerous causes through the Cummings Foundation, which they established in 1986. To-date, the foundation has dispersed more than $200 million in grants to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.




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 celebrated 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.



  • Family Weekend: Friday, October 12—Sunday, October 14
  • Thanksgiving Break: Residence Halls close on Tuesday, November 20, at 9:00 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, November 25, at Noon
  • Winter Break: Residence Halls close on Tuesday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m. and reopen on Sunday, January 13, at Noon
  • Spring Classes Begin: Wednesday, January 16

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