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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Support for Student Success – Spring 2017

students-libraryEmmanuel is committed to student success! In this spirit, we’re introducing several new enhancements—and bringing back some time-honored Emmanuel traditions—to assist students during the spring 2017 final exam period.

Academic Resource Center Study Groups
The ARC is offering over 50 peer-tutor facilitated study groups for final exams. The complete list of study groups is posted outside of the ARC (LIB G-04), on the portal and in the events calendar. Individual appointments with Academic Coaches are also available for time management and study strategy assistance.

Extended Library Hours and Emmanuel-Only Access
The Cardinal Cushing Library will remain open until 2:00 a.m. every day until the end of the final exam period, except Saturday, May 6, when the Library closes at 10:00 p.m. Based on student feedback, the extended hours went into effect earlier this semester than in the past. Beginning May 1 until the end of exams, to ensure ample study space for Emmanuel students, the library building is only open to the Emmanuel community and cross-registered students. The Library is also providing dedicated group study space throughout the finals period in G10 and the Computer Lab on the ground floor.

College Conference Rooms—Reserved for Students!
Until the end of final exams, students have priority use of most conference rooms located around campus. Sign up in advance for a 2-hour time block on the conference room door.

24/7 Study Spaces
The Jean Yawkey Center and the Emmanuel Basement in Saint Joseph Hall are available for around-the-clock study during exam week!

New Study/Group Work Space in Wilkens Science Center Atrium
Additional tables and chairs have been added to the 3rd floor atrium in the Wilkens Science Center. This is a great new spot on campus for studying or group work!

New additions to the study/group work space on the 3rd floor of the Wilkens Science Center.

Meal Swipes During Final Exam Period
Students on a meal plan are able to use their dinner swipe until closing in the Atrium Cafe until the end of exam period.

De-stress with Recess: Counseling Center Strategies for Exam Stress Reduction
This event will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Jean Yawkey Center.

Counseling Center Walk-In Hours—ADM 151
Wednesday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 8, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Academic Advising
Academic advisors are available to answer questions about classes and help you finalize your fall schedule. All fall schedules should be completed prior to the end of the semester. Please e-mail an advisor with any issues.

Moonlight Breakfast
Hopefully you attended this classic Emmanuel event. Eggs, stuffed french toast, bacon, sausage and tater tots were served by the staff, faculty and administration!

Students: Best Wishes and Good Luck on Your Finals!

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