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


Emmanuel College 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

To:        The Emmanuel College Community
From:   Sister Janet Eisner, SND, President
Date:    March 2, 2017
Re:        2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

At this year’s Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 13th, Emmanuel will confer an honorary doctorate on our distinguished speaker, Rosanne Haggerty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. During the ceremony, the College will award honorary degrees to two additional individuals who exemplify Emmanuel’s mission and values by their superb contributions to their professions and to society.

Wayne Budd, Esq. is an attorney with over 40 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. From 1989 to 1992 he served as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, acting as the Commonwealth’s chief federal prosecutor and representing the federal government in all matters involving civil litigation. In 1992, he was appointed by then-President George H.W. Bush to serve as an Associate Attorney General, overseeing the Civil Rights, Environmental, Tax, Civil and Anti-Trust Divisions at the Department of Justice, as well as the Bureau of Prisons. He was later appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to serve as a member of the Sentencing Commission. Currently, Mr. Budd is Senior Counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 1996. Prior to rejoining Goodwin in 2004, he served as a Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel and a Director of John Hancock and as Group President-New England of Bell Atlantic Corporation. He formerly served as President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and in 1979 became the first African-American President of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He holds an A.B. from Boston College and a J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law.

Elaine El-Khawas, Ph.D. is a research sociologist and Professor Emerita of Education Policy at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. El-Khawas’s areas of expertise include higher education policy at both the state and federal level, and comparative policy and practice in higher education. She has published widely on trends and policies affecting higher education, including issues in accreditation and quality assurance, organizational change, faculty and governance. Previously she served as Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also served as Vice President for Policy Analysis and Research at the American Council on Education (ACE) for 14 years. She was a member of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) scientific committee for Europe and North America and served on the boards of several international journals, including Quality in Higher Education. She has been a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Association of African Universities. Dr. El-Khawas has served as a Trustee of Emmanuel College for three decades and serves as the Chair of the Board’s Committee on Academic Affairs. She received her B.A. from George Washington and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

I look forward to welcoming all of our distinguished guests to campus as we celebrate the achievements of the Emmanuel College Class of 2017!