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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!