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contents 7 25 FEATURES DEPARTMENTS 1 2 22 32 Message from the President College Journal Alumni Flashback 10 Commencement 2014 16 For the members of the Emmanuel College Class of 2014, Commencement was just thatthe beginning. Contemplation and a College Education Emmanuel Philosophy Professor Raymond J. Devettere explores the classical roots of modernday efforts to incorporate mindfulness and other contemplative practices into the student experience. ON THE COVER VERONICA CAMARA 14 EDITOR S

message from the president O ccasionally, circumstances align to reveal the farreaching impact of an Emmanuel education. During our 92nd Commencement Exercises in May, the College conferred an honorary degree on Kenneth R. Feinberg, an attorney widely respected for his fair and compassionate leadership of some of the nations most complex victim assistance initiatives, including those established in the wake of the September 11th terror attacks and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. His efforts

college journal KELSEY RYAN 14 AWARDED FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP TO GREECE I n late March Kelsey Ryan 14, a Global Studies and Spanish doublemajor from Bellingham, g MA, was named a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient. Ryan will spend the 201415 academic year as an English Teaching Assistant at Athens College, an independent high school near Greeces capital. This is the fourth consecutive year that Emmanuel students have received Fulbright grants. Two additional Emmanuel students received presti

MENS AND WOMENS LACROSSE TEAMS ARE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL, SSS, DELIVERS FIRST DOROTHY DAY LECTURE O KAILE MACLEANDALY 16 HELPED LIFT THE SAINTS TO THEIR FIRST GNAC CHAMPIONSHIP. B MERRILL SHEA oth the mens and womens lacrosse teams earned their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC championships in April, in only their third and fourth years, respectively, of competing at the varsity level. With its GNAC championship victory over St. Josephs College Maine on a

college journal 2014 HAKIM LECTURER DISCUSSES CIVIL RIGHTSERA STRIFE D avid Cunningham, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Director of the Social Justice Social Policy Program at Brandeis University, visited campus in March to deliver the annual Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture. The author of Klansville, U.S. A. The Rise and Fall of the Civil RightsEra Ku Klux Klan, Cunningham focuses his research on the causes, consequences and legacy of racial violence. His talk contrasted two instance

EC TEAM EXCELS AT HARVARD MODEL U.N. CONFERENCE E mmanuels Model United Nations Team received three awards at the Harvard National Model United Nations HNMUN conference in February, delivering the most successful team performance at the conference in the clubs 10year history. Nathan Benevides 15, President of Emmanuels Model U.N. Club, received a Verbal Commendation for his performance in a simulation of the Second United Front, the 1930s alliance between Chinas Nationalist and Communist parti

college journal MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD Emmanuel students spend spring break advancing food justice in Boston t is one thing to know that poverty exists in your city. It is quite another to journey two miles from campus and assist people who are struggling to obtain nutritious and affordable food. In March I joined 17 other Emmanuel students in a weeklong series of service projects focused on advancing food justice and access for lowincome residents of Boston. The program was o

A LANDMARK CROSS COUNTRY SEASON Both mens and womens teams win GNAC championships E mmanuel established its mens and womens cross country teams in 2001, at the time of the Colleges transition to coeducation. Initially, the program strove to meet minimum standards, particularly with the mens squadthe NCAA requires at least five athletes to fi compete in each cross country meet. Last fall the Saints made history, winning both the mens and womens Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC champions

college journal SENIOR PROFILE MICHAEL KRUPA 14 Learning on Location Michael Krupa complemented his coursework with two internships in Boston and two months of studies in London. The combination has given him the knowhow and contacts to launch a career in marketing and advertising. M 8 EMMANUEL MAGAZINE CHAEL KRUPA 14 knows the value globally and cultivating a richly e. After studying in London during nagement major and graphic design uel and in the course of his senior ps at nationally and

IN HIS RESEARCH, ASSISTANT N S CH, AS IS SS P PR PROFESSOR BENJAMIN ALLEN USES R BEN EN U N M MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS TO PR BE E CAL AN AL A L S O PROB P HO HOW EVOLUT N REALLY W KS. OLUTIO REALLY WORKS LUTI LLY LY LY FACULTY PROFILE BENJAMIN ALLEN Tangible Applications B BRIAN CROWLEY NJAMIN ALLEN started getting especially excited ween his sophomore and junior years in high always liked numbers, even trying his skills at a etitions. But that summer, Allen went to a camp mber theory and beg

COMMENCEMENT 2014 Beginning JUST THE At Emmanuel s 92nd Commencement Exercises in May, members of the Class of 14 celebrated years of achievement, friendship and engagement in a spirited campus community. With the turn of their tassels, 633 graduates became Emmanuels newest alumni and launched exciting new chapters in lives of leadership, service and purpose. 10 EMMANUEL MAGAZINE ALL COMMENCEMENT PHOTOS BY BRIAN CROWLEY EXCEPT WHERE NOTED.

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COMMENCEMENT 2014 Wisdom PARTING KENNETH R. FEINBERG Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient An expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Esq., is widely known for his leadership of highprofile victim compensation fi efforts, including The One Fund, established in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund the Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. He is the Founde

PROCESSION AND CEREMONY 1040 A.M. 100 P.M. Reviewing the procession were Commencement Speaker Kenneth R. Feinberg, Emmanuel Board of Trustees Chair Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., and Emmanuel President Sister Janet Eisner, SND. Second row College Trustee Sister Mary M. Farren, SND 69 and Retiring Associate Professor of Information Technology Gouri Banerjee. Spring 2014 13

COMMENCEMENT 2014 Faces OF THE CLASS OF 14 SRUNPHUT JAE PUKMA SPENCER DESCHENES In the summer of 2013, psychology major Spencer Deschenes was awarded an Emmanuel College Travel Fellowship to study at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin UCD. She is on her way back to Ireland this summer as the recipient of a 201415 Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship for the Masters in Psychological Science Program at UCD. As an Emmanuel biology major, Jae secured a laboratory internship at

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Contemplation and a College Education ILLUSTRATION BY RICHARD MIA Interest in mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative practices is surging on American campuses. What seems like a new trend in fact has ancient roots and marks a return to the original ethical and spiritual motivations of higher education. BY RAYMOND J. DEVETTERE Emmanuel College Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Colleges ValuesBased Education Program

The philosophers advise us not to be satisfied with mere learning but to add meditation and then also practice. EPICTETUS, FIRST CENTURY STOIC O ONTEMPLATION and a college education whats the connection Isnt contemplation something done by conn people w have withdrawn from worldly affairs to live in eople who monasteries and convents Isnt a college education naster about mastering the facts and skills that will enable a ut ma young person to succeed in the world with a good career g pe The very

nitive science and behavioral psychology that are providing empirical evidence for physiological changes in the brain and for observable positive changes in personal behavior as the result of contemplative practices such as meditation. Once cognitive neuroscience and behavioral psychology began establishing scientific evidence for fi improvement in learning thanks to contemplation, mindfulness and meditation, the universities were able to accept the value of these practices. A second significant

imagine today because it is akin to ascending in an airplane or looking at photographs of earth taken from space. Suddenly, all of the things we judge to be so important become insignificant and eventually invisible. So many human acfi tions are motivated by lust for wealth, or pleasure, or power, or recognition, and they all amount to so little when looked at from far above. We are the tiniest speck in a vast universe, and a human life span of 80 or even a 100 years is almost imperceptible in t

rooms, lecture halls and laboratoriesand not just in ancillary programs Well, suppose contemplative exercises such as meditation actually improve student learning in classrooms and laboratories. If they do, then certainly they belong in the academic program where student learning is a major goal. We now know from cognitive science that meditation exercises do change not only how the brain functions but the organic structure of the brain. Just as repetitive physical exercises change a persons bod

alumni Alumni Weekend 2014 Graduates of class years ending in 4 and 9 gathered in late May for a weekend of friendship, fun and reflection Scores of 1964 alumni traveled to the College to celebrate their milestone 50th reunion. Emmanuel President Sister Janet Eisner, SND center welcomed members of the 75th Cynthia Freed Dacey 77 joined friends from the Class of 79 at their 35th reunion, including Paula Scott Dehetre, Lauren Bowerman, Karen Bennett Mark, Claudette Roy Dachowski, Peggy Benz and

Rediscover. Engage. Connect. Gathering around the College sign were 1994 classmates Diana Morrissey Kenneally, Michele Sardo Heim, April Giordano Sullivan, Elizabeth Fadrowska Nowakowski, Suzanne Wenz and Maura Connolly Kazorek. MyEmmanuel, the Colleges new alumni online community, offers a host of ways to connect with Emmanuel and its global extended family. By creating an account at alumni., you can Search a directory of fellow graduates Read and contribute to online class not

alumni Regional Alumni Events Emmanuel graduates make connections around the country NAPLES, FL Helen a Helen Watson, Carol B ar Brugman Melley 58, Sheila Devlin Brennan 58, in Brennan P Peggy Lisi, Mandy Junior and Anna J. Foley 58 were among the ove Mandy Junior e 5 among the over g ver 60 alumni and their guests who gathered for the annual St. Patricks l and heir guests gathered for an al t k Da Day parade viewing and lunch on Saturday, March 15. d unch on Saturday, March SARASOTA, FL Mary

BOSTON Dianne DiStefano 12, Jonny Stevens 12, guest Nick Casssero and Patrick Froass 12 were among the over 130 GOLD Graduates of the Last Decade alumni and their guests who attended the Wintry Mix Mingle event at Emmanuel on January 11. Attention Classes of 20042013 Its not too late to help lead your class to victory in Emmanuels second annual Young Alumni Participation Challenge. Make a gift, of any size, by June 30, 2014, and you will 1. S Support a scholarship for a returning Emmanuel stud

alumni PROFILE TERRI GILLIS 71 Pioneeringand Paying it Forward ROUNDBREAKING has always come naturally to Terri Gillis 71. From her chemistry y major at Emmanuel at a time when the sciences Em were a maledominated field right on through her pioneering caree as a female patent lawyer, she neering career has never backed down from a challengenot ver b even the law partner who assumed she was a typist e when she came to him for an assignment on her ca first day of work in New York some 40 years

Youve updated your style. What about your will Recent revisions to tax lawor changes in your family status or residencemay have caused your will to go retro. Supporting Emmanuel through a bequest is simple and offers an opportunity to leave a lasting and rewarding legacy at the College. If you would like to obtain a useful Personal Estate Planning Kit at no charge, please visit alumni.emmanuel.eduestateplanning If you have questions about including Emmanuel College in your new estate plan, plea

alumni CLASS NOTES Reunion 2014 Edition n the months preceding Alumni Weekend May 30June 1, Emmanuel invited members of this years reunion classesthose ending in 4 and 9to send updates on their lives. The College looks forward to publishing notes from all classes in future issues of the magazine. To share your news, send an email to, call the alumni office at 6179759400, or post an update on fi Emmanuels secure website, good thing, since six of her seven

Georgia Iavicoli Devine and Patricia Tipping Walsh, writing in jointly, note that they have been friends since the 1950s, from East Boston to Emmanuel. On the occasion of their 50th reunion they particularly remember their beloved friends Suzanne Hyland McCarthy and Julie Vaughan. At press time, Elizabeth Cox Gravelle was looking forward to celebrating her 50th reunion with her classmates and also with her aunt, Agnes Cox Carson 39, on campus for her 75th reunion. Marybeth Burke Harmon says the

alumni CLASS NOTES Reunion 2014 Edition Newton Center, MA, with her daughter Noor and stepdaughter Zenobia. Her husband, Yasin Balbaky, died in 2009, the same year she celebrated son Abeds graduation from Columbia University and Noors graduation from Winsor. Noor has graduated from Earlham College and is a peace and justice organizer, while Abed is finishing his fi Ph.D. in plasma physics. Barbara and her late mother shared a love of one of her favorite Emmanuel theology books, Pierre Teilhar

Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Neurodegeneration in a mouse model of Cockayne Syndrome. Keara J. Clifford is a Verification Loan Officer fi fi at Festiva Adventure Club, where she has worked since graduation. After working on Cape Cod and in Maine, she is now living in Ozark, MO, near the companys Branson office. fi Elizabeth A. Donovan lives in Washington, DC, where she works for Congressman William Keating of Massachusetts. In May she received her J.D. degree from the Catholic University of Am

flashback TBT Each Thursday, users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter post images from the past. Throwback Thursdayor TBT in Twitter speakhas provided Emmanuel an opportunity to breathe digital life into photos from past editions of Epilogue, the College yearbook. Each weekly posting offers a window into life at Emmanuel, from its earliest days to just a few years ago. Here are a few much liked photos from recent months. 1975 Cheering on the Red Sox as they vied for the World Se

WHY I give ERIN TRACY DIGUARDIA 08 I give to Emmanuel because it is my second home. My four years at the College were filled with much activity and growth, and I want future generations to have the rich student experience that I didif not better. EMMANUEL ALUMNI, PARENTS AND FRIENDS OFFER MANY REASONS FOR SUPPORTING THE COLLEGE, INCLUDING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CURRICULUM A DISTINGUISHED FACULTY CAREERCATAPULTING INTERNSHIPS THROUGHOUT BOSTON A SPIRITED CAMPUS COMMUNIT

400 THE FENWAY BOSTON, MA 02115 FOLLOW EMMANUEL ON twitter.comemmanuelcollege facebook.comemmanuelcollege emmanuel.edulinkedin youtube.comemmanuelboston EMMANUEL ON THE THIS SUMMER, JOIN EMMANUEL ALUMNI AND THEIR GUESTS DOWN O THE CAPE FOR AN AFTERNOON OF GOOD COMPANY AND AN EVENING N OF WORLDCLASS MUSIC. 37TH ANNUAL CAPE COD LUNCHEON Thursday, July 24 The Club at New Seabury 20 Red Brook Road Mashpee, MA 02649 1130 a.m. Cash Bar Opens Auction 1230 p.m. Luncheon 40 per person To register,

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