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campus news Men’s Volleyball Downs Three Top-10 Teams, Earns National Ranking Abram ’11 Named Division III National Player of the Week The Emmanuel men’s volleyball team wrapped up an unprecedented week on March 7th, which included wins over three top-10 teams, setting a new program record for wins in a season and an undefeated run at the MIT Invitational Tournament. The team looks to continue its success through the final stretch of the season.

“This is a very seasoned team, facing the toughest schedule in the history of the program, and the team is stepping up to the challenge,” said Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Christopher Wright. “I think the biggest difference this season is that everyone is committed to pushing themselves and pushing each other in practice and in games. The leadership of my co-captains Jake Deluise ’11 and Michael “Angus” Townsend ’10 has been fantastic this season. It’s nice to have competition and good leadership because it brings the best out of everyone.”

After knocking off No. 6 Rivier College and No. 10 Milwaukee School of Engineering in one week, the Saints won four matches at the MIT Invitational, including a 3-1 win over No. 5 Carthage College. With the winning streak, the Saints achieved their first-ever 20-win season and their first national ranking at No. 11 in the country.

Outside hitter Curtis Abram ’11 was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division III National Player of the Week in the first week of March for his play during the MIT Tournament. This marks just the second time an athlete from Emmanuel has received this honor, as Townsend took home the accolade in 2009. Abram reached the highly coveted 1,000 kill

Setter Taylor Lowe ’10, the program’s all-time leader in assists, also reached an impressive personal mark during the invitational, as he dished out his 3,000th career assist. He entered the opening tournament game just 12 assists shy of 3,000 and he easily surpassed the mark in the Saints’ 3-0 win over New Haven. With only a handful of games left before the postseason, the Saints look to finish strong.

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milestone against Carthage College to become one of just four Emmanuel players to total more than 1,000 kills. For his efforts, he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Tyson Rietz ’11 received All-Tournament Team honors for Emmanuel as well.

“Coming out of spring break we had a good week of competition that helped us ease back into some bigger, nationally ranked opponents,” said Wright. “Hopefully, this will get us in the right mindset for the GNAC Tournament and potential Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Conference Championship. I know the guys are not satisfied, so they are resting up this break for one last push into the postseason.”

Davis ’10 Becomes Emmanuel’s All-Time Leading Scorer Iman Davis ’10 became the women’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer in a win over Wesleyan University on February 3rd. Davis surpassed the mark of 1,626 points set by All-American Lesa Dennis, who played for the Saints from 1984-1988. Davis is one of Emmanuel’s all-time most decorated student-athletes. She is also the all-time leading scorer for The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), and was named the conference’s Player of the Year both as a sophomore and a junior. Along with these honors, Davis has also been named to ECAC and All-New England region teams. Davis was chosen as a pre-sea-

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son All-American this year and helped lead the Saints to their fourth-straight GNAC championship.

Women’s XC Named 2009 All-Academic Team The Emmanuel College women’s cross country team was recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as one of the All-Academic Teams for the 2009 season. The Saints recorded a combined grade point average of 3.25 to meet the requirements of the All-Academic Team. Emmanuel was one of 153 Division III women’s programs nationwide to receive this honor. For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed in and compiled a team score at an NCAA regional meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.10 team cumulative grade point average. To read more about the team and this honor, visit

Kristin LeBel ’11 and the Saints won their fourth-straight GNAC title with a 75-61 win over Norwich University on February 27th.

Women’s Bball Wins GNAC; Earns Program’s 15th Trip to NCAA Tourney Emmanuel’s women’s basketball team made its 15th appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament, taking on Babson College on March 5th in the first round at Colby College in Waterville, ME. The Saints received an automatic bid to the national tournament after winning their fourth-straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on February 27th, defeating second-seeded Norwich University, 75-61. After winning the GNAC Championship game, the Saints finished their regular season with a record of 22-5.

Iman Davis ’10 led all scorers and posted a near triple-double, as she poured in 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out eight assists and collected five steals on her way to being named the GNAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Kristin LeBel ’11, who entered the contest just 25 points shy of 1,000 for her career, finished with 13 points and three assists and received All-Tournament honors along with Casey Shevlin ’11, who also kicked in 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, to go along with her four assists.

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Partners in Health’s Dr. Paul Farmer to Speak at Commencement Emmanuel College is pleased to announce that Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D. will deliver the Commencement Address to the Class of 2010 on Saturday, May 8th.

leading role in providing medical care to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Dr. Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and conducts research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer’s work has received significant attention in recent months as PIH has taken a

Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Boston community leader in real estate development Joseph Corcoran, founder and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, President of Common Sense about Kids and Guns Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and Maureen Murphy Wilkens ’56 and Frank Wilkens, who have made an indelible impression on Emmanuel through their commitment and generosity to the College.

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Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S., Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that successfully show that high-quality health care can be delivered in resource-poor settings. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor. Dr. Farmer himself was the subject of Tracy ...CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Wyant Lecture to Feature Author of Dead Man Walking Emmanuel College will welcome Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ as the keynote speaker for the upcoming installment of the Wyant Lecture Series on March 30th. She will discuss “Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues” with an audience in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall.

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Emmanuel Served with Distinction Emanuel College was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in March, one of just four Massachusetts colleges/universities to earn the award. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. It is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Emmanuel was honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award.

Concerned with the plight of murder victims’ families, she founded “Survive,” which provides counseling and support for grieving families. Based on this experience, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States in 1993. The book became a best seller, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and spawned an Oscar-winning movie and an internationally acclaimed opera.

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Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, a native of Louisiana, is known internationally for her tireless work against the death penalty. A member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, she spent her first 24 years teaching religion to junior high school students and working within her community as religious education director and later as formation director. She then moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House, a center that assists public housing residents. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate and became his spiritual adviser.


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campus news Emmanuel Celebrates 90th Anniversary During Founders’ Week The Emmanuel community gathered in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall on February 4th to celebrate Founders’ Day with a special presentation by Director of Academic Advising Sister Susan Thornell, SND. The presentation, entitled “Emmanuel College: 90 Years of Mission,” was one of many events offered as part of Founders’ Week, sponsored by the Center for Mission and Spirituality. The weeklong celebration reflected on the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame as well as Emmanuel’s 90th anniversary, with prayer services, speakers and films emphasizing the mission and vision of the College.

SGA President Amanda Donegan ’10 responds to a question during the panel discussion as part of Founders’ Day.

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Sr. Susan’s remarks were accompanied by photographs of Emmanuel through the years. The slideshow paid tribute to the origins of the College, dating back to the initial purchase of the land and the opening of Emmanuel in 1919 by Sr. Helen Madeleine Ingraham, SND. The presentation emphasized the consistency of the College’s mission throughout its 90 years.

members who shared their own perspectives on the College’s mission. The panel included: Professor of Psychology Michael St. Clair; Student Government Association President Amanda Donegan ’10; and Director of Academic Administration at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Jennifer Puccetti ’89.

Following Sr. Susan’s presentation, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies/Director of the Center for Mission and Spirituality Sister Mary Johnson, SND led a panel discussion featuring Emmanuel community

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Author Le Breton Discusses Book on Sr. Dorothy Stang, SND Emmanuel’s Center for Mission and Spirituality invited author Binka Le Breton to discuss her book, The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang, with the College community on February 17th. The lecture was titled “Brazil Since Sister Dorothy Stang’s Death.” Le Breton is the author of six books all relating to the Brazilian Amazon. Her latest book, Where the Road Ends: a Home in the Brazilian Rainforest, will be released in May 2010. Le Breton’s books have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese and Polish, adapted for radio drama, issued as

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audio books and used as the basis for a screenplay. Le Breton is the co-founder and director of the Iracambi Research Center in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil, which works on biodiversity conservation, sustainability and human rights.

Students Advocate Financial Aid During Trip to Mass. State House Emmanuel College students Hillary Blakeney ’13 and Jane Lothrop ’11 joined Senior Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Vy Doan and Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Stephanie Rege at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts’ (AICUM) “Student Financial Aid Day,” held at the Massachusetts State House on February 24th.

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Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between campaigning against the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. This experience raised her concerns that some of those executed were not guilty, which inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, released in 2004. Today Sister Helen works with the Death Penalty Discourse Center, the

Moratorium Campaign and the Dead Man Walking Play Project. She is presently at work on another book – River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey to Death Row. The Wyant Lecture Series features speakers in the Humanities, History and the Arts. The Louise Doherty Wyant professorship was established by the late Louise Doherty Wyant ‘63 and her husband, Dr. James Wyant, in honor of Sister Anne Cyril Delaney, SND.

campus news College’s Visiting Fulbright Dr. Tripat Narayanan Presents First Lecture Through an affiliation with the U.S. Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Emmanuel College is hosting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Tripat Narayanan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the spring 2010 semester. Narayanan is a part-time lecturer, freelance writer/film critic and a published author whose expertise lies in the fields of film, radio and television. Narayanan earned a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in media and popular culture from the University of Malaysia. She then traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to receive a Ph.D. in radio, television and film from Northwestern University in Chicago. Her book, Table: Food, Frangipanis and Flair, has been published in Singapore and the United States and was presented at the International Fulbright Convention. The book was also named regional winner of Gourmand International Awards in two categories: Best Innovative Food-

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book and Best First Foodbook in 2005. Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Rissmeyer will serve as Narayanan’s host administrator while Assistant Professor of English Dr. Christopher Craig and Assistant Professor of History Dr. Caroline Reeves will serve as faculty associates, assisting Narayanan while she is visiting the College and Boston.

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school offers service-related programs.

“This honor is a testament to our students and their strong dedication to serving others,” added Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND. “At the core of Emmanuel College and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is a commitment to social justice and service to the community.

Throughout the 2008-2009 academic year Emmanuel students completed 31,325 service hours. These hours included volunteer activities such as New Student Day of Service, America Reads, the Sunday Service Group, toy drives, community clean-ups and many others.

“This honor is a testament to our students and their strong dedication to serving others.” – Emmanuel President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND

While visiting Emmanuel, Narayanan will be working with faculty on lecture opportunities and film screenings throughout the semester, focusing on her areas of expertise; film, global studies, cultural studies, art, sociology and nutrition to name a few. Campus events, such as International Hospitality Night, will also provide ideal opportunities for Narayanan to share her experience with and expertise in food, film and popular culture.

the Filmmakers at Emmanuel Club, was held on February 25th and presented an introduction to perspectives on Asian cinema. Narayanan also discussed a previous screening of the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” She explained the emergence of Asian directors making mainstream films in Hollywood, the film industry as related to culture and detailed the Asian film industry, which recently began acquiring a global platform during the 1980s.

“Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and it is an honor to host a Fulbright Scholar,” said Dr. Rissmeyer. “Dr. Narayanan’s expertise in and passion for film, her facilitation of crosscultural understanding and her warm and engaging manner make her a tremendous asset to Emmanuel. I hope that every student takes the opportunity to participate in one of her programs.”

Throughout her lecture, Narayanan also emphasized the cultural similarities throughout the global film industry and emphasized that film is a means of entertainment that is celebrated across the world.

Narayanan’s first lecture, organized by

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Our students find ways to live their values through service programs as they volunteer time to organizations locally, nationally and globally. They are active in spiritual retreats, Liturgical celebrations and gospel reflection through our Campus Ministry programs, and engage in discussions of contemporary theological and social justice issues with Sisters of Notre Dame from around the world through our Center for Mission and Spirituality.” Emmanuel was one of 115 colleges and universities around the country recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service in its 2009 Honor Roll with Distinction. Honorees were chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the

One of Emmanuel’s most popular programs, Alternative Spring Break, took place March 6th-13th. This year, 60 members of the College’s community gave up their vacations to work in rural south communities still digging out from Katrina, or working in deeply impoverished communities in West Virginia and Arizona. “Our student volunteers will go anywhere and do anything to help people who are suffering the effects of devastation or who are living in abject poverty,” said Deirdre Bradley-Turner, associate director of community service and service learning. “They could have been relaxing on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, but they chose to give up the traditional spring break for the opportunity to serve people in need.”

“Film is an easily accessible, relatively cheap, global informing medium for cultures across the world,” she said. “Just watching foreign faces and foreign locations dwelling over universal concepts can be a rather informing process, not always accurate, but still informing.”

Kidder’s 2003 New York Times bestselling novel Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. Dr. Farmer currently serves as the Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and was recently appointed the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan

Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Farmer earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Duke University, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. in medical anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Farmer received an honorary degree from Emmanuel College in 2005 and delivered the Convocation Address. To learn more about Dr. Farmer and Partners in Health, as well as our distinguished honorary degree recipients, visit

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