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Annual Canned Food Drive

We are looking for donations of pasta, coffee, beans, tuna, or canned tomatoes.

All are welcome to leave their donations in the bins provided in the back of the Chapel, on the second floor of the Eisner Administration Building.

The drive is happening throughout the entire month of November and donations will benefit St. Ambrose Family Shelter.

There will be no 7:00pm Mass on Sunday, November 10 due to the Veterans' Day Weekend.

St. Cecilia's Parish at 18 Belvidere Street, Boston has Masses at 8:00am, 11:15am and 6:00pm.

Please note - students may only apply to one spring break service trip sponsored by Emmanuel - either ASB or Habitat for Humanity. For more information about Habitat for Humanity and their 2020 service site please e-mail

Alternative Spring Break or ASB is a week-long, faith based service trip during the March spring break sponsored by Mission and Ministry. ASB educates for social justice through community service. Students and staff travel together, serve others, live in a communal setting and spend their evenings in prayer and reflection. Participants confront issues of hunger, homelessness, extreme poverty, food justice, environmental concerns, rebuilding following a disaster and immigration. ASB groups travel to Phoenix, AZ; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; and one group does service in the City of Boston for the week. The Boston trip will have a travel component in 2020 spending the first three days and two nights in western Massachusetts. Students interested in participating in ASB must apply and be accepted during the fall semester. Please see below for a more detailed description of each trip.

Application Timeline for Alternative Spring Break

  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 15th by 12noon
  • Students will receive an acceptance/non-acceptance e-mail by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Students who are offered an ASB spot are asked to take time over the Thanksgiving break to consider the responsibilities of accepting an ASB spot. Students must commit to attending all ASB meetings before and after the trip. Students are then asked to notify Deirdre Bradley-Turner of their decision on Monday, December 2nd by 12noon
  • Students who accept a spot on one of the four trips are required to turn-in a deposit of $100.00 for the traveling trips and $50 for the Boston trip by Monday, December 2nd by 12noon
  • The total cost of the Phoenix, New Orleans and Houston trips is $400 (cost for traveling ASB trips may increase slightly pending the price of transportation) the Boston total cost is $150 (price increase reflects the 2020 travel component). Students can pay their remaining balance in full at the beginning of the spring semester or make two equal payments on February 9th and March 5th
  • Mission and Ministry does not wish for cost to be a barrier for student participation. Therefore, ASB scholarships are available upon student request following acceptance into a trip

Important dates for all Alternative Spring Break Participants

There are five meetings, one day of service, and ASB Commissioning that are mandatory preparation events for all participants on the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - first full group meeting
  • Sunday, January 26, 2020 Location & Time TBD - social gathering with individual group
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 approximately 8am - 1pm - MLK Jr. Day of Service and Reflection
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - second full group meeting focusing on reflection
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 Location & Time TBD - educational gathering with individual group

All participants are required to attend the Alternative Spring Break Commissioning on the following date:

Thursday, March 5th - ASB Commission in the Chapel at 12:15pm followed by final individual meetings

All participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to the Alternative Spring Break Presentation in March - date TBD


Phoenix, Arizona

Focus on hunger, homelessness, extreme poverty and immigration

Andre House:

Andre House is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame. Located in downtown Phoenix, Andre House serves the poor and homeless. Andre House offers basic services to poor and homeless people as well as educational and volunteer experiences for all those interested. Students spend the week with the Andre House staff doing office work, laundry, clothes sorting and distribution and food preparation and service.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul:

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Students spend the week performing several different tasks, including: food preparation and service, working in their special ministries program and inventory and containerizing in their food bank.

The group lives together for the week at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Focus on rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina


SBP is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill. With its innovative, vertically integrated construction system, SBP is poised to serve as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing. With clients throughout the Greater New Orleans area, SBP reaches the communities most in need.

The group lives together for the week at Molly's House spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.

Boston, Massachusetts Goes West

The Boston trip will have a travel component in 2020 spending the first three days and two nights in western Massachusetts. The group will volunteer with various local organizations throughout the week, specifically analyzing food justice and access within the western part of the state and urban environment providing an opportunity to compare and contrast the experience.

Focus on food justice and access

Food Justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. The Boston Trip reflects this theme through the following goals:

  • To learn about obstacles and solutions to food access in Boston and western Massachusetts
  • To explore the food distribution system
  • To think about specific food access challenges that affect urban and rural areas
  • To think about how food justice impacts children
  • To learn about and volunteer with different organizations that are working for food justice in a variety of ways

The group will stay at the Genesis Retreat Center in Westfield, MA and at the Notre Dame Campus for the week spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.

Houston, Texas

Focus on rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey


SBP is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Harvey. With its innovative, vertically integrated construction system, SBP is poised to serve as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing. SBP reaches the communities most in need.

The group lives together for the week in an Airbnb spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.

ASB Application Questions

For an application to be considered, your responses must be entered and submitted through the online Qualtrics application.

Participant Questions: You may wish to draft responses to these questions before answering and submitting your applications.

1.) Why do you want to participate in ASB? What do you hope to get out of your ASB experience? What is your previous ASB experience or similar experience, if any?

2.) What do you think you can contribute to this experience as a participant? What special skills or experiences could you bring to your ASB team (e.g. language, first aid, music, etc.)?

3.) Considering all the issues addressed in each different type of ministry, please rank all the options according to your preference (options are: New Orleans: Louisiana, Phoenix: Arizona, Houston: Texas and Boston: Massachusetts). Please explain why these are your choices. Is there a site you would not feel comfortable serving at for the week and why?

4.) Help us get to know you better. Who are you? Please share something about yourself indicating that you would be a good candidate for ASB. Do you have any special needs that we should know about?

5.) All of your friends are planning to spend their spring break vacationing. They really want you to join them and ask you why you're giving up "fun in the sun" to work long days and help others. What will you say to them?

6.) How did you find out about ASB?

Email Deirdre Bradley-Turner at with any questions.

Fall 2019 Passport Day
Thursday, November 14 - 11:00am-2:00pm
MassArt, Huntington Studio, DMC 3rd Floor

The U.S. Postal Service will be accepting applications for first time and renewal U.S. Passports on MassArt's campus. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Sign up here:

Information on documentation needed is available when you book an appointment and via an email confirmation. Applicants need to bring all application materials to their appointment. Details available at the above link. Normal passport fees apply and photo services will be available for an additional $15.00.

Please email with any questions.

Please join the School of Health and Sciences for this very important conversation exploring the myths of meritocracy in STEM, the marginalization of people of color and women in STEM fields, and effective interventions for STEM equity and belonging.

Monday, November 18
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
EAB Auditorium

The discussion will be led by Francie Latour, former Coordinator of the Diversity Initiative for Scientific Research at the Broad Institute, and Bruce Birren, founding Advisor for the Diversity Initiative for Scientific Research at the Broad Institute.

Dinner will be provided!  Please click here to register.

As a reminder, if you have an outstanding balance for the fall semester, you will not be permitted to register for spring semester classes.

  • To view your current account balance and make a payment if needed, please visit the Billing & Payment Center at
  • To identify if there is a financial hold on your account, please visit EC Online Services to check for a notification
  • After spring course registration, spring 2020 tuition bills will be made available in mid-November. Once available, you can access your spring 2020 tuition bill by choosing "View your Tuition Bill" under the Money Matters section of the Current Students site.

Spring 2020 Payment Plan

  • Emmanuel College offers an interest-free monthly payment plan which allows students to divide their semester bill into five monthly payments
  • To enroll in the spring payment plan visit
  • As payment plans are semester specific, if you are interested in enrolling in a payment plan for the spring 2020 semester, you will need to enroll in a new plan by December 13, 2019 and submit your first payment by December 15, 2019

Sister Janet Eisner, SND, President and the entire Emmanuel College community wish to express their deepest sympathy to Michael Giordano, Jr., Class of 2021, on the death of his father, Michael Giordano, Sr., who passed away on October 24, 2019.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00-8:00pm at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday, October 31 at St. Monica Church, 212 Lawrence Street in Methuen. In honor of Mike's dedication to Boston Latin School, the family requests that anyone who wishes, please wear some purple, which are the school colors.

Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers.

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

Over the decades, students have played an important part in ensuring Emmanuel College's attentiveness to the hopes and needs of each generation. Today, the voices of black and brown students are particularly vital, as our society further wakes to the enduring impact of institutional racism. Increasingly, our culture is recognizing the reality that the suffering and contributions of black Americans are not on the periphery of our country's story but at its center.

It was with this in mind that I was most pleased to meet yesterday with members of Emmanuel's Black Student Union (BSU) Executive Board. We engaged in a constructive discussion, and I look forward to continuing our dialogue.

I invited the student leaders to the in-person meeting following the BSU's letter, "We, the Students: A Call to Action" (link below). The result of considerable hard work and conviction, the document calls for a range of institutional actions and new programs to support students of color and to advance a more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Also present at the meeting were Dr. Josef Kurtz, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Joseph Onofrietti, Vice President of Student Affairs; Erin Farmer Noonan, Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX, Risk Management and Compliance Coordinator; Jeffrey Smith, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator; and Dorice Griffith, Assistant Dean of Student Learning & Success.

I am grateful to the members of the BSU Executive Board for coming together in the spirit of good will and collaboration. In the course of our discussion, we recognized an immediate point of agreement, namely the importance of establishing, by November 15th, an Equity Committee as the starting point for future actions.

As the Equity Committee forms and takes up its essential work of developing a Diversity Action Plan, I want to affirm the College's openness to additional key proposals contained in the Call to Action. These include renewed efforts to attract and support faculty and staff of color, advance cultural competency across the institution, and revise procedures for reporting incidents of bias. We are committed to comprehensive discussions of these and other measures in the weeks ahead.

Finally, even as we mark the College's 2019 Centennial, we recognize that another significant milestone lies just ahead in 2020: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Student Union. We look forward to creating outstanding opportunities for students, graduates and friends to celebrate past achievements and to honor the BSU's ongoing dedication to the vibrancy and values of the Emmanuel College Community.

Sister Janet

We, the Students: A Call to Action.pdf

Good afternoon,

As you are aware, web registration for the Spring 2020 semester opens on November 4th. Your assigned Web Registration time, as well as any holds that may restrict your ability to register, will appear on the home page of EC Online Services. Registration dates are assigned based on your current, not future, class standing.

Registration via Student Planning

As a reminder, registration will take place via Student Planning. To access your Student Planning, access the Current Students Page- EC Online Services- Student Planning.

Please see the attached documents for some quick tips on adding courses to your plan and registering. You may also view some helpful short videos on these processes via ECLearn using the following link:

Advisor approval is not required to register for upcoming coursework via Student Planning. New students and students who are undeclared who seek changes to their schedule after the web registration period closes will need the signature of their academic advisor.

While an advisor signature is not required for students with declared majors within the department, students are encouraged to continue to work closely with their academic advisor prior to any registration or schedule changes regarding how the changes will impact the fulfillment of degree requirements. Any Pass/Fail or Course Audit declarations or Course Withdrawal Forms will still require the written approval of your advisor.

Lecture and Lab Registration Reminder

In an effort to ensure all students are registered for a course that carries both a lecture and a lab, (for example, BIOL*1101 and BIOL*L1101), you must register for both the lab and lecture at the same time. The only way to do this is to plan both courses on your schedule and click the register now button on the top right of the screen. You cannot register via the add/drop button on the left side of the schedule.

New Online Application for Cross-Registration - Application Submission Begins November 4th

Students can begin submitting their applications to cross register on Monday, November 4th. Please click the following link to access the COF course directory and application submission site: COF Cross Registration

On November 12th, course registrations will be processed on a first come first serve basis. If you plan to cross register during the Spring 2020 semester, we encourage that you apply on November 4th starting at 8:30 a.m. Please see the flowchart below to review each step in the cross-registration process. Attached you will find a tutorial video and document containing step by step instructions on how to submit your application.

General Requirement (Domains of Knowledge) Search Feature: Student Planning allows you the ability to search for courses that fulfill your General Requirements either through your My Progress page or the Course Catalog tab. For instructions and screen shots, please see the attached document.

The Waitlist Option for Web Registration:

Placing yourself on a waitlist provides us with valuable information about the demand for specific courses. In some cases, additional sections may be offered to meet the need.

NOTE: At this time, the college does not maintain the waitlists for individual classes. You will not be automatically registered for the course if a space becomes available. You should choose another course that will satisfy your requirement.

Web registration will remain open through midnight on Sunday, November 17th. Since many students add and drop during this time, we encourage you to check back periodically to see if a space has become available. Online registration will reopen for declared students on December 2nd. Any changes to your Spring 2020 schedule between November 17th and December 2nd will require an Add/Drop form or email from your Emmanuel College email address. Undeclared students will be able to make changes to their schedule from November 17th up until the last day to add or drop a course with advisor approval on an Add/Drop form. Add/Drop forms are available in the Office of the Registrar, EAB 340.

Class Standing:

Current class standing is determined by the number of credits you have earned. Your earned credits appear on the "Total Credits" bar in the "At a Glance" section of your My Progress page on Student Planning. As a reminder,

Total Credits Progress Bar
Dark Green ---> Completed Credits (Class standing is determined based on this number)
Light Green ---> Credits in progress (These credits are not factored into your class standing)
Yellow ---> Credits planned for future semesters

The following credit totals determine your class standing:
Freshman.........0-31 credits earned
Sophomore.......32-63 credits earned
Junior...............64-95 credits earned
Senior...............96 + credits earned

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (617) 735-9960 or visit us in EAB 340 Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. or Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The Office of the Registrar Staff

Student Planning Registration Instructions.pdf
Student Planning Searching and Planning Courses Instructions.pdf
Cross Registration Application Tutorial.MP4
COF Student Documentation_Xreg2019.pdf

Swipe-It-Forward is a student-led initiative developed in collaboration with administrators and faculty to alleviate challenges of food insecurity on campus.

The program, which will launch the week of October 28th, will provide current students in need of meals with a simple and confidential means of requesting and receiving additional meal swipes credited to their Fenway Cards. Food insecurity, defined as "a household's inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life," is a challenge that impacts college students around the country. Swipe-It-Forward will provide students in need the option to request up to five additional meal swipes during the semester.

Be on the lookout for more information about the official launch of Swipe-It-Forward, including how to request and donate meal swipes, next week.

For faculty interested in pledging donations this week, please email Dr. Adam Silver at Staff members interested in pledge early should contact Assistant Dean of Mission & Ministry Deirdre Bradley-Turner at

Please join us for a drop-in guided meditation group, led by Psychology Department Associate Professor, Dr. Helen MacDonald, and Health Services Nurse, Linda Corinne, NP.

All members of the Emmanuel community are welcome. No experience with meditation is necessary.

Guided meditation will be followed by tea, snacks, and discussion.

Every Wednesday at 11am in Avenue Commons.

Upcoming Events


Nov 12, 2019: JAKK General Member Meeting at Eisner Administration Building

Drop in to learn more about EC JAKK. We will either watch some anime, kdramas, jdramas, or even listen to a bit of kpop!

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Nov 13, 2019: History Club General Member Meeting at Eisner Administration Building

Join us for the History Club's weekly meeting! Open to all students, regardless of major

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