College News

Allen's Paper on 'Evolutionary Games on Networks' Published in Nature

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Allen, Ph.D., is the lead author of a manuscript titled, “Evolutionary dynamic on any population structure,” which was recently published by Nature, a prestigious multidisciplinary scientific journal. Professor Allen and his collaborators at Harvard University and Northeastern University have derived a condition for when cooperative behaviors will be able to spread across a network via natural selection. Using probability theory, they have found that cooperation flourishes when there are strong ties between individuals. These “individuals” refer to people as well as other types of organisms. Nature’s impact factor, a measure of how many citations a journal generates in other works, is among the highest of any science journal.

Johnston Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Emmanuel College Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Laurie Johnston, Ph.D., has received a Fulbright grant to teach and to perform research at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. During the spring semester of 2018, Johnston will study the relationship between Catholic educational institutions and Muslim students in Belgium. She also will teach a graduate-level course on ethics and international relations.

Although this is Johnston’s first Fulbright award, she has been involved with the program as Emmanuel’s director of fellowships and scholarships. Emmanuel has produced student Fulbright scholars in each of the past six years, and the College has been named a Fulbright “U.S. Scholar Top Producer” in recognition of its faculty awardees.

Farquharson Wins Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Sam Farquharson ’17 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English literacy to middle school-aged students in Malaysia. The English major has volunteered for the past three years at Jumpstart AmeriCorps, teaching literacy skills to preschool children in low-income communities.

2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

At its 95th Commencement Exercises in May, Emmanuel College conferred honorary degrees on three individuals for their outstanding contributions to their professions and to society.

ROSANNE HAGGERTY—the College’s 2017 Commencement Speaker—is the founder and president of New York-based Community Solutions, which is dedicated to ending homelessness, strengthening communities and changing the conditions that perpetuate poverty. She is internationally recognized for her leadership of innovations such as the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a movement of 186 U.S. communities that collectively found permanent homes for more than 105,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Americans between 2010 and 2014.

WAYNE BUDD is an attorney with over 40 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. Currently senior counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Budd served as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1989 to 1992. He later served as an associate attorney general overseeing the Civil Rights, Environmental, Tax, Civil and Anti-Trust Divisions at the Department of Justice. He formerly served as president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and in 1979 became the first African American president of a state bar when he assumed the presidency of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

ELAINE EL-KHAWAS is a research sociologist and professor emerita of education policy at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her areas of expertise include higher education policy at both the state and federal levels, and comparative policy and practice in higher education. She has been a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Association of African Universities. In addition, Dr. El-Khawas has served as a trustee of Emmanuel College for three decades and chairs the Board’s Committee on Academic Affairs.

“Andy Yosinoff Court” Honors Coach’s Legacy

November 19th was a historic day as Emmanuel paid tribute to Andy Yosinoff and his extraordinary legacy as coach, educator and mentor. Yosinoff, who recently completed his 40th season as Emmanuel’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach, has led teams to the NCAA Tournament 18 times and currently ranks as the second all-time winningest coach in Division III history. Many of Yosinoff’s former players and coaches were on hand as the College officially named the Jean Yawkey Center court in Yosinoff’s honor.

Recently, the College established the Andy Yosinoff Fund to support athletic programming and facilities, with specific plans to refurbish Yosinoff Court. To learn more or make a contribution, visit

Guest Lecturers Analyze Global And National Events

Throughout 2016–17, the College welcomed distinguished speakers offering insights on important national and global events. Here is a sampling:

  • Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Fareed Yasseen, provided his views on the history of Iraq, ISIS, the new U.S. presidential administration and the important role of education in his country’s reconstruction.
  • Journalist Reese Erlich discussed his book, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect. Erlich recounted his reporting from inside Syria, including his interviews with rebel leaders, regime supporters and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Dr. Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish Parliament, discussed last July’s failed coup attempt, as well as the current state of U.S.-Turkey relations.
  • Michael Dukakis, former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, visited campus the day following the election to offer his analysis of the 2016 presidential race.

At press time, the College was preparing to welcome civil rights activist Diane Nash as its 2017 Dorothy Day Lecturer. A founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and an associate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Nash was instrumental in crafting the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Special Olympics Field Day at Emmanuel

For the third consecutive year, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a Special Olympics Field Day on the Emmanuel campus. Held on March 19, the event brought 65 Emmanuel athletes from basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and lacrosse together with 27 Special Olympians from the Boston Public Schools system. Athletes took part in skills training, fitness testing, and arts and crafts. Special thanks to Assistant Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jamahl Jackson and the SAAC for organizing the event.

New Trustees Elected to Board

During the 2016–17 academic year, the Board of Trustees welcomed four new members representing a broad range of endeavors and expertise.

Sister Maria Delaney, SND’69 is co-director of the United States Office of Sponsored Ministries for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, acting as a national liaison to over 20 educational institutions. Prior to this role, she served for 12 years on the SND Congregational Leadership Team based in Rome. Sister Maria earlier served as the first executive director of the Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston, a comprehensive education center for adult students. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emmanuel and received an honorary degree from the College in 1997.

Keith Metters is a senior vice president in the Relationship Management Services Group at Fidelity Investments in Boston. Before joining Fidelity in 2000, Metters served as a manager at Qwest Communications and, previously, as an executive officer in the U.S. Army Infantry. He earned an M.B.A. and a master’s in international business from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s in management from Bryant University. He and his spouse, Wendy, live in Attleboro and have two young daughters. Their niece, Emily Horan, is a second-year student at Emmanuel.

John Dragoon most recently served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education company. For decades, Dragoon has overseen the marketing, venture financing and product development efforts of companies such as Novell, Art Technology Group (ATG), Internet Capital Group (ICG) and IBM. He earned an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in economics and computer science from Union College. He and his spouse, Dr. Nancy Dragoon, live in Boston and have two young adult children.

Mary Jo Skayhan Rogers ’77 is an active alumna who has served on her class reunion committee, hosted alumni receptions at her home and participated in alumni events in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. In August 2015, she was appointed to the board of directors for the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research. Previously, she served for several years as a trustee and volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore. She and her spouse, Brian, reside in Towson, MD, and have three young adult children.

From Library to Learning Commons

THE CARDINAL CUSHING LIBRARY, dedicated in 1965, is about to undergo a transformation. Plans are well under way to convert the library into a modern “learning commons,” a vibrant space combining resources for traditional study with expanded services, new technologies and areas for collaboration and group projects.

Karen Storin Linitz, associate dean for library and learning resources, says the project will enable the College to offer “a bundle of services,” including IT assistance and research consultations, along with programs that extend learning beyond the classroom, such as author talks, guest lectures and poetry slams.

Phase I of the project, to be implemented this spring and summer, includes renovations to the building’s interior to add study space, update furniture and lighting, and create flexible areas for collaborative learning and experimentation with multimedia technologies. Phase II entails the completion of a café space, a redesigned service desk and glass-enclosed group study rooms.

Emmanuel On the Air

As part of its comprehensive branding initiative, Emmanuel recently produced a two-minute video that offers an energetic and inspiring look at the student experience. The video—which has been running in abbreviated 30-second spots on New England Cable News (NECN), YouTube and Facebook—is part of the College’s ongoing effort to bolster its profile and enhance awareness of the distinctiveness and value of an Emmanuel education. See the full video.

College Introduces Accelerated RN-To-BSN Degree Program

Beginning in the fall, registered nurses (RNs) will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in as few as 16 months. Through changes to the credit requirements and course format, nurses will complete their degree in a timely and cost-effective manner, while improving job security and adding flexibility to their career choices.

“Our expert faculty, strong alumni network and location in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area have always provided a winning combination for aspiring nurse leaders,” said Diane Shea, Emmanuel’s associate dean of nursing. “These program changes will facilitate the delivery of our high-quality program in an accelerated format.”

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