SCROLL

Nadel Henville '22

Creating Community Takes Center Stage

For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.

“In theater, there’s a place where everyone belongs. If they don’t, we will physically create that space for them,” she said. “The stage has always been a place for me to dream big and think about the impossible, taking risks that our society doesn’t want to. Theater is a place to be someone you never thought you could, and there’s something freeing about it that I want everyone to experience in and out of the craft. That’s what I’m going to try and bring into every space I enter, by encouraging trailblazers and the impossible, and just what we can make possible.”

In addition to acting in several productions over the years, Nadel has been busy learning the roles of other crew members, and is eager to direct her Senior Capstone production next year.

“It’s an amazing play called Bethel Park Falls, and I’m excited to try my hand at a new leadership role I haven’t stepped into yet,” she said. “It’s also another amazing opportunity to work with as many students as I can, and to try to bring us together with the unifying vision to put on a production that we can all be proud of.”

Nadel is also mindful of making space and fostering trust for her first-year residents as a Resident Assistant. “There are some unique challenges in transitioning to dorm life,” she said. “It’s a lot of remembering that we’re all in this together.”

She also wants to be a resource to first-year students as much as she can. “My favorite thing is just how they’re so ready to dive into college and start making memories of a lifetime. They’re ready to start this new chapter of their life, and they’re so welcoming with programming and finding their way through the college experience!”

When it comes to finding their niche on campus, she encourage students to be as open as possible. “There are so many options on campus, and even around campus, so taking all of those opportunities that you’re interested in can do wonders. Being open to classes, programs, people and the city around you can help you find just where you belong.”

A double major in Theater Arts and Writing, Editing & Publishing (with a minor in management), Nadel also delved into inspiring coursework with supportive faculty outside the Theater Program—namely with Professor of English Dr. Lisa Stepanski and Professor of Theology & Religious Studies Dr. Jon Paul Sydnor.

“I took ‘Intro to Literary Methods’ with Dr. Stepanski, and I’ve never met a stronger, more eloquent teacher. The way she structured her course allowed me to keep my wits about myself and never blindsided me, and she was what helped me cement my stay within the English department. She was such a caring soul to be around, her passion about literature inspires me to this day and reminds me that I am a double major, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Nadel also called Dr. Sydnor’s “Honors Interreligious Ethics” one of the best classes she could experience. “He engaged our personalities and our minds every day, pushing the boundaries to how we see religion and how they interact with each other—how we interact with the world around us, and it’s had a lasting effect on me ever since.”

During her upcoming senior year at Emmanuel, Nadel is looking to continue making her mark and leaving a legacy on campus. “With each teacher, each course, each student, I want to leave behind a web of connections that’ll never fade, and to encourage those after me to go for everything they set their mind to,” she said.

Explore Emmanuel

Nick Eline '23: Perseverance in a Pandemic

Nick grew up in a family of medical professionals—his mother and grandmother are both nurses and his father is a paramedic. “I’ve always been surrounded with medical jargon and stories of health incidents, crises, and the rewarding benefits of providing care,” he said.

Learn More
Nadel Henville '22: Creating Community Takes Center Stage

For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.

Learn More
Gianna Kittle '20: Advocating for Justice

Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Gianna had never heard of the field of sociology, but was very familiar and passionate about issues of crime and justice. Her time at Emmanuel helped her to not only put a name—but also, a purpose—to that passion.

Learn More
Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

Learn More
Learn More
Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

Learn More
Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

Learn More
Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

Learn More
Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

Learn More
Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

Learn More
Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

Learn More
Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

Learn More

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.