For Your Mind
Employee Assistance Program Emmanuel College provides its employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through AllOne Health Resources. The EAP provides confidential services to help you and your household members manage all areas of your life. If offers professional counseling and provides resources and referrals to help with:
Becoming a Better Communicator
Adjusting to Demands at Work
Coping with Stressful Situations at Home
Taking care of yourself
Finding a Day Care
Estate Planning (Wills)
Buying or Selling your Home
Family Law(Divorce and Custody)
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Advice and Planning Services Personalized advice and planning services will be available to you for developing a plan to pursue your retirement income goal, or to find out if your current retirement planning strategy is on the right track. Representatives from TIAA-CREF are scheduled to visit campus twice a year for one on one retirement counseling sessions for interested Emmanuel employees. Employees are also welcome to schedule appointments directly with TIAA-CREF or to visit a local TIAA-CREF location.
You will have a dedicated website that will be your online resource for tracking and managing your TIAA-CREF accounts, at TIAA-CREF Dedicated Website www.tiaa-cref.org/Emmanuel. You will be able to visit the site for information about TIAA-CREF and your investment choices, as well as access to retirement planning tools and more. The site also links you to the TIAA-CREF website ( www.tiaa-cref.org), where you can update your account, monitor account performance and sign up for e-delivery of account statements, transaction confirmations and other communications. Although you may choose to keep your investments as you currently have them, we encourage you to take this opportunity to review your investment strategy. In an ever-changing market, it is important to periodically review your portfolio allocation to ensure it is still consistent with your financial goals. Please keep in mind that there are risks when investing in any mutual fund, including TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds. Please review the prospectus before investing.
Tuition Remission - All full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for Tuition Remission Benefits at Emmanuel College.
For more information please visit the Employee Benefits Tuition page. Cross Registration - Emmanuel employees may enroll at other Colleges of the Fenway institutions for one undergraduate course per semester, on a space-available basis, without the payment of tuition or general fees.
For details on how to register for courses, please refer to the Colleges of the Fenway website.
Tuition Exchange - Dependents of eligible Emmanuel College employees may apply to a network of participating college and universities who are willing to accept tuition-free students. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-735-9991.
New Employee Orientation Emmanuel College welcomes all new employees with an employee orientation video. This video discusses the College's mission and vision, general policies and procedures, benefit offerings, and frequently asked questions about payroll. Academic Affairs hosts a new employee orientation for full-time faculty and adjunct faculty at the beginning of each semester (September and January). Emmanuel College is required by law to have a written policy on sexual harassment and discrimination and to make employees aware of that policy. To ensure that employees fully understand these policies and discrimination in all its forms, we require all new faculty and staff to complete an online, web-based training program every 3 years. Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training To access the training, please visit the Harassment Training website. Atomic Learning's offers educational institutions access to a complete training library of over 50,000 short, show-and-tell video training tutorials on over 205 of the most common applications. All employees have access to Atomic Learning with their college login and password. Atomic Learning
The Office of Academic Technology regularly offers training sessions for faculty. Previous topics included: Teaching with Technology Training Sessions
Building Group Assignments in ECLearn
Engaging Students through Alternatives to Written Assignments: Animated Presentation Projects
Developing Interactive Timeline
Video Planning, Production, and Editing
Flipping Your Classroom: Pedagogy and Best Practices
Flipping Your Classroom with Camtasia for Mac
Developing Interactive Timeline
Video Planning, Production, and Editing
Company Commercials: Using Video Technology in the Classroom
Indie Genetics by Kowit Academy
Learning a Language in Tandem: Using Technology to Connect Students to the Reality of a Foreign Country
Cloud Paper Assessment
Technological Approaches to Engaging Students with Japanese History
Podcasts -- International Challenges: Perceptions and Policies from Around the World
Through the Eye of the Beholder: Examining Ethics in Documentary Film
Student-Produced Podcasts: Applying Microeconomic Concepts
e-FAMuel Team Site
The Office of Human Resources created a team site for families to share information, traditions, ideas, pass on clothes and toys, etc. If you have additional ideas to help Emmanuel parents connect, please let us know at
Public Speaking December 9, 2015 9:00AM-11:45AM Location: Wheelock College, CCSR, Room 103 Presented by: Scott Gagnon, Assistant Professor Performing Arts, Emmanuel College Like many people, you may suffer from pre-presentation butterflies, have trouble organizing your thoughts, or get so tongue-tied the words just won't come. If you're the type of speaker who occasionally "ums" and "ahs" your way through a presentation, this workshop is just what you need to boost your confidence and credibility. About the presenter: Scott Gagnon received his Master of Arts in Theatrical Directing from Emerson College in 1994. He has served as a faculty advisor and director of the Emmanuel College Theater Guild since 1999. Scott has served on the panel for the Clauder Competition, a national playwriting contest. He has directed and acted in over 50 professional and semiprofessional productions, and has had his work nominated for awards and recognition repeatedly from the Independent Reviewers of New England and the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters. In 1995 one of his original musicals was premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Past Workshops/Events:
Customer Service Excellence: Digging Down Deep
September 23, 2015 12:00 - 1:00 PM Location: Simmons College, Lefavour Hall, Kotzen Meeting Room Presented by: Steve Burnstein, ALLOne Health Everyone knows and appreciates excellent customer service when they receive it, and most of us want to provide excellent customer service ourselves. Knowing how to provide such service in today's fast paced, highly stressed world can be difficult -- today's customers don't always make it easy. Participants will learn skills for providing 5-star customer service in-person and on the telephone, strategies for dealing with difficult customers, and tips for providing excellent customer service even when you don't feel like it.
October 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Location: Emmanuel College, Administration Building, Fenway Room Presented by: Stephen Dill, Marketing Manager, Wheelock College Communication in business and life is no less important than it always has been. If not clear and concise, accurate and relevant, grammatically correct and intellectually appropriate, all the time spent crafting your message will be wasted. Technology hasn't changed the importance of the right words, though the channel may dictate how many you have to play with (think Twitter). And while what was slang is now in the dictionary, you still need to know when to use shortcuts and jargon and when to stay with proper sentences and words. Be prepared to learn how to identify objectives, spill the beans, cut and slash, distill and concentrate, and polish for presentation. About the presenter: Stephen Dill has a degree in architecture, was an Army officer for 10 years (where he learned how to write for Division Commanders), a small business owner, VP of a contingency placement firm for architects, a licensed architect, a sales manager, Director of Consulting at a startup, VP of Interactive Marketing for State Street, an independent marketing consultant, the CEO of a startup, and then arrived at Wheelock to become the Marketing Manager in 2011. Communication with the written word has been a success imperative throughout his career.
Motivation: Reaching Inside and Motivating Ourselves October 28, 2015 Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Simmons College, Main College Building, Special Functions Room Presented by: Cally Ritter, ALLOne Health Workplace motivation is essential to success, as evidenced by the deluge of articles targeting managers looking to motivate their employees. Yet, we cannot always rely on the manager to motivate us - we must take control and responsibility for motivating ourselves. Some days that's easier said than done. When conditions aren't optimal (ie. We're bored or overwhelmed) we need sure-fire strategies for boosting motivation. This seminar will provide employees with guaranteed tips for increasing motivation and positivity in the workplace. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this workshop. About the presenter: Cally Ritter, LICSW, is an EAP consultant with ALLOne Health EAP and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has her BA from Bucknell University and her masters in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient services in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Boston. Cally has been an EAP trainer for more than 10 years on a variety of personal and professional development topics. Her areas of interest include the multigenerational workplace, resiliency and employee motivation. She infuses her seminars with energy, examples, exercises and content excellence.
For Your Body
If you're a member of HPHC, and belong to a qualified health and fitness club for at least four months in a calendar year, HPHC will reimburse you up to $150 for you or your dependents covered under your plan. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Fitness Discount
GetFit GETfit Emmanuel is a multi-week, team oriented fitness challenge open to the entire Emmanuel community. The goal of GETfit Emmanuel is to help make Emmanuel a healthier community by encouraging participants to exercise regularly. Teams of three to six people compete based on the average number of minutes exercised each week.
Emmanuel Fitness Center Employees of Emmanuel College have full access to the Jean Yawkey Fitness Center. The fully air-conditioned student center includes a fitness center equipped with cardiovascular machines including treadmills, elliptical machines and stairmasters, as well as circuit training machines and free weights. The gymnasium includes one NCAA regulation court or two full-size practice courts available to employees during open gym hours which vary depending on varsity team schedules. Locker room facilities are available with showers and individual lockers for employee use.
For all COF members, intramurals are the perfect way to stay active. Intramurals have something for everyone. COF leagues provide competition in an array of traditional and non-traditional sports. Participants create teams with their friends, co-workers, or residence hall community and the COF provides the leagues, space, officials, and equipment. It's free to play and teams are encouraged to incorporate players from across the six colleges. COF Intramural Sports •Fall Intramurals: September-December •Spring Intramurals: January-April •Summer Intramurals: May-August For more information: http://www.colleges-fenway.org/intramural-sports/
Yoga We are fortunate to have Anna Kosheleva will be leading us in an hour long practice on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm in Avenue Commons beginning September 16, 2015. Anna is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and has been teaching since 2012. She tries to tailor her classes to the needs and requests of people who come to practice with her. One day it can be a slow flow, with a lot of stretching and relaxing; another day it can be a more active and energizing sequence. Anna believes that yoga is for everybody, and every body. She attends to the individual needs of her students, and does her best to create a safe and welcoming environment in her class. Join us on Wednesdays throughout the semester for this wonderful experience. All levels and abilities welcome. Although we have a few extra mats, it's helpful if you bring your own.
Emmanuel employees are welcome to join a Weight Watchers at Work program in the Spring 2014 sponsored by MASCO. Weight Watchers at Work
ECfit is a team site open to the Emmanuel employees where employees can post fitness tips and tricks. The goal of ECfit is to help make Emmanuel a healthier community by encouraging employees to exercise regularly and make healthy decisions. Tips include healthy recipes, easy workout plans and helpful phone apps. ECFit
Biggest Loser EC During the summer 2013 Emmanuel offered Biggest Loser EC Competition. We had nine teams, 36 people and a pot of $720! $576 went to the first place team ($144 per person) and $144 to the second place team ($36 per person.) The challenge was for the entire summer and the cost was $20 per person.
Congratulations to our winners!
First place: Flab to Abs Scott Hiller Tom Vadala Samantha Levine Katy Mulvaney
Second place: JEMACOBA
Mary Anne Murphy Courtney Gately Jenna Gately Barbara Alves-Farrier
Yoga Club Tuesday and Thursdays at 7pm Yoga Club Returns! Take some time for yourself this semester and join the Yoga Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM in the Avenue Commons to flow with friends. Although Tuesday classes are beginner and Thursday classes are intermediate, both offer modifications for all-levels. Feel free to join one or both, whether you have a developed practice or have never set foot on a mat before. A suggested donation of $5.00 will go to Yoga Reaches Out, a non-profit whose mission focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children. Hope to see you!
For Your Spirit
The Emmanuel College Chapel is the heart and soul of the Administration Building. Located at the center of the building, the Chapel has witnessed more than 90 years of Masses, Liturgies, weddings and campus traditions.
Tuesday: 11:45 am Wednesday: 11:45am Thursday: 11:45 am
Monthly Alumni Memorial Mass
We remember recently deceased alumni, friends of the College and family members of alumni at the Memorial Masses by announcing their names and lighting a candle in their honor. The memorial mass is held the third Thursday of each month at noon in the chapel.
Emmanuel College Gospel Choir Throughout its history, gospel music has been a source of inspiration and form of spiritual expression for people around the world. Both experienced singers and those who enjoy singing are invited to join the Emmanuel College Gospel Choir. We are also looking for musicians-trained and untrained (we'll train you)- so, if you have an ear and passion for music, please come join us. Directed by Dr. Monique-Adelle Callahan
Mass of the Holy SpiritMonday, September 8, 2014 4:30 p.m. Gymnasium - Jean Yawkey Center Celebrant: Father John P. Spencer, S.J., College Chaplain & Associate Vice President for Mission & Ministry
To mark the opening of the academic year, Catholic colleges and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This longstanding tradition dates back to 16th century Europe and allows the entire College community to come together and celebrate Emmanuel's mission and Catholic identity. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated in conjunction with Emmanuel's Academic Convocation as the official start to the academic calendar. The Mass serves as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom throughout the academic year.
Lenten Charity Drive
During the Lenten season Mission & Ministry is sponsoring a charity drive benefitting Nazareth Residence & the Franciscan Food Center. Donation boxes will be located at the back of the Chapel beginning Wednesday, March 5th and will remain throughout Lent.
Lenten Adoration with COF Catholics
Come join the COF Catholics group Mondays in Lent from 4:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. for Adoration and Benediction for the Lenten Season.
We will start at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel for Adoration, Benediction, and Confession with Fr. John Spencer, S.J.
All are welcome to join us!
Invitation to Advent Lessons and CarolsThe Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. Scripture lessons were read, followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message. The format for this service originated in England in 1918 at King's College, Cambridge, England, and thus began a tradition that is now almost 100 years old. This is an annual event at Emmanuel.
Reflect Emmanuel Every year, the Office of Mission + Ministry invites employees to take time out to reflect during Advent season with "Reflect Emmanuel: A Series of Advent Meditations on Our God with Us." Written and artistic reflections will post to this page each weekday during advent. We hope you will take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to contemplate our God with us during this Advent Season! Reflections will be posted daily, Monday-Saturday, on the portal and online.
Interfaith Prayer Service: Gratitude The Emmanuel community, joined with some members of our larger COF community, gathered together in the Chapel on Thursday, November 21 for the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Emmanuel students and staff as well as COF staff and 4th graders from Mission Grammar shared prayers, songs, reflections, and poems of gratitude from various faith traditions. All attendees received a loaf of bread that was blessed this year with a traditional Jewish blessing before eating bread: "Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth" in recognition of the extremely rare convergence of the first night of Chanukah falling on November 28, Thanksgiving Day. Chanukah and Thanksgiving falling on the same day last occurred in 1888 and according to one, calculation won't happen again for another 77 thousand years.
St. Julie Billiart's Birthday Mass & CakeSt. Julie Billiart was born in Cuvilly, France on July 12, 1751. The regularly scheduled Mass on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in the Chapel was celebrated in her honor of her birthday. All are invited for Birthday Cake in Campus Ministry after the mass.
COF Catholics for an Advent Retreat What is the history of Advent? How is the faith of the Advent biblical figures relevant? How can we reflect upon our personal call to bring Christ to birth in the world as college students in our modern day experiences? The Advent Retreat will begin with the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the Emmanuel College Chapel and ended at 5:00 p.m. with Adoration at Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine. The afternoon was spent with a mix of fun discussion, poetry, music, and quiet reflection on the season of Advent. Sister Fran Murphy is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur (SND) and facilitated the Advent discussion and reflection. She graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A. in biology and received her M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. After teaching, she became a guidance counselor, director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Providence, and Co-director of Pastoral Care at Notre Dame du Lac in Worcester. Sister Fran has coordinated retreats for college students on campuses in RI, CT and MA.
Maginnis & Walsh in the Service of the Roman Catholic Church Lecture Charles Donagh Maginnis (1867-1955), recipient of the AIA Gold Medal for Achievement in 1948, was the foremost architect and designer for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Milda Richardson, Lecturer of Art History at Northeastern, will look at ecclesiastical, collegiate and institutional commissions of Maginnis & Walsh, the firm that was also responsible for the design of Emmanuel's Administration Building and Chapel. Soup and Spirit Lunch: Seeking Meaning through Poetry A simple lunch of soup, bread, and conversation with John MacPhee, Ignatian Volunteer
Annual Toy Drive to Support Julie's Family Learning Center Emmanuel College's Office of Campus Ministry sponsors an annual toy drive to support Julie's Family Learning Program. The Office requests donations new, non-violent, unwrapped toys for all ages and gift cards to Marshall's, Stop & Shop, Target and CVS.
CARE Drive to Support Our Troops The EC CARE sponsored a supply drive in order to send care packages to soldiers. The club requested items such as protein bars/powder, chap-stick, feminine care products, candy, travel sized toiletries, snacks, sunscreen, shaving cream, small drink and coffee mixes and small games.
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Mission & Ministry collected donations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief. Both collections from the 11:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m. liturgies this Sunday, November 17th mass went towards relief services and the total were be matched by Mission & Ministry. All proceeds were sent to Catholic Relief Services.
Sandy Hook Donations The Education Club, 1804 Society and Office of Campus Ministry hosted a Walk in Remembrance of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. $500 was raised and donated to the Sandy Hook Parent Teacher Organization.
Walk to Support SND Ministry in Nicaragua The 1804 Society is hosted a Disability Awareness Walk on Thursday, November 7th. They walked to support Sister Rebecca Trujillo, an SND who works with special needs children and their families in Nicaragua. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to support the cause. The first 50 people to sign up received a free T-shirts. Sister Rebecca is the Director of Familias Especiales de Santa Billiart (FE) of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She helps mothers who have children with physical disabilities, empowering and enabling them to meet their special needs and reach out to others who share similar obstacles. More information about the organization's work is available here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation Clothing Drive In May 2013, Emmanuel hosted a clothing drive to help Boston's Big Brother Big Sister Foundation. Donations were put to immediate use in supporting the United States' largest and most effective youth mentoring organization with a network of 370 agencies supporting over 250,000 children annually.
Community Food Fair Emmanuel College joined the nation in celebrating Food Day on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. While the terms "sustainable" and "real" are open to many interpretations and definitions, Bon Appetit defines "sustainable food" as food that is affordable, accessible, and produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it. Bon Appétit's Farm to Fork program, a companywide commitment to buying locally was formalized in 1999. Bon Appétit chefs are required to purchase at least 20 percent of their ingredients from small, owner-operated farms and ranches within 150 miles. American Farmland Trust estimates that in general, of $10 spent on food, only $1.58 gets back to the farmers and ranchers who grew it: marketers, processors, wholesalers, and distributors take the rest. By buying directly from local farms, Bon Appétit has played a vital role in the local food movement over the last 14 years. Through the tens of millions of dollars per year it spends annually through the Farm to Fork program, the company has helped these small producers not only stay in business, but flourish. Vendors: Sid Wainer - cheese and produce vendor Highlawn Farms - milk and yogurt vendor Bonneville Cookies - baked goods vendor Dole and Bailey - meat vendor Narragansett Creamery - dairy vendor Pierce Brothers contact - coffee vendor Sponsored by Bon Appetit
Food Justice Panel Emmanuel hosted a panel discussion exploring the politics, biology, and ethics of food justice - every community's right to access food that nourishes body, mind and spirit. Special guest Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor for District 7 provided a welcome and insight into the community need for greater food access. Moderator: Dr. Adam Silver, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Chair of the American Studies Program Panelists: Sister Leonore Coan, SND Dr. Ana Otero, Lecturer, Biology Department Emily Larkin. Boston Alternative Spring Break 2014 Student Leader Dancing with the Stars Add info Benefiting Boston Children's Hospital Walking for Peace: A Response to Senseless Violence Born of Racism Responding to the senseless violence born from racism, bias and prejudice, members of the Emmanuel College community invited the Colleges of the Fenway and our community partners to join us for a walking prayer through the Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods. The purpose of the walk is to educate participants about our own city's history of racism and prejudice as we also celebrate the organizations who strive to break down cycles of poverty, hate and prejudice. Inspired by the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, we are walking for peace in our communities, our homes and our hearts. Participants were invited to carry candles and don hooded sweatshirts as a powerful and unifying symbol connected to the Trayvon Martin case.
For Your Commute
Emmanuel College offers administrators, staff and faculty a variety of transportation benefit choices, including parking, carpool discounts, subsidized T-passes, bike rack access and an emergency ride home program.
MASCO invites you to their Fleet Fiesta on TUESDAY June 17th. Below is the invitation to all:
We are celebrating the roll-out of our new fleet of shuttle buses (you'll see them towards the end of June) with a party including Boston's Baddest Burgers Food Truck, Cupcake City (first 200 people receive free cupcake!) music, a popcorn station and games to win prizes.
Tour our new bus and take a "Selfie with the Shuttle" and email it to us at ShuttleSelfie@masco.harvard.edu and you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of two new tablets we are giving away!
All festivities take place from 11:30-1:30 at the Winsor School Parking Lot located at Brookline and Longwood Avenue. Entry via the MASCO driveway at 375 Longwood Avenue.
Green Commuter Hot Chocolate Bar Student Activities and Human Resources teamed up to sponsor a Hot Chocolate Bar for employees who are Green commuters (train, walk, bike, bus)
CommuteFest" with CommuteWorks/MASCO CommuteWorks/MASCO held a commuter festival on October 4, 2013 outside on the green space over at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine (4 Blackfan Circle). "CommuteFest" is aimed to celebrate all those who commute into the LMA each day (regardless of method) with a day filled with music, raffles, and food trucks! Various transportation representatives (ZipCar, Hubway, Yes! We Van, and MBTA) attended to inform and help any employee with any transportation need.
Massachusetts Car Free Week - Sept 16-20 THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year's CAR FREE WEEK! With your support and dedication to green commuting we reduced car trips by 35,197 and saved $270,334 What is Massachusetts Car-Free Week?
Massachusetts Car-Free Week is an extension of World Car-Free Day, an annual event which has quickly spread to over 1,000 cities in 40 countries around the globe. Endorsing the environmental, financial, community and health benefits of green sustainable travel options, Massachusetts Car-Free Week promotes transit, bicycling, walking, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking as greener modes of transportation.
Get Involved! Participating in Car-Free Week is FREE and it's easy! Travel Car-Free as many days as you can from September 16th - 22nd and track your green trips. Not able to travel completely Car-Free? We encourage you to try traveling Car-Light. Carpooling or vanpooling with friends, co-workers or family is a great way to reduce emissions.