Student Affairs Administration

Student Affairs Administration

Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Affairs - Leadership

Dear Emmanuel Students,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year! It promises to be a great year with numerous student-centered programs, activities and events. I hope that you will approach your experience with an open mind and heart and take advantage of all that Emmanuel, the Colleges of the Fenway and Boston have to offer. Research on college students indicates that involved students earn higher grade point averages and achieve greater levels of student satisfaction. Your engagement can make a difference both in your life as well as in the lives of the community. You can truly make a difference at Emmanuel.

As we welcome our newest students, I invite each of you to actively connect with other members of the Emmanuel community. As you make new friends, I challenge you to take a risk in getting to know students with whom you seemingly have little in common. Many students who move outside their comfort zone to get to know students from different social, racial and ethnic groups enrich their perspective and enhance their intellectual and social experience. Further, students who are comfortable in diverse social circles are better prepared for leadership not only at Emmanuel but in their profession after graduation. As we launch a new year, please allow the diversity of our student body to impact your life. Not only will you make new friends but you will strengthen the Emmanuel community!  Perhaps there is no more important time than now to grow in understanding and appreciation of each other.

In this year's Student Guide, formerly referred to as the Student Handbook, you will find the Statement on Community Standards and the Student Code of Conduct, and department policies which articulate student expectations. All students are required to read and abide by all policies, procedures and protocols. In particular, I draw your attention to the sexual misconduct policy which federal law requires colleges and universities to promulgate. Central to the sexual misconduct policy and other policies contained within the Guide is the theme of respect for the individual person - the foundation upon which student life at Emmanuel is built. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the policies on our website. It is your responsibility. Should you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to reach out to my Assistant, MaryAnne Murphy, , Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students, at, or me at

I hope that this will be a successful year for you as you build on your previous accomplishments and make progress toward achieving your professional and personal goals. Please feel free to call on any member of the Student Affairs staff for support and assistance.

With best wishes,

Patricia A. Rissmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

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