Dear Emmanuel Student,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 academic year!
As we kick off a new year, I hope that you will consider ways that you can get involved in college life. Research on college students indicates that involved students earn higher grade point averages and achieve greater levels of student satisfaction. Your participation in any of our over 100 areas of involvement can make a difference both in your life and the life of the College.
As we welcome our newest students, I invite each of you to actively connect with other members of the Emmanuel community. Some of our customs - making eye contact, greeting each other, opening doors - distinguish us from other campuses. These gestures, combined with the expectation for a deeper sense of civility, are what make Emmanuel special. 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!
I want to direct you to an important document and remind you that you are required to read and abide by all policies, procedures and protocols. In particular, I draw your attention to the Title IX webpages in which you will find the sexual misconduct policy. Central to the sexual misconduct policy and other College policies 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 all College policies. This is your responsibility.
Should you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to reach out to my Assistant Mary Anne Murphy email@example.com or Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org, or me at email@example.com.
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