Lessons in Reading and Resilience

“Life is a succession of lessons,” counseled nineteenth-century writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, “which must be lived to be understood.” The Emmanuel community is being schooled in some difficult lessons as together we navigate the abrupt pivot to a remote campus and fully online teaching. Faculty and students alike mourn for daily routines now completely upended. […]

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Improv as Mindfulness Practice

Image you are on a stage, standing before an audience who is waiting to be entertained, by you, and you have prepared nothing. What may be your nightmare is a dream to improv comedians such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan-Michael Key.  Improv comedy is about listening in the moment to any cues you […]

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The Science Behind COVID-19

This post originally appeared on Dr. Vincent Cannataro’s personal blog. Updated resources and additional links may be available there as COVID-19 progresses. I spent a large chunk of my graduate training researching and modeling novel pathogen spread, and I am currently teaching both a “Current Topics in Biological Research” class and an “Introduction of Evolutionary […]

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Managing the Transition to Online Courses

When thinking about the return to classes after Spring Break, no one could imagine it looking like this.  But during this unprecedented time, colleges are figuring out the balance of public safety and enforcing social distancing, while trying to recreate the college experience that you are used to. While this new format of learning can […]

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The Coronavirus, Panic Buying and the Third-Person Effect

  • Mark Flynn
  • March 19, 2020

Can you spare a square?  It is hard to process just how quickly the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has forced itself upon us. Part of its devastating effects have been in its relentless pace.  As I am writing, the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to classify COVID-19 an official pandemic one week ago. President Trump then […]

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How to Identify a Robust Career Center

Every September, a new group of students embarks on their first year of higher education. Filled with excitement and nerves, they leave home and venture into the beginning stages of true independence. From meeting new friends to finding their classrooms, college begins with a flurry of unknowns. Each of them will say they are attending […]

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7 Techniques to Help You Make the College Jump

As colleges and universities across the country officially kick off another academic year, a new class of freshmen is both excited and nervous about joining the ranks as college students. For those feeling some apprehension about starting the next chapter of your lives, I say to you: don’t worry, you’re not alone! One of the […]

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Mindfulness: The Practice of Living Breath by Breath

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness, describes mindfulness as, “paying attention in a particular way… on purpose, nonjudgmentally, and with acceptance.” Living mindfully is simple, but not easy. Practicing mindfulness means being attentive to what is happening in this moment, without judging your experience, and without trying to change anything. Just being […]

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