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Nazareth Announces New Center for Civic Engagement

  • Published: March 23, 2010

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Nazareth Announces New Center for Civic Engagement

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that Nuala Boyle  has accepted the position of Executive Director of the new Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth College. The Center for Civic Engagement, which is jointly housed in the Academic Affairs and Student Development divisions, is a brand-new initiative by the College to fulfill its mission of preparing students to become active members in the community.

The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement is to provide strategic direction, advocacy, resource development and integration to the rich and varied programs through which the College connects to its surrounding communities. The Center for Civic Engagement’s goal is to ensure that Nazareth fulfills its mission to prepare students "to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourage them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives."

"Civic engagement is a pillar of the Nazareth College education," said Nazareth President Daan Braveman, "and working to better the community around us starts as soon as our students arrive as freshmen. We want our students to leave here with the understanding that they can continue to make a real difference in the world their children will inherit. Nazareth College is one of 190 colleges and universities in the country to be selected by the Carnegie Foundation for its community engagement classification - proof that a Center for Civic Engagement on campus will be a perfect fit."

Boyle, a native of Rochester, joins the Nazareth College community with 12 years of higher education experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. and a master’s degree in religious studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Prior to coming to Nazareth, Boyle worked as the director of community service and volunteerism at Stonehill College. She has achieved many accomplishments such as increasing the number of seniors applying to year of service programs by 300 percent and developing a 4-year civic engagement plan for students to transition from volunteerism into the realm of social action and social change.

Boyle's new responsibilities will include, among others, coordinating civic engagement programs and projects that emphasize and assess student learning outcomes, attaining funding through grants, donors, and corporate sponsors, and building and sustaining constructive working relationships with community organizations.

"It is an honor to be named the first executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement and I believe the creation of this Center is the next logical step to build on Nazareth's nationally recognized commitment to community service and civic engagement," said Boyle. "I look forward to starting my tenure working to support the numerous ways in which Nazareth encourages its students to use their education to make a difference in the world."

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational college with undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. The College is located on 150 scenic acres near Rochester, New York, and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Nazareth has a strong commitment to experience-based learning and civic engagement. In the past decade, Nazareth has produced 18 Fulbright recipients and two Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships.

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