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Emerson’s Lions were rightfully excited after advancing to the NEWMAC championship for the first-time ever.

Four Emerson’s men’s basketball starters had double-digit scoring nights as the Lions defeated Springfield, 80-69, in a NEWMAC semifinal match held at the Brown & Plofker Gym on Thursday night.

Seeded second, Emerson (15-11, 9-5 NEWMAC) knocked off the third seed, and will now face the fifth-seed Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday in Emerson’s gym at 1 pm.

Senior Geoffrey Gray (Newton, Mass.) led the way with a double-double, notching 24 points on 8-of-22 shooting, while grabbing 12 boards and dishing out three assists.

It was a tight contest as the Lions led by only two, 36-34, at halftime

“We said, ‘Look guys, we’re missing a lot of easy ones, but we’ve got to continue going to the basket,’” said Emerson head coach Bill Curley to the Berkeley Beacon. “Defensively we were doing what we want, but offensively we missed a lot of layups. I said, ‘We’re going to hit these shots in the second half, so just hang in there and keep going.’”

The game continued to be tight during the second half, but Emerson pulled away with 10 straights points, giving them their biggest lead 79-65.

Before this win Emerson (15-11, 9-5 NEWMAC) had never hosted and won a NEWMAC semifinal game. Hopefully, Emerson will next be able to say they hosted and won a NEWMAC championship game.

This is the first time Emerson will play in the NEWMAC championship since joining the conference in 2013 and will face WPI, who upset first-seeded MIT, 55-53, on Thursday night.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Gray led the all scorers with 24 points and shot a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
• Following Gray was junior Jack O’Connor (Newport, R.I.), who notched 23 points shooting 4-of-4 beyond the arc along with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
• Freshman Zach Waterhouse (Hampton, N.H.) connected for 17 points on 6-of-14 and classmate Jarred Houston (Norwood, Mass.) rounded out the scoring leaders with 10 points and 10 boards.
• Springfield saw three players boast double figures, anchored by Jake Ross with 20 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals.
• Cam Earle contributed 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-12 from the three-point arc and Heath Post had 13 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
• Emerson finished the night shooting 46.0% from the floor with an 88.2% free-throw percentage, out rebounded the Pride (39-32) and put up 34 points in the paint.
• Springfield shot 38.3% from the hardwood with a 44.4% three-point percentage and connected for 84.6% at the charity stripe.


HOW IT HAPPENED
• Springfield banged out three triples in the opening three and a half minutes of the first half from Ross and Earle to push the Pride ahead by seven (11-4) at the 16:32 mark. 
• Starting at 16:18 on Waterhouse’s dunk, Emerson answered with a 9-0 spurt to give the hosts its first advantage at 13-11, capped off on a three-pointer from O’Connor.
• The Lions knotted the game 20 apiece at 8:39 after freshman Nate Martin (Great Falls, Va.) turned a Springfield turnover into two points and maintained a steady tie two times with the Pride over the next two minutes. 
• Houston dunked at 4:59 to start off a 9-4 run that saw Waterhouse ring off five points and put the Lions in front by four (34-30) with 1:56 on the clock.
• Early canned the equalizing triple to put the score at 34-all at 1:02 before Gray put up the go-ahead layup with six ticks remaining as Emerson went into the break with the 36-34 edge.
• A pair of buckets from Gray extend Emerson’s lead up to six, its largest of the game at the time, at the 16:36 mark of the second half.
• The hosts maintained its lead of three until Jake Jacobsen drained a triple from the corner to even the score at 46 apiece.
• After Springfield tied up the score, Gray connected for a three-point basket to ignite an 15-6 run that once again bumped Emerson ahead by nine (59-53) at 9:12. 
• Earle used two consecutive threes to pull Springfield back within three (64-61) as O’Connor singlehandedly propelled Emerson back up by eight with the next five Lions points (69-61).
• The Pride narrowed the deficit down to four (69-64) on Ross’ layup before the Lions went on a 10-0 tear that put the host’s advantage into double figures (79-65) and sealed the 80-69 win at free throw line.

STAY LIVE WITH THE LIONS 

Emerson's men's basketball team advances to the

Dear Emerson Community,

I am writing to update you on the progress and timeline for current construction projects on campus.

Space: 172 Tremont Street

Projected occupancy: May 2019

As the Berkeley Beacon & SGA documented in a video last month, work is progressing at 172 Tremont Street, with meeting spaces, student organization offices, an expanded Cultural Center, and Center for Spiritual Life substantially completed. Current work is focused on redesigning and replacing the building’s old elevator, which was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Current projections show the building ready for occupancy in May, with plans for the space to be open to the general community use this summer. Community members should continue to use Spacebook to reserve space in Piano Row through May 4.

 

Space: Little Building residence hall

Projected occupancy: August 2019

The Little Building’s residential levels are on track to welcome a new class of Emersonians by orientation this summer. As we transition to a three-year residency requirement, all future first-year students will live in the LB.

Space: Little Building retail vendors

Projected occupancy: Summer 2019, with businesses opening Fall 2019

Plans are in the works to lease the six retail spaces on the first floor of the Little Building, most of which will be occupied by a variety of food vendors, and increase the dining options available in our neighborhood. Lease negotiations are ongoing and those vendors, who will be finalized later this spring, will likely move in this summer and open this fall.

Space: Student Performance Center

Projected occupancy: Mid-Spring 2020

A new and greatly expanded Student Performance Center, including the Cabaret, a black box theater, dressing rooms, a green room, two studios, three rehearsal room, a set construction space, and a lounge, will open in the lower level of the Little Building during the Spring 2020 semester. Until then, the Cabaret will remain at 52 Summer Street.

Space: Fitness Center

Projected Occupancy: Fall 2021

Construction on a new Fitness Center on the first and lower levels of Piano Row is anticipated to wrap up in Fall 2021. This means that the Fitness Center will remain at 52 Summer Street through the end of that semester.

I know we are all anxiously awaiting the completion of these major construction projects, and the Facilities Services staff is working diligently to finish them as quickly as possible. I join them in thanking you for your patience as we work to complete these ventures.

Each of these projects are done with the goal of providing facilities that will support a thriving living and learning environment, create intellectual and academic space, restore landmark facilities, and establish a greater sense of place for our community. I look forward to working with you all to bring these spaces to life.

Sincerely,
Jim Hoppe
Vice President & Dean of Campus Life

I am writing to update you on

Emerson College will celebrate the life and legacy of writer James Baldwin at its Los Angeles campus with a special event that will include a performance, discussion, and a reception on February 23.

Baldwin was a novelist, playwright, essayist and activist, who wrote about race relations, sexuality and class distinctions. He was born in New York City in 1924, and his 1953 novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was well received. His novel Giovanni’s Room, as well his essays like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time, also gained accolades.

This free event will feature a performance by actor and author Charles Reese, who earned critical acclaim for his off-Broadway performance in 2000 of Howard Simon’s production of James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire. More than a decade later, Reese released a book of the same title, which he will sign copies of after the performance. Reese first met Baldwin at Morehouse College where Baldwin told Reese, “My you have eyes like mine.”

Reese was a guest speaker at the 2016 International James Baldwin Conference at the American University in Paris, France. He was also the 2018 Artist in Residence/Cultural Architect for Public Engagement for the inaugural James Baldwin Writer’s Colony at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands.

A discussion about Reese’s performance will be led by Dr. Anthony L. Pinder, Emerson College’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Internalization and Global Engagement. Pinder will also speak about the College’s global footprint.

This special event is part of Emerson College LA’s Black History Month programming.

For more info or to register please click here

 

Emerson College will celebrate the life and

Christopher Buck ’83, founder of Retro Report, at Emerson College discussing the new documentary, Operation Ceasefire, created by his investigate news organization, during a screening and panel last week. To his left is the film’s executive producer, Kyra Darnton, Journalism Department Chair Janet Kolodzy, and event moderator, Journalism Associate Professor Roger House. Photo/Molly Loughman
By Molly Loughman

It’s been 30 years since palpable racial tension and rampant gun violence demoralized the streets of Boston, peaking with the widely publicized 1989 murder of Carol Stewart. The aftermath of that case forced previously combative community members to join forces and restore their city – a profoundly successful effort that challenged traditional policing and developed a new framework for fighting crime that is still practiced today.

Bringing this turbulent chapter of Boston’s history to life is 1983 Emerson alumnus Christopher Buck, through his 2018 documentary, Operation Ceasefire, which was presented by the School of Communication inside the Bright Family Screening Room during a public screening and panel discussion last week.

Through dramatic archival footage, photographs, and candid interviews, the 30-minute investigative documentary unveils how a sensationalized murder case, allegations of excessive police force, and public outrage over stop-and-frisk policing in minority neighborhoods came to a head and united distrustful parties, including the Boston Police Department, African-American pastors, gang members, and academics to address the prevalence of gun violence in the city. This resulting holistic approach of this partnership resulted in an 80 percent drop in Boston’s homicide rate over the course of the 1990s, as cited in the documentary.

“The Charles Stewart case was a match that ignited racial violence of different levels. It allowed an already abusive police department to crack down on ordinary people with impunity. It allowed the police department to engage in a military-style operation of community suppression,”  said moderator and Emerson Journalism Associate Professor Roger House, who referred to himself as “a witness to the city at that time,” before discussing the citywide coalition of clergy used for gang outreach in Boston back then.

“The Ten-Point Ministerial Alliance was a unique demonstration of the exercise of black sovereignty in the city of Boston,” House said. “It was a coming together of the larger community to reclaim the streets and to set a moral tone for a generation lost. This film that you’ll watch tonight rediscovers this precious moment in the history of the city.”

Following the screening, Buck, alongside the film’s executive producer, Kyra Darnton, and Emerson Journalism Department Chair Janet Kolodzy, discussed Operation Ceasefire, and its relevancy to today’s issues surrounding civil rights and the appropriate use of police force.

Buck is the founder of Retro Report, a nonprofit investigative news organization that describes itself as “a counterweight to the 24-hour news cycle,” seeking to arm the public with “a more complete picture of today’s most important stories.” Retro Report has produced more than 150 short documentaries and video series, and has partnered with The New York Times, The New Yorker, PBS, NBC, Politico, the Guardian, Univision, and Quartz, among others.

Operation Ceasefire, produced in partnership with The New Yorker, provides historical context for how law enforcement in Kalamazoo, Michigan, are addressing street violence via interventions with gang members. The documentary explains that like Boston 30 years ago, Kalamazoo community members and social service agencies are collaborating through a unique violence intervention and prevention program to reduce homicides and shootings.

“When you went into [gang members’ houses], you learned that they might be all that on the street, but at home they were the ones putting food on the table, making sure the [kids] get out for school. So, we started to get a bigger picture that this wasn’t a group of lost souls,” says retired Boston police officer Robert Merner in Operation Ceasefire, regarding his days addressing Boston’s gang violence three decades ago.

“When [Retro Report] was conceived, the idea was to look at stories that were important and see how they turned out. We adapted over the years by thinking we should be looking at curb stories, providing the backdrop for them and going back and finding other stories that can educate us with how we got to this point,” said Buck.

“I think every story should have this [historic] context baked in, and I think we get so caught up in what’s the latest Tweet, what’s the latest moment in the news, that it’s too easy to lose interest because no one’s stepping back and saying we’ve been here before, here are the lessons and what we can learn,” added Darnton.

Bringing a turbulent chapter of Boston’s history

Video by Alex Kuelling ’22 and photos by Claire Richards ’22

EBONI hosted its 2nd Annual BLK Out Fashion Show on on Feb. 15 at the Greene Theater. Emerson College students strutted
fashions from local black designers’ brands and clothing.

The show was one of several EBONI events for African-American History Month, as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary. Current EBONI students and alum will come together for a formal wear gala on Saturday, February 23, 7 pm at the Revere Hotel. There will be a $10 admission charge. Please click here to purchase tickets in advance.

 

EBONI hosted its 2nd Annual BLK Out Fashion Show on on Feb. 15 at the Greene Theater. Emerson College students strutted fashions from local black designers’ brands and clothing.

EBONI hosted its 2nd Annual BLK Out Fashion Show on on Feb. 15 at the Greene Theater. Emerson College students strutted fashions from local black designers’ brands and clothing.

Models were animated as they donned fashion from local black designers.

Models were animated as they donned fashion from local black designers.

The show celebrated beauty in any gender size and shape.

EBONI is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.

EBONI is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Local black designers' clothes were on display at the fashion show.

Local black designers’ clothes were on display at the fashion show.

EBONI hosted its 2nd Annual BLK Out

Dear Emerson Graduate Students,

Want to attend the Graduate Hooding Ceremonies, but you aren’t graduating this year? Consider volunteering! This is a great opportunity for you to watch your friends/peers walk across the stage. (For free!)

The Office of Graduate Studies is looking for Graduate Student Volunteers to assist on Saturday, May 11from 12:00-6:00 p.m. We need help lining up the graduate students, marshaling, directing traffic, etc. …

Volunteers will be given a $50 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the on-line sign-up form. The deadline to sign-up is April 5.  Note: Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please email us at GradStudies@emerson.edu or call 617-824-8612.

Jan Roberts-Breslin
Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Want to attend the Graduate Hooding Ceremonies,

Dear Students and Faculty,

As the deans of Emerson College, we wanted to add our voices urging you to please take a few minutes to nominate faculty for our three teaching awards that celebrate dedication, creativity, innovation, and inclusion in the classroom:

The survey is at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Spring_2019_Teaching_awards

Nominations will now close February 28 at 11:59 pm.

If you have any difficulties accessing the nomination form, please contact Michael Duggan at Michael_Duggan@emerson.edu

Thank you.

Amy Ansell
Dean of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Raul Reis
Dean of the School of Communication

Jan Roberts Breslin
Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Rob Sabal
Dean of the School of the Arts

Please take a few minutes to nominate

While 2019 was proclaimed as the Year of the Woman after 31 women won Grammy awards, some say that annual entertainment awards shows have still not kept up with the times. Emerson Today caught up with Wes Jackson, Director of the Business of Creative Enterprises (BCE) program and a music industry veteran, for his perspective on the most notable moments of the 61st annual Grammy Awards, the evolution of the awards to date, and what may lie ahead for the future of the music industry.

Jackson began his career in the 1990s producing concerts for musical acts, including Nas, The Roots, Dave Matthews Band and De La Soul, before establishing his own promotions company, Seven Heads Entertainment. His company was instrumental in launching the careers of musicians such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Rawkus Records. Jackson also co-founded The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

Q: What were some of the most significant moments in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards?

Jackson: There were a lot of moments. The choice of Alicia Keys — and the message she was bringing — was significant. It was both subtle and not so subtle. Keys is clearly committed to getting more women involved and getting more people of color involved. But the other important question is: Are the Grammys as an organization committed?

Childish Gambino’s absence was also conspicuous. And Drake, whose presence at the Grammys surprised me, used his acceptance speech to make a statement that the award was unimportant: Don’t use this to validate your career.

The Grammys have a clear pattern of not supporting women, people of color, and hip hop. They didn’t consider hip hop a true art form. And now hip hop is dominating the streaming economy — and it’s coming home to roost.

Q: Are the Grammys still relevant in 2019?

Jackson: You can shoot a charging elephant with a shotgun, but it is still dangerous as it comes toward you.

Like the Oscars and the Tonys, the Grammys are still the elephant or 800 pound gorilla in the space — and you can’t say that they’re not relevant. The reality is when you win a Grammy, sales go up. Streams go up. Booking rates go up. These awards are still relevant but they’re in danger; the elephant has been shot.

The Grammys are wounded and losing some relevancy because they didn’t keep up with the times. For too long, the Grammys saw hip hop as synonymous only with black culture, and therefore not relevant. It wasn’t too long ago that the Grammys refused to televise DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s performance as the first winner in the category. In the ’80s and ’90s, suburban college kids were listening to Public Enemy, but no one was talking about it. Now there is an understanding that hip hop is youth culture, American culture.

Do the Grammys have a chance to recover? Absolutely. As weak as some may claim they are, from a business perspective they have no real challenger in the market. They can clean it up, and I know they want to. We (The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival) met with the Grammy Foundation, and they’re trying to fix the problem. But it will take a commitment from the entire body, from the top down.

Q: What other music awards matter today?

Jackson: There’s really no other threat within their category, but the category itself is under threat. The Grammys — and annual award shows in general — are literally old news. They’re still based on the old 6-month timeline of traditional record production. But kids today are like: What about yesterday? What about this morning? Not let’s look at last year.

The life cycle of the music business has quickened so much that annual awards shows don’t have the same meaning. Cardi B.’s ascent was quick. J. Cole is in the studio Monday night, and his track is on Tidal the next morning. My prediction is that it’s only a matter of time that one of the streaming services like Spotify does some type of awards show soon.

That said, artists still love recognition. They want to win the weekly awards: #1 on Spotify this week, #1 on Billboard…those still matter.

Q: How has the #blacklivesmatter movement affected the Grammys — and the music business as a whole?

Jackson: The Black Lives Matter movement has undoubtedly affected the music business. It’s fundamentally changed how artists view the world. And it’s changed who gets booked on the Grammys and other national shows.

Black Lives Matter helped set the stage for the rebirth of conscious hip hop, which goes all the way back to Zulu Nation, the Black Panthers, and the Civil Rights movement. Rihanna, Jay-Z and Cardi B all turned down the Super Bowl; for black artists, it’s been a concept, a movement that they can rally around.

And even if you’re not wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt or using the hashtag, anyone can listen to a song. So it is quite participatory.

Here’s what’s interesting too: Take the discussion around 21 Savage getting detained by ICE this month, which forced him to miss his Grammy performance. Jay-Z hired an immigration lawyer to defend him, and the hip hop community is coming together to support him. J Cole mentioned him in his NBA All-Star Game performance.

Ten years ago, this would have been a different conversation. The headlines would have been all about: “21 Savage is lying — He’s not from Atlanta, he’s from London!”

But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about criminal justice reform. We’re talking about immigration reform. We’re talking about what happens when you get caught up in the system.

That’s what BLM has done. It’s helped us see what matters.

Q: You’ve been an entrepreneur and innovator in the music business for more than 20 years. What are some of the most significant changes you’ve witnessed, and what changes do you foresee for the future?

Jackson: When I was the same age as my students are, the means of production and barriers to entry in the music business were so high. It was elitist.

The cultural moment that we’re experiencing now comes from the democratization of the tools of production that started happening ten years ago. Everyone has a story. And now everyone’s story can be told.

What I worry about is the reconsolidation of the industry.  There are no more independent venues; it’s all Live Nation. There are no record stores; it’s all Spotify. Music was once in the hands of Sony, Universal, and Capitol, and now it’s in the hands of Apple, Google and Amazon. We consumers give them so much information, and we’re indebted to these companies. They are imbued with a tremendous amount of power over our lives.

The monopoly got smashed, and now it’s regrouped in a different form.

Q: For your students interested in going into the music business, or any creative enterprise: What do you want them to know?

Jackson: Success in the creative industry is all about knowing your discipline, having transferable skills, and being able to look at things from different angles.

If you want to be in publishing, you need to know graphic design. If you’re in film, you need to understand how the music business works. Fashion is a part of music. Music is part of tech. Tech is a part of sculpture. The most successful enterprises are a gumbo of things.

The Renaissance woman is coming back. That’s what the marketplace is looking for and rewarding. Being good at just one thing is no longer a thing.

Wes Jackson, Emerson’s Director of the Business

Juma Inniss ’13
By Erin Clossey

Juma Inniss ‘13 wants you to hear something.

The recording artist/producer and media literacy educator is currently producing a group of up-and-coming artists with something to say, and he’s bringing them to Emerson College to debut their work at a Diverse Voices in Communication event, sponsored by the School of Communication.

“The theme of the album is about giving artists voice,” Inniss said of BostonRISE, the EP he and friend and creative partner Jared Price are making with Boston youth, ages 15 to 19. “It’s about these youth artists sharing their stories, sharing their hopes and struggles, sharing their aspirations and self-expression, as well.”

The show will be Thursday, February 21, 7:00-8:00 pm, at Center Stage. The set will span genres, from hip-hop and EDM to R&B and spoken word, Inniss said.

“This event is particularly important because it speaks directly to our students about issues we care deeply about, such as racial equality and social justice,” School of Communications Dean Raul Reis said. “It also helps us to build and strengthen our ties to the local Boston community.”

A bold idea

Inniss has been working with youth for years, as a facilitator with a Boston-based nonprofit, and as founder and director of The Message, a movement that teaches media literacy, critical thinking, and healthy decision-making to young people.

Last year, Inniss and Price, whom Inniss had worked with through The Message, decided to launch an initiative around music, uniting artists across genre, generational, and geographic divides. In addition to building bridges, they wanted to promote Boston’s music scene locally and far afield, and “remind people that our arts legacy didn’t end with New Kids on the Block or New Edition,” he said.

Inniss and Price got a Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation to launch BostonRISE. Part of the deal was they would give one to three live performances of the songs from the album. Inniss immediately thought of his alma mater.

“Emerson is all about diversity and inclusion and voice and story and empowerment,” he said. “It just happened that the [School of Communication’s] diversity [in communication] initiative was taking shape, and everyone agreed it would be a great way to expose the Emerson community to emerging local talent and to get a flavor of the city they’re in.”

BostonRISE will feature five to seven songs, including work by Inniss and Price, who performs as JPRiZM. They’re looking at a March release.

“They truly are really excited to share their art with you guys,” Inniss said of the young artists. “It’s something we’ve been looking forward to.”

Inniss called Emerson “really pivotal” in shaping his career.

He didn’t follow the standard script, he said. Heading straight to college after high school, Inniss dropped out to pursue a music career. Realizing he needed to learn the marketing side of the business, he came to Emerson to “learn how to do the things I wanted to do.

“There were a lot of opportunities to plug into, as far as my interests as a Marketing Communication major,” the E3 alumnus said. “[I had] faculty who were really aligned with my interests and really aligned in terms of personality and … worldview and general life understanding.”

The Message

When he worked as a facilitator at a youth services nonprofit, Inniss said there was one student who would write and perform incredibly violent lyrics. One day, the student was shot in the face. He survived his injuries, but his attitude sparked a question and a mission for Inniss.

“What could his decision-making and his art look like if we focused on giving him a lens before we gave him a microphone, before we gave him a platform?” Inniss said.

The Message, Inniss’ organization, aims to teach youth to think critically about culture and media. BostonRISE is a natural outgrowth of that, he said.

“They’re all really thoughtful young people with … things to offer in their art and music,” he said. “Media literacy isn’t just about content analysis, it’s about content creation.”

Price, Inniss’ partner on BostonRISE, said he thinks Thursday’s show at Emerson will “definitely provide a good time … and good vibes,” as well as spotlight young artists’ talent.

“I’m excited to see the hard work they’re putting in,” he said.

Inniss said he wants the Emerson audience to come away inspired, hopeful, and “with an increased … awareness of the city they’re in [and] the stories that make up the fabric of Boston.

“We’re not just a college town, we’re a world-class city.”

 

 

 

 

Recording artist/producer and media literacy educator Juma

I am writing to inform you that Arthur Mombourquette, Senior Associate Vice President for Real Estate, will be leaving Emerson College on March 1, 2019 to become the Vice President of Support Services and Site Management at South Shore Health System.

Since joining the College in 2015, Art has directed multiple significant construction, renovation, and new building projects. Among these transformative projects are the Little Building renovations, construction of the new residence hall at 2 Boylston Place, expansion of the Boylston Street sidewalk, and the acquisition of 172 Tremont Street. Art and his team have helped the College make remarkable progress toward strengthening Emerson’s sense of place in Boston and beyond as well as bringing to life the complementary revitalization of the downtown corridor.

Art joined us from Cape Cod Hospital, where in his role as Chief Operating Officer he oversaw the campus master plan and was responsible for the coordination and implementation of major real estate projects. Prior to that, Art served as VP of Administrative Services for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he led numerous campus renovation projects, including the construction of the new Shapiro Cardiovascular Center and the redevelopment of the Mass Mental Health site. At both hospitals, he was responsible for short and long term space utilization and building renewal projects. I am confident that Art’s 30+ years of leadership there and at Emerson will serve him well in his next endeavor.

I thank Art for his collegiality, expertise, and sound guidance, always with the best interests of the College at the forefront.

I have begun a process with Art, his senior team and Steve Samuels, Chair of the Board of Trustees Facilities Committee, to develop near term plans to identify the person or persons who will assume his responsibilities after his departure. An update regarding the progress of two current construction projects: 172 Tremont Street and the Little Building, will soon be shared with the community.

Please join me in wishing Art well and thanking him for his significant contributions to Emerson College.

Sincerely,
Lee Pelton

Arthur Mombourquette, Senior Associate Vice President for