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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Senior Kristin Jacques Selected Finnegan Award Winner

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Kristin Jacques

The recipient of the Rev. Edward H. Finnegan, S.J. Award for the Class of 2007 is Kristin Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Winning the Rev. Edward Finnegan, SJ, Award is the ultimate honor for a Boston College senior, given annually to the senior who exemplifies the University's motto "Ever to Excel."

Administrators involved in the Finnegan Award selection process say the scope of and criteria for the honor are intended to make it a more meaningful, enduring achievement than a generic "outstanding senior" prize.

"The Finnegan Award is an expression of Boston College's values and ideals, personified in the young men and women we send out into the world every year," says Assistant to the President Rose Mary Donahue. "It is extremely difficult to narrow the field of candidates to four - one representing each undergraduate school - let alone pick one from so many talented, service-minded students.

"But we believe that the Finnegan Award should be more than a plaque on a wall, or a line on a resume. It's something to take to heart, and perhaps a source of inspiration for more achievements."

Kristin left her home in Lewiston, Maine to enter the William F. Connell School of Nursing because she wanted her life's work to "make a difference" in other people's lives.  That dream will soon become a reality when she starts her new career at Children's Hospital in Boston, but Kristin has already made a difference here at Boston College.

In addition to her high academic achievement, Kristin has a strong service orientation and has given much of herself to fellow students.  She has been a mentor, a tutor, a "big sister" and a friend, especially to those who were struggling.  She leads best by her strong example and by sharing her many insights and ideas.  She has been a formal leader as a class officer who was able to reestablish the Boston College chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association. 

Kristin's dedication to the human condition extends far beyond the halls of Boston College.  In clinical settings, her care, compassion, and concern for her patients fulfill the Jesuit ideal of "Service to Others." For example, she designed an independent study project to examine the needs of the homeless in Boston. She cared for ill students on the overnight shift at Boston College Health Services, and spent last summer caring for children with diabetes at Camp Joslin. Kristin was the recipient of a competitive American Diabetes Foundation award, and served on the planning committee for the annual Diabetes Expo in Boston.  She has presented her research on post-partum depression, and she shows great promise as a contributor to the science of nursing.

Kristin tells a story that indicates her humility and demonstrates her deeply-seated values. When she was in high school, she participated in a retreat run by the Catholic Diocese in her small Maine town. The purpose of the weekend was to help teenagers figure out what their "God-given gifts" were. Kristin recalls being nervous that her leader would realize that she had no gifts, because she was not a great singer, artist or athlete.  At the end of the retreat, the leader told Kristin that her gift was that of leadership.  Kristin has certainly proven that to be true at Boston College, and her bright future still lies ahead.  We extend our sincere congratulations to Kristin.

Read more about Kristin in the BC Chronicle �