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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Jennifer Taylor '08 nominated for Finnegan Award

The Connell School of Nursing is pleased to recognize Jennifer Taylor Â’08, who was chosen by the Connell School faculty as the 2008 Edward H. Finnegan, S.J. Memorial Award nominee.

The Connell School of Nursing is pleased to recognize Jennifer Taylor '08, who was chosen by the Connell School faculty as the 2008 Edward H. Finnegan, S.J. Memorial Award nominee. Each school at Boston College nominates an undergraduate who represents the school at the University Commencement by accepting the degree for his or her class. The award honors leadership, service, and humility. Taylor fully embodies these qualities, having led both faith-based and student organizations and participated consistently in service and mission projects from Africa to Appalachia. Her career ambition is to become a nurse midwife to provide services to women in underdeveloped nations because she believes that "the health of a nation is dependent on the health of mothers and their children."

Taylor has focused her volunteerism on missions that address the interrelationship between poverty and the health of women and children. She received grants to study culturally effective health development in Liberia and to examine childbirth practices of women in Kenya, specifically the Nyanza province which has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS. Last summer she worked in a residential treatment center for people with HIV, an experience that enabled her to "put names and faces to the AIDS epidemic" in the United States. She has also participated in five service trips to Latin America where she helped with construction, education and physical therapy, and volunteered as a translator.

Taylor is a member of the leadership team for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and during her senior year was elected its president. She served for three years as a student advisory board member on the Boston College Council for Women, was selected to be a leader for the Kairos retreat program, and has volunteered for Big Buddies, Dance Marathon, and the American Red Cross. In addition, Taylor was instrumental in organizing programs co-sponsored by the International Justice Mission and World Vision on topics such as HIV/AIDS in children and sex trafficking.

Faculty mentor Joyce Pulcini describes Taylor as "a natural leader whose talents are most evident in times of adversity." Taylor's peers echo those sentiments, among them classmate Kathryn Birch who shares, "She is able to capture the true essence of a person and draw it out of them through encouragement, initiative and patience. Jen is also a leader who is not satisfied with the way things are and will work hard to make them better for the people she cares about. Jen is very dedicated—she does not give up easily on what she has set her mind on!"