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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Big Love, for a Big Community

Maureen Eldredge, Connell School Undergraduate Program Assistant, has received this year's Community Service Award.

Maureen Eldredge, undergraduate program assistant at the Connell School, received the 2008 Community Service Award from Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ. The award is given annually to recognize an employee whose actions truly exemplify the Jesuit spirit of community service and involvement.

Eldredge has made community service a central part of her 17 years at Boston College. “If you are with a Jesuit school why wouldn’t you be involved in service?” she asks. “It’s part and parcel of just who we are.” Her work includes taking part in service trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica and collecting donations of books and clothing for Nicaraguan citizens. She has also served as a member of the parish council and chair of the hospitality committee at St. Ignatius Church, where she has been a member for 30 years.

St. Ignatius Church Pastor Robert Ver Eecke, SJ, Jesuit-in-Residence at Boston College, states that Eldredge “has a heart of gold and never fails to respond to the needs of those around her.”

“Maureen is committed to the success of individual students and goes well beyond the expectations of her job to work toward this,” adds Connell School Associate Dean Catherine Read, “but it is her commitment to Boston College and the surrounding community that sets her apart.”

Kathleen DeTeso ’08 confirms Eldredge’s support of the nursing students, saying “Maureen knows every one of us by name. She’s always right on top of everything we do and need to do.”

“I love my undergraduate nurses,” Eldredge says simply. “They are so competent, so eager, so compassionate, so energetic, so caring. It’s great to work with them.”