Nuala Boyle '96 Fulfills Her Dream Job
December 02, 2011
by Jessie Hanus
The Democrat & Chronicle
Nuala Boyle returned to her hometown of Rochester after 18 years to accept her dream job and return to a community that she has always loved.
That dream job is as executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth College, a position Boyle has now held for just over a year.
Boyle oversees three different departments: community service, the center for service learning, and the professional internship program. She also helps to create an umbrella organization for the civic engagement work of the students and serves as liaison for several other programs.
"I love assisting in any way I can the connection that our students have with our community, both local, regional and global, whether it's direct interaction with students through these programs or indirect by making sure the quality of these partnerships with our community are strong," Boyle said.
Boyle holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stonehill College in Boston and a master's of arts in religious studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
She believes that Nazareth not only has a responsibility to provide an academic education, but also to educate students on how to use their skills and career to work with and strengthen our community.
The Rochester community was the other reason that Boyle jumped at the chance to move back to her hometown. She considers Rochester a very caring community that recognizes its challenges and is willing to work together to address them.
"It's a vibrant community that is attractive to live in because of its small town nature yet big heart," Boyle said.
Personal: 37, of Penfield, married with three children (Maeve, 5, Aisling and Rónán, 3).
Occupation: Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth College
Community activities: I love being involved in my children's schools and supporting the civic engagement activities of the students at Nazareth. In particular, I've enjoyed working with Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Saint's Place and Imagine It Recycling.
My favorite thing to do in Rochester: Spend time with my immediate and extended family. I am the youngest of six children and three live in Rochester with their families (including my twin sister!). I also have over 35 cousins that live in the Rochester area. Family is very important to me and I am so fortunate to live near them.
Biggest challenge I've overcome and how I did it: My biggest challenge has stemmed from being a working mom for three young children. This was especially challenging when we lived in Boston away from all of our family; my family being in Rochester and my husband's family in Ireland. I work full-time and my husband often worked day shifts on top of night shifts. We were blessed with twins when my older daughter was two years old - three children under two years old made life certainly joyful, but very sleep deprived. I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity of my family and friends who visited me while we lived in Boston and supported me in a myriad of ways. Now that the children are a few years older (the twins are 3 and my oldest is 5) and with the amazing opportunity to work at Nazareth College, life is getting easier!
One thing I've always wanted to do but never have: Spend more time with our family in Ireland.
If I could change one thing about myself it would be: To have more patience!
The talent I would most like to have: The ability to balance my checkbook.
The one thing I can't live without: Laughter.
My favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
One of my favorite sayings is: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Ghandi. Or ... "Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth ‘You owe me.' Look what happens ... with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky." - Hafiz
A person who has inspired me: My mother, Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler, for so many reasons: Her love, courage, faith, strength of character, commitment to social justice, dedication to being a voice for the voiceless in our community and her perseverance in the face of adversity. My mom has always amazed me and shown me that where there is a will, there is a way. After losing her first child suddenly (my oldest sister), she relied on her faith for strength to move forward, and then welcomed my brother one week later into this world. Her fourth child, my brother Karl, contracted meningitis when he was nine months old, which left him developmentally disabled and with severe epilepsy. Years later, my identical twin sister and I were born. Despite the full and busy household, she found time to volunteer at local shelters, assist in our schools, be active in her faith community and even be an activist where needed. Whether it was lobbying for the rights of the disabled in Albany or writing letters, she taught each of us children that we had a responsibility towards our local and global world, as well as needing to be advocates for those who were marginalized. On top of all of this, she taught me what "home" and "belonging" truly meant - giving me roots when I most needed them.
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