The husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair will
share BC's new Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in
Islamic and Asian Art. Both scholars hold Ph.D.s from Harvard University,
he in fine arts and she in fine arts and Middle Eastern studies.
Both have been visiting professors at Harvard, Dartmouth, and MIT.
They are co-authors of three books, including Islam: A Thousand
Years of Power and Faith (TV Books, 2000), and are the parents
of two young children. Bloom and Blair will alternate teaching and
childcare duties on a semester rotation.
The first endowed professorship in the School of Nursing, the Lelia
Holden Carroll Professorship, has been awarded to Judith Vessey,
a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Vessey
is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner whose research is in
developmental pediatrics and childhood pain. She holds an MA and
a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and is the
author of Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition
The Interlibrary Loan Department at Boston College has been named
Interlibrary Loan Department of the Year by New England's 500-member
library cooperative, NELINET.
MAKING THE CUT
Although BC accepted only 32 percent of applicants for the class
of 2004, and sent out 400 fewer acceptance letters than last year,
it wound up with a 1 percent gain in yield (now 34 percent). The
result is a freshman class whose combined middle 50 percent range
of SAT scores is 1230-1370, compared with 1200-1340 for the Class
of 2000. AHANA students make up 21 percent of the entering class.
Related story from the BC Chronicle: Freshman
Class Said to be Strongest In BC History
Coretta Scott King (center) linked arms with BC's Voices of Imani,
joining in a rendition of "We Shall Overcome" before addressing
a packed Robsham Theater audience on October 16. King met privately
earlier in the day with President William P. Leahy, SJ, and with
leaders of Undergraduate Government, which sponsored her visit.
She also presented this year's Martin Luther King, Jr., Community
story from the BC Chronicle: Three Honored for Service
Tax and fiscal specialists from around the world attended the symposium
"Globalization and the Taxation of Foreign Investment"
in Munich last September, held in honor of Law Professor Hugh Ault.
A special adviser to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, Ault has served as advisor to the finance ministries
of Sweden, Albania, China, and Japan.
The Board of Trustees welcomes three new members: Peter W. Bell
'86, president and CEO of StorageNetworks, Inc.; Kathleen A. Corbet
'82, chief investment/operations officer of Alliance Capital Management
Company; and Robert F. Cotter '73, president and chief operating
officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide, Inc.
BEST OF BC
The BC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized Associate Professor
of Communication Dale Herbeck for excellence in teaching and advising
by bestowing on him its 2000 Teaching Award. Herbeck teaches courses
on the First Amendment and communications law, including a popular
offering on cyberlaw.
story from the BC Chronicle: Phi Beta Kappa Cites Herbeck
The Catholic Theological Society of America has bestowed its highest
award for excellence in theology, the John Courtney Murray Award,
on Canisius Professor of Theology Michael J. Buckley, SJ. Since
1992, Buckley has been director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston
FORE A GOOD CAUSE
Eighty-eight players competed in the first annual "Sonny"
Nictakis Memorial Golf Tournament October 8 at the Bay Pointe Country
Club in Bourne, Massachusetts. The tournament raised close to $3,000
for the Peter "Sonny" Nictakis Baseball Scholarship Fund,
established this year in memory of Nictakis '99, who died of Hodgkin's
disease in August. Nictakis was catcher for the Boston College baseball
team, and 1998-99 team captain.
"The Art of the Book," an exhibit of early printed books
and illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and single leaves from
the fifth to the 16th centuries, ran October 12 to November 19 at
the Burns Library. Included in the 100 exhibit items were narrow
strips from a mid-fifth-century rendering of St. Hilary's treatise
on the Trinity--plundered centuries ago to make repairs to another
manuscript--and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible, circa 1455.
First place in the health sciences category of the Alpha Sigma Nu
Book Awards has gone to a 1999 publication by Nursing Professor
Calista Roy, CSJ. The honor society of the Association of Jesuit
Colleges and Universities recognized The Roy Adaptation Model-Based
Research: 25 Years of Contributions to Nursing Science with
its first award in the new category. Roy has developed a holistic
approach to nursing that considers clients (whether individuals
or whole communities) as adaptive bio-psycho-social beings.
Twenty years ago,
Robert VerEecke, SJ, premiered "A Dancer's Christmas" before a modest
audience of about four dozen people. Now an annual event, the creation
of BC's Jesuit-Artist-in-Residence will be seen by some 3,500 spectators
in a production that runs December 8-17. The professional dancers,
alumni, BC students, and local children who make up the 50-member
cast have become part of a Jesuit tradition of dance that dates
back to the 16th century, when, says VerEecke, "dance was part of
the curriculum--a way of communicating gospel and scripture--in Jesuit
story from the BC Chronicle: Dancing in the Spirit of the
Formal dedication of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of
Education took place on November 2, with the symposium "Educational
Excellence and Equity through Partnerships." Boston Superintendent
of Schools Thomas Payzant served as moderator, and U.S. Senator
Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivered the keynote address. Last
year, the Lynches donated more than $10 million to the University.
Peter Lynch '65 is a BC trustee and vice chairman of Fidelity Management
and Research Company. Carolyn Lynch is a graduate and trustee of
the University of Pennsylvania and president of the Lynch Foundation.
LESSONS IN PREJUDICE
The Lynch School of Education has entered into a partnership with
Facing History and Ourselves, a Massachusetts organization that
trains teachers and develops curricula examining racism, anti-Semitism,
and prejudice. Eighteen BC undergraduates will take part in Facing
History seminars, design curriculum units, and train in secondary-school
classrooms alongside mentors.
James Erps, SJ, Director of BC's Campus Ministry, had a cameo role
on the television program ER on October 19. He played a priest
called in to baptize a premature infant. The part grew out of a
conversation between Erps and Jack Orman, the executive producer
and a friend from Erps's days in the chaplaincy at Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles. Erps pointed out that in cities with
large Catholic populations like Chicago, where ER is set,
priests are often seen in emergency rooms. "I told him there
weren't enough priests on the show," says Erps. "So he
wrote a part for a priest and I volunteered for it."
Three Boston College scientists have joined with colleagues at Boston
University to form a cross-disciplinary team working to develop
three-dimensional glass micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
They are Associate Chemistry Professor John Fourkas, Assistant Chemistry
Professor Scott Miller, and Physics Professor Michael Naughton.
MEMS, which draw on the technology used in making computer chips,
are now essentially two-dimensional. Going to three dimensions will
greatly increase their range of functions. The team recently received
a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
story from the BC Chronicle: NSF Grant to Aid BC Researchers'
Project in Micro-technology
Assistant Professor of Theology Rabbi Ruth Langer was among more
than 160 rabbis and Jewish scholars who signed a landmark statement
on Jewish-Christian relations calling for Jewish appreciation of
Christian steps toward reconciliation between the faiths. The statement,
Dabru Emet ("speak the truth"), appeared September
10 as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and
the Baltimore Sun.
full text of Dabru Emet
The roster of speakers scheduled for the luncheon series of the
Boston College Chief Executives Club this year includes Perot Systems
Corp. chairman and CEO H. Ross Perot, Dell Computer Corp. CEO Michael
S. Dell, General Motors Corp. chairman and CEO Richard Wagoner,
Jr., and the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corp., Carly Fiorina.
The University's Dining Service, under the direction of Patricia
Bando, has been honored for its multiethnic menus as well as for
the diversity of its workforce by the Multicultural Foodservice
and Hospitality Alliance. The service's full-time staff of 245 is
50 percent AHANA, 40 percent female, 9 percent senior citizens,
and 12 percent persons with special needs.