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photograph of Gene DeFilippo, BC athletic director.GOOD GENE
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo has signed a two-year contract extension and will remain at BC at least through the 2005-06 academic year. Since DeFilippo arrived in September 1997, athletics at Boston College have enjoyed significant successes, including last year's national championship in men's ice hockey. BC athletes have also done well as students: Last year, 358 maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above, and 178 were named Big East Academic All-Stars.

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PASSING LANE
This year's graduates of Boston College's School of Nursing achieved a 96.7 percent pass rate on the 2000 traditional nursing licensing exam, 13 percentage points above the national and state averages. Their performance mirrors those of other recent SON classes, according to the school's dean, Barbara Munro.

Related article from the BC Chronicle

Homepage of the School of Nursing

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NEW TRUSTEES

Four new trustees have been elected to four-year terms: Thomas P. O'Neill III '68, chairman and CEO of GPC/O'Neill Associates; Randall P. Seidl, executive vice president of GiantLoop Network; Sally Engelhard Pingree, director and chair of Engelhard Hanovia; and Robert B. Lawton, SJ, president of Loyola Marymount University.

• Related article from the BC Chronicle

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ECONOMIC SENSE

A study sponsored by the European Economic Association has ranked six BC economists among the top 1,000 worldwide, including two in the top 20. The rankings were based on a comprehensive survey of the number and quality of researchers' publications from 1994 through 1998. Representing Boston College are: Professors Peter Ireland (15th), Arthur Lewbel (20), Jushan Bai (184), Peter Gottschalk (264), Uzi Segal (403), and James Anderson (533). The economics department as a whole was ranked 63rd in the world, rising to 31st when department size was factored in.

• Homepage of the EEA study

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HAPPY RETURNS
Forbes magazine has ranked the Carroll Graduate School of Management 23rd among comparable MBA programs for its return on investment. The magazine compared the cost of attending a given MBA program (including foregone wages) to the average salary of graduates. Students from the Carroll School's MBA program saw their annual income rise, on average, from $28,000 before enrolling to $83,000 two years after receiving their MBAs.

• The Forbes rankings in full

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MAJOR ADDED

The College of Arts and Sciences has announced plans to establish a new major, International Studies. Approximately 20 students from each of the next three sophomore classes, beginning with the Class of 2004, will participate in a pilot program that will determine the major's academic requirements. The interdisciplinary field will likely incorporate economics, political science, ethics, and a foreign language. Associate Professor David Deese (political science) directs the program.

Related article from the BC Chronicle

• Homepage of the International Studies major

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SUMMER SCHOOL

Two conferences held at Boston College last summer focused on trends in Catholic education. As part of the SPICE (Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education) initiative, "Conversations in Excellence" (June 29-July 1) looked at successful primary- and secondary-school programs that combine academic and spiritual progress. A five-day conference on July 10-14, cosponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, inaugurated the Institute for Administrators in Higher Catholic Education. Deans and presidents from 22 colleges and universities attended to consider issues ranging from lay leadership to Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

• Related article from the BC Chronicle

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PROPHETS OF PHILANTHROPY

The Nonprofit Times has named two BC researchers to its 2001 "Power and Influence Top 50." Professor Paul Schervish, director of the Social Welfare Research Institute, and John J. Havens, the institute's associate director, were cited for their groundbreaking studies of the motives and concerns of philanthropists.

• Related article from the BC Chronicle

Homepage of the Social Welfare Research Institute

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FINANCIAL AID REFORM

Boston College has joined a select group of colleges and universities on a project to clarify, simplify, and improve the fairness of the financial aid process. The 568 Presidents' Working Group, as the organization is known, is named for Section 568 of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994. According to Section 568, universities with need-blind admissions policies--who assess a student's financial need only upon acceptance, not as part of the decision process--may work together to establish common guidelines. Other schools in the group include Yale, Cornell, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, and Stanford.

• A summary of the 568 Presidents' Working Group mission

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photograph of history professor Larry WolffHISTORIAN HONORED

History professor Larry Wolff has received the 2001 Teaching Award, given by students in the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Wolff lectures on the culture and history of Enlightenment Europe.

• Related article from the BC Chronicle


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CALL NUMBER

The Boston College library system has been named among the nation's best by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Unranked in 1995, BC moved to 77th on the list of research libraries, building on recent expansions in holdings and staffing.

• Homepage of the BC Libraries



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