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The University's recently purchased retreat center in Dover, Massachusetts, has been named the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center in appreciation of a $10 million gift from John M. Connors, Jr. '63 and his wife, Eileen M. Ahearn Connors '66, MSW'95. The 70,000-square-foot facility is located on 78.5 acres of woodlands, and is providing conference and retreat space for the University's students, faculty, and staff. More than 2,000 students take retreats through BC each year.
» More from Chronicle
» Slideshow of the property, from @BC

Boston College received Catholic Common Ground's annual Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award, in recognition of the University's Church in the 21st Century Initiative. The award, founded in 1996, is made to individuals or groups who have furthered reconciliation or dialogue on important issues in the Church. Previous winners include the National Council of Catholic Women and Harry J. Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota.
» Catholic Common Ground Initiative
» Church in the 21st Century Center

On September 23, Boston police arrested a 19-year-old Brookline man and charged him with one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest arises out of an incident in Cleveland Circle, on September 14, in which Joseph Vairo and Marley Lovell, Loyola University of New Orleans students temporarily enrolled at BC, were stabbed during an early-morning altercation. Vairo was hospitalized for two weeks with wounds to his chest and face.
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The center's founders. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

The center's founders. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

BC has established the Center for Human Rights and International Justice under the direction of David Hollenbach, SJ, Flatley Professor of Theology, and three associate directors: Donald Hafner, political science professor; Daniel Kanstroom, professor of law; and M. Brinton Lykes, education professor. Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, inaugurated the center with a speech on November 3 in the Robsham Theater. The center will examine human rights issues through the disciplines of law, political science, psychology, ethics, and religion.
» "Taking the U.S. to task on human rights," Boston Globe, November 12, 2005
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» Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Boston College has hired Sasaki Associates, an architecture and design firm, to assist in the development of a campus master plan. Scheduled to be completed in September 2006, the plan will deal with construction and landscape design initiatives that will take place over the next decade. The University's academic plan, now close to completion, will guide major new construction over that period. Among the major planning challenges will be linking the Chestnut Hill Campus with the new Brighton Campus on the north side of Commonwealth Avenue. Sasaki has previously consulted on campus planning for universities such as UC Berkeley and Northwestern.
» More from Chronicle
» Other Sasaki clients

Fall is the season of judgment in higher education, and Boston College has turned up in three analyses offered by the Princeton Review, which publishes a popular national, and nonscientific, appraisal of America's colleges. Along with the highest mark in "fire safety," the Review, in partnership with Men's Fitness, ranked Boston College as the 11th fittest college in the nation (first was Brigham Young University, and last the University of Louisiana, Lafayette). More importantly for many members of the campus community, the Review this year did not place Boston College on its list of universities where gays and lesbians would feel uncomfortable. (BC had been on that list for five years.) Last spring, Boston College altered its informal welcoming statement to include in particular "those who may be vulnerable to discrimination" on the basis of "their sexual orientation."
» Fire safety rating
» Men's Fitness rankings
» BC's revised nondiscrimination statement (PDF)

The University's new Center on Aging and Work has received a three-year, $3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for studies of how the American workplace will change as baby boomers age. The center's affiliated faculty have backgrounds in economics, sociology, social work, psychology, and finance. Additionally, Michael Smyer, codirector of the center and dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is one of 1,200 delegates invited to a White House Conference on Aging that will take place in Washington in December.
» Center on Aging and Work
» Michael Smyer's faculty page

Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young, an English professor at the University of Southern California, has been named director of the interdisciplinary black studies program. She will succeed Frank Taylor, associate professor of history, who has directed the program since 1993. Young is the author of the forthcoming book, Soul Power: Culture, Radicalism and the Making of a U.S. Third World Left (Duke).
» More from Chronicle
» Black Studies Program
» "Havana Up in Harlem," by Cynthia Young, Science & Society, Spring 2001 (PDF)


  • J. Robert Barth, SJ, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1988 to 1999 and member of the English faculty since 1999, on September 21, at age 74.
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  • William M. Daly, member of the history faculty from 1947 to 1986, on October 11, at age 84.
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  • John Dunnet, manager in BC's finance division from 1971 to 1988, on October 18, at age 76.
    » More from the Melrose Free Press
  • Arthur L. Glynn, member of the accounting faculty from 1946 to 1991, on August 13, at age 89.
    » More from the Boston Globe
  • Karen McNulty '95, employee of the Boston College Libraries since 1996, on August 31, at age 31.
    » More from BC Libraries
  • Edward J. Power, member of the education faculty from 1961 to 1991, on September 12, at age 84.
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  • Kenneth Watson, Boston College police officer from 1971 to 1991, on August 10, at age 87.


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