LIKE A POET
of English J. Robert Barth, SJ, has recorded a CD of poems by Francis
Thompson and Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, to benefit the Burns Library.
Samples may be heard at The Full Story, on the BCM Web site: www.bc.edu/bcm
Order Fr. Barth's CD from the BC Bookstore
Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert
A new service allows students to use their BC identification card
to make purchases. In the Eagle Bucks system, which debuted in January,
students can apply money from a bank account or credit card to their
ID, and then use the card to buy items in the University bookstore,
pay for laundry and delivery pizza, and purchase meals in BC dining
halls. BC plans to expand the Eagle Bucks program in future years,
making it valid at area businesses.
Fulton Debating Society members Ben Birely '05 and Christopher Schroeck
'04 qualified for the National Debate Tournament, held March 23-26
in Springfield, Missouri. Birely was one of only five freshmen,
among 156 contestants from more than 50 schools, to qualify for
the prestigious event this year. Schroeck was invited as a freshman
of the Fulton Debating Society
More than 600 BC undergraduates participated in service programs
over Spring Break, March 2-10. The Appalachia Volunteer Program
sent a record 540 students to 29 rural communities in the eastern
mountain states; the Ignacio Volunteers sent 14 students to Kingston,
Jamaica; another 14 traveled to Nicaragua through a First Year Experience
program; and 12 went to El Salvador with Campus Ministry. Projects
included homebuilding, community outreach, and teaching. Other undergraduates
remained in Boston, volunteering at soup kitchens and social services
The Lynch School of Education received a $1 million grant from the
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation of New York in January, for programs
addressing the needs of urban schools. Half the grant will provide
an endowment for the LSOE's College Bound project, which prepares
disadvantaged Boston high school students for college through weekend
and summer enrichment programs. The rest of the gift will provide
college scholarships for 30 to 35 graduate students of color who
commit to teaching in urban schools.
University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, was honored in February
by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Monan
received the Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Award, which annually goes
to a leader in Catholic higher education who has made "outstanding
contributions to teaching, scholarship, and administrative excellence.
. . and who has contributed to Catholic higher education beyond
the bounds of his or her institution."
The O'Neill Library continues to expand its collection of searchable
electronic databases. Recent acquisitions include "Polling
the Nations," a collection of current and historical public
opinion surveys from more than 80 countries; FACTS.com, which contains
the full text of Facts on File dating back to 1970; and "American
Civil War: Letters and Diaries," an index of hundreds of first-person
accounts of the Civil War including journals, correspondence, and
memoirs. Anyone with a BC ID number can use the databases through
the BC libraries home page.
BC Libraries' on-line database page
The Board of Trustees approved the operating budget and tuition,
room, and board fees for the 2003 fiscal year at a February 15 meeting.
The budget increased 6 percent to $509 million, accompanied by a
4.5 percent rise, to $35,410, in total annual student fees. Financial
aid increased by 5.7 percent, to $76.6 million. In explaining the
rise in annual fees, trustees cited the need to recruit and re-tain
top faculty, in addition to the cost of ongoing construction and
information technology projects.
A new study by associate professor of biology Clare O'Connor lends
support to the theory that an organism's lifespan is limited by
its ability to repair damaged proteins. O'Connor studied fruit flies
with a genetic mutation that causes them to produce excess methyltransferase,
an enzyme involved in protein repair. The mutant flies, she found,
live approximately one-third longer than flies with normal enzyme
levels. The study appeared in the December 18 Proceedings of the
National Academies of Science.
The BC Police Department held its annual charity auction of unclaimed
goods on March 23. Among the items up for bid: a couple dozen men's
and women's watches, assorted bracelets and rings, a radar detector,
several Palm Pilots, some 30 cellular phones, and this Analytical
Concordance of the Bible, which sold for two dollars. The proceeds
of the sale--$3,866--went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Photo by Lee Pellegrini
IN THE RANKS
The Carrol Graduate School of Management moved up two places to
39th nationwide in the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate
school rankings, released April 8. BC's Law School held steady at
22nd, and the Lynch School of Education graduate program moved up
one spot to 21st. It is the only Catholic graduate education program
in the top 40.
complete U.S. News & World Report rankings
Recent changes in University facilities are expected to significantly
reduce BC's consumption of electricity and water. Efficient lighting
technology, including motion-sensing lights that turn off when not
needed, will cut electricity use by an estimated 512,925 kilowatt
hours per year. Low-flow toilets and showerheads are expected to
cut daily water consumption by 115,000 gallons.
article from the BC Chronicle
Thomas J. Keady, Jr., has been named associate vice president for
government and community relations. Keady arrives from Northeastern
University, where he served in a similar capacity for 15 years.
He succeeds W. Paul White, who left BC in September after holding
the post since 1997.
Associate professor of physics Rein Uritam was made an honorary
Member of the Order of the British Empire on January 17 for his
commitment to improving educational relations between the United
States and the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II recognized Uritam
in particular for his tenure as president of the Association of
Marshall Scholars, during which he increased the prestigious British
scholarship's exposure with new publications and a symposium series.
Rufus L. Caine III '03, a philosophy and political science major
from Hackensack, New Jersey, has won this year's Martin Luther King,
Jr., Scholarship. Caine was recognized for his leadership in last
year's UGBC "Fight for Freedom" campaign, which raised
money to free African slaves in the Sudan. The scholarship will
cover three-quarters of Caine's senior year tuition.
article from the BC Chronicle
Photo by Justin Knight
The Infography, an on-line database of scholarship in various fields,
has given a BC Web site its Award of Excellence. The site, "Literature,
Cognition, and the Brain," was created in 1997 by English professors
Alan Richardson and Mary Crane, and features up-to-date research
on the linked fields of literary studies, cognitive theory, and
of "Literature, Cognition, and the Brain"