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GENEROUS HELPING
Dishroom supervisor Lionel Charles has received this year's Boston College Community Service Award. Charles, a Dorchester resident and native of Haiti, coordinates an ongoing effort to provide part-time Dining Services jobs—and friendly adult guidance—to Dorchester high school students. "Teens who don't have jobs or don't have anywhere to go after school will get in trouble," Charles said. Some 50 teenagers have been involved in the program.

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HONORUS CAUSA
Six individuals received honorary degrees at Commencement, on May 20. They are: R. Nicholas Burns '78, U.S. permanent representative to NATO, doctorate in law; Rev. Robert J. Bowers '82, founder of the Chernobyl Children's Project USA, doctorate in humane letters; Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, chair of the board of the MacArthur Foundation, doctorate in humane letters; John W. O'Malley, SJ, scholar of Christianity, doctorate in humane letters; Sr. Marie Santry, SND, principal of Holy Family School in Natchez, Mississippi, doctorate in humane letters; and Elizabeth Zweig Leoni MA'77, executive director of Greater Boston Catholic Charities, doctorate in public administration.

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GOOD SPORTS
Boston College was one of 20 schools recognized by U.S. News & World Report in March for overall athletic achievement. Athletic departments were evaluated in five categories: compliance with NCAA regulations; gender equity among varsity teams; cumulative win/loss records; number of sports offered; and the graduation rate for varsity athletes. BC appeared on the list with, among others, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, Stanford, and Duke.

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MORE BEDS
Design work has begun on a new Lower Campus residence hall. The building will house 300 undergraduates in suites of four, six, or eight beds and will be located between St. Ignatius Gate and Walsh Hall. The new facility, which is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2004, is part of the University's plan to create 800 additional dormitory spaces in the next two years.

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ACADEMY AWARD
Professor of sociology William Gamson has been elected a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On October 5, he will join, among others, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, the actress Anjelica Huston, and the violinist Itzhak Perlman in an induction ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gamson is the third BC faculty member to be named to the academy; the others are theology professor Lisa Sowle Cahill and School of Management professor Alicia Munnell.

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GROWTH RESEARCH
Funded research at Boston College is growing at a greater than expected rate, according to a fiscal year-end assessment by the Office for Sponsored Programs. Some $28 million in grant money was applied to research during the 2001-2002 school year—19 percent more than had been projected. Additionally, BC received an estimated $39 million in grants for future research over the past fiscal year, 35 percent above earlier expectations.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
The Jenks Leadership Program (JLP) will celebrate its 35th anniversary in a ceremony on November 8. The JLP was founded in 1967 by then director of counseling services Sandy Jenks as a means of training outstanding BC students in the art of community leadership. Today, students in the JLP take part in a two-step process: a first year spent in lectures and workshops, and a second year spent working in groups on community service projects. All alumni of the program are invited to the celebration; for more information, please call (617) 552-3310.

Homepage of the Jenks Leadership Program

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ALL TOGETHER
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College will be the initial, temporary home of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR). The newly formed council includes 24 secular U.S. organizations devoted to improved understanding between the two faiths, and representatives from national and international Jewish and Christian religious bodies.

BC's Center for Christian-Jewish Learning


Homepage of the CCJR

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
The winner of this year's Amanda Houston Fellowship is Sonjah McBain '03. The fellowship, named for BC's first director of Black Studies, is used for advanced study involving travel. McBain, an English major and native of Grenada, will live in England for a year, where she will study race and class issues in the works of Jane Austen and other period British writers.

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HISTORY CLASS
Emeritus professor Mary T. Kinnane has published a history of the early years of coeducation in the Lynch School of Education—the first school at BC to admit women. A Dynamic Era in the History of Boston College covers the years 1952-65 and includes profiles of faculty members and administrators.

• The book is available at a discount through the BC Bookstore

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FRESH AIR
Cactus, a 1915 oil painting by E. Ambrose Webster, is on display at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College as part of In a Perfect World: Bermuda in the Context of American Landscape Painting. The exhibit gathers 55 works by artists who, during the great social upheavals of the 19th and early 20th centuries, sought tranquility in the place the artist Marsden Hartley described as "nothing whatever but sunlight—soft air—and the water." The show runs through September 15. For more information, please call (617) 552-8587.

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