Graduate student awards given

At its April 9 banquet, the Boston College Graduate Student Association presented its annual student awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Boston College and local communities.

Law School students Kali Ballingslea, and Jennifer Civitella won the Leadership and Community Service awards, respectively, and Graduate School of Social Work student Roderick Waters received the Sister Thea Bowman Award for service to the AHANA Community.

Other winners were: Arthur Dembro, Kathleen Joyce and Jill Lewis (Carroll School of Management); Melanie Malone, Michael McCarthy and Cheryl Tull (Woods College of Advancing Studies); Makiko Deguchi, Yun Peng and Nathan Smith (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences); Gregory Bayse, Kathleen Farley and Elise LaFortune-Molloy (Graduate School of Social Work); Ileana Espinosa, Alison Kane and Sophia Sasaki (Law School); Maria De Jesus, Michael Mason and Maria Munoz (Lynch School of Education); Karen Daley, Joyce David and Susan Lysaght (Connell School of Nursing).

Cleansweep seeks volunteers

The Boston College Cleansweep program is seeking volunteers to collect donated and discarded items from University residence halls for homeless shelters, churches and other social agencies.

Volunteers are needed to go from door to door and collect these donations and bring them to a designated location, and to then help sort items.

Collections will take place on May 9 from 5-8 p.m., May 10 from 9-1 p.m., and on May 19 from 3-11 p.m.

More information on Cleansweep is available at

Summer early release policy begins May 23

Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has announced the summer early release policy schedule. From May 23 through Aug. 22, most University offices will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Sullivan issued several guidelines associated with the policy:

-It applies to Friday afternoons between 3 and 5 p.m. and may not be used to alter work hours at any other time.

-The shorter work day applies to those who are normally scheduled to work after 3 p.m. on Fridays. In those cases where a person's regular shift ends earlier than 5 p.m., the employee may be released two hours early with the supervisor's approval.

-If an employee is required to work past 3 p.m., he or she may receive compensatory time off on another day approved by the supervisor.

-An employee who takes a vacation or sick day on Friday is charged with a full day and does not get an "extra" two hours to use at another time.

For more information on the policy, contact Human Resources at ext.2-3330.

Students lend tax assistance

Twenty-two Boston College undergraduates, working through the City of Boston's Earned Income Tax Credit program, assisted local taxpayers prior to the April 15 filing deadline.

Working under the direction of Adj. Lect. Edward Taylor (CSOM) and student coordinators Olga Kleinman and Brian Moran, the BC undergraduates were trained on tax software and volunteered their time at the Veronica Smith Senior Center in Brighton, the East End House in Cambridge and other area community sites. BC students filed 181 tax returns, recovering $134,857 in federal refunds and $21,934 in state refunds. In this second year of BC's involvement with EITC, the number of individuals given assistance more than tripled.


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