April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

Around Campus


Lecture today on literary studies

Columbia University literary expert and author Gauri Viswanathan will speak today on "Occult Transmissions: Religion after Religion in Literary Modernism," at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin 101.

A professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia, Viswanathan is the author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief, which explores religious conversions in British India and minority communities within Britain. She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon, and American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships.

Her talk is sponsored by the Religion and Arts journal of Boston College. For more information, call ext.2-3706.

Police benefit auction is April 17

The Boston College Police Department will hold its annual benefit auction of abandoned items on Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m. in the Vanderslice Hall Cabaret Room. A preview of the items will begin at 8:30 a.m.

All sales are cash only. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Shriners Burn Hospital for Children.

Candidates sought for Joyce Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Seavey Joyce, SJ, Community Service Award, which honors Boston College juniors who show leadership in community service, advocacy, political, or other work to improve the City of Boston or the plight of its more underserved citizens. Established in 1988, the award is named for the former Boston College president and School of Management dean.

Candidates for the award must submit a letter of self-nomination along with letters from a BC staff member and a representative of a Boston organization. Letters of nomination, which are due by the end of April, should briefly describe the nominee's motivation and leadership as well as his or her project and its impacts.

The address to send nominations is: Seavey Joyce, SJ Community Service Award; 936 Nantasket Avenue; Hull, MA 02045. Letters also may be sent to:

Football schedule for 2004 announced

Boston College will kick off the 2004 home football season on Sept. 11 against long-time rival Penn State, one of five games to be played in Alumni Stadium this fall.

The Eagles also will host Connecticut in a Friday night contest on Sept. 17, as well as Massachusetts (Oct. 2), Rutgers (Nov. 6) and Syracuse (Nov. 27), BC's final game as a member of the Big East Conference.

Starting times for the games will be announced at a later date.

Connell School of Nursing

Shared knowledge

A course debuting this semester encourages graduate students in nursing, education and social work to teach other about their specialties so they can more effectively serve children with mental health needs.

Prof. Joyce Pulcini (CSON) worked for more than a year to develop Interprofessional Collaboration: School-Community Services, a collaboration between the Connell Graduate School of Nursing, Lynch Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Social Work. The course is taught by part-time faculty members Elizabeth Fideler and James Prince, staff members at the Judge Baker Mental Health Facility for Children in Boston.

According to Pulcini, it is "essential to be educated outside of your own discipline in order to develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of what the real issues are." Working on interdisciplinary teams helps students and professionals get a better grasp on what they are seeking to learn, said Pulcini. Response to the course has been positive, she adds, and it will continue to be offered in the future.

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Mastering psychology

Boston College will begin offering a two-year, full-time, research-oriented master's degree in psychology this fall, aimed at students who plan to become psychologists but are not ready or able to enter a four or five-year doctoral degree program.

As the program organizers explain, students with a bachelor's degree in psychology who want more research experience or who need to identify a research interest might find it beneficial to earn a master's degree before pursuing a doctorate. Graduates who minored - or have no background at all - in psychology also could consider the master's program.

In addition to the Psychology Department's areas of concentration in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cultural psychology, developmental psychology and personality and social psychology, master's students will be able to participate in cross-area training programs, one on Emotion, and the other on Culture, Social Justice, and Human Development.

Law School

Tending to business

Prof. Alfred Yen, a nationally known expert on copyright law, was recently named as director of emerging enterprises and business law at the BC Law School. Yen will help develop and refine the Law School's business curriculum, collaborating between the Law School and the Carroll School of Management on the JD/MBA program and other joint ventures. He also will be involved in efforts to attract students and publicize the Law School's efforts in business law issues, and assist in organizing scholarly conferences, speakers, and symposia.

"I want to thank Fred for agreeing to contribute his administrative talents to coordinate and improve our efforts in this area," said Law School Dean John Garvey. "We now have more than a dozen faculty who teach in corporations, securities law, commercial law, tax, employment law, intellectual property, and related fields. There's been a tremendous amount of growth in this field, and it will continue to grow as we move forward. Fred is the perfect choice to lead this program."

Yen, who teaches Sports Law and has taught Torts and Copyright Law, has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. He recently completed a term on the board of editors for the Journal of Legal Education and the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers.

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