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Basketball, hockey tickets on sale

The Boston College Athletic Association announced that tickets are available for upcoming sports events at Conte Forum, with a discount for BC employees on up to four tickets per game.

Tickets are on sale for the following men's basketball games: Sacred Heart (Dec. 14), Kent State (Dec. 20), Stony Brook (Dec. 23) and St. Bonaventure (Jan. 3).

Also available are tickets for the men's hockey team game against Merrimack on Jan. 9.

Tickets for all women's basketball games are on sale. Faculty, staff and students may buy tickets for the Eagles' game against defending national champion Connecticut before they go on sale to the public by stopping by the Conte Forum ticket office before Tuesday, Dec. 16.

For more information, call the BC ticket office at ext.2-GoBC.

Winter weather reminders

In the event of inclement weather during the winter, members of the University community should tune into WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV or WBZ 1030 AM between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. for announcements of cancellations, delays or closings. Information also will be available through the BCInfo Web site or at ext.2-INFO.

In addition, Facilities Services offers the following tips for campus offices and buildings during cold weather:

-Do not lower thermostats if an area will be unoccupied for a few days or over the weekend.
-Keep all windows and exterior doors closed.
-In houses and the Modular Apartments, leave cabinet doors open below the sink to allow heat to reach plumbing pipes.
-Report any problems immediately to the Work Order Center via email at wocenter@bc.edu or call ext.2-3048.
-In the event of an emergency when the Work Order Center is closed, contact Boston College Police at ext.2-4444.

University holiday schedule

All Boston College offices will be closed during the week of Dec. 22-26, and re-open on Monday, Dec. 29. The University also will be closed on New Year's Day.

College of Arts and Sciences

Museum director Netzer on board

McMullen Museum of Art Director Prof. Nancy Netzer (Fine Arts) has been appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The foundation's mandate is to increase public understanding, appreciation and use of the humanities in Massachusetts and, in the language of the authorizing legislation, "demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of our national life." The board consists of 25 members, drawn from across the state, many of whom are scholars in the humanities, educators or administrators at cultural institutions in the state.

Boston College has received several grants from the foundation in support of such projects as an exhibition on the legacy of the Korean War for Korean Americans, the documentary film "Of Stars and Shamrocks: Boston's Jews and Irish" and a conference examining the Caribbean heritage of Boston's black communities.

Netzer, who arrived at Boston College in 1990, is widely credited for helping turn the McMullen Museum into one of the Boston area's top university museums. She is currently completing a work on the Book of Durrow and a chapter on Irish manuscripts for the History of the Book in Britain. Netzer has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the American Council for Learned Societies as well as numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Former A&S Associate Dean Carol Hurd Green, who now teaches in the English Department and directs the Charles Donovan, SJ, Scholars Program in the Lynch School of Education, once served on the foundation board.

For the poetry-lover

The latest spoken-word CD by McIntyre Professor of English J. Robert Barth, SJ, has been released in time for the holidays. "Poetry of the Four Seasons," available for $10 at the Boston College Bookstore, features Fr. Barth's readings of works by Shakespeare, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley and others.

A striking photo of Grasmere in the English Lake District taken by Fr. Barth graces the cover of the CD, recorded at Eagle Sound Studios at Boston College. Proceeds support the Burns Library.

Audio excerpts may be heard online from Fr. Barth's two earlier CDs, "English Romantic Poetry" [www.bc.edu/publications/bcm/fs_barth.html] and "Poems of Francis Thompson and Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ" [www.bc.edu/publications/bcm/fs_poetry_cd.html].

Another occasion for celebration

The College of Arts and Sciences will salute those students who are graduating this term with its annual Winter Baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Celebrating the Mass will be the man who started the tradition almost a quarter-century ago, Vice President and Special Assistant to the President William Neenan, SJ.

A reception will be held following the ceremony in the Gasson Hall Rotunda.

Graduate School of Social Work

Thumbs up from the council

Graduate School of Social Work administrators, faculty and staff were pleased to learn recently that the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation had reaffirmed the school's master's degree in social work program for eight more years.
GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi, in a letter to school faculty, staff and students, said, "We are thankful to the CSWE for their thorough evaluation of our performance as social work educators. The school is also grateful to all of the members of our community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends - who participated in the reaccreditation process and have contributed to this positive outcome."

Law School

New task for Kanstroom

Adj. Assoc. Prof. Daniel Kanstroom (Law), founder and director of the BC Immigration and Asylum Program, has been named inaugural director of human rights programs at the Law School.

Kanstroom, an expert on immigration and human rights issues, will oversee a comprehensive series of initiatives that promote legal and cross-disciplinary study of human rights theories, the training of law students in human rights law, collaborations with international human rights activists and conferences and other events.

In addition, Kanstroom will direct and develop clinical and extracurricular programs, including volunteer work in Florida, Texas and California and student "externships," or job-shadowing opportunities, with human rights organizations and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

"This initiative represents both a reorganization of existing law school programs and an aspiration for the future," said Law School Dean John Garvey. "Our growing human rights programs are consistent with the long Jesuit tradition that combines the highest regard for learning with an emphasis on service to others and the pursuit of justice for all segments of our society. They emphasize both theory and practice in the context of our increasing institutional commitment to international and comparative law.

"I am confident that Dan, together with our students, alumni, and many other faculty with strong commitments to human rights, will build a program we will all be proud of."

 

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