February 19, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 11

Around Campus


McElroy bookstore closed for renovations

The Boston College Bookstore in McElroy Commons will be closed for renovations from Feb. 26 to March 15.

The Hillside Shop and all Bookstore offices will remain open during this period. The business office is located in McElroy 141 and book and merchandise offices in McElroy 123.

Textbooks, supplies, clothing and other Boston College merchandise also can be purchased via the Bookstore Web site, at

'Lady Eagles' soccer camp sign-up

Registration is now being accepted for the "Lady Eagles Soccer School" for girls aged 6-14 sponsored by the Boston College women's soccer team.

The school, which will be held June 28-July 1 on the Newton Campus soccer fields, will offer instruction by BC coaches and players, as well as special guests.

Persons registering by March 26 will receive a $10 discount. A deposit of $75 is required by May 28. Enrollment is limited to the first 125 applicants.

For more information, call ext.2-0982 or e-mail

Spring Table Talk Program under way

The Table Talk Program, which brings together faculty, staff and students for informal chats over special meals, will offer several events this semester, including a session on Feb. 24 with Asst. Prof. Audrey Friedman (LSOE) titled "Dealing with Uncertainty: Tough Decisions!"

Developed by the Office of Residential Life and the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, Table Talk consists of weekly lunches, dinners and desserts in which faculty and staff hold informal discussions relating to topics of professional or personal interest.

Information and sign-up for Table Talk are available via the Web at

Lonergan Workshop is Feb. 26

The Boston College Lonergan Workshop will sponsor a lecture by Edward Oakes, SJ, "Can Secular Culture Be Evangelized?," on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in McGuinn 121 as part of the Church in the 21st Century initiative.

Fr. Oakes is the Chester and Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Catholic seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is the author of Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and currently at work on a book on evolutionary theory.

For more information, call the Lonergan Center at ext.2-8095.

College of Arts and Sciences

In good company

The venerable American Academy of Arts and Sciences has become a familiar haunt for Boston College faculty, with Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay Schlozman, Prof. Larry Wolff (History), Drucker Professor of Management Sciences Alicia Munnell, Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill and Prof. William Gamson (Sociology) among its elected fellows.

Earlier this month, the eminent learned society and research institution - whose co-founders included John Adams and John Hancock - bestowed an honor on another BC faculty member by selecting Asst. Prof. Crystal Feimster (History) as a visiting scholar.

Feimster, whose research focuses on racial and sexual violence in the American South, joins other young scholars and practitioners in the Visiting Scholars Program who "show promise of becoming leaders in their fields," according to the academy's announcement. The program is chaired by author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll, an academy fellow.

Graduate School of Social Work


An item in last issue's "Around Campus" on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District 1 publication awards won by the Law School and Graduate School of Social Work omitted one of the honors given to GSSW. The school, in addition to earning a bronze medal for its "Lead the Way" print advertisement, also took home a silver medal in the Special Publications Package category for its recently redesigned viewbook, newsletter, folders, notecards and other marketing materials.

Lynch School of Education

Pomeroy for the president

Prof. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, who this year will preside over a prestigious international education organization, has received the 2004 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.

The Pomeroy Award, presented to Cochran-Smith by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at their Feb. 10 annual meeting in Chicago, "recognizes outstanding contributions to teacher education through distinguished service either to the teacher education community or to the development and promotion of outstanding practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state, or national level."

Cochran-Smith has written extensively on children's language and learning, on teacher research, and on issues of race, diversity and social justice in teaching and teacher education.

This April, Cochran-Smith will assume the presidency of the American Educational Research Association, an organization representing more than 20,000 scholars dedicated to research that addresses fundamental problems and informs policy and practice in education.

"Marilyn Cochran-Smith richly deserves recognition as one of the strongest voices in teacher education in the nation today," said Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, interim dean of the Lynch School. "At a time of political contentiousness, she brings a scholar's voice into the acrimonious debates over the future of teacher education in the United States."

Law School

Excellent value

The Law School has placed among the 10 best "Law Schools for the Money" list for 2004. The ranking, done by PreLaw Insider and National Jurist magazines, places BC Law second overall, tops in the "excellent value" category.

The magazines used six factors in calculating its "best value" honors, including tuition, bar pass rate, unemployment rate of graduates, the median grant as a percentage of tuition, the number of clinical slots available relative to total enrollment, and faculty/student ratio.

"We're very happy to see our program recognized this way," said Law School Dean John H. Garvey. "We have always felt that there is no better place to get a legal education than Boston College Law School. But the true value of a school cannot be found in statistical analysis. This is a tribute to our faculty, staff and students, who bring the best to everything they do."

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