March 4, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 12

Around Campus


Theologian Heim to speak

The Theology Department will host a lecture by S. Mark Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton Theological School, on March 23 as part of the continuing 75th anniversary celebration for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Heim, who earned a doctorate at Boston College through the joint doctoral program with Andover Newton, will speak on "Saving the Particulars: Religious Diversity and Religious Experience" at 5 p.m. in the McElroy Faculty Dining Room.

A scholar on issues of religious pluralism and Christian ecumenism, Heim is author of Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion and The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends.

For more information, contact the Theology Department at ext.2-3882.

Campus drive for Ghana under way

O'Neill Library Instructional Services Manager Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah is coordinating another campus drive for donations that will enable him to bring computer technology and educational materials to Ghana this summer.

Two years ago, Sarkodie-Mensah raised approximately $2,500 from the Boston College community to pay for a desktop and a laptop computer, two printers and other supplies, which he presented to a school in his hometown of Ejisu.

Sarkodie-Mensah plans to return to Ghana in July with College of Arts and Sciences Acting Associate Dean William Petri and his wife Arlene Wyman, a part-time Biology faculty member, and several students. The group is seeking donations to defray the cost of their visit, during which they will offer instruction to Ejisu residents on computers and other subjects. The donations can be made via check to Boston College and are tax-deductible.

For more information on contributions, contact Sarkodie-Mensah at ext.2-4465 or

Relay for Life

Members of the Boston College community are encouraged to consider participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life June 18-19 at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Teams from colleges, schools, businesses, churches, hospitals and other organizations or groups collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

To register, or to obtain more information, e-mail or see

College of Arts and Sciences

Kelley lands a Sloan

Asst. Prof. Shana Kelley (Chemistry) is in good company this year, as one of 116 talented young scientists and economists who were selected for Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to faculty members in the early stages of their careers who show exceptional promise.

Kelley, who also boasts a National Science Foundation Career Award, received a two-year $40,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation to support her research, which focuses on understanding and engineering the molecular properties of DNA and RNA.

Twenty-eight former Sloan Fellows have received Nobel prizes and hundreds have received other prestigious awards and honors.

Graduate School of Social Work

Talking Points Two Graduate School of Social Work faculty members will be off on prestigious speaking engagements this spring.

Later this month, Assoc. Prof. Nancy Veeder will journey to one of the world's most storied universities to present a paper at the spring session of the Oxford Round Table, an international think-tank of scholars, policy makers and other experts who gather at Oxford University to discuss the promotion of human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education.

Since it first convened in 1989, the Oxford Round Table has hosted United States governors and senators, government ministers from various countries and representatives from the international education and business community, among others - including Veeder's GSSW colleague Assoc. Prof. Leon Williams, who attended in 2002.

This session of the Round Table will be devoted to the topic of human and civil rights, particularly in reference to women's rights and issues of gender equity in both the public and private sectors.

In May, Prof. Demetrius Iatridis will speak at the Conference on Privatization, Banking, and Cross Border Insolvency, hosted in Rome by the Board of Governors of the World Jurist Association, an international organization with special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council. In addition to foreign trade and investment policies, the conference will examine globalization and regional economic integration, the World Trade Organization, recent trends in cross border insolvency, offshore banking, and other pertinent issues.

Lynch School of Education

Outreach to Boston Catholic schools

The Lynch School was the setting earlier this month for the formal launch of a joint effort with the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston parents to address non-academic barriers to learning among urban Catholic school students.

Representatives from LSOE, the archdiocese and the Parents Alliance for Catholic Education held a meeting on March 3 in Campion Hall to kick off the initiative, which builds on Lynch School research and programs addressing the impact on academic achievement of such issues as poor health, inadequate nutrition, emotional difficulties and family crises.

For the past several years, Lynch School faculty members and students have worked with Boston Public Schools in the Allston-Brighton/Mission Hill neighborhoods to coordinate and integrate delivery of student support services. This initiative, called "Boston Connects" (formerly CONNECTfive), will serve as a model for LSOE's work with the archdiocese schools. Kearns Professor of Education and Innovative Leadership Mary Walsh, and director of Boston Connects and the University's Center for Child, Community, and Family Partnerships, will lead the effort.

At the meeting, Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFM, Cap., noted that recent surveys showed an overwhelming percentage of students in the archdiocese's inner-city schools live at or below the poverty line. "The strategic alliance being launched here today," he said, "is a wonderful model of how we as a church should gather in service to the poor."

Lynch School Interim Dean Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, said that while the initiative represented a response to new realities of family structures and the needs of children today, it also exemplifies "what Catholic education has done for 200 years in this country - bring opportunity, hope, and wholeness to children and families."

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