May 13, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 17
eTeaching Day is May 19
Academic Technology Services will sponsor a day of presentations, hands-on demonstrations and workshops and talk on eTeaching on Wednesday, May 19.
A highlight of the day will be a luncheon keynote address, "Trends in Teaching," by Carol A. Vallone, president and CEO of WebCT Inc., makers of a popular Web-based course management system used by many Boston College faculty.
For a schedule of events and more information, see the Web site www.bc.edu/ats.
Moakley Awards presented to seniors
Seniors Matthew Barshied, Sarah Berger, Rebecca Herhold, and David Pedulla were named as recipients of the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Award for International Service.
Established in 1998, the Moakley Award honors students who have shown a deep interest in and commitment to the promotion of social justice and human rights throughout the world during their time at Boston College. It recognizes the courage and dedication of Congressman John Joseph Moakley in working to promote a just American policy abroad while representing the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District.
The four students received their awards at a May 6 ceremony in the Cabaret Room of Vanderslice Hall.
"Cleansweep" seeking 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.
Cleansweep collection and sorting will occur on Monday, May 17, Sunday, May 23, and Monday May 24, in the early afternoon and evening. View the Cleansweep Web site at www.bc.edu/cleansweep for additional details or contact John McLaughlin '83 at email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
Payroll deduction for Recplex memberships
Boston College faculty and staff interested in memberships in the Flynn Recreation Complex can arrange to pay dues via payroll deduction by registering between May 19 and June 22. The payroll deduction option is available for annual or academic memberships only. Membership dates are June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005.
For more information, contact the Recplex at ext.2-3035 or visit the Web site at www.bc.edu/bc_org/ath/plex/.
Summer early release policy begins May 28
Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has announced the 2004 summer early release policy schedule. From May 28 through Aug. 27, 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.
Carroll School of Management
A team of 13 budding entrepreneurs from Boston College has earned a berth in the Students in Free Enterprise national championship business competition to be held May 23-25 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning a regional contest in Cambridge on April 8.
The BC team, under the direction of Operations and Strategic Management Asst. Prof. Nigel Melville (CSOM), will compete with representatives from 180 other colleges and universities in the three-day event that is sponsored by more than 100 of the nation's largest business corporations.
BC's group, headed by SIFE Club President Michael Gentile '04 of Boston, a CSOM finance and accounting major, will present business plans on a variety of projects that have been developed over the past academic year. Among their entries are business plans for Polished Social Image Consulting, a Boston-based adult etiquette training firm, "MOPY" a newly-formed business that merchandises sports attire, and American Shanghai Beijing Education Experience, a summer academic and cultural enrichment program designed to teach American students about China.
The student entrepreneurs have also started a sustainable development project for the South Pacific nation of Tonga designed to enable residents of the small island to upgrade and utilize information technology to improve the country's viability in the global marketplace. Boston College's SIFE Club has collected used computer equipment to be used in the country, and College of Arts and Sciences senior Nastassia Kantorowicz, a club member, has accepted a United Nations-sponsored internship to help implement the BC plan in Tonga during the next year.
At the national competition, the 160 student teams are each allowed 24 minutes to present their business plans, Gentile said. Judges, who are senior officers at a number of Fortune 500 companies, evaluate each school's presentation on the basis of sound entrepreneurship, leadership, community benefits and ethics.
Graduate School of Social Work
Making his debut
The holder of GSSW's first endowed chair had his formal introduction to the Boston College community on April 28.
James Lubben, who is the Louise McMahon Ahearn University Professor in Social Work, presented the lecture "The Centrality of Social Ties to the Health
and Well-being of Older Adults" in Fulton 250 to an audience that included the chair's benefactors, University Trustee John Connors '63 and his wife, Eileen Ahearn Connors '66, MSW'95. The chair is named for Eileen Connors' mother.
GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi offered a welcome to Lubben, a leading researcher in gerontological social work with expertise on social support networks for elderly populations and former associate dean and director of the Social Welfare program at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Lynch School of Education
Scanlon named journal editor
Special education expert Assoc. Prof. David Scanlon has been named to a three-year term as editor of Learning Disability Quarterly, a membership publication of the Council for Learning Disabilities, an international organization dedicated to providing services to professionals who work with individuals with learning disabilities.
Now in its 26th year, Learning Disability Quarterly is distributed to more than 1,900 researchers, teachers, teacher educators, and administrators in the United States and 26 other countries
Scanlon, who is also associate editor of the Journal of Teacher Education, pursues research on strategic teaching and learning, inclusive education, literacy, adolescents and adults, and the social implications of special education. He co-authored the 1996 book Teaching Learning Strategies to Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences of educators. •