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"Experiencing God" begins Oct. 21

The Jesuit Community of Boston College's monthly discussion program "Experiencing God: A Series of Conversations at Saint Mary's," which invites people to reflect on God's presence in their lives, will begin its 2003-04 schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The program features speakers, many of them from the Boston College community, who represent a variety of religious traditions and experiences. The presenters encourage others to consider their own perspectives of and experiences with God and enter into conversation.

Among those who will be speaking at "Experiencing God" will be Women's Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese (Nov. 4) and Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl Presley (Dec. 2).

All sessions take place at St. Mary's Chapel and begin at 7 p.m.

For information on "Experiencing God," contact the Jesuit Community at ext.2-8200.

Festival sounds "call for artists"

The Boston College Arts Festival Committee invites BC faculty, staff and students to display their artistic talents at the sixth annual spring Arts Festival, to be held April 29 through May 1.

The committee is now registering groups and individuals for the festival, which features concerts, exhibitions, crafts demonstrations, film screenings, literary readings and other activities.

Last year, more than 800 faculty and student artists participated in the festival, which was attended by thousands from the University community and local neighborhoods.

To register, or to obtain more information about the Arts Festival, contact Project Director Cathi Ianno Fournier at ext.2-4935 or ianno@bc.edu. The Arts Festival Web site is www.bc.edu/arts.

AHANA Voices group forming

University Counseling Services has announced the formation of "AHANA Voices," a group for undergraduate and graduate students of color to share their experiences at BC in a supportive, tolerant and confidential environment.

The group will explore resources and avenues students can use to build relationships within the University community.

For more information, contact Frieda Wong of University Counseling Services at ext.2-3927.

Club to host technology events

The Boston College MBA Tech Club will sponsor a lecture by Maria Cirino, founder, chairman and CEO for Guardent, a leading managed security services company, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 2:15-3:45 p.m. in Fulton 511.

Named as one of Boston's 100 Most Powerful Women by Boston magazine this year, Cirino offers advice to many high technology ventures and currently sits on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Software and Internet Council and the Board of Governors for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New England.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 29, the Tech Club will hold a "TechDay," featuring panel discussions with senior executives from companies such as Starbucks, Liberty Mutual, Reebok and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The first panel, which begins at 2 p.m. in Fulton 511, will spotlight established and startup firms that have invested in emerging technologies despite the current downturn. The second will bring together chief information officers at firms with more than $1 billion in annual revenues.

Web page feature on Pope John Paul II

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the papacy of Pope John Paul II, the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning has made available an on-line "slide show" featuring the pope's important quotations on Catholic-Jewish relations.

The 20-minute show, titled "The Theological Contributions of Pope John Paul II to Catholic-Jewish Relations," can be accessed through the center's Web site, at www.bc.edu/cjl (first item under "Center News").

Support for "Healthy Living"

Members of the Boston College community seeking to lose weight or simply improve their eating habits are invited to join a new weekly support group, the Healthy Living Program.

Sessions are available on both Main and Newton campus. The Newton Campus meetings take place on Thursdays until Jan. 22. The Main Campus group will meet on Mondays from Oct. 20 through Jan. 26.

The Healthy Living Program is open to anyone on a specific diet plan, such as Weight Watchers or Atkins, as well as those persons wanting to change their dietary routine.

For complete details and registration, see www.bc.edu/bc_org/hvp/timelimited/ww.html.

College of Arts and Sciences

Prized speakers

The road to and from the Nobel Prize may be said to lead through Boston College. Five theorists who have given colloquia in the Physics Department over the past five years have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, including two of the three recently awarded the prize in physics for their work in superconductivity, according to the department chairman, Rourke Professor Kevin Bedell.
In addition to future Nobel laureates, as many as eight previous Nobel winners in physics also have been speakers in the colloquium series run by Prof. Kris Kempa (Physics) during that period, said Bedell.

"This is a sign our department is the place to go if you work on superconductors," he said. "It is very unusual for a department of this size to be a place where so many Nobel Laureates, future Nobel Laureates, and members of the National Academy and the Royal Society want to go to give a talk."

Carroll School of Management

Job well done

Assoc. Prof. Hassell McClellan (CSOM) received the 2003 William J. Qualls Award for Excellence from the National Black MBA Association Inc. in recognition of his many contributions and years of service to the NBMBAA board of directors.

The award was presented to McClellan at the 25th Annual Conference of the NBMBAA last month in Philadelphia.

Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to creating partnerships that result in creating intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. The National Black MBA Association has more than 6,000 members and represents more than 95,000 MBA graduates and operates around three cornerstones: education, employment and leadership.

Law School

Wind power

A symposium sponsored last month by the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review spotlighted an increasingly popular, but controversial, alternative energy source: wind power.

The symposium, "Coastal Wind Power Energy Generation: Capacities and Conflicts," featured speakers from science, government, and industry as well as the academic community, and included a Boston Harbor boat trip culminating in a tour of the Hull Light Company's municipal wind turbine installation.

Wind power has made headlines in recent months thanks to the discord over a proposed offshore wind farm that would be located in Nantucket Sound. Opponents cite the serious environmental costs that could be generated by wind farms, including damage to the ocean floor and danger to marine species and migratory birds. They also voice concerns about the noise and visual impacts of wind turbines as well as potential impacts on navigation, fishing, and tourism.

"The timing for this symposium is ideal from a local and national perspective," said symposium speaker Carolyn S. Kaplan, a 1984 Law School alumna now working as an attorney with Nixon Peabody and co-chair of the firm's renewable energy practice.

Kaplan noted that several other states besides Massachusetts are mulling offshore wind projects. In addition, Congress - mindful of the August blackout - is trying to hammer out a comprehensive energy bill, which wind industry representatives hope will include financial incentives for wind projects.

"Offshore wind gets a lot of press in Boston because it's a coastal community," she said. "But there are many land-based wind projects being built across the country. Wind power is the fastest growing source of energy world-wide."  

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