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Feb. 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 10

A memorial service in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. held on Jan. 25 in St. Joseph's Chapel featured performances by the Voices of Imani (above), Against the Current and the Liturgy Arts Group. Rev. Kirk B. Jones, a faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School, was the guest speaker. (Photo by Suzanne Camarata)

Around Campus

Nutritional value

University Dining Services raised thousands of dollars for tsunami relief efforts by donating the net proceeds from sales of featured specials on Jan. 26.

Customers could contribute to the drive by purchasing, among other items, a barbecue beef sandwich at the Eagle's Nest in McElroy, a steak and cheese wrap in Lyons Hall, or a Belgian waffle sundae at Stuart Hall during its late-night dining service.

All proceeds went to the Catholic Relief Services and the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Suite talk

Call it a faculty lounge, emeritus. A suite exclusively for retired professors is to be dedicated today at 21 Campanella Way.

The ribbon will be cut on the John D. Donovan Retired Faculty Suite in a ceremony set for 10:30 a.m. The suite is named for the emeritus professor who was one of the founders of the Sociology Department and was instrumental in the establishment of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty.

The suite, No. 556 on the top floor of Boston College's newest office building, includes computer-equipped offices and a lounge, and is close to parking and a cross-over entrance to O'Neill Library.

The Retired Faculty Association counts more than 125 members.

In a letter inviting association members to today's event, the group's president, Assoc. Prof. John W. Lewis (CSOM), wrote: "This represents the first time that prime space will be dedicated for the exclusive use by retired professors of the University.

"This is your new space in the University you have served for many years. You have shared in building Boston College from a largely commuter college into an internationally recognized University in a number of spheres. I am sure you must be as proud of BC as I, and will welcome this new wing of a house we all know so well."

-MS

Friends new and old

The monthly visits of faculty and staff members to retired Jesuits at the Campion Center in Weston are "better than the medications I take," according to one retired priest.

Now in its fifth year, the "Friendly Visitor" program organized by Alpha Sigma Nu Moderator Rev. William McInnes, SJ, provides transportation for University employees and plenty of company for the retired Jesuit community in Weston.

"It's a tremendous benefit for the people out there because the biggest thing they face is isolation, and this program helps them retain a connection to BC," said Fr. McInnes. "But it's also a benefit for faculty and staff: They renew acquaintances with people they have worked with and develop sensitivity to people who are retired."

The program resumes today with a 2 p.m. van departure from St. Mary's Hall. The hour-long visits will continue on March 3, April 13, May 10 and June 8.

There are currently about 25 faculty and staff members participating in the program, Fr. McInnes said, but new volunteers are always welcome.

Employees wishing additional information may contact Fr. McInnes at ext. 2-8192 or Betty Strain at ext. 2-3457.

-RO

Rising to the challenge

A 10-member team representing Boston College's Army ROTC unit finished third among 25 teams from the northeast in the Army's three-day Ranger Challenge Competition held at the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area in Ayer, Mass.

Competition events included the "Ruck Run," won by the Boston College unit, in which teams raced over a 10-kilometer course with competitors wearing full combat gear and carrying 25 pounds of equipment. The BC contingent also had the highest team score in the Army Physical Fitness Test competition.

Other events included weapons assembly, marksmanship, an obstacle course, rope bridge construction and traversing, orienteering and a written test.

BC's strong showing in the competition required long hours of preparation and training, said ROTC Cadet Company Commander Christopher Johnson '05. "Our success can be largely attributed to our intense training in the two months prior to the competition. We generally trained twice a day, six days a week. We ran and worked on skills every morning starting at 6 a.m. and went to the weight room every evening.

"It paid off in the end."

BC's ROTC team was coached by Master Sergeant Brian Hollis, who was a Ranger-qualified soldier in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division prior to joining the Boston College ROTC staff.

-RO

Local heroes

The name "Appalachia Volunteers" may conjure up service work in far-flung rural locales of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere in the Appalachian region. But this group of Boston College students also do plenty close to home, and have made more than a few fans in the process.

During the past semester, for instance, the volunteers performed some sorely needed clean-up and other chores on a snowy Saturday at St. Anthony's School in Allston, fixed up the Brighton Faneuil Branch Library garden and planted bulbs for the spring, and - on the morning after the Red Sox World Series opener - helped set up and run the Oak Square YMCA 5K family road race.

"These young people are truly great examples of great citizens and good Christians," wrote St. Anthony's principal Jean Moschella to University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "One of the best things about it was how powerful an example of serving others the BC students imparted to my 7th and 8th grade students who also came to help."

In another letter of appreciation, Oak Square YMCA Executive Director Jack Fucci called the Appalachia Volunteers "a large, committed group of young adults that Boston College can be proud of."

As Campus Minister Tamara Liddell, the group's advisor, notes, the Appalachia Volunteers have long made a point of reaching out to the community nearby - not just those hundreds of miles away.

"We are, for some students, their first immersion in socioeconomic issues and service," she said. "The hope is that while making a difference for the Appalachia region, people will look close to home for ever-present needs."

Liddell praised Boston College Neighborhood Center Assistant Director Moe Maloney - who she said is "fast becoming an honorary member" of the volunteers - for helping the group make service project connections in Allston/Brighton.

"This is where so many juniors live, and it is good for them to feel a part of the community in a positive way," she added.

-SS

From Clare to here

When he isn't arranging concerts and other special Gaelic music events, or helping sort through the ever-growing store of materials gathered in BC's Irish Music Archives, Sullivan Artist in Residence Seamus Connolly has been known to play a fiddle every now and then - and even record an album every so often.

A Feb. 15 reception at Connolly House will formally celebrate the release of two CDs, including "The Boston Edge," a collection of tunes played by Connolly and two outstanding local musicians, accordionist Joe Derrane and guitarist-mandolinist John McGann.

But Connolly is particularly enthused about the release of the other CD, "The Man from Clare," a retrospective of Jimmy Hogan, an 85-year-old Irish flute player who's lived in the Boston area for more than five decades. Hogan's image graced the cover of "Forget Me Not," a book-CD combo of tunes released in 2003 by Connolly and fellow fiddler Irish Studies part-time faculty member Laurel Martin.

Most of the tracks on the album were culled from recordings donated to the Irish Music Archives, or made of Hogan's performances at the University's Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance Summer School and Festival. The archive staff was instrumental in preparing the material for use in making the CD, he adds.

Connolly says "The Man from Clare" symbolizes the fruitful collaboration between the Irish Music Archives and the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, a world-wide organization promoting Irish music, arts and culture: "Comhaltas has passed along many rare recordings of Irish music to BC, and urged others to do the same."

In fact, Connolly adds, some of the "Man from Clare" tracks came from restored spur-of-the-moment cassette recordings - made in, among other locations, the bathroom of a frequent venue for Comhaltas events, the Canadian-American Club of Watertown.

"It's very important for the Irish Music Archives to be able to show that the Irish music tradition is a living tradition, represented by people like Jimmy Hogan who have been playing for the sheer enjoyment of it for years and years," said Connolly. "The material that comes to the archive is not meant to be sealed away from sight and sound. We want people to be able to see it, hear it, use it for their education or enrichment, and most of all to enjoy it."

-SS

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