March 17, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 13

Committee Sets Campus Forums on Planning Project

A series of open forums beginning March 29 will offer the Boston College community an opportunity to discuss major University initiatives, such as establishing a school for theology and ministry or a center for the study of aging-related issues, that have been proposed through the BC strategic planning project.

Members of the project's steering committee, including co-chairs Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser and Executive Vice President Patrick Keating, will be present at the forums, with planning initiative executive director Prof. James O'Toole (History) serving as moderator. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will attend as his schedule allows, as will representatives from the task forces and committees that worked on some 200 proposals in the areas of academic, research and student formation.

These proposals will form the basis of a report outlining the University's long-term goals and objectives that will be submitted to the Board of Trustees this June.

Each forum will have as its focus two "galvanizing initiatives" developed through the planning project, although the meeting will be open to considering other proposals. The March 29 forum, which will be held at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100, will discuss the proposed creation of an Institute on Aging in the 21st Century and an Institute for Developing New Methodologies for the Discovery of New Medicines.

The second forum, April 5 at noon in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons, will center on initiatives for a recommitment to Jesuit liberal learning and a Society for International Fellows.

The soon-to-open Yawkey Athletics Center Auditorium will be the site of the final two forums on April 12 and 14, both beginning at 4 p.m. The April 12 event will highlight proposals to establish a school for theology and ministry and an integrated science center for complex materials; initiatives for BC's humanities offerings and the founding of an institute for integrated studies in race, ethnicity and culture will be on the agenda April 14.

More information on the strategic planning project is available at

-Sean Smith

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