March 31, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 14

Nota Bene

Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Michael A. Smyer has been named chair of the Council of Graduate Schools Government Relations Group.

This advisory committee will work closely with the CGS government relations and public policy directors to provide advice and guidance on public policy issues that affect graduate education in the United States.

The Council of Graduate Schools is an organization of institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, and across the globe engaged in graduate education, research scholarship, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees.


Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo has been appointed to the board of directors for the Massachusetts Sports and Entertainment Commission.

The commission is Massachusetts' principal agency dedicated to attracting and supporting world-class sporting, film and entertainment events and productions. MSEC assists in event research, bid preparation, bid presentation, site visits, vendor referrals, governmental liaison, event management and volunteer recruitment. The commission also works with state and local elected officials, participating labor unions, and with the local and national film and entertainment industry.

MSEC's executive committee is chaired by Paul Foster, vice president of trade, community and governmental relations for Reebok International Ltd. Other members of the board include: Boston Celtics CEO and Managing Partner Wyc Grousbeck; The Kraft Group President and COO Jonathan Kraft; Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino; and Pat Moscaritolo president and CEO for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Prof. Francis X. Clooney, SJ (Theology), has been named Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, effective July 1.

Fr. Clooney, who joined the Boston College Theology faculty in 1984, has done much of his scholarly work in Hindu-Christian studies, and hosts and contributes to a Web site on comparative theology. He recently organized and presented a seminar through the Jesuit Institute to welcome junior faculty to Boston College and provide a forum for discussing their research interests.

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