May 12, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 17


Memorial service today for GSSW's Castagnola and Fallon

The Graduate School of Social Work will hold a memorial service today at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100 for retired Assoc. Prof. Robert Castagnola and former GSSW Director of Admissions Ruth Fallon, both of whom died during the past year.

Prof. Castagnola, who died on Jan. 7, joined the GSSW faculty full-time in 1968 and taught for the next 32 years before retiring from his position, although he continued to teach at the school's Stonehill site.

Mrs. Fallon, who died last June 17, was the school's first admissions director and held the position for more than 30 years. Following official retirement she continued to work part-time until June 1996.

"Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times" conference on May 18

Boston College will be the site for "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: A Day of Service and Celebration," a two-part conference to be held May 18 that features keynote speeches by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, which operates charitable, educational and humanitarian programs in more than 140 countries.

Sri Shankar, a native of India brought up in the Hindu Vedic tradition, teaches yoga, meditation and relaxation as a means for coping with stress and promoting non-violence.

The "Ancient Wisdom" event will incorporate talks by Sri Shankar in conferences with medical and educational contexts. The first will be "The Science of Mind/Body Techniques: How and Why They Work," which will take place from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater. This conference will present recent clinical research findings that indicate the positive physiological effects on mind and body resulting from the practices of yogic breathing and meditation. Clinicians will present data on specific techniques that promote healing and prevention of diseases through applying these principles.

The second part, "The Art of Teaching Human Values: Creating Communities in Our Schools," will be held from 2-5 p.m. in Devlin Hall. This conference will bring together advocates and practitioners of holistic approaches to education, who will present models for educational initiatives that incorporate basic human values and stress-management techniques into curriculum.

Details on registration and conference agendas are available online.

The conference is sponsored by The Art of Living Foundation, the International Association for Human Values and Boston College.

Summer early release policy begins May 27

Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has announced the 2005 summer early release policy schedule. From May 27 through Aug. 26, 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.

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