November 5, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 5


University Memorial Mass this Sunday

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will celebrate the annual University Memorial Mass on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. The Mass will honor the memory of Boston College alumni who have died during the past year.

A reception will be held in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons following the Mass.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at ext.2-4700.

CNN's Schneider to discuss Election 2004 results

CNN Senior Analyst William Schneider, who served as O'Neill Professor of American Politics at Boston College from 1990-95, will present "The Morning After," a look at the 2004 Presidential Election results and what they mean for the United States, on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Cushing 101.

The event, sponsored by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, is free and open to the public.

For more information, call ext.2-3490 or see

Veterans' Mass, Remembrance Ceremony are Nov. 11

The University's annual Veterans' Day Mass and Remembrance Ceremony, sponsored by Boston College's Army ROTC unit, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

At 11 a.m., a special military remembrance ceremony will take place, with the tolling of the Gasson Hall bells as a salute to the University's war dead.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles J. Costello '55 will be the main speaker at the ceremony. During his 21-year military career, Costello served at various posts in Germany, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Washington, DC as well as a two-year tour in Vietnam. His military honors and awards include the Legion of Merit, Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam's Gallantry Cross with Gold Star.

The Mass and Remembrance Ceremony are open to the University community. For additional information, contact Army ROTC Capt. Brett Tashiro at ext. 2-3230.

Thanksgiving hosts sought for international students

The Office of International Students and Scholars is looking for employees willing to invite international students to their homes for Thanksgiving dinner.

This is the 14th year of the program, which is aimed at helping international students learn more about this American holiday. No overnight stay is involved.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, at ext. 8005, and complete a host program form by Nov. 8. More information is available at the office Web site, at

Emergency closings, early dismissal policy reminder

Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has issued a reminder concerning the University's policy for work cancellation, delayed openings and early dismissal due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Employees should tune to WBZ-TV News Channel 4, WCVB-TV Channel 5 Eye Opener News or WBZ News Radio 1030 AM between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. for announcements of cancellations, delays or closings. Information also will be available through the BCInfo Web page or at (617)552-INFO.

An announcement canceling classes does not mean there is a cancellation of work; it will specifically mention that Boston College is "closed" when employees are not expected to report. Such closings are rare, Sullivan notes, so employees and students should generally presume that classes will meet and that all essential services will remain in operation.

When work is canceled, some essential activities in certain offices may need to be maintained. It is expected that some arrangement for coverage or standby will be made between the office administrator and staff. If an employee is required to work on such a day, compensatory time off will be provided to him or her and will be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient to the department and the employee.

The decision on early dismissal of employees because of weather conditions will be announced by the Department of Human Resources. This information will be made available on BCInfo or at ext.2-INFO. Unless otherwise notified, all staff are expected to remain at work until closing.

Physician to speak on HIV/AIDS in Africa

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College will sponsor a lecture, "The Christian Response to HIV/AIDS in Africa," this Sunday, Nov. 7, by physician Mercy Isichei, co-founder of the Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria, which provides medical services and support to HIV/AIDS sufferers.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Devlin 008 from 7-9 p.m.

Dr. Isichei, who founded the clinic with her physician husband Chris in 1996, will discuss the HIV/AIDS crisis in her country and how she seeks to offer care as both a doctor and a Christian.

For more information, contact Matthew Blattner at or see the UGBC Web site,

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