Sept. 23, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 2

Around Campus


Extending his game

In his seven seasons as BC men's basketball head coach, Al Skinner has made the Eagles a perennial contender for the NCAA Tournament. Now, he'll get a chance to pursue even more success at the Heights for at least the rest of the decade.

Skinner last week signed a contract extension that will keep him at Boston College through the end of the 2009-10 season.

Announcing the extension, BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo called Skinner "a first-class individual who has done an outstanding job with our basketball team and he's done it in a manner in which we can all be very proud."

Since taking the job in 1997, Skinner has compiled a 122-95 record; BC's 90 wins over the last four seasons is a school record for a four-year period. The Eagles have qualified for postseason play in each of the last four years, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2001, 2002 and 2004). In 2000-01, BC won a school-record 27 games while capturing the Big East Conference's East Division crown and the 2001 Big East Tournament championship.

Graduate School of Social Work

Next stage

The school continues to build on its international activities, and one of its more promising ventures is in Uganda, site of a GSSW pilot program on human services in developing countries.

The program's coordinators, Assoc. Prof. Hugo Kamya and Continuing Education Director Vincent Lynch, recently received a US Department of State Citizens Exchange Grant of more than $150,000 to expand the project, which last year brought Kamya, Lynch and several GSSW students to observe Uganda's much-touted success in dealing with AIDS/HIV.

Through the grant, seven Ugandan AIDS professionals will travel to the US next spring to learn about AIDS-related services and to speak at the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, co-sponsored by GSSW. In the summer, GSSW faculty and students will return the favor by visiting Uganda to continue studying AIDS care in that country while also sharing information on the US approach to HIV/AIDS issues.

Kamya and Lynch say they hope to eventually help form a group of faculty and students from across BC interested in Africa initiatives.

"There is so much about working in Africa that dovetails with the University's direction," said Kamya. "The commitment to social justice, human rights and outreach to the needy, as well as BC's desire for an international perspective and increased opportunities for graduate education and research - all these are reflected in the work we've been undertaking there.

"Our particular project is anchored in HIV/AIDS, because it has affected so many facets of African life. But the impact of AIDS goes beyond the social work field; there are issues here that would be of great interest to law, nursing, management and other disciplines."

Law School

Space exploration

With Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known affectionately (or not) as "The Big Dig," approaching its final stages, the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review will host an Oct. 7 symposium on one of the key questions raised by the project: What to do with the almost 30 acres of open space created by the demolition of the old Central Artery?

The symposium will be held 3-6 p.m. on the Newton Campus in East Wing 120, but the day will start at 10 a.m. with a bus tour of the Big Dig and include a 1:30 p.m. showing of the video presentations "The Humane Metropolis" and"The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces."

Guest speakers will include: Mary Clark, legal historian for the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site in New York City; Ken Greenberg, urban design consultant to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; Rob Tuchmann, chairman of the Big Dig Environmental Mitigation Task Force; and Fred Yalouris, director of architecture for the Big Dig.

Prof. Zygmunt Plater, the review's advisor, says the Big Dig has raised a multitude of legal and policy issues as well as construction challenges. How the city will use the open space snaking through the downtown is likely to be one of the most important, and controversial, urban land-use decisions of the decade, at the very least.

"The symposium will examine urban open space issues in Boston's Big Dig and beyond, with an eye toward distilling some useful general principles on the legal process of defining and designing future uses and potentials of such urban open space areas," said Plater. "We've attracted an impressive panel of experts and we're looking forward to an exciting and thought-provoking discussion."

Among the symposium's legal themes are the public trust doctrine, consistency of zoning with comprehensive planning standards, windfalls and wipeouts, and considerations weighing where operative decisions should be made - federal, state, regional or local levels of government, or by neighborhoods or coalitions, or otherwise.

For more information on the symposium, contact Roz Kaplan at, or at ext.2-4352.


Artistic tendencies

Boston College faculty and student artists will have the opportunity to display their works at a Sept. 29 student-juried exhibition in the Bapst Library Student Gallery from 5-6:30 p.m.

ArtVision, organizers of the exhibition, will accept submissions today from noon-2 p.m. today and tomorrow, Sept. 24. For more information, contact Elizabeth Amento at


Feather in the cap

With the University enjoying success on the sponsored research front - BC scholars brought in a university record $42.2 million in research funds during the 2004 fiscal year - Director of Compliance and Intellectual Property Management Stephen Erickson got some more good news this summer: He was selected to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of University Research Administrators.

The 45-year-old professional organization for the nation's higher education research administrators chose Erickson for the award based on his contributions to the council that in turn "have had a positive effect on the entire research community."

Erickson has been at the University since 1991, when he was appointed director of research administration, succeeding Charles Flaherty.

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