April 27, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 16
Mgsr. Ellis considered
Fifty years ago, a scholar of medieval church history fired a warning shot across the bow of American Catholic higher education.
In the 1956 book, American Catholics and the Intellectual Life - based on a speech he had given in 1955 and later published as an essay - Monsignor John Tracy Ellis criticized the academic quality of Catholic seminaries, colleges and universities. The Church's insulation, he said, had produced "a self-imposed ghetto mentality" and anti-intellectualism that hindered Catholic educational institutions in producing its share of scholars, scientists and other leaders.
This Sunday, the University will host "State of Mind: The Intellectual Life of American Catholics," a forum marking the 50th anniversary of Msgr. Ellis' controversial, and seminal, work.
Participating in the forum, which will be held at 4 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons, will be University Professor of Theology Rev. Michael Buckley, SJ, former director of the BC Jesuit Institute; University of Notre Dame Law School theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny, Murphy Foundation Professor of Law; and Eugene McCarraher, assistant professor of humanities and Augustinian traditions at Villanova University. Associate Academic Vice President Patricia DeLeeuw will serve as moderator.
The forum is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For information call ext.2-4820 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center does the job
A trio of Boston College administrators from the Career Center are this week reflecting on time spent earlier this month at Tulane University in New Orleans, where they gave a boost to the school's severely reduced career services operation.
Tulane was flooded and suffered some damage from Hurricane Katrina, but was able to re-open for the current semester. But about half of Tulane's career services staff are no longer with the university, and the students had as many - if not more - needs than in past years.
Career Counseling for Graduate Programs Associate Director Dom DeLeo, Recruiting Program Assistant Carole Flynn and Recruiting Manager Joanne LaRosee traveled to Tulane and offered assistance to students seeking employment or internships, needing help with resumes or looking to gain admittance to graduate school.
"It would have been hard not to go," said DeLeo. "I am glad I could help. Tulane is up and running and the city is up and running but the people are hurting because of the on-going strain they are under."
The BC volunteers worked with administrators from four other northeastern universities who all had received an e-mail from Tulane seeking assistance. The group set up tents on campus and met with students planning the next stage of their lives while still dealing with the after effects of the flood.
Career Center Director Theresa Harrigan said she wasn't surprised by her colleagues' readiness to aid their southern friends.
"I think they were living the mission of BC," said Harrigan. "You can't be a part of BC and not share your skills with others needing help."
It's not the first time the Career Center has made an extra effort on behalf of the universities in New Orleans, Harrigan noted: Last fall, when BC welcomed students from Tulane, Loyola and other schools, the center created posters and offered assistance to those visitors who were in need of career help.
Alumni, at your service
More than 1,500 Boston College graduates, representing 17 alumni chapters across the nation, took part in last Saturday's first annual National Day of Service sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association.
In Boston, 120 BC volunteers assisted in the on-going work of the Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.
The Food Bank volunteers included 80 members of the Class of 2006 who took part in the service day event.
Other local BC alumni joined members of the Charles River Conservancy last Saturday for a clean-up project along the river banks.
"We were thrilled with the turnout," said Kimberly O'Neil '97, co-leader of the Boston Alumni Club. "This is the first annual Service Day and we are hoping to build this and have it even bigger and better next year."
Take me to the river
"Spring cleaning" usually applies to a closet or garage, but members of the University community up for a bigger job are invited to take part in the annual Charles River Clean-up on April 29. Some 1,000 volunteers are expected to lend a hand in beautifying areas along the Charles.
For more information, contact Katherine Walsh at ext.2-3490 or email@example.com. •