March 16, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 13


Discussion tonight of GSSW service trip to India

Graduate School of Social Work students who visited the Tamil Nadu region of India that was devastated by the December 2004 tsunami will share their experiences and observations at a special forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in the McGuinn Hall third floor lounge.

The students, who went under the direction of Assoc. Prof. Karen Kayser (GSSW) and part-time faculty member Richard Shankar, spent about two weeks during the semester break in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu, which suffered the largest number of tsunami-related deaths in India. In addition to speaking with the area's human services providers, the GSSW representatives visited communities still coping with the aftermath of the disaster.

Indian food will be served at the event. For more information, call ext.2-2037.

Tickets available for BC Family Night at the Pops

In celebration of Boston College's 130th Commencement, members of the University community are invited to attend "Boston College Family Night at the Pops" on May 19 in Symphony Hall, featuring a performance by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

A limited number of $25 and $35 tickets have been reserved for Boston College faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. To order tickets, e-mail, call ext.2-3469 or visit the web site. Note that the cost of the tickets is not tax-deductible and that there is an additional $10 processing fee per order.

For more information, call ext.2-3469.

Center offering prizes for papers on human rights, international justice

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice invites Boston College undergraduate and graduate students to submit entries for its annual essay contest. Two prizes of $1,000 each are awarded by the center for the best research papers on a topic related to human rights and international justice. To be eligible for the prize, a copy of the essay must be submitted to the center by April 15, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words.+ Submissions can be e-mailed to For more information, call ext.2-8491 or see the center's web site.

Candidates for Joyce Award sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the W. Seavey Joyce, SJ, Community Service Award, which honors Boston College juniors who show leadership in community service, advocacy, political, or other work to improve the City of Boston or the plight of its more underserved citizens. Established in 1988, the award is named for the former Boston College president and School of Management dean.

Candidates for the award must submit a letter of self-nomination along with letters from a BC staff member and a representative of a Boston organization. Letters of nomination, which are due by the end of April, should briefly describe the nominee's motivation and leadership as well as his or her project and its impacts.

Letters of nomination should be sent by e-mail to this address:

University 2006-07 holiday schedule announced

Vice President for Human Resources Leo Sullivan recently announced the list of official University holidays for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

Boston College administrative offices will be closed for Independence Day on July 3 and 4; Labor Day, Sept. 4; Columbus Day, Oct. 9; and the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 23 and 24.

The University will be closed for Christmas break from Dec. 25-29 and on New Year's Day, which falls on Monday in 2007.

The remainder of the FY 2006-07 holiday schedule is: Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15; Good Friday, April 6; Patriot's Day, April 16, and Memorial Day, May 28.

Humanities Series Elif Shafak lecture cancelled

The Lowell Lecture Humanities Series talk by novelist and political journalist Elif Shafak scheduled for April 5 has been cancelled.

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