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Sept. 21, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 2

A scene from Pops on the Heights 2001. (Photo by Mike Mergen)

Around Campus

Drive Time

The American Red Cross of Boston College will hold another campus blood drive Sept. 25-27, from 2-8 p.m. each day in Gasson 100. You can sign up to donate by e-mailing redcross_bc@yahoo.com or calling ext.2-9075 with your preferred date and time.

For more information, eligibility requirements and other details on giving blood, see www.givelife.com.

Parents and "Pops"

Two hallmark Boston College traditions will once again be at the forefront during the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with the "Pops on the Heights" Scholarship Gala and Parents' Weekend. The "Pops on the Heights" concert, which takes place in Conte Forum on Sept. 29, features the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, BC student performers and, often, a host of guest stars. This will be the 14th year for "Pops," which has raised millions of dollars for the University's scholarship fund.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Parents' Weekend begins earlier in the day on Sept. 29, as mothers, fathers and other family members take the opportunity to follow their student to Friday classes. In the afternoon, parents can attend faculty presentations that focus on BC athletics, science and spirituality. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will conclude the afternoon with an overview of the University. On Saturday, families can enjoy a tailgate picnic prior to the BC-Maine football game at 1 p.m., and a special liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday in O'Neill Plaza will bring the weekend to a close. More information on Parents' Weekend events is available at www.bc.edu/friends/invest/parents/parentsweekend/.

A Sept. 7 reception celebrated the opening of ìFrancis Xavier and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East,î an exhibition of early printed works from the Burns Libraryís Jesuitana Collection. Weston Jesuit School of Theology Professor John OíMalley, SJ (second from right), who presented a talk titled ìThe First Jesuits: Books and Exploitsî at the event, spoke afterwards with (L-R) Boston College Jesuit Community Rector Paul Harman, SJ, University Trustee Associate Edward OíFlaherty, SJ, and Provost and Dean of Faculties Bert Garza. The Francis Xavier exhibition will continue at Burns through Dec. 3. (Photo by Kris Brewer)

Room for improvement

Sure, late August and early September is a bustling time at BC, what with some 7,200 undergraduates moving in on campus - often accompanied by a fleet of family members in vans, station wagons and the occasional rental truck. But from an administrative standpoint, this year's move-in period was one of the most successful in recent memory, thanks to a summertime partnership between Facilities Services and Residential Life.

In past years crews from the various Facilities Services units would do a sweep of all rooms in each campus residence hall and repair and clean as needed after Residential Life administrators inspected the facilities and documented the needs.

But this summer, under the leadership of Quality Assurance Manager Dan Roderick and Assistant Director of Operations and Summer Housing Fran Grabowski, BC completely overhauled and improved the process. Teams from both departments, with the assistance of student employees, joined together and simultaneously worked to inspect, catalog and determine each room's needs.

The result: residence halls that were better prepared for returning students in September.

"It definitely helped make a difference this year in that it set the tone early in the summer," said Director of Residential Life Henry Humphreys. "There wasn't a mad dash to get everything done in August."

"It was a joint effort and seemed to work pretty well," said Grabowski, who had high praise for the staffs from both departments. "Everyone on the Facilities and Residential Life staff worked very hard to get the results we had."

Roderick and Grabowski said that they learned a lot under the new program this summer and hope to streamline and economize the summer inspection process in the future. -SG

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