Advent Liturgies begin Sunday in St. Mary's Chapel

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will celebrate the first in a series of sung Advent Masses sponsored by the Jesuit Community. Each of the Masses will begin at 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel.

The first Mass will be on Dec. 1. The University's Iconographer in Residence William Hart McNichols, SJ, will celebrate the second Mass on Dec. 8 and Gasson Professor Richard Blake, SJ, will lead the Dec. 15 Mass. The final liturgy in the series will be on Dec. 22, celebrated by Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music).

Each Mass will include the Boston College Faculty Early Music Group and will be followed by a social gathering.

Tommy Makem to perform "Christmas in Ireland" Dec. 1

The Irish Studies Program and Music Department will sponsor a "Christmas in Ireland" concert with Tommy Makem on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Makem has long been regarded as one of Ireland's foremost traditional music performers, both as a soloist and in his long association with the Clancy Brothers. The concert will also feature special musical guests.

Admission is $12; free for students with a BC ID.

SAS to hold hat and mitten drive for children

The Staff Advisory Senate will hold its annual hat and mitten drive at University President William P. Leahy, SJ's, Staff Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The collected items will be distributed to the pediatrics unit of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the pediatric burn unit of the Shriner's Hospital, the Home for Little Wanderers, the Immaculate Conception Rectory in Weymouth and the BC Campus School.

Gifts should be wrapped or gift bagged and labeled for gender and age group.

Donations sought for Summerhill House

Carol Hunt-Clerici, faculty personnel assistant in the Academic Vice President's Office, is asking members of the Boston College community to contribute donations for the Summerhill House in Norwood.

Summerhill House, she said, is a residential home for expectant and parenting adolescents that helps provide the young women with pregnancy and parenting training, as well as the opportunity to finish high school and receive job training. Donations will be used to buy equipment for the house.

For more information, contact Hunt-Clerici at ext. 2-4780.

Community Concert Band slates holiday concert

The Boston College Community Concert Band will perform its annual holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

The band will perform seasonal pieces, as well as "Suite Francaise" by Darius Milhaud and "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance.

Admission is free.

USA Today wants nation's best students

USA Today is conducting its annual search for the nation's best and brightest students and Boston College faculty are encouraged to submit nominations.

Full-time undergraduates are eligible for the "All-USA Academic Team." Winners will be selected on the basis of scholarly excellence, as well as their leadership roles on and off campus. Particular weight will be given to students' outstanding original academic or intellectual product, which they will be required to describe in an essay.

Boston College saw its first success in this competition in 1994 when Elizabeth LaRocca of the School of Education was named to the top tier of the All-USA Academic Team. Last year, physics major Jessie Saul won an honorable mention in the contest.

Nomination forms are available at the Office of Public Affairs, ext. 2-3350. All entries must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 30.

Children's Center to hold lottery in January

The Department of Human Resources will draw lots for the September 1997 preschool openings in the BC Children's Center, on Jan. 15, 1997. Children who will be between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5 by Sept. 1, 1997 are eligible for the program. Lots are drawn according to age group and employee or student category.

Interested parents may register for the lottery by calling Barbara Krakowsky at the Children's Center, ext. 2-3356, before Jan. 11, 1997.

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