University President William P. Leahy, SJ, presided and spoke at the event, at which Prof. Ellen Winner (Psychology) was presented with a national Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, and Alumni Association President Thomas Martin '61, was inducted as an honorary member.
Winner's book, Gifted Children: Myths and Realities, was judged best in the physical and natural sciences in the 1996-97 Alpha Sigma Nu book contest for faculty members at Jesuit colleges and universities.
Martin, a member of the 1964 US Olympic hockey team who now heads the Norwood-based television production company Cramer Productions, was recognized for his community service and loyalty to the University.
To qualify for Alpha Sigma Nu, students must rank in the top 15 percent of their class, demonstrate loyalty to their schools and show a record of service.
This year's inductees include 64 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 28 from the Carroll School of Management, 17 from the College of Advancing Studies, nine from the School of Nursing and eight from the School of Education.
Membership now stands at 218 in the BC chapter, which dates back to 1939 and has been undergoing a recent renaissance under the leadership of William McInnes, SJ, '44, MA '51, a former CSOM associate dean who returned to BC in 1996 to become chapter moderator.
Fr. McInnes - former president of Fairfield University, San Francisco University and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities - said future projects and events include a series of luncheons with faculty authors of Alpha Sigma Nu award-winning books, the formation of an alumni group, a reception for former Jesuit Volunteer Corps members in the Boston area and the presentation of a $500 scholarship.
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