UMOJA conference to explore "Women in Healing"

UMOJA, the organization for Graduate School of Social Work students of color, will present the conference "Women in Healing: Challenges, Barriers and Opportunities" on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in Cushing Auditorium. The event will explore the obstacles women face in confronting issues such as substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, and the roles and responsibilities they take on in the healing process.

Regular registration for the conference is $55. Students at Boston College may attend free of charge. For more information, call ext.2-4067.

Nominations sought for Community Service Award

The Office of State and Community Affairs is soliciting nominations from the Boston College community for its annual Community Service Award.

The award is presented in May to an employee who has volunteered extensive hours serving the community and whose actions exemplify the spirit of community service. Any full- or part-time faculty or staff member is eligible for the award.

Nomination forms are available at Hopkins House. The submission deadline is Friday, April 17.

Retirement, financial planning meetings set

The Benefits Office will sponsor a series of meetings next month with representatives from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments to discuss investment options for Boston College employees. In addition, the office will host two informational sessions for the "Progressions" survivorship planning program.

The meetings will all take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Cushing 001. Fidelity representatives will give their talks on Wednesday, April 1, and Friday, April 17. TIAA-CREF will appear on Friday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 15. The "Progressions" meetings will be Wednesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 29.

For more information, contact the Benefits Office at ext.2-3329.

Kreps Memorial Reading of Russian poetry is April 4

The Slavic and Eastern Languages Department will host the Spring 1998 Michael Kreps Memorial Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Gasson 305. The biannual event, named for the late Boston College professor, will feature five contemporary Russian poets reading from their works, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call ext.2-3910.

Hosts sought for Commencement

Administrative and support staff are invited to serve as University hosts at the 1998 Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 18. Hosts distribute programs, welcome guests, answer questions and provide directions. A fact booklet and an optional orientation meeting are provided before Commencement.

To sign up, send an e-mail message to University Registrar Louise Lonabocker at Any assignment preference (Alumni Stadium, Conte Forum or Flynn Recreation Complex), should be noted in the message.

Boisi Lecture to feature Stanford author on March 30

Stanford University English and linguistics Professor Shirley Brice Heath will present the sixth annual Boisi Lecture in Education and Public Policy on Monday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton 511.

Her topic will be "The Ways Words Take: A Retrospective of 30 Years." Heath is the author of the highly acclaimed book Ways with Words .

The event is free and open to the public.

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