Benefits Office sponsors retirement plan meetings

The Benefits Office will sponsor a series of meetings this month informing University employees of their retirement plan options. Over the summer the Fidelity Investments products replaced Scudder Mutual Funds in the Univeristy's benefits offerings.

Representatives from Fidelity and TIAA-CREF will be on campus to discuss their respective offerings.

Fidelity representatives will be available today from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from noon-1 p.m. TIAA-CREF representatives will be available on Friday, Sept. 19 from noon-1 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 22, 1-2 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m. All sessions will take place in Robsham Theater.

To accommodate those employees who work the third shift, two additional meetings have been scheduled for 6:30-7:30 a.m. in Higgins 304. The TIAA-CREF session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, and the meeting with Fidelity will be on Thursday, Sept. 25.

For further information, call the Benefits Office at ext.2-3329.

Panel to discuss substance abuse on Oct. 19

Administrators, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a panel discussion, "You Are Not Alone: Substance Abuse Affects Us All," on Oct. 19 in Merkert 127 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association, the event features a discussion by experts in the substance abuse field, along with a young person in a recovery program.

There also will be a question-and-answer session on topics such as detecting substance abuse, treatment options and the social impact of abuse.

Admission is $15, which includes refreshments. For more information, call ext. 2-4752.

Sexual Assault Network offers services

The Boston College Sexual Assault Network provides information, resources and supportive services for victims of sexual assault.

SANet's members are administrators, faculty and graduate and undergraduate students who have been trained to serve as advocates. They are accessible through a 24-hour hotline, at 552-BC11, and can assist assault victims and survivors in a variety of ways, such as assistance with emergency crisis or medical treatment, legal procedures, academic concerns and general support.

More information is available from SANet graduate assistant Laura Miller at ext.2-0242.

Teleconference on youth to be shown today at 4:30 p.m.

The Graduate School of Social Work will sponsor the rebroadcast of a national teleconference titled "Mentoring for Youth in Schools and Communities," from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Cushing 001. The program, produced by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will include discussion of mentoring programs and their impact on at-risk youths' education and social development. The viewing is free and open to the public.

Read Aloud Program seeks faculty, staff volunteers

The Read Aloud Program, entering its third year, is seeking Boston College employees to read one hour a month to students at the Garfield Elementary School in Brighton.

One-hour training sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the McElroy Conference Room on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Wednesday, Sept. 24.

For more information, contact Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue at ext.2-4787 or, or Employee Development Program Administrator Carole DiFabio at ext.2-8532 or

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