The expenditures approved by the board also included $12.2 million for University computer equipment for fiscal year 2001-2002, $1.6 million for the renovation and upgrading of the Health Services facility in Cushing Hall, $1 million for the improvement and standardization of technology capabilities in various campus classrooms and $600,000 for enhancing Merkert Center laboratories.
In his mid-year report to the trustees, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, noted that BC had recently been accepted as a member of the Association of Research Libraries, a move he cited as "yet another sign of our growing academic strength." He also offered praise for the Nov. 2 Lynch School of Education dedication ceremony, the recent Burns Library "Art of the Book" exhibit and the highly successful "Belief and Non-Belief" conference sponsored by Boston College and the Atlantic Monthly on Nov. 14.
Fr. Leahy updated the board on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's recent approval of the University's five-year institutional master plan, as well as the creation of a search committee to find a replacement for Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella, who will step down from his position at the end of August [see story].
In the reports of the various trustee committees, Academic Affairs Chairman Thomas A. Vanderslice said admissions had received 3,707 early applications, on pace with last year's record-breaking numbers, and that applicants' overall SAT scores are up 17 points. Vanderslice complimented the University on its continued selectivity in admissions.
Development Committee Chairman Patrick Carney reported that as of Dec. 1, the halfway point of the fiscal year, the University had received $39.4 million in commitments, including $17.8 million in cash. Carney noted that he has high expectations for the month of December, traditionally the University's most successful month for fund raising.
John M. Connors Jr., co-chair of the "Ever to Excel" Capital Campaign, said the fundraising effort had, in its 42nd month, reached $247 million, or 62 percent of its goal. He offered praise for the campaign, stating that the University is well on its way toward reaching its goal of $400 million.
Buildings and Properties Chairman Joseph E. Corcoran said UGBC leaders had commended the administration on the improvements made on campus in recent years. The students, Corcoran noted, also praised Campanella for the "tremendous contributions he has made to BC and to the student body in particular."
Rev. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, chairman of the Student Life Committee, discussed what he called a "cogent report and analysis" on academic advising offered by UGBC and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's office. The UGBC representatives said faculty are not always aware of the "complications of curricular policies and issues," according to Fr. Paulson. Students therefore believe that a professionally staffed center would improve academic advising for freshmen and sophomores who have not chosen a major and lack a permanent faculty advisor, he said.
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