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Eagles upset No. 9 USC

A major upset victory for BC's Football Eagles and Head Coach Steve Addazio over No. 9 USC capped an emotional night at Alumni Stadium September 13 as fans joined the team and students in honoring fallen 9/11 hero Welles Crowther '99 and heard a message from the family of Pete Frates '07, who thanked the BC community for making the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a national sensation. | Alison and Jefferson Crowther also experienced first-hand how their son's legacy lives on in the BC community. Boston Globe

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'Crux' launched at BC event

Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. joined a panel of journalists and academics, including School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, at Robsham Theater for a discussion of Pope Francis at the Sept. 11 launch at Robsham Theater of the Boston Globe’s new website on the global Catholic Church. Boston Globe, Crux, WGBH News, Patheos | Also in Crux, Kathleen Hirsch of the Philosophy Department writes on how students in BC's PULSE program 'become agents of hope in lives whose stories have broken.'

Judith Vessry
Top pediatric nursing profs

Connell School of Nursing Carroll Professor Judith Vessey is among the top 25 pediatric nursing professors identified by NursePractionerSchools.com. Those honored have, in addition to their professional credentials, taken it on themselves to further the field of pediatric nursing by teaching, working in educational settings and sharing their knowledge with aspiring pediatric nurses.

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'Teach for America' leader

Boston College ranks 5th in the nation among medium-sized universities on Teach for America's list of schools contributing the greatest number of graduates to this year's teaching corps. BC News Release

James Keenan, S.J.
Jesuit hospitality

'Where anybody in need is, there is our Jesuit mission and our Jesuit brand of hospitality,' writes Canisius Professor and Jesuit Institute Director James Keenan, S.J. Jesuit Refugee Service 'On Assignment'

Alan Wolfe
Giving Diaspora its due

The security of Israel remains precarious. Might the universalist tradition of Judaism be a viable alternative?, asks Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, in a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education Review

Pete Frates
Inspirational leader

The drive and commitment of BC Baseball's Pete Frates '07 to help 'strike out ALS', the disease he was diagnosed with in 2012, and his role in spurring the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon, is featured by Forbes

Tina Packer joins faculty

Celebrated stage director Tina Packer, one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare, joins the University as the 2014-15 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts. BC News Release | Broadway World

Jonathan Bloom
Examining the ISIS flag

Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Jonathan Bloom discusses the origins of the black flag with white Arabic writing flown by ISIS. PRI's The World

Cardinal Walter Kasper
The message of mercy

What does mercy mean for the life and mission of the church? An essay by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, is featured by America magazine, based on his lecture at BC last semester.

Betsy Griffith
New head for Carroll School grad programs

The Carroll School of Management has strengthened the business and academic experience in its leadership ranks with the addition of Betsy Griffith as associate dean of graduate programs. BC Chronicle

Gasson Hall
2015 'U.S. News' survey

Boston College maintained its ranking of 31st among national universities in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report survey, and was also ranked 37th in the "Great Schools Great Prices" list. In addition, the Carroll School of Management improved one spot to 21st in the 'The Best in Undergraduate Business' rankings of top AACSB-accredited programs. BC Chronicle

Ray Madoff
Philanthropy and public good

Law Professor Ray Madoff, with faculty colleagues Brian Galle and Bill Bagley, will convene a conference later this month to consider whether current rules governing philanthropy adequately support the public good. Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, New York Review of Books

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Women and wages

Professor of Sociology Sharlene Hesse-Biber discussed findings from a new study from the Institute for Women's Policy that examines and compares women's salaries across the U.S. NECN

Heather Cox Richardson
Looking to Lincoln

Those seeking to rebrand the GOP should look to its history, writes Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, author of the forthcoming book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. New York Times

Richard Kearney
Losing our touch?

In an increasingly virtual world, are people losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?, asks Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney in a piece published by the New York Times and the Irish Times

Sam Ransbotham
Data analysis a commodity?

What happens when the use of analytics in business stops being new and different? Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham looks at the subject in an essay for Sloan Management Review

Dave Eggers
First Year Academic Convocation

Author Dave Eggers, whose acclaimed novel The Circle was shared reading for the Class of 2018 over the summer, is the keynote speaker at the annual First Year Academic Convocation. BC Chronicle

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University Convocation 2014

Boston College will need the strength of its people and programs in the coming months and years to not only realize its own goals, but to cope with challenges facing many colleges and universities, said President William P. Leahy, S.J., at the annual University Convocation held September 3 in Robsham Theater. The occasion was marked by the farewell remarks of  Executive Vice President Patrick J. Keating, who will step down at the end of the semester, and the first address from Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley. BC Chronicle

Dana Sadji
Barber of Damascus

History Associate Professor Dana Sajdi discussed her latest publication, The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant, with Elliot Brandow of BC Libraries. View the interview and read about other campus-related literary news in BC Bookmarks

'Magnetic' Lam exhibition at McMullen

'Imagining New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art, is 'as magnetic an exhibition as you will see anywhere in New England this year,' according to the Boston Globe |
BC News Release | Read more on the exhibition, and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta: Boston Globe West, Cuban Art News, Arteinformado Magazine, Boston College Magazine, BC Chronicle | New York Times, New York Times Fall Arts Preview, Boston Globe 'Critic's Pick', Boston Globe 'The Ticket'

Marylou Sudders
No quick fix

Despite the fact that mental illness affects one in four Americans, it is marginalized by policy makers, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical education, writes Graduate School of Social Work Associate Professor Marylou Sudders. Boston Globe

Erik Weihenmayer
Feeling nature's energy

Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer '91, H '03, and his daughter Emma are featured in a new Nature Valley commercial that made its debut during the 2014 Emmy Awards broadcast. Nature Valley is a sponsor of the mountain climber and motivational speaker’s latest challenge: to brave the rapids of the Colorado River as he kayaks the Grand Canyon.

Peter Gray
Freedom to learn

Play initiated and directed by children is not the opposite of learning, but rather is learning at its most powerful, according to Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, co-author of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He discussed the 'unschooling' method of education with the New York Times "Op Talk"

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Fr. James Burns appointed Woods College dean

Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, was recently appointed as dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies, after having served as interim dean since 2012. A former director of faculty outreach and program assessment for Boston College’s University Mission and Ministry division, Fr. Burns formally assumed the dean’s post on Sept. 1. BC Chronicle

Carlo Rotella
Good teachers, memorable lessons

English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella offers recognition and thanks to teachers who taught him not only about their various subjects, but also about 'how learning works.' Boston Globe

Philip Altbach
On Indian higher ed

A collection of essays on Indian higher education by Lynch School of Education Research Professor Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education, draws praise in a review by The Hindu. Read his assessment of why Indian students want to study abroad, also in The Hindu, and his micro-study of Chinese students in the U.S. in University World News

Gunnar and Sydney Esiason
Living with CF

Alumnus Gunnar Esiason '13, who has cystic fibrosis, now works as a a CF advocate and program director at a non-profit foundation for the disease. He recently reflected on life with CF in a piece for CNN.com