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Green for the game

Members of the Boston College community interested in helping raise awareness about campus recycling and other conservation efforts are invited to serve as “Greening Eagles” at BC home football games this fall.

The Greening Eagles program, organized through a partnership of Athletics, Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability, is part of a BC initiative to achieve a 50 percent recycling rate goal at University athletic events – an increase of 25 percent over last year. Plans call for improved recycling signage, additional blue recycle bins as well as distribution of packets with blue recycling bags and clear plastic trash bags to tailgaters.

As Greening Eagles, faculty and staff serve as game day ambassadors, welcoming fans to BC at various sites and offering information and answering questions about recycling resources and activities on campus. Participants are expected to be available for a minimum of four games; greeting activities take place about three hours prior to kick-off. Faculty and staff (“senior”) ambassadors receive a pair of season tickets in appreciation of their efforts, noted Sustainability Program Director Robert Pion, and select student groups and alumni are invited to take part in the Greening Eagles program.

Those interested must respond by Monday, Sept. 8. Contact Pion at robert.pion@bc.edu or ext.2-0339.

–Office of News & Public Affairs

abroad minded

Each year, some 1,200 Boston College undergraduates go on an international experience, whether for the summer, a semester or a full academic year. On Sept. 17, the Office of International Programs will hold its annual Study Abroad Fair, from 6-8 p.m. in Conte Forum, to give students an overview of the experiences that await them, whether by studying at colleges or universities or through internships or service opportunities.

BC student veterans of international experiences will join OIP staff and current visiting exchange students in talking to interested undergrads about overseas programs – available in more than 60 countries, with options to suit any number of educational, vocational or other interests.

Among those endorsing the study-abroad option is Megan Cooley ’16, who spent a month in Kuwait this past summer. In an essay reflecting on the events, impressions and lessons of those four weeks, Cooley mused: “I was struck through countless personal conversations by the fact that people everywhere share so many of the same concerns and in many cases simply lack the education, means, or incentive to address those concerns. From disenchantment with the political system to dealing with sexuality, or even which filter to choose for Instagram, the human element is constant.” [Read Cooley’s essay at http://bit.ly/1oYuT6A]

For information about international opportunities through BC, see the OIP website at www.bc.edu/international.

–Office of News & Public Affairs

Globe to Launch Crux Website at BC

The Boston Globe will launch its new Catholic website, Crux, with a panel discussion on the papacy of Pope Francis at Boston College’s Robsham Theater on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  The event, “A Pope for the 21st Century,” will feature Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap., School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, Globe Vatican expert John Allen Jr., Harvard Law School Professor Mary Ann Glendon and Catholic blogger Robert Christian. Crux spirituality columnist Margery Eagan will serve as moderator.

The panel, which will explore the effect Pope Francis has had on Catholicism and the world at large, will be followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets for the event are limited. Contact the Office of News & Public Affairs for details at ext.2-3350.

–Office of News & Public Affairs