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Hosffman Ospino


2014 Catholics of the Year

School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino has been named among the 'Catholics of the Year,' by Our Sunday Visitor, the largest national U.S. Catholic newspaper, for his research on Hispanic Catholic parishes.



Stuart Hall


Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy moves to BC Law

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy will move to Boston College Law School as a result of a $7.53 million gift from the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The gift, the largest in the 85-year history of BC Law, will fund the Rappaport Center and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professorship in Law and Public Policy at the school. BC News Release | Boston Globe,Boston Business Journal



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Community grants awarded

A dozen Allston-Brighton organizations have been awarded a total of more than $33,000 in grants from Boston College through the Allston-Brighton/Boston College Community Fund. BC News Release



Karen Izzi Bristing


Gift endows basketball coach

Boston College has received a gift from alumna and University Trustee Karen Izzi Bristing and her husband Steve Bristing to endow its head men’s basketball coaching position, held by Jim Christian. BC Chronicle



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Community service honor roll

Boston College has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. BC News Release



Andy Hargreaves


Grawemeyer Award winner

Lynch School of Education Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves has received the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for his research on effective teaching.



Mario Gabelli


Gabelli Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholars Program, which provides an integrated education experience within the University's honors program for a group of BC's most accomplished students, has been named the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program as a result of a major gift from the Gabelli Family Foundation.University Trustee Mario Gabelli has been one of the program's most generous supporters since its inception in 1991. BC Chronicle



Nanci Tessier


Tessier named vice provost for enrollment management

Boston College has named 1982 alumna Nanci Tessier, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Richmond, as the University’s first vice provost for enrollment management. BC News Release



Jonathan Trejo-Mathys


In Memoriam: Asst. Professor Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Church on Saturday, December 6, at 10 a.m. for Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, who died November 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 35. BC Obituary



Deborah Levenson


NECLAS Best Book Prize

Professor of History Deborah Levenson has been awarded a Best Book Prize by the New England Council of Latin American Studies for her book Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of DeathBC Bookmarks



Michael Lochhead


Michael Lochhead named EVP

Boston College has named alumnus Michael J. Lochhead, vice president for administration and finance and treasurer of the College of the Holy Cross, as executive vice president, effective February 9. He succeeds Patrick J. Keating, who is retiring after having served as EVP since 2001. BC News Release



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Artist Promotes Peace in Sudan

The works of Sudanese-American artist Khalid Kodi, a part-time faculty member in BC’s Fine Arts Department, have highlighted both the atrocities and dreams of the people in war-affected areas of Sudan. More



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Theatre Dept. Presents The Trojan Women

The Boston College Theatre Department will present Euripides’ compelling Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, translated by Brendan Kennelly, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre John Houchin and choreographed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Sun Ho Kim. The production will be presented at Robsham Theater Nov. 20-23. More



White crosses in honor of Jesuit martyrs


Honoring UCA Jesuit martyrs

Members of the Boston College community mark the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America on November 16, 1989, with observances on campus, in El Salvador and in Washington, DC.



Marie BoltzStweart Bond


Center of nursing excellence

The Connell School of Nursing has been named a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, in recognition of the school's commitment to that area of the field. The effort to attain the designation was led by Associate Professor Marie Boltz and Assistant Professor Stewart Bond. BC News Release



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Alumni at service

A number of recent Boston College alumni have entered full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Northwest. BC News Release



David Burgess


Biologist to lead NIH initiative

Research teams from five universities will develop the National Research Mentoring Network, to be headquartered at BC under the direction of Professor of Biology David Burgess, through a five-year, $19-million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The network is part of a sweeping NIH initiative to diversify the ranks of biomedical researchers across the U.S. BC News Release | Chronicle of Higher Education



Xavier Husser


'College was always the goal'

Xavier Husser '18 is one of only 10 U.S. recipients to be awarded a 2014 I’m First Scholarship, presented to first-generation college students by the non-profit Center for Student Opportunity. BC Chronicle



Min Hyuong Song


Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award

Professor of English Min Hyoung Song has won a 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Award recognizing excellence in publishing in the humanities for his book The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian AmericanBC News Release



Mary Walsh


'City Connects' success

A 10-year study by Lynch School of Education researchers, published in theAmerican Educational Research Journal, found that addressing out-of-school factors in high-poverty schools—the novel approach of the City Connects program, directed by Kearns Professor Mary Walsh—produces dramatic improvement in student academic success.  Education Week | BC Chronicle



Patricia Leavy


'Trailblazing sociologist'

Alumna Patricia Leavy is winner of the 2014 American Creativity Association Special Achievement Award, which honors achievement in innovation and creativity in all fields from medicine to technology to education. BC News Release



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Poe statue

The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston—chaired by Boston College Professor of English Paul Lewis--will dedicate and unveil sculptor Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, “Poe Returning to Boston,” on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. More



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Poe in Boston 'evermore'

A years-long effort spearheaded by Professor of English Paul Lewis to reclaim Edgar Allan Poe for his birthplace came to fruition when a statue of the author was unveiled in Boston. New York TimesBoston GlobeBoston HeraldWBUR 'The ArteryBoston |  BC News Release| Lewis, who is chair of the Poe Foundation of Boston, was interviewed about it on WBUR Radio Boston



Thomas A. Mogan


New dean of students

Thomas A. Mogan, director of the Office of Student Development at Villanova University and a veteran student affairs practitioner with 19 years of experience in the field, has been named associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Vice President for Student Affairs Barb Jones has announced. BC News Release



David Trainor


New VP for Human Resources

David P. Trainor, an experienced human resources professional and current president and CEO of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions, has been named vice president for human resources at Boston College. He succeeds Leo Sullivan, who stepped down to transition to a new role as senior advisor to the president. BC News Release



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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




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




'Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds' at McMullen Museum

'Imaging New Worlds,' a retrospective of masterpieces by surrealist Wifredo Lam, is now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art. Read previews and interviews with curator Elizabeth Goizueta in Boston Globe West and Cuban Art News



Gasson Hall


New grants support research

Five research projects by faculty across the University have been awarded funding as part of a new BC initiative launched by the Office of the Provost. Two internal grant programs, 'Ignite' and 'Research Across Disciplines and Schools,' will provide 'seed' funding for new faculty scholarship, encourage cross-discipline collaborations and help researchers compete for external funding. BC News Release



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Safety and security award

Alumni Stadium received the Facility Safety and Security Award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition held earlier this month in Indianapolis. Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police John King accepted the award on behalf of the University. BC Chronicle



Ray Madoff


'Top women of law' honoree

Law Professor Ray Madoff has been named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' list, which celebrates 'outstanding achievements made by exceptional women' who are deemed to be 'pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models.' Eight Law School alumnae also were named to the list. BC News Release



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Gilman Scholars

Four Boston College rising juniors will participate in study-abroad programs this fall—traveling to Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Austria—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. BC Chronicle



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BC NOURISH takes gold

BC's NOURISH campaign, a 2013-14 effort of BC Dining Services and the Office of Health Promotion, has won a National Association of College & University Food Services gold award for Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program.



Sharon Beckman


An innocence project

Two students in the BC Law School Innocence Program played a key role in the exoneration of a man who had served 32 years in prison following arson and murder convictions stemming from a 1982 fire in Lowell, Mass.



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Music and faith

Music scholars from nine countries convene at Boston College July 14-16 for 'Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: New Perspectives from Musicology,' a conference that will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound. 



Mary Sarah BilderSharon Hamby O'Connor


Digital view of Colonial appeals

BC Law School Professor Emerita Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Professor and Lee Distinguished Scholar Mary Sarah Bilder have created a digital catalogue of appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies.



Gasson Hall


Encouraging vocations

A new report from BC's division of University Mission and Ministry examines what variables promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and calls for a more interconnected approach from dioceses, parishes, and colleges to foster such vocations. BC News Release | U.S CatholicAmerica Magazine,Patheos




Advance in THz imaging

An engineered metamaterial supports a faster, cheaper and higher fidelity technique to capture images using Terahertz light waves, according to a team of researchers including Physics Professor Willie Padilla, a lead author of the report in the journal Nature PhotonicsBC News Release



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Catholic Press Awards

A number of BC scholars in theology have received book awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. BC News Release



Amir Hoveyda


2014 Eni Award winner

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda received Italy’s prestigious 2014 Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons on June 17 in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome. BC News Release | PhysOrgAZOm



John L. Mahoney Jr.


Distinguished Service Award

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling has presented its highest annual award, the Harry Carroll Distinguished Service Award, to Undergraduate Admission Director John L. Mahoney. Jr. BC Chronicle



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100 days of 'BC Happy'

One hundred days and more than 300,000 views after the February 27 release of "BC Happy", the video orchestrated by the Office of News & Public Affairs is the most-viewed of the many college and university versions in the U.S. BC Social



Marianne Carrabba


Community Service Award

Marianne Carrabba, assistant director for off-campus housing in the Office of Residential Life, has been named winner of the 2014 Boston College Community Service Award, presented annually to a University employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. BC News Release



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Environmental leadership

Boston College has received a Green Decade Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes significant contributions to preserving the environment. BC News Release



John J. HavensPaul G. Schervish


U.S. wealth transfer

An estimated $59 trillion—divided among heirs, charities, estate taxes and estate closing costs—will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates from 2007 to 2061, in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history, according to a new report issued by researchers John Havens and Paul Schervish at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. | Think AdvisorPhilanthropy News DigestCNBCFunding Logic



John Kerry


Commencement 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry J.D. '76 told the Class of 2014 that his BC education inspired him to serve others--and he urged the new graduates to draw on the same lessons to guide their own lives and careers. BC News Release | Commencement Highlights | Boston GlobeAPReutersBoston MagazineBoston Herald | Video: full ceremony



Radu Florescu


In Memoriam: Radu Florescu

History Professor Emeritus Radu Florescu--co-author of the bestseller In Search of Dracula, which revealed the historical identity of the legendary vampire for the first time--died in France on May 18 at age 88. He had taught at Boston College for 45 years. BC Obituary | New York Times,Boston



Laura Mata


FEA Scholarship winner

Connell School of Nursing sophomore Laura Mata is the first BC student, and one of only 21 nationally, to receive a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship, which will support her upcoming semester in Ecuador. BC News Release



Hoffsman Ospino


Landmark study of U.S. Hispanic Catholic parishes

The explosive growth of Hispanic Catholics is overwhelming the Catholic Church in America, which is at risk of losing an ethnic group crucial to the future of the Church in the U.S., according to a landmark study of Hispanic Catholic parishes in the United States, conducted by School of Theology and Ministry Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino. BC News Release | Boston GlobeNew York Times 1New York Times 2Catholic News ServiceNational Catholic Reporter Pt. 1,National Catholic Reporter Part 2National Catholic Reporter Pt. 3Catholic News Agency,Religion News Service (via U.S. Catholic Magazine), Our Sunday VisitorFox News Latino,WUNI-TVU.S. Hispanic MinistryWashington PostChristian PostLatin PostPatheos,Huffington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CommonwealJesuits.orgThe PilotLos Angeles Daily NewsTelemundo AtlantaMSN LatinoMSN ArgentinaLa Guia Gratuita (Condado Palm Beach)



Samantha Miko


2014 Deak Award winner

BC Law School alumna Samantha Miko J.D. '13 has won the prestigious Deak Award from Oxford University Press for her student note published in 2013 in the Boston College Law Review. This is the second consecutive year that a BC Law student has won the award and the third time since 2000.



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Teaching excellence awards

This year's Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards, which recognize graduate students who excel as teaching fellows or teaching assistants, were presented at a campus ceremony April 30. BC News Release



Danny Willis


Leadership in psychiatric nursing award

Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Danny Willis, a men’s mental health expert, has been named the recipient of the Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award given by the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. BC News Release



Joe Harrington


Leadership in higher ed infocomm award

Director of Network Services Joe Harrington was honored for outstanding leadership at the 43rd annual conference of the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.




Alumna, 'Book of Mormon,' 'South Park' producer returns for Arts Fest

Campus arts in all genres will be celebrated and showcased at BC's 16th Annual Arts Festival. Returning to campus as a special guest is alumna Anne Garefino, executive producer of the long-running TV series South Park and the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon. BC News Release



Juliet Schor


Public Understanding Award

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2014 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, given annually by the American Sociological Association for exemplary contributions to the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. BC News Release



Fulton Hall


Carroll School of Management ranked 4th in U.S.

The  Carroll School of Management is ranked fourth among the nation's best undergraduate business schools, according to 2014 rankings by Bloomberg Business Week | BC News Release



Matthew Evans


Goldwater Scholar

Biology major Matthew F. Evans ’15, whose research interests focus on the neurobiology of cell growth, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences.BC News Release




Theatre Dept: For Colored Girls...

The Boston College Theatre Department presents For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf—an award-winning play which evokes the power of womanhood—in the Robsham Theater Arts Center’s Bonn Theater, March 19-23. More




Flex-time a myth?

Flexible work options are out of reach or limited for most employees, according to to a new Sloan Center on Aging and Work study conducted by the center's director, Graduate School of Social Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and colleagues. Investor's Business Daily | Business Standard



Carol Hartman


'Living Legend' in nursing

Connell School of Nursing Professor Emeritus Carol R. Hartman has been named a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. BC News Release



Sam Ransbotham



Carroll School of Management Associate Professor of Information Systems Sam Ransbotham has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on analytics and security data. BC Chronicle



David Quigley


A&S Dean David Quigley named University provost

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., has named David Quigley, a respected administrator and distinguished historian, teacher and scholar who has served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009, as provost and dean of faculties. BC News Release |



Charlie Baker


Social work in ACA era

Social workers have a unique role to play in patient care in the Affordable Care Act era, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. said Monday at a health care reform sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work. State House News Service (via CommonWealth Magazine.) | BC News Release | Sampling of pickups: Miami HeraldBoston.comInternational Business TimesDenver Post,  Minneapolis Star Tribune,San Diego Union TribuneAnchorage Daily News | Boston Herald 1Boston Herald 2




Health care forum

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles D. Baker Jr. will present the keynote address at the Graduate School of Social Work's health care forum.




Family Opera

The Boston College Music Department will present "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens, a special classical piece for children performed by Boston College students, faculty and alumni, on Sunday. Feb. 9.




'Paris Night & Day'

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College presents Paris Night & Day: Photography between the Wars which represents the City of Light in the wake of World War I, and defines a moment when photography came into its own.



Maksym Fedorchuk


Sloan Foundation Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Maksym Fedorchuk has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to outstanding, 'rising star' U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars. BC News Release




The call of Pope Francis

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Catholic Extension will sponsor “The Transformative Power of Faith: Responding to Pope Francis’ Call,” an event that will spotlight Catholics in the U.S. who are models of Pope Francis’ desire for Catholics to be advocates for the poor and agents of change.



Nazifa Subah


CEO Club scholarship winner

Carroll School of Management freshman Nazifa Subah received a four-year scholarship made in honor of SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott at the latest gathering of BC's Chief Executives Club of Boston. BC News Release



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Campus School agreement

Boston College and Campus School parents have reached an agreement to collaborate on a strategic plan with the goal of strengthening the Campus School and maintaining it at its current location on the BC campus. BC News Release



Daniel Harrington, SJ


In Memoriam: Rev. Daniel Harrington, S.J.

Rev. Daniel Harrington, S.J., an eminent scholar, author and professor of Sacred Scripture at the School of Theology and Ministry, died at Campion Center in Weston on February 7, after a four-year battle with cancer. BC Obituary | Boston Globe | Catholic News Service | Read a tribute by Rev. James Martin, S.J., in America | Fr. Harrington was 'one of the great treasures of American Catholic biblical scholarship' - 'A Scholar's Life' | Homily by STM Associate Professor Rev. Thomas Stegman, S.J. | Tribute by Founders Professor of Theology James Martin, S.J. The Tablet (UK)





Choirfest tonight

The School of Theology and Ministry will host the second annual Boston Theologicial Institute Choirfest on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. The free event is an ecumenical gathering of local schools of theology and ministry featuring the music of different religious traditions.






Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dawei Chen has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s most prestigious grant for junior faculty.





Kaveny named Libby Professor

Cathleen Kaveny, a nationally noted scholar on the intersections of law, morality and religion, has been named the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, an appointment in both the Law School and Department of Theology.





BC Theatre Presents The Clean House

The Boston College Theatre Department presents acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl’s quirky and touching comedy, The Clean HouseMore




Nursing profs honored

Three Connell School of Nursing faculty members will be honored for their contributions to the nursing profession by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. BC News Release



Jonathan Reuter


TIAA-CREF Samuelson Award

Jonathan Reuter, assistant professor of finance in the Carroll School of Management, is a co-recipient of the TIAA-CREF Institute 2013 Paul A. Samuelson Award, given for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security. BC News Release