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Chronicle Published by the Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs april 26, 2012 VOL. 20 no. 16

•Health coaches program, page 2

•Venture Competition, page 2 •Heights wins Neiman award, page 3 •Gabelli to receive honor, page 3 •Jesuit networking conference, page 3 •St. Columbkille and BC, page 4

•BC Private Industry Council, page 5 •Q&A with hockey coach York, page 5 •Fr. Schaeffer steps down, page 5 •Reynoldo Sylla wins Brown award, page 6

•Schlozman book receives honor, page 6 •Nursing leader visits CSON, page 7 •Fr. Massaro accepts dean’s post, page 7 •Arts Council awards, page 8 •Gaelic Roots to host Irish duo, page 8


Summer project will include landscaping, reconfiguration for major campus spot By Sean Smith Chronicle Editor

The plaza in front of O’Neill Library, a major crossroad of activity and central gathering place at Boston College, will have a vastly different look to it this fall, with grass replacing much of the concrete and trees ringing the periphery. The newly configured plaza also will be regraded, and contain a pedestrian walkway running diagonally from the front of O’Neill Library toward the Quad between Gasson, Lyons, Devlin and Fulton Halls. Work on the plaza begins the day after Commencement, May 22, and will be completed by the start of the fall semester, according to Facilities Management administrators. The summer project will represent the most significant alteration to the plaza since it opened in 1984. The revamped, greener space will offer a more attractive location for both informal socializing and University events, such as the Mass

University Says a Big ‘Thank You’ to Fr. Woods

of the Holy Spirit and Commencement activities, or those organized by student groups, said Associate Vice President for Capital Projects Mary Nardone. “This will serve to ‘soften’ the look of the plaza in front of O’Neill,” she explained. “But at the

The plaza in front of O’Neill Library — as seen from Devlin Hall in photo at right —will look very different this fall. (Illustration by Stephen Stimson Associates)

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Shrayer Is Selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship

Jared Kirk Charney


By Sean Smith Chronicle Editor

By Patricia Delaney Deputy Director of News & Public Affairs

The Boston College community opened its collective heart last week to one of its most beloved members: retiring Woods College of Advancing Studies Dean and namesake James A. Woods, SJ. Fr. Woods, stepping down after 44 years, was honored for his renowned dedication and commitment in service to others — in particular his efforts to make educational opportunities available to those in need — at a “Celebration of Gratitude” on April 17 in Conte Forum. A crowd that included many of Fr. Woods’ colleagues and former students, along with other well-

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded a 2012 fellowship to Professor of Slavic and Eastern Languages Maxim D. Shrayer, to support a research project designed to bring a new perspective to Holocaust studies through exploration of the experience of Jewish-Russian poets during World War II. Guggenheim Fellowships recognize advanced professionals in all fields who exhibit unusually distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishments. This year, the prestigious awards were presented to a diverse group of 181 scholars,

Woods College Dean James Woods, SJ, at the event in his honor.

wishers, gathered on the floor of Conte and in the adjacent stands to hear speakers praise his devotion to his vocation and Boston College. More than a few of the tributes included phrases that have become part of the Fr. Woods lexicon, notably “Couldn’t be better.” “Fr. Woods is ‘excellent’ today,” quipped Professor of Communication Marilyn Matelski, who served Continued on page 3


artists, and scientists, chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants. “I am honored and humbled by this recognition of my research,” said Shrayer, who joined the University in 1996. “I also regard it as a hopeful sign for the future of Russian and Soviet studies, of Jewish studies, and of Holocaust studies here at Boston College.” “Maxim Shrayer’s work explores the literatures of old worlds and new, and his writing helps us better understand a range of modern cultures,” said College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean David Quigley. “It’s wonderful to see that the Guggenheim Foundation now joins us in recognizing his original voice.” Continued on page 6

The annual Boston College Arts Festival begins today at noon, with numerous events and activities taking place around campus through Saturday. For complete details, see the festival website at

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Healthy attitudes interests and provides them with a new way to become involved.” Health coach Natalie Thomas ’12 agrees. “When I heard about the Office of Health Promotion, I knew I wanted to get involved any way that I could. I am extremely interested in health and wellness and what it means to live out the Jesuit mission of developing the whole person, from balanced nutrition to being in a healthy relationship, and to the development of personal spirituality. The health coach program in particular offered the opportunity to explore these aspects of health and many more, as well as to educate my peers about what I had learned through training and

A panel with (L-R) BC Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau, University of Notre Dame Professor M. Cathleen Kaveny, Archdiocese of Boston Secretary for Social Services Fr. Bryan Hehir and moderator John Allen Jr. of the National Catholic Reporter discussed the topic of threats to religious liberty in America, on April 18 in Robsham Theater. The Church in the 21st Century Center sponsored the event with the Law School and School of Theology and Ministry. (Photos by Justin Knight)

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Namib Beetle Design won second place and a $3,000 prize. the sixth annual Boston College The team consists of juniors Venture Competition (BCVC), Brendon Emery and Brennan receiving a $10,000 prize to back Smith and University of Masa business plan that uses nov- sachusetts-Boston students Miel technologies to supply water chael Emery and Kevin Schoento undeveloped regions of the thaler. Maji Bottles, which plans to world. BCVC is a University-wide donate a portion of revenues business plan competition de- from bottle and hat sales to resigned to promote and support solving the world’s drinking entrepreneurship at the under- water crisis, finished third and graduate level at BC. With men- received $2,000 in prize money. toring from experienced alumni, Maji’s team of Maxwell Ade ’12, students develop and implement Paul Veiga ’12, Alex Trautwig the skills necessary for starting ’12 and Austin Nissly ’14 also Senior Natalie Thomas is thrilled to be among the “health coaches” certified successful businesses. Several ses- won a $1,000 prize last Wednesby the University’s Office of Health Promotion. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini) sions throughout the year offer day at Boston College SEED, a lationship management. Once about various resources available additional coaching and advice subdivision of BCVC designed from entrepreneurs, law partners, to foster social entrepreneurship. trained, the students engage their on campus. The three top teams were peers in health-related conversa“With the guidance of Elise, venture capitalists, and other exchosen from among five teams tions and help implement stu- this program has not only given ecutives. The team of BC seniors selected as finalists. The panel of dent-centered programming. me a great foundational knowl“We know through research edge base in an array of health Miguel Galvez and Deckard So- judges included: Greg Dracon, that students who talk to other concerns,” Thomas says, “but rensen and Trinity University se- principal of .406 Ventures; Hugh students are more motivated to also the active listening and com- nior Andy McTeague, which has Crean ’93, executive-in-residence make positive behavioral chang- munication skills that it requires developed a method using nano- at General Catalyst Partners; es,” said Tofias Phillips of the to truly motivate my peers to live technology to efficiently collect Lee Hower, partner for Nextcoaching program. “This is a healthy lifestyles.  These are skills water from condensation, came View Ventures; General Catagreat way for students to help I will carry with me for the rest of in first at the BCVC final event lyst Partners Managing Director David Orfao; Highland Capital themselves with the aid of a peer my life. I’m sad to graduate after on April 11. Partners Partner Dan Nova ’83; Pitching their custom dementor. only just starting the program “Our coaches educate, moti- but I am so excited to see the Of- signed, eco-friendly surfboards, and Professor of Physics Michael vate and refer peers to the help fice of Health Promotion take off Green Lightning Surfboards took Naughton. —Ed Hayward they need for a healthier life- in the coming years.” style.” Student involvement has been T he B oston C ollege According to Tofias Phillips, the cornerstone of the year-old students interested in improv- Office of Health Promotion proing their overall health can meet gramming. Last year, the group one-on-one with their respective developed “Healthapalooza,” a coach. The two will develop a popular student health fair on Be sure to check out the Boston College Chronicle YouTube channel personal health plan, set goals, O’Neill Plaza. Dozens of work- [] for video features on Boston Coland determine ways to change shops, support groups, medita- lege people, programs and events. New and upcoming videos include: behaviors and make lower-risk tion sessions and conversations •Boston College Parade of Champions 2012 —Thousands of jubilant fans filled the O’Neill Library Plaza the evening of April 10 to choices. have taken place over the semes“The ideal health coach is ter, and a “Spring Into Health” celebrate Boston College’s 2012 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey title and a student who is interested in event is scheduled for April 30 watch the unfurling of the University’s fifth championship banner in the sport. health topics, motivated, and on the Quad. •“Hope Amidst Bones”—Last summer, Seth Woody ’12 traveled dedicated to the idea of helping For more on Health Promoother students meet their health tion programming, or to become to Rwanda to interview people involved in reconciliation and social goals,” she said. “This program a health coach, see justice efforts. These interviews, along with photos taken by Woody and his family, formed the basis of the exhibit “Hope Amidst Bones” has really tapped into students’ healthpro that was on display recently in the Bapst Student Art Gallery. —Melissa Beecher


The Office of Health Promotion recently certified 34 health coaches to help bring their healthy living message to more BC students, with an additional 25 students being interviewed for possible inclusion on the health coach roster. Developed by OHP Director Elise Tofias Phillips and her team, and launched this academic year, the health coach program offers health education on a peerto-peer basis. Health coaches undergo intensive training in a number of specialty areas, such as stress management, nutrition, prevention of relationship violence, women’s health, bystander intervention, alcohol and drug education, sexual health and re-

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BC Fetes Retiring Fr. Woods

Heights Editors Win Honors from Neiman Foundation

Continued from page 1 as emcee for the event. In his invocation, Robert Farrell, SJ, a Woods College faculty member, called Fr. Woods “an inspiration to us all” and offered thanks for his “vision and vitality” over the past 44 years. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised Fr. Woods’ “interior spirit” and “the sense of hope deep within him” as qualities that have characterized his work. “The Woods College of Advancing Studies reflects that spirit, and this has contributed immeasurably to the University’s mission,” said Fr. Leahy. “Fr. Woods is a true son of St. Ignatius, a man for others at Boston College.” Fr. Woods, recovering from an illness, did not speak but was present on the speakers’ platform and at the reception after the program. His pre-recorded remarks, which were played on the Conte public address system, served as his response to the celebration. “Your prayers and thoughts have sustained me over a lifetime,” said Fr. Woods in the recording. “I am fortunate to have such support to inspire and invigorate me each day.” In his remarks, Fr. Woods praised the many “great students who always been part of my life. They teach me so much. They teach me that the world is made, and moved, by individuals. One person can help another — who in turn can help others — and by doing so, make a difference.” Fr. Woods expressed gratitude to the Woods College faculty for creating “a dynamic learning environment” and the Woods Col-

James Woods, SJ, watches a video tribute with (L-R) Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen, Woods College benefactor Robert M. Devlin and University President William P. Leahy, SJ. (Photos by Jared Kirk Charney)

lege staff members with whom he worked over the years, singling out Mary Hennessy, David Lizotte and Cheryl Wright. “Each individual in the office is supportive, and with an overwhelming desire to serve.” Also receiving acknowledgement from Fr. Woods were the many benefactors and donors — including one of the guest speakers, Trustee Associate Robert M. Devlin — whose generosity has been a boon for the college. “The strength I draw from you all,” Fr. Woods’ remarks concluded, “restores me and inspires me to grow.” Devlin, who along with his wife Katharine made a $5 million gift in 2002 to name the College of Advancing Studies — formerly known as the Evening College — after Fr. Woods, recounted his personal and familial ties with his longtime mentor and friend. He lauded Fr. Woods for providing an invaluable path to education for many students lacking means or opportunities. “He is a man with generous mind, heart and spirit, who has made dreams become real for thousands,” said Devlin, who added: “How is the Woods College

Robert M. Devlin speaks during the celebration for Fr. Woods.

doing? Couldn’t be better!” A special guest speaker, Harvard Business School Cizik Professor of Business Administration Clayton Christensen, discussed the vital role religion plays in many facets of society, including in education. He credited Fr. Woods not only for helping promote the presence of faith, but for making it available through Jesuit and Catholic education to people who might not have access otherwise to higher learning of any kind. “I hope that the example Fr. Woods has set in the Woods College is repeated across campuses,” he said.

Conference to Explore Jesuits and Networking Jesuits and lay people will convene at Boston College this Saturday for a three-day conference, representing the first initiative to develop an international network to assist the mission of the Society of Jesus in the globalization era. The “International Networking in the Society of Jesus” conference, organized by the Jesuit Institute along with the Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, is in answer to the Society of Jesus’ 35th General Congregation’s call for more international and interprovincial collaboration, organizers say. Some 30 Jesuits from five continents are expected to attend, and will work to facilitate and maximize the Jesuits’ impact as a transnational

body with a universal mission. Also present at the conference will be lay people, who along with the Jesuits are from various levels of Jesuit governance and apostolic works. Conference participants will consider various aspects of international networking, involving people from different regions and cultures and combining an academic approach with practical experience. Organizers expect the event will identify topics for further development and result in a website devoted to relevant Jesuit documents on networking and related materials, including the participants’ papers from the conference. Speakers will include University President William P. Leahy, SJ, who will address the topic of mission, Carroll School of Management As-

sociate Professor of Information Systems Gerald Kane, who will talk about organization, and Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, SJ, who will discuss spirituality. Other Boston College-affiliated presenters and participants will include Alberto Godenzi, T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, Michael Boughton, SJ, David Hollenbach, SJ, Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, Gustavo Morello, SJ, Rocio Calvo, Maryanne Loughry, RSM, Tomeu Estelrich, Jeremy Zipple, SJ, Jose María Segura, SJ, René Micallef, SJ, and Gonzalo Villagran, SJ. For a full list of speakers and other conference details, see the conference website at —Kathleen Sullivan

The editor-in-chief and news editor of The Heights, the independent student newspaper of Boston College, were honored with a prestigious Christopher J. Georges Award for Excellence in Student Journalism at the recent Neiman Foundation for Journalism annual ceremony at Harvard University. Taylour Kumpf, a junior English major from Columbus, Neb., and David Cote, a sophomore chemistry and theology major from Burlington, Conn., were selected from among several dozen top college and university newspapers for their news coverage of the Belfast Project, an oral history project on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The BC pair finished second behind Princeton University for the award, considered one of the most coveted in collegiate journalism. The Heights and the Daily Princetonian were the only newspapers recognized this year. “It was a great honor for us to receive this award,” said Kumpf. “I am pleased to have our work rewarded, and to have an opportunity to meet the Georges family, whose son was the namesake for this honor.” Added Cote, “We are hon-


Taylour Kumpf, left, and David Cote

ored to receive recognition from an organization as prestigious as the Nieman Foundation. We at The Heights work extremely hard on the newspaper, and it’s very much appreciated to have our efforts rewarded by earning this type of award.”  In addition to the 50 hours per week that both students dedicate to the Heights, Kumpf finds time to volunteer as an admissions tour guide for prospective students, while Cote volunteers for Eagle EMS and serves as a researcher in the organic chemistry lab of Chemistry Assistant Professor Jeffery Byers. Kumpf is considering a career in journalism and publishing; Cote hopes to attend medical school. —Jack Dunn

President’s Medal for Gabelli Legendary money manager Mario J. Gabelli, a Boston College parent and longtime University benefactor, will be honored tonight at the 24th annual Boston College Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner in New York City’s Waldorf=Astoria. Gabelli, who is chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc., will be presented with the President’s Medal for Excellence in recognition of his achievements, exemplifying the Boston College motto “Ever to Excel.” The black-tie dinner is expected to draw more than 1,000 guests and will feature an address by Gabelli as well as Presidential Scholar Jessica Seminelli ’12. The Wall Street Council co-chairs are T.J. Maloney ’75 and John V. Murphy ’71. Maloney and University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will present the medal to Gabelli. Gabelli is a founding member of the Boston College Wall Street Council, a network of more than 1,700 BC alumni, parents and friends who work in and represent the financial community in New York. Through its annual din-

ners, the council has raised more than $25.6 million for BC’s Presidential Scholars Program. Boston College’s most academically gifted undergraduates are chosen for the Presidential Scholars Program, an extraordinary honors program that combines rigorous course work, community service, international experience and internships. Since its inception, more than 200 Presidential Scholars have graduated, earning some of nation’s most prestigious academic awards, including Rhodes Scholarships, Fulbright Grants, Marshall Scholarships, National Science Foundation Fellowships, Truman Scholarships, Beckman Scholarships, and many others. Gabelli established the Gabelli Distinguished Presidential Scholarship and is a lead supporter of the Presidential Scholars Program. In addition, he has served as a University Trustee and Trustee Associate and has endowed the Mario J. Gabelli Professorship in Finance in the Carroll School of Management. In 1995, the residence hall at 80 Commonwealth Avenue was named in honor of Gabelli. —Kathleen Sullivan

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Continued from page 1 same time, the lawn is designed to still be able to handle — with perhaps some minor adaptations — the regular slate of events and activities taking place there.” The first few weeks of the project will be “the most intense,” said Nardone, with the removal of most of the granite, brick and concrete on the plaza. Prior to the installation of a new lawn and concrete walkway, the current plaza terraces will be regraded so that the lowest level is even with the entrance to O’Neill Library, thus eliminating the set of stairs currently in place at the library’s entrance. But perhaps the most striking change, administrators said, will be the addition of 20-foot tulip trees along the front of O’Neill Library and 14-foot flowering pink cherry trees on the opposite side, near the east entrance to Gasson Hall. “This will be a remarkable ‘before and after,’ and in such a short time,” said Associate Director for Campus Grounds Gina Bellavia, who was involved in the design work.

The project will require fencing off the plaza for the summer, Nardone said, meaning pedestrians will have to use alternate routes between the Middle and Lower Campus — walking around the plaza perimeter when traveling via the Higgins Stairs, the Commonwealth Avenue Garage or the stairway connecting O’Neill to Maloney Hall. “Admittedly, there will be a disruption in that the plaza has such a high volume of traffic,” she said. “But it will just be for the summer.”  Nardone added that the newlook plaza is part of a series of related projects in the University’s Master Plan that will create an integrated combination of architecture and green space in the Middle Campus area. She cited the Stokes Hall project — which is rapidly nearing completion — and a planned landscape renovation for the Quad as other installments.  “These all are intrinsically important in and of themselves,” she said, “and at the same time, the projects will help make for a unifying vision of Boston College,

one that people walking between Stokes and O’Neill will be able to appreciate.” The team undertaking the project includes landscape architecture by Stephen Stimson Associates, the same firm working on the Stokes Hall project, and construction management by Richard White Sons of Newton. Thomas Runyon, who headed up the recent Gasson Hall renovation, will serve as in-house project manager. For news and updates on the project, see BCInfo [ bcinfo].

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Major Changes in Store for Plaza at O’Neill Library

Below, a view of the plaza from Linden Lane as it is now and as it will appear after the project this summer. Work will begin May 22, the day after Commencement. (Illustration by Stephen Stimson Associates)

Five Years On, High Marks for St. Columbkille-Boston College Partnership School By Ed Hayward Staff Writer

Six years ago, St. Columbkille School in Brighton was in trouble. Its enrollment was about 200 students and showed little signs of improving, and concerns abounded over the school’s academic resources and student services support. There was considerable doubt as to whether St. Columbkille — the last Catholic elementary school in Brighton — would survive. But that was the year Boston College, along with the St. Columbkille Parish and the Archdiocese of Boston, launched a unique partnership that has transformed St. Columbkille. Today, five years after its official opening, the pre-K to grade 8 school — now known as St. Columbkille Partnership School — is being held up as a model turnaround story for struggling Catholic schools and is poised to expand in order to meet rapidly increasing demand. Currently, the school enrolls nearly 350 children, mostly from the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods. In fact, St. Columbkille is experiencing an enrollment boom, particularly in the early grades, and has a waiting list, said William Gartside, who became head of school in 2010. At the other end of the grade spectrum, this year five students gained entrance to Boston Latin School at

the highly competitive 9th-grade level and five students were accepted to Boston College High School. “We are winning over parents on the critical issues of academic excellence, faith formation and a sense of community, of which respect and discipline are the big pieces,” said Boston College alumnus Eamonn Kelly, a science Gartside, who joined teacher at St. Columbkille Partnership School. the school after a dis- (Photo by Lee Pellegrini) tinguished career at BC and basketball teams, which visit High. regularly to mentor students, said The school has benefitted from Gartside. financial and technical support from In addition, BC has hosted a sucBoston College, which has funded cessful summer day camp, led by St. upgrades to facilities, technology and Columbkille teachers, which offers materials. Teachers and students use approximately 200 children between Smartboards, desktop computers the ages three and 12 a program and laptops across all grades. of enrichment activities, recreation The Lynch School of Education and arts. has played a leading role by supply“The partnership with the Uniing a steady stream of student teach- versity has driven home the issues of ers, giving St. Columbkille’s teach- quality and excellence,” said Garters the opportunity to earn master’s side. “People seek you out when they degrees at no cost, and assisting with realize that you and your partners are upgrades to the curriculum and sup- committed to academic excellence.” port services. When the partnership was estabThe school sees a steady stream lished, it represented a new goverof BC undergraduate volunteers, in- nance model, one never used before cluding participants in the 4Boston in a Catholic school in America. The and Emerging Leaders programs, goal was to create a new national Theatre Department students — model for excellence in Catholic elwho have created an after-school ementary education. Last month, drama program — and BC’s hockey when a team of researchers released

the first set of national standards for the operation of effective Catholic schools, St. Columbkille’s was held up as a model for its vibrant Catholic identity, sound management and outstanding curriculum. The chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Peter McLaughlin ’59, a fellow at BC’s Roche Center for Catholic Education, said the success of the partnership school leaves him confident that Catholic schools in need of help have an example that can be followed and replicated. “The thought at first was that we create a school that combines best practices in educational leadership, academic practice, student development and religious formation,” McLaughlin said. “If you do that and create a flagship Catholic school,

you offer a model of excellence for others. What we are doing here is exportable.” But however much of an impression St. Columbkille has made nationally, its local impact is perhaps even more profound. The revitalized school has served as an inspiration to members of the St. Columbkille Parish, said pastor Rev. Msgr. William P. Fay. “It’s a tremendous thing that’s happening,” said Msgr. Fay. “There’s a wonderful connection between the parish and the school and there always has been. There’s a deep connection between the school and the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton, which are principally where our students come from.” Contact Ed Hayward at

Menino Will Start St. C’s Race Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will serve as honorary starter for the second annual Boston College “Race to Educate” road race to benefit the St. Columbkille Partnership School on May 5. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Yawkey Athletics Center with a “Kids Run,” followed by the 5K race at 11 a.m. — walkers as well as runners may participate — and a post-race celebration. Organizers describe the “Race to Educate,” the school’s signature fundraiser, as an opportunity to bring together the Allston-Brighton, St. Columbkille and Boston College communities to support and celebrate the mission of Catholic elementary education. This is the fifth-year anniversary of the St. Columbkille Partnership School, established through a collaboration between BC, the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. Columbkille parish [see separate story]. For more information on the “Race to Educate,” including registration and sponsorship, see —Office of News & Public Affairs

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A ‘Win-Win for Workplaces and Kids’


PIC program offers job experience at BC for area high schoolers

Jerry York

Boston College men’s ice hockey coach Jerry York ’67, MEd. ’70, recently led his team to its third national title in the last five seasons and fourth since he took over as head coach in 1994. After 40 seasons as a college head coach (including seven at Clarkson University and 15 at Bowling Green), York has 913 career victories – the most of any active coach – and five NCAA titles. He will likely surpass former Michigan State mentor Ron Mason (924 career victories) as the winningest coach in the history of the sport sometime next fall. Chronicle caught up with York as he worked though his daily exercise regimen on a stationary bike in the Conte Forum weight room. [To read the full interview, go to online Chronicle at]

By Melissa Beecher Staff Writer

KimDuyen Ngo ’00 remembers high school as a difficult time. Having moved with her family from Vietnam to Charlestown when she was 12 years old, she got good grades but struggled to learn English. The Boston Private Industry Council helped change that. Established 31 years ago, PIC is a private-public partnership that connects private businesses, the Boston Public Schools and institutions of higher education — including Boston College — with students and young adults looking for employment opportunities. Through PIC, Ngo was able to land a job placement at Liberty Mutual, and it made a major difference for her. “I was able to practice speaking in a professional setting, and worked with people who were patient and helped when I didn’t understand,” said Ngo, now a human resources assistant at BC and a cosupervisor for the Boston College PIC program, which has been active since 1985. “PIC was a turning point in my life.” Each summer through PIC, Boston College hires high school students from the Boston Public Schools to work in departments across campus. Funded by the President’s Office, the program provides students with valuable work experience, computer skills and college admissions information. Ngo credits PIC for helping shape her future and paving her way, both to college and into the workforce, and relishes the opportunity to help supervise the program at BC. “I’ve really come full circle,” she

BC Private Industry Council Supervisor Sidney Holloway with Human Resources staff members KimDuyen Ngo, center, and Bernadette Conley, both of whom were participants in PIC. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

says with a laugh. “As a teenager, it can be lost on you. But looking back now, I realize the skills I gained there – filing data, accurately reporting data to analysts, having attention to detail – I use that every day.” Office for Institutional Diversity Associate Director and PIC Program Supervisor Sidney Holloway works with Ngo and Human Resources Employment Specialist Emmanuel Johnson to ensure PIC continues at BC. He urges University departments and offices to consider the benefits of a PIC placement and learn more about the program. “We are struck by how many people don’t know about PIC here,” said Holloway. “We are really hoping to raise awareness.” Human Resources Information Technology Manager Bernadette Conley says seeing today’s PIC students at BC brings back memories of her own time in the program. A Dorchester native, Conley commuted into Copley each day to work at the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company during her junior and senior years of high school. She was hired as a full-time file clerk after graduation.

“It was the early 1980s and I started to learn and help my colleagues with computers. It was new and exciting. I loved it,” she remembers. “That experience helped me to gain valuable work history and got my foot in the door.” Conley points out that the advantages of PIC are far-reaching, both for the students and the employers. “The experience is invaluable, from a manager’s perspective. It can be a lot of work, bringing someone in who may not know what needs to be done, but after they find their niche, they are willing and anxious to learn and do what needs to be done,” she said. “It is a win-win for workplaces and for kids who are motivated and grateful to get a chance.” The Boston College Private Industry Council invites University offices and departments to consider a PIC placement. For more information on the PIC Program or to request a placement, contact Sidney Holloway, [], KimDuyen Ngo [], or Emmanuel Johnson [emmanuel.]. Contact Melissa Beecher at

Fr. Schaeffer Steps Down from Board of Trustees Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, SJ, who had served on the Boston College Board of Trustees since 2004, resigned on April 19 after questions arose last week over his role in supervising Donald J. McGuire, a former Jesuit convicted of child sexual abuse, while Provincial of the Chicago Province of Jesuits from 1991-1997. “As all in our community know, Boston College is a wonderful, caring institution of higher education,” said Fr. Schaeffer in a statement. “I do not want to harm it or be a distraction.



Therefore, I am ending my service as a trustee today.” A Boston Globe article on McGuire, who was expelled by the Society of Jesus and is serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for child sexual abuse, criticized Fr. Schaeffer’s supervision of the former priest. Fr. Schaeffer has expressed regret for not having done more to prevent the abuse, saying in a statement released through the Chicago Province: “The 25 years that Donald McGuire is serving in federal prison will never be enough to lessen the

anguish of the children and their families who were victimized by his reprehensible actions. While Provincial of the Chicago Province, I did my best to restrict him. I deeply regret that my actions were not enough to prevent him from engaging in these horrific crimes. “Today, we have learned from the past and implemented rigorous policies to keep children safe. I pray for justice and healing for the victims of Donald McGuire and all those who have suffered sexual abuse of any kind.” —Office of News & Public Affairs

This is the fourth time you have coached BC to a national championship. Does winning ever get “old hat” after so much success? Never. They are all separate and they are all unique memories. You think of the 2001 championship in Albany, then all of sudden, you are in Denver in ’08 and Detroit in ’10 and now, it’s Tampa in ’12. There is none that is above any other – but each, in its own, is an unbelievable experience for everybody that was involved. Part of what makes them special is what winning a championship also means to your coaches, your players, the student body, the alumni and the “subway alumni.” We all take this ride that is an incredible experience for all of us. The most recent is the freshest in your mind, but they are all very, very special. They are memories that we all can share. The 2011-12 season is now in the books and the NCAA trophy is in the display case. Is it time to relax a little bit? I always say that when you win a naLee Pellegrini tional championship, the season never ends. First, we had the celebration on campus [April 10], then in rapid fire, we made appearances at a Bruins playoff game, a Red Sox baseball game, and this year, with [Boston Celtics coach] Doc Rivers having talked to our team, we even expect to go to a Celtics’ playoff game. There will be a White House trip fairly soon, and our own Pike’s Peak Club banquet where we finish up our year in-house. All of that has become part of a “magical tour,” but that’s the kind of spring you really like to have. We’ll also be going to the American Collegiate Hockey Association convention in Florida, and of course, we are always conscious of recruiting – that process never ends. Hopefully, we’ll get in a few golf outings for our staff. We always look forward to hearing from the BC alumni who reach out to invite us to play. This year’s championship squad seems to have a great “team chemistry.” Is this the secret to success? I think to go after national titles, you’ve got to be very, very deep with your core group, but then you need a lot of “soldiers,” too. Team chemistry has always been a big part of what we are. Everybody knows the “Xs and Os.” We don’t “out-X and O” people – you just can’t do it. You can’t “out-technology” the other coaching staffs. What we do have is a terrific mindset that once you enter our program, you are an “Eagle,” and that’s way above any individual pursuits here, like All-America honors or Hobey Baker honors. Then there is that feeling that we share this with each other – we care for each other, kind of a cultural thing, a BC thing. That is what separates us from a lot of other teams. Other teams have gotten good players, and have mastered the Xs and Os, but our emotional involvement in winning games and chasing trophies is what drives our whole engine. You are a cancer survivor. Has this changed your outlook in any way? I’m in the recovery process – it has been six years this August [since undergoing surgery for prostate cancer]. My primary care doctor and my surgeon have both told me that I am clean and everything was a success. The biggest thing is that we caught it early and removed the prostate gland. The cancer was contained in that part of my body. -Reid Oslin

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Guggenheim Fellowship Will Aid Shrayer’s Holocaust Research Continued from page 1 Through his project, tentatively titled “Jewish-Russian poets bearing witness to the Shoah, 1941-1946,” Shrayer hopes to highlight an important, yet unexamined dimension of the world’s awareness of the Holocaust. “Western scholarship and popular literature on the Shoah (Holocaust) still holds that specified Jewish losses were totally obscured by Soviet historiography and silenced in Soviet media and culture,” Shrayer said. In his new research he examines the wartime Jewish-Russian poetry about the Shoah created and published in the Soviet Union. Among the earliest texts about the Holocaust were poems by Jewish-Russian poet-soldiers — the majority of whom were combat officers and/or embedded journalists — bearing witness to the immediate aftermath of the killings, first in the occupied territories, and later in the death camps in Poland. “It fell to Jewish-Russian poets to tell the Soviet people and the world that the Nazi atrocities, which the Soviet government tended to present as aimed at ‘peaceful civilians,’ were systematic acts of genocide carried

“Western scholarship and popular literature on the Shoah (Holocaust) still holds that specified Jewish losses were totally obscured by Soviet historiography and silenced in Soviet media and culture.” —Maxim D. Shrayer

out with the purpose of a total annihilation of the Jews,” said Shrayer, who co-founded the Jewish Studies Program at BC in 2005. “While it’s true that poetry is a special medium of language and of transmitting information, in the case of bearing witness to the Shoah, it is especially important to recognize how much official resistance these brave poetsoldiers encountered, and how they managed to say so much in a few words and lines. “The heroes of my research paid a very high human and liter-

ary price for breaking the official silence,” he said. “In fact, under the conditions of harsh wartime censorship and of Stalinism, these poets spoke of the Shoah and of specified Jewish losses some 20 years before the subject entered the cultural mainstream in North America.” Born in Moscow to a JewishRussian literary and academic family, Shrayer spent almost nine years as a refusenik before immigrating to the United States. He has published three collections of Russian poetry, as well as numer-

ous poems, stories, and essays in both Russian and English. In 2007, his monumental two-volume Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature: Two Centuries of Dual Identity in Prose and Poetry won the National Jewish Book Award. Other publications include the path-breaking critical studies The World of Nabokov’s Stories and Russian Poet/Soviet Jew. He also has edited and co-translated from Russian two books of fic-

tion by his father, David ShrayerPetrov, as well as published a collection of short stories, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, and the acclaimed literary memoir Waiting for America. He has previously received a number of fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation.

Schlozman Book Earns Award The American Association for Public Opinion Research has selected Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism and American Politics, co-published by Moakley Professor of Political Science Kay L. Schlozman, for its 2012 book award. AAPOR is, according to its website, “the leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals,” whose members are involved in a range of interests including election polling, market research, statistics, research methodology, health-related data collection and education. Through its annual book award, the association “recognizes influential books that have stimulated our thinking about the substance and study of public opinion.” Published in 1995 by Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry Brady, Voice and Equality examines citizen participation in the political process along a variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, through a survey of 15,000 individuals, including 2,500 personal interviews. Voice and Equality received the American Political Science Association’s Philip Converse Award. AAPOR will recognize Voice and Equality at its annual conference May 19 in Orlando. —Office of News & Public Affairs

Brown Award Winner Out to Show ‘You Can Succeed at Anything’ By Michael Maloney Special to the Chronicle

In his sophomore year, Carroll School of Management senior Reynaldo Sylla volunteered at the West End Boys and Girls Club, little dreaming of the impact it would have, not only on the youths he worked with, but on his own growth as a person. Children in the Boys and Girls Club get used to student volunteers coming and going, says Sylla, but find it difficult to form and maintain genuine relationships because of the continual changeover from one semester to the next. But Sylla decided he had a responsibility to be there as much as possible — and he hasn’t stopped showing up since he started. “I was working part-time, working summers, just whenever I could,” Sylla explains proudly. “I was working an internship and then going from 6-10, 6-11 p.m., just to show that I am there to stay. I’m there to show them that I came from a similar situation and that college is not a stretch, getting a job is not a stretch, and that you can succeed at anything that you set your mind to.” Sylla’s display of exceptional

leadership and service at the West End Boys and Girls Club is a major reason why he is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Donald Brown Award, which honors a senior for his or her extraordinary contributions to the greater AHANA community. The award, named for the University’s inaugural director of AHANA Student Programs, was presented to Sylla during Black Family Weekend (April 13-15). Sylla grew up in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan. His Haitian-born parents brought him and his two siblings to Boston to give their children better educational opportunities, and Sylla made the most of his. Despite diversity issues, academic setbacks and the challenges of living in a low-income area, Sylla graduated from Boston College High School and was accepted to Boston College. Right away, he made his presence known on campus in his freshman year, joining clubs such as the Haitian Association, the Multi-Cultural Leadership Experience and the Dedicated Intellectuals of the People. The intellectual, personal and spiritual growth from this participation would lead him to volunteer at

“It’s easy to get caught in the BC bubble, and just get involved with extracurricular things on campus,” says Sylla, describing his service trip to Mississippi. “But when we left Massachusetts, and left that Boston bubble, you could see how much work needs to be done in other places even within the United States.” the West End Boys and Girls Club the following year, and to undergo what he calls “a tremendous learning experience, for both the kids and myself.” Beyond the Boys and Girls Club, Sylla took part in a service trip to Mississippi, which he has done three times now, most recently as the trip leader. “It’s easy to get caught in the BC bubble, and just get involved with extracurricular things on campus,” Sylla says. “But when we left Massachusetts, and left that Boston bubble, you could see how much work needs to be

Sylla plans on continuing his work within the community, with the goal of merging his passion for business and urban education. This fall, he will begin as a full-time business risk advisor at Deloitte & Touche LLP, as well as join the board of directors of Smith Leadership Academy, an inner-city charter school.

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done in other places even within the United States.” Although service has been an ongoing part of his BC life, Sylla says he didn’t realize the extent until the award presentation ceremony. “When I was given the Dr. Brown award, they gave me a certificate that had a list of everything that I have done,” Sylla says, “and it wasn’t until I sat back and read it that I realized that I’ve been through so much here. BC just taught me to aspire not to be great, but to do great things.”

Jim Noel, a junior defensive back from Everett, Mass., has been named winner of the 2012 Jay McGillis Memorial Football Scholarship. The endowed scholarship, named for the former Boston College player who died from leukemia in 1992, is presented each year to the defensive back who best exemplifies the personal qualities of McGillis, such as dedication, leadership be example, extraordinary competitive spirit and personal concern for family, friends and teammates. Noel, a sociology major, has played in 35 games in his threeyear varsity football career, making 78 tackles and five pass interceptions. —Reid Oslin

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By Kathleen Sullivan Staff Writer

Frank Curran

Earlier this month, the Connell School of Nursing welcomed back one of its most accomplished alumni, as American Nurses Association President Karen Daley MA ’04, PhD ’10 came to campus to meet with faculty and students, and speak on the progress and challenges facing nurses as the American health care delivery system is transformed. Daley’s April 10 visit was part of the Connell School’s Pinnacle Lecture Series, which brings a widely recognized nursing leader to the University to address issues at the forefront of health care today. As ANA head, Daley leads an organization representing the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses. Prior to her appointment at ANA, Daley worked as a staff

Fr. Massaro to Head Santa Clara Theology School School of Theology and Ministry Professor Thomas Massaro, SJ, a noted moral theologian and ethicist, has been appointed dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, effective July 1. The appointment was announced earlier this month by Santa Clara Provost Dennis Jacobs. Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology, located in Berkeley, Calif., is a preeminent international center for the culturally contextualized study of theology. It educates and trains Jesuits, religious, ordained, and lay students from across the United States and from 40 countries for lives dedicated to ministry and scholarship. Fr. Massaro is the author/editor of five books and a regular contributor to America magazine. His teaching and writing interests include Catholic social ethics, economic justice and domestic and foreign policy. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which re-affiliated with Boston College in 2008 to form the School of Theology and Ministry. —Office of News & Public Affairs

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ANA President Returns to Alma Mater

Karen Daley at CSON April 10.

nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than 20 years until a needlestick injury forced her to give up clinical nursing practice. She became an advocate for needlestick injury prevention and was among those invited to the Oval Office to witness President Bill Clinton sign the “Needlestick Safety Prevention

Act” into law in 2000. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Daley has been honored as a Living Legend by Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare. In addition to her lecture, titled “Leading the Charge: A Nursing Agenda in the Age of Health Care Reform,” Daley visited with CSON faculty members and had lunch with undergraduates in the KILN (Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing) program and graduate students who are Robert Wood Johnson fellows. She also took part in classroom discussion for the Advanced Practice Nursing within Complex Health Care Systems course taught by Associate Professor Pamela Grace.

NOTA BENE Campus Minister Donald MacMillan, SJ, ’66, MDiv ’72 received the annual Robert M. Holstein “Faith That Does Justice” Award Tuesday night from the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN). The honor recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a significant contribution to leadership for social justice, grounded in the spirituality of Jesuits founder St. Ignatius of Loyola. Announcing the award, ISN cited Fr. MacMillan’s efforts to encourage students to adopt “his spirit of compassion and solidarity with the economically poor and marginalized, especially people in Latin America.” These activities have included legislative advocacy for human rights in Latin America and promoting service in local and international immersion experiences. “Fr. MacMillan has enlightened students’ minds and hearts, providing young people a tangible way to engage their Catholic faith and discover the presence of God in their life and the world around them.” Graduate student Hidetaka Hirota was selected by the Organization of American Historians to receive the 2012 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, which is given annually for the best essay in American history by a graduate student. Hirota was chosen for the award for his essay, “The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy,” which demonstrates that the federalization of immigration control was a more gradual and contingent process than historians have assumed. The essay is scheduled to appear in the March 2013 Journal of American History. Julianne Malveaux ’74, MA ’76 announced that she will step down as president of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, effective May 6. Malveaux, who will be given the title of president emerita, is credited with leading a $21 million capital improvements program that renovated existing facilities and erected four new buildings, increasing enrollment to historic levels, expanding alumnae involvement, and enhancing the curriculum with a focus on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications and global awareness. —Office of News & Public Affairs

Boston College graduates pitched in for the Alumni Day of service on April 14. (Photo by Frank Curran)


Time and a Half

The Boston Globe Magazine tapped Adj. Assoc. Prof. Richard McGowan, SJ (Economics), author of several books on the gaming industry, to assess the prospects of some major proposals for gaming in Massachusetts.

Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages) presented “Ilya Selvinsky and the Price of Bearing Witness to the Shoah” at “Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II,” an international conference at the University of Toronto.


Philosophy and religion ask the same questions — and Christ exactly reverses the world’s concepts on all the most important points, said Prof. Peter Kreeft (Philosophy) in an interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal in advance of his appearance as part of a Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series.

Assoc. Prof. Rachel Freudenburg (German Studies) screened and discussed her documentary “FREYA” at the University of Connecticut and Wellesley College.


Graduate School of Social Work student Catherine Kirwan-Avila chronicled her ongoing discernment of the call to religious life in an essay for America magazine.

The following are among the most recent positions posted by the Department of Human Resources. For more information on employment opportunities at Boston College, see

Sloan Center on Aging and Work Employer Engagement Specialist Samantha Greenfield appeared on the AARP program “E Street News,” where she discussed how employers have begun to embrace programs designed to recruit, retain and integrate older employers into the workforce.

Assistant Director, Pre-Award Administration, Office of Sponsored Programs Program Administrator, Center for Catholic Education

Publications Librarians Wanda Anderson, Margaret Cohen, Sarah Hogan, Enid Karr, Barbara Mento and Sally Wyman, along with former science librarian interns Rebecca Holzman and Myrna Morales, published “Science Librarian Internship as a Way to Get Started in eScience” in the first issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship, a quarterly open access, peerreviewed journal published by The University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Assistant Director, Field Education, Graduate School of Social Work Field Education Specialist, Graduate School of Social Work Director of Development, College & Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Assistant or Associate Director, Alumni Participation & Marketing, Annual Giving Senior App Systems Administrator, Information Technology - Applications Services Senior/Programmer Analyst (Software Developer), Student & Academic App. Srvs. Teacher Assistant, Lynch School of Education - Campus School Assistant Program Director, Lynch School of Education Campus School Program Administrator, Center for Catholic Education

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Arts Festival

BC Artists to Receive Honors Friday By Rosanne Pellegrini Staff Writer

Boston College is set to begin its annual three-day Arts Festival today at noon, and tomorrow will pay tribute to some of its most accomplished student, faculty and alumni artists at the Arts Council awards celebration. Highlighting Friday’s event — which takes place at 4 p.m. in O’Neill Plaza — will be the presentation of the Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement to Tony Taccone ’72, artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, one of the most prominent regional theaters in the country. BC Theatre Department Chair Scott Cummings, who nominated Taccone for the award, calls him “one of the most important theater directors and artistic directors working in the United States today.” In addition to the arts award ceremony, Taccone will make two other appearances during the Arts Festival: this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a panel discussion on the challenges of artistic leadership in the current economic and cultural climate; and tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Michael Noone, winner of the Arts Council Faculty Award.

at “Inside the BC Studio,” where he will talk about his career in an interview-type format. Both events take place in Gasson 305. “We are looking forward to Tony’s appearances, and hope that our students will be inspired by his accomplishments,” said BC Theatre Department Associate Professor and Arts Council Chair Crystal Tiala. The Arts Council also will honor Music Professor Michael Noone with this year’s Faculty Award. Noone, who is the Music Department chairman, is an expert on Early Modern sacred music, with a special emphasis on Spain and Latin America. According to Arts Council organizers, “Noone’s achievements as a choral

director reached a new height this year as his project of recording the complete works of Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria reached completion.” Faculty and alumni recipients, organizers note, serve as an inspiration for aspiring BC student artists. This year’s student award winners, who will be recognized for creativity, accomplishments and specific projects, include the following seniors: •Aileen Bianchi, Film •Jennifer Brubaker, Studio Art •John Delfino, Theater •Kristin Drew, Music •Brenna Kelley, Music •Christie Mealo, Studio Art •Eileen Won, Jeffery Howe Art History Award University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean David Quigley will present the awards. The ceremony will be followed by a reception and celebration with entertainment. For information, e-mail or call ext.2-4935. For the full 2012 Arts Festival schedule, see

Oisín Mac Diarmada, left, and Seamus Begley.

Irish Fiddle-Accordion Duo to Close Out Gaelic Roots Season Fiddle-accordion duo Oisín Mac Diarmada and Seamus Begley will bring their brand of high-powered traditional Irish music to Boston College on May 2, in the final event of the 2011-12 Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop and Lecture Series. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Walsh Hall Function Room. Mac Diarmada is considered one of the finest young fiddle

players to emerge in the Irish music scene during the past decade or so. Begley, part of an accomplished musical family, has a long and distinguished career as musician, singer and raconteur. Mac Diarmada also is the founder of the popular band Téada, which Begley recently joined. The duo has recently released a CD, “Le Chéile/Together.” The Gaelic Roots website is at —Sean Smith

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, gave the annual Canisius Lecture for the Jesuit Institute on April 23. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Boston College hosted the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival on April 19 in the Yawkey Center Murray Function Room, where students selected by professors at more than 20 area colleges and universities read from their own poetry — including Boston College senior Katrin Tschirgi. (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham)

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