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Week of 4 December 1998

Vol. II, No. 16

Bulletin Board

Holiday Party to feature gingerbread house contest
Boston University's Holiday Party, open to all faculty and staff of the Charles River and Medical campuses, will be held on Thursday, December 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Metcalf Hall of the George Sherman Union.

Shuttle buses will leave the Medical Campus at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with a return from the GSU at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

New to this year's party is a gingerbread house decorating contest. Based on the theme of the party, "Home for the Holidays," the competition will consist of decorating preconstructed gingerbread houses, which will be judged on the day of the party. Decorating sessions are scheduled for Monday, December 14, and Tuesday, December 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the GSU's Faculty/Staff Dining Room.

To register or to obtain more details, contact Kelley Costin in the Office of Personnel, at 353-2139 or by e-mail at kcostin@bu.edu, by December 11. There is a limit of 12 teams, with a maximum of 5 people per team, and each team is assigned to just one night of decorating. Teams will be assigned their night on a first-come, first-served basis.

Emergency closing announcements will be made on radio, television
If weather or other emergency conditions warrant the all-day closing or delayed opening of the University, announcements will be made between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the following radio and television stations: WBZ (1030 AM), WRKO (680 AM), WBMX (98.5 FM), WBZ-TV (Ch. 4), WCVB-TV (Ch. 5), and WHDH-TV (Ch. 7). These are the only stations authorized to announce University closings and delayed openings.

Call should not be made to the Campus Police Department or to radio or television stations to verify a University closing. Calls may be made to 353-SNOW (353-7669) to hear a recorded message regarding the closing or delayed opening of Boston University. Calls may also be made to the University switchboard (353-2000).

During the day, the decision to shorten the work schedule due to adverse weather conditions will normally be made by 3 p.m. On such occasions, the Office of Personnel will notify the offices of all vice presidents, deans, and directors so that they may pass the information on to their employees.

Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University Police, Buildings and Grounds, Mail Services, University switchboard, and the Infirmary.

Generally, the Boston University Medical Center has a no-close policy and remains open during emergency closings. If the BU Medical Center is to be closed or its schedule altered due to emergency conditions, a separate announcement will be broadcast on the authorized radio and television stations.

Voight elected to national engineering post
Herbert F. Voight, ENG associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for the 1999-2000 term. He will serve as president-elect until the fall 1999 BMES meeting, to be held in Atlanta in October.

When he assumes the presidency, he will succeed President Eric Guilbeau, a professor of biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. Voight has just completed a three-year term as a member of the BMES board of directors.