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Vol. IV No. 33   ·   11 May 2001 


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Boston Herald: Recruiter sings praises of BU's Corporate Education Center

The Boston University Corporate Education Center, the largest IT training organization in New England, receives a positive endorsement from a technical contract recruiter in a May 1 Boston Herald interview. Bruce MacDonald, who has two decades in the recruiting business, says he can size up every candidate's training pedigree and has reached one conclusion: "I'll take the BUCEC people every time! Almost every hiring manager with whom I have worked gives heavy weight to BUCEC." MacDonald and his colleagues believe BUCEC provides three distinct advantages. First is the Boston University "brand" -- "With Boston University, you're not asking companies to take something 'iffy,'" says MacDonald. "It's proven." Next is the underlying value of BUCEC courses: "The quality of their instructors is second to none." Finally, MacDonald refers to the "logical progression" of courses that define the BUCEC curriculum: "Their commitment to lifelong learning has students continually coming back for more in order to stay sharp."

Since 1986, BUCEC has trained nearly 100,000 individuals in technical and management skills.

Los Angeles Times: Bush breaks language barrier in radio address

George W. Bush became the first president of the United States to deliver a version of his weekly radio address from the Oval Office entirely in Spanish, on Saturday, May 5. The May 3 Los Angeles Times reported that Radio Unica would carry the three- to five-minute speech on 54 stations across the country. While some expressed enthusiasm over Bush's willingness to address what new census data confirms as a soaring U.S. Latino population, Robert Dallek, a CAS professor of history, who specializes in presidential history, urged caution. "Gestures and symbols are important," he said, "but I want to see what his speech is about."

Boston Globe: Lobbying pays a smart return for BU

Last year, BU spent $800,000 lobbying the federal government -- money well spent, according to BU officials in a May 6 Boston Globe article. The federal funding the school has received has shot up in recent years, reaching $141 million in fiscal 1999. BU is among colleges that have successfully lobbied congress for earmarked grants, some of which have gone into building up several science institutes as part of a strategy designed to improve the school's research facilities and faculty. "Our peer-reviewed grants and contracts have increased with every passing year," says BU Chancellor John Silber. "It's the result of having been able to put together the facilities to bring in the outstanding scientists, who bring in those peer-reviewed grants." In fiscal 1999, BU ranked 33rd in the country in terms of total federal funding, according to the National Science Foundation. Twenty years ago, Silber says, the University was not even in the top 120. "The old-boy network does not like newcomers," he says. "You have to force your way in, and you force your way in by becoming excellent."

"In The News" is compiled by Mark Toth in the Office of Public Relations.


11 May 2001
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