Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis (SAR’53, CFA’57, Hon.’00) discusses her life in the arts on Wednesday, January 16, at the BU Concert Hall, at 4 p.m.
Week of 11 January 2002 · Vol. V, No. 18


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Kehas receives award from American Psychological Association

The Counseling Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association has awarded a distinguished senior contributor award to Chris Kehas, an SED professor emeritus.

Kehas served as chairman of SED's department of developmental studies and counseling as well as the coordinator of the doctoral program in counseling psychology. As a result of his efforts, the SED doctoral program received full accreditation from the American Psychological Association.

The Counseling Psychology Division was founded in 1946 to promote personal, educational, vocational, and group adjustment in a variety of settings. It brings together psychologists, students, and professional affiliates dedicated to promoting education and training, scientific investigation, practice, and diversity, and public interest in professional psychology.

BU offers new charitable giving vehicle

BU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard DeWolfe and his wife, Marcy, and President Jon Westling and his wife, Elizabeth, recently opened the first accounts in the University's newly created Donor-Advised Gift Fund (DAGF). This new giving vehicle is designed to provide alumni and friends with the opportunity to support the University and to contribute to other charitable organizations.


First gift: Marcy DeWolfe, Richard B. Dewolfe (MET'71), chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Mary Tambiah, director of major gifts and estate planning in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, (from left) open the Donor-Advised Gift Fund, a new giving vehicle for University alumni and friends. Photo by BU Photo Services


DAGF enables donors to receive an immediate tax deduction for their contributions and to recommend grants to the University and to other public charities at their own convenience.

"In effect, the fund allows our alumni and friends the opportunity to set up their own charitable account without the considerable cost of establishing and operating a private foundation," says Mary Tambiah, director of major gifts and estate planning in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

With a contribution of $10,000 or more in cash or securities, the gift fund may be named for an individual, a family, a relative, or a friend. Once the money is accepted, it is an irrevocable charitable contribution. Donors can choose to designate 100 percent of the gift to BU or a minimum of 50 percent, with the remainder allocated to a discretionary account for other charities. Participants may also recommend the way their contributions are invested, and may select up to three investment portfolios: growth, balanced, or conservative. In addition, DAGF allows donors to recommend grants from the gift accounts to their favorite charities.

For more information, call 800-268-6046 or visit

CAS prof at Capitol Hill hearings

On December 12, Robert Hefner, a CAS professor of anthropology and a member of the Institute on Religion and World Affairs, testified at a Capitol Hill hearing. The Hearing of the East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee focused on the subject Southeast Asia after 9/11: Regional Trends and U.S. Interests, chaired by Rep. James Leach (R-IA). Hefner testified with Donald Emmerson, a senior fellow at the Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, Angel Rabasa, a senior policy analyst at Rand, and Mike Jendrzejczyk, the Washington director of Human Right Watch/Asia.

Kollios receives NSF CAREER award

George Kollios, a College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor of computer science, is the 10th member of the CAS computer science faculty to secure a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award -- "a record of which our department is very proud," says Azer Bestavros, a CAS associate professor and chairman of the computer science department.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is the foundation's most prestigious award for new faculty members. The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are deemed most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative career-development plans that integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.

The award of between $300,000 and $400,000 will go towards Kollios' research on efficient indexing and data mining in spatio-temporal databases and will support him and his students for five years.


11 January 2002
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