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Week of 16 May 2002 · Vol. V, No. 33

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Commencement speaker Jon Westling to celebrate student accomplishments, honor September 11 victims

Jon Westling at BU's 1999 Commencement exercises. Photo by Albert L'Etoile

Soon after the Class of 2002 began its final year at BU, it witnessed on television, along with the world, several horrific acts that none will ever forget: the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.

Attitude and aptitude are second nature for Case, Melville, and Trustee scholars

By Hope Green
"Come back with your shield, or on it," mothers in ancient Greece reputedly told sons going off to battle. It's a familiar rallying cry for Jenny Chen, who is cocaptain of the Spartans -- the Undergraduate Classics Association's intramural basketball team.

Claar, Ferland, and Kowal earn Perkins Awards for University service

Cynthia Kowal, senior assistant director of research and proposal development at the Office of Sponsored Programs, Kathleen Ferland, director of administration at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and Deborah Claar, undergraduate academic counselor at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (from left) are the winners of this year's Perkins Awards for exemplary service to the University. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
When Megan McLaughlin saw Deborah Claar walk into her hospital room one evening in 1997, she assumed the Sargent College undergraduate academic advisor had come "to talk to me about completing my assignments and missing too much class time," she says. In fact, Claar was simply worried about McLaughlin, who was suffering from renal failure.

Student speaker urges strength amid uncertainty

Sorboni Banerjee (COM'02) Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Hope Green
As a journalism intern in Washington, D.C., last fall, Sorboni Banerjee had bigger things to fret about than deadlines -- like remembering to take her daily dose of Cipro. Working in the capital during the September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax scare, Banerjee (COM'02) quickly learned to put her fears aside.

Senior Brunch: humor and poignancy share the stage

By Tim Stoddard
Assuring seniors that they are indeed ready for an uncertain job market, BU President Jon Westling offered several tongue-in-cheek résumé-writing pointers during his annual Senior Brunch address.

Roxbury minister Michael E. Haynes to deliver Baccalaureate sermon

By David J. Craig
From the pulpit of Roxbury's Twelfth Baptist Church and on the streets of the surrounding black neighborhoods, the Reverend Michael E. Haynes has for five decades dedicated himself to saving souls and inspiring young people to pull themselves out of poverty.

Commencing into the future: Pageantry, prayer, music, and jubiliation will be part of the 129th Commencement of Boston University, to be held on Sunday, May 19, at 11 a.m., at Nickerson Field. For the Commencement schedule and post-Commencement coverage, visit http://www.bu.edu/commencement. 2000 photo by Vernon Doucette
Commencing into the future

Angelo Bertocci (CAS'27), who in 1948 joined the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences as a professor and chairman of comparative literature and taught until 1966, died on April 18. He was 95. In his 1990 memoir, entitled Teacher from Little Italy, he describes a "love affair" with what was then known as the College of Liberal Arts. "I have always believed in liberal education as the support of the best qualities of mind and heart," he wrote, "and I have taught with that aim in view." This 1961 photo reflects the sentiments of Herbert Golden (CAS'41, GRS'42), a CAS professor emeritus of romance languages, who recently wrote that Bertocci's students thought he was "dynamic in the classroom. He put a lot of enthusiasm into his teaching." Photo by BU Photo Services
Angelo Bertocci (CAS'27)


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The last issue of the B.U. Bridge for the 2001-2002 academic year will be published on May 16. (Please note: no advertising will be accepted for this issue.)

Although you won't see the newspaper around campus during the summer, the writers will be hard at work developing stories for 2002-2003.

As always, the Bridge welcomes information from all departments, schools, and colleges. We hope you will continue to send us your ideas for stories and announcements of interest to the BU community throughout the summer. Please e-mail amydean@bu.edu or call 358-1851.

16 May 2002
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