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Week of 31 May 2002 · Vol. V, No. 34

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Westling tells Class of 2002 to build on nation's democratic institutions

President Jon Westling delivers BU's 129th Commencement address. Photo by Albert L'Étoile

Calling on the members of the Class of 2002 to "preserve your freedom and the democratic institutions that make freedom possible," this year's Commencement speaker, BU President Jon Westling, told more than 25,000 people gathered at Nickerson Field on May 19 that a changed world confronts the University's 5,500 graduates.

2002 Metcalf Awardees
Metcalf awards honor four teachers of excellence

Metcalf honoree Fred Kleiner, a CAS professor of art history and archaeology (left), speaks with Provost Dennis Berkey on Commencement day. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Hope Green
Fred Kleiner was doubly honored during Commencement weekend. Besides a Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, he received a CAS Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

Renaissance dentist sees beyond teeth

Laisheng Lee Chou, winner of the 2002 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, with his wife, Jialing Zhang. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By David J. Craig
Tip-offs to major illness often appear in the mouth: a lesion that won't heal might signal an immunodeficiency virus, while a tiny white or red spot could be a symptom of oral cancer. Dentists are increasingly seen as critical figures in the early detection of disease, and with innovative teaching methods, Laisheng Lee Chou prepares students for what he terms "a new world of dentistry."

This year's honorary degree recipients

Bill Russell accepts his honorary degree from Jon Westling. Photo by Albert L'Étoile
William F. Russell
Doctor of Humane Letters
Suzanne Cutler, a BU trustee and executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, escorts Marisa Tomei to the podium to receive an honorary degree. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Marisa Tomei
Doctor of Fine Arts

New Hillel under way with groundbreaking

Words of wisdom: 2002 convocation speeches
By David J. Craig

Rev. Michael E. Haynes bids grads, "Come down from the mountain" By David J. Craig

BU a foundation of certainty: Sorboni Banerjee (COM'02), this year's student speaker at Commencement, was optimistic that graduates of 2002 will be equipped to handle the uncertainties of the post-September 11 world. Banerjee noted that like a finely made watch, a BU education comes with a lifetime guarantee. "We can't know what the next minute holds," she said, "but we can have faith in ourselves as a product of Boston University ...Our education doesn't provide a guarantee that we will live in a perfect world. Rather, it lets us construct a way of living in one that's not perfect." Photo by Albert L'Étoile
BU a foundation of certainty

BU trustee Kenneth Feld (SMG'70), chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment Inc., presents a diploma to his daughter, Alana Michele Feld (COM'02), at the College of Communication convocation on May 19. Photo by Michael Hamilton
BU trustee Kenneth Feld

In memoriam to the 28 alumni who were killed on September 11, Jon Westling invited Tom and Melanie Frost, the parents of Lisa Frost (SHA'01, COM'01), to the podium. Lisa Frost was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second of the two planes that struck the World Trade Center. Mike Bavis (CAS'93), twin brother of Mark Bavis (CAS'93), joined the Frosts on the dais, along with Lee and Eunice Hanson, the parents of Peter Hanson (GSM'94). Peter Hanson, his wife, Sue Kim Hanson (GRS'92, MED'02), their two-year-old daughter, Christine, and Mark Bavis were also passengers on Flight 175. Photo by Albert L'Étoile
In Memoriam

Jeffrey N. Babcock, CFA dean, presented this year's Kahn Career Entry Awards to (from left) Daniel Zaitchik, Joseph Marino "Jomar" Statkun, and Daniel Han at a May 17 cocktail reception for CFA alumni celebrating 25th and 50th reunions. The winners each receive cash awards of $15,000. Established in 1985 by benefactor Esther B. Kahn (SED'55, Hon.'86), the award is given to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from CFA's schools of music, visual arts, and theatre arts. Zaitchik, who received a B.F.A. in theatre arts, will use his award to attend voice workshops in Turkey this summer and to record a musical theatrical work he began at CFA. Statkun, who received an M.F.A. in painting, will take up residence at the Anteneo Gallery in Manila, where he will explore his Filipino heritage, study contemporary art, and nurture a more expansive dialogue between young artists in Asia and America. Han, who previously received his bachelor's and master's in music from CFA studying violin with Roman Totenberg, earned an artist diploma in performance this spring. He will use his grant to engage in international violin competitions in Italy, Germany, and Japan. Photo by Fred Sway
Kahn Career Entry Awards



31 May 2002
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