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Week of 28 May 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 31

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"Dare to make a difference," urges genomics pioneer Venter

J. Craig Venter: “Trust your instincts and blaze your own trail.” Photo by Albert L’Étoile

By Brian Fitzgerald
J. Craig Venter’s speech at BU’s 2004 Commencement featured a list of his “rules for living” — a bit surprising for a scientist and entrepreneur with a reputation as a rule breaker and a risk taker.


2004 Metcalf honors go to teachers who inspire by sharing their passions

President Emeritus John Silber (left) with Metcalf Cup and Prize winner Joel Sheveloff. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald and Tim Stoddard
The Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching, presented annually at Commencement, were established in 1974 by the late Arthur G. B. Metcalf (SED’35, Hon.’74), who was a longtime chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees and a University benefactor.

Board of Trustees elects three new members

By David J. Craig
The BU Board of Trustees recently elected three new members, business executives Bahaa Hariri (SMG’90) and Toshimasa Iue (GSM’89) and art collector and scholar Nasser D. Khalili (Hon.’03).

Guest speakers impart life lessons

Michael Bronner Photo by Patrice Flesch

By David J. Craig and Meghan Dorney
Read highlights from speeches by some of the scholars, artists, and community leaders who offered their insights to graduates at Convocation ceremonies and at the University’s Baccalaureate service on May 16, 2004.


Faculty Awards and Honors

Obituary: Former Terrier football coach Dan Allen, 48

2004 Boston University honorary degree recipients

A brighter future: The uncooperative weather at BU’s 131st Commencement exercises didn’t dampen the outlook of this new graduate. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
A brighter future
Commencement 2004. Photo by Vernon Doucette
Commencement 2004
Commencement 2004. Photo by Albert L'Étoile
Commencement 2004
Addressing a class of “new global citizens.” In her Commencement speech, student speaker Julie Macé (CAS’04) contrasted her generation, which she believes “has redefined ‘community’ to be more global in nature” with previous generations, who “could more easily focus on a local community and become deeply engaged in it.” She described her fellow graduates as “modern nomads — exposed daily to a sensory overload of sound bites, ideas, and images, yet able to adapt to exponential change in ways that previous generations sometimes could not. We travel more often and farther away, reaching for new and deeper ways of understanding our local, national, and international surroundings.” She views BU as a “place where there are no fixed boundaries between the campus and city” and which helped develop “the open minds and the tolerance necessary for being part of a large, diverse, and at times hectic global culture.” Macé, who majored in international relations and graduated summa cum laude, has traveled extensively. She hopes to explore South America after graduation and eventually attend graduate school in Europe. Photo by Albert L’Étoile
2004 student speaker
Boston University Medeiros scholarships were recently awarded to 14 graduating students from Boston archdiocesan high schools. The four-year full-tuition scholarships are part of the University’s Cardinal Humberto Medeiros Scholarship Program, established in 1986, which honors students for their academic achievement, leadership qualities, and service to their schools and communities. With this year’s recipients, BU has enrolled 241 Medeiros Scholars, totaling more than $21 million in scholarships. The recipients are (seated, from left) Christina Kratlian, Laura Shea, Amy Medico, Valerie Mascheri, and Katie Benhase; (standing, from left) Jeremy Wolfe, Shawn Murphy, Meghan Maloney, Allison Driscoll, Archbishop Seán O’Malley, President ad interim Aram Chobanian, Patrick Audley, Eric Silver, and Thomas Powers. Not pictured are Matthew Antle and Andrea Dettorre. Photo by Vernon Doucette
Medeiros scholarships

Please note: This is the final issue of the B.U. Bridge for the 2003–2004 academic year. Stay up-to-date with BU news and events at www.bu.edu/news

We wish you a safe and happy summer.


28 May 2004
Boston University
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