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Haas named America East softball Player of the Year

Terrier softball shortstop Jamie Haas (SED’05) this month became the first player in the history of the America East Conference to win the softball Player of the Year award three times. An aspiring teacher with a cumulative grade point average of 3.41, Haas is studying human movement at the School of Education. She led this year’s women’s softball Terriers to the America East Championship tournament, batting .387 and leading the league in runs scored (41), on-base percentage (.450), and stolen bases (23). She and Terrier left fielder DeKenya Williams (SAR’05) were selected for the America East All-Conference First Team. In addition, Haas was named BU Student Athlete of the Year last month for the third time and was chosen for the ESPN Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Softball First Team on May 12. The Terriers (26-19-1) were eliminated from the championship tournament by Stony Brook on May 13.

Dental students appointed to ASDA leadership positions

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) recently appointed Elisa Sin (SDM’07) consultant on membership marketing services and Brittany Soden (SDM’07) student representative to the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC), the lobbying arm of the American Dental Association. In their new roles, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine students will help shape ASDA’s and ADPAC’s policies throughout the coming year.

Towle honored by real estate association

BU Senior Vice President Richard Towle, who has led the development of most major construction and renovation projects at the Charles River and Medical Campuses during the past 25 years, recently was a finalist for an award sponsored by CoreNet Global, the world’s premier association for corporate real estate professionals.

Towle, along with Sarah Abrams of Fidelity Real Estate and Don DiPanfilo of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, was up for CoreNet’s annual corporate real estate leadership award for the New England region. Recognizing “the individual best exemplifying excellence in corporate real estate,” the award was won by Abrams.

In addition, Agganis Arena was a finalist for the association’s award for best new workplace in New England; Cambridge biotech firm Genzyme edged out BU and Boston’s State Street Financial for the top prize.

WBUR documentary on British jihad honored

An hour-long radio documentary about terrorist recruitment in Britain released last July by National Public Radio affiliate WBUR recently received the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for best radio news or interpretation of international affairs from the Overseas Press Club.

British Jihad: Inside Out focuses on how and why Britain has become a recruiting center for al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups. WBUR senior correspondent Michael Goldfarb spent almost six months in the country investigating the situation; the documentary features interviews with such radical preachers as Muslim cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri and young Muslims who grew up in Britain or Europe.

British Jihad aired originally on WBUR’s documentary series Inside Out. It was produced for the BU-owned and operated station by Annan Bensted and edited by George Hicks.

NCAA academic performance ratings: all Terrier teams exceed standards

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s recent academic assessment of Division 1 sports teams shows that the graduation rates for all Terrier teams exceed NCAA standards.

The association’s new Academic Progress Rate (APR) evaluation requires each team to score 925 out of a perfect 1000 — correlating to a 50 percent graduation rate over a five-year period. Teams that fail to meet the standard risk losing scholarships. The average score for BU’s 23 teams was 977, far above the national average of 950.

On March 1 the NCAA released initial scores, which institutions subsequently were invited to scrutinize for possible mistakes; the score for the BU men’s basketball team was determined this month by the NCAA to be 957, much higher than originally reported.

“At Boston University we are very proud of our heritage as a program that fosters excellence and the development of our student-athletes in athletics, academics, and service to the community,” says Michael Lynch, director of athletics. “I am proud that Boston University’s final scores accurately reflect the quality of our program and the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes.”


19 May 2005
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