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Week of 19 May 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 30

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to speak at 2005 Commencement

Afghan President Hamid Karzai releases a dove during the Afghanistan Independence Day ceremony in Kabul onAugust 19, 2002. AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

By Brian Fitzgerald
Hamid Karzai, who last fall became the first democratically elected president in Afghanistan’s history, will deliver the main address at BU’s 132nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at Nickerson Field. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Case and Melville scholarships recognize past achievements and future promise

At the Case and Melville scholarship awards ceremony: (from left) Case Scholars Kaiwen Leong (CAS’06), Cynthia Swanson (CAS’06), and Harris Phillips (CAS’06), Melville Scholar Maelyn Entwistle (SED ’06), Case Scholars Hanjiang Ji (CAS’06), Diana Nenchev (CAS’06), Deborah Fiore (COM’06), Lauren O’Donnell (CAS’06), and Kaitlin McDonough (CFA’06), Melville Scholar Nina Gluchowski (SAR’06), and Provost David Campbell. Case Scholars not pictured are William Justin Michaels (SMG’06) and Victoria Saccoccio (SAR’06, CAS’06). Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Brian Fitzgerald
The Melville Scholarships were established 27 years ago in honor of the late Elsbeth Melville (CAS’25), the longtime dean of women at BU. The Harold C. Case Scholarships, honoring the University’s fifth president (1950-1967), were established in 1967. A ceremony was held for the recipients of both awards on May 8 at The Castle.

Conklin, Ricciardelli, and Glenn honored for service

Bonnie Conklin (COM’04) (from left), Vicki Glenn (SMG’90), and Marilyn Ricciardelli received the 2005 Perkins Awards for Distinguished Service at a ceremony on May 3. Photo by Fred Sway

By Jessica Ullian
Bonnie Conklin (COM’04) (from left), Vicki Glenn (SMG’90), and Marilyn Ricciardelli received the 2005 Perkins Awards for Distinguished Service at a ceremony on May 3.


Opening of Florence and Chafetz Hillel House heralds new era for BU’s Jewish community

Carrying Torahs in a procession to the new Florence and Chafetz Hillel House May 12 are Avi Heller (UNI’97), Bruce Ginsburg (CAS’73), and Randi Kaplan, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis, respectively. The Torahs were placed in the building’s three separate chapels. Photo by BU Photo Services

By Brian Fitzgerald
Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, with 500 regional centers. The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, said Westling, “is an enlargement of what is the most effective Hillel program of any university.”


New assistant vice president for public relations appointed

Phil Gloudemans Photo by Vernon Doucette

Phil Gloudemans (COM’80), a public relations professional with more than 25 years of experience at Boston PR agencies, recently was named the new assistant vice president for public relations in the Office of Marketing and Communications


Student speaker: words, sense of history prepare us

Cassandra Nelson (CAS'05) Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Tim Stoddard
Reflecting on her experiences at Boston University, Nelson will discuss how national and local events over the past four years have shaped the collective experience of the class of 2005.


RPI President Jackson to deliver Baccalaureate address

Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT. Photo courtesy of RPI

By Jessica Ullian
When Shirley Ann Jackson began her studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964, a faculty member told her that the best advice he could offer African-American women was that they “should learn a trade.”


Sitcom produced by students to air on mtvU

By Jessica Ullian
Move over, Friends and Seinfeld: Boston University is taking on the sitcom, and giving television viewers a behind-the-scenes look from start to finish.

2005 Honorary Degree Recipients

The University will confer honorary degrees upon the following individuals for public service and philanthropy and for contributions to the arts, business, and athletics.

Faculty Honors and Awards

Ido Hochman (ENG’05), Mike Mole (ENG’05), Ken Lopez (ENG’05), and Patrick Ward (ENG’05) Photo by Michael Pastore
That's my spot!
Senior Breakfast Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Singing Sendoff

19 May 2005
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