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Week of 3 June 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 31

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai: let humanity be your guide

Hamid Karzai urged graduates to “fight poverty, to build bridges — in other words, to uphold our common humanity.” Photo by Albert L’Étoile

By Brian Fitzgerald
Prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the world had turned a blind eye to the plight of war-torn Afghanistan. With such inaction, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai at BU’s 2005 Commencement, “we violate part of our humanity.”


Hunger for this: Metcalf honorees teach with wisdom, grace, compassion

Prior to the All-University Commencement, President ad interim Aram Chobanian greets Metcalf winners Akihiro Kanamori (from left), John Carroll McManama, and John E. Straub. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Dynamic dentist McManama wins top teacher award
By Jessica Ullian

Delving deeply into math, chemistry
By Brian Fitzgerald and Tim Stoddard

Convocation speakers share life lessons learned firsthand

Elizabeth Jones Photo by Linda Hass

By David J. Craig, Jessica Ullian, and Brian Fitzgerald
Highlights from speeches by some of the government officials, journalists, scientists, and community leaders who offered their insights to graduates at Convocation ceremonies and at the University’s Baccalaureate service on May 22.

Commencement 2005

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

2005 Honorary Degrees

Mercurio announces administrative restructuring, creation of operations unit

Executive Vice President Joseph Mercurio has reorganized a core portion of the University’s central administration, in part to “group functional areas with similar missions more closely together,” and to achieve “greater integration between the Charles River and Medical Campus support functions.”

Virginia’s Smyth named head swimming coach

Bill Smyth, who is credited with helping develop successful men’s and women’s swimming programs at the University of Virginia as the Cavaliers’ assistant head coach during the past eight years, has been named head coach of BU’s men’s and women’s swimming teams.

University reorganizes WBUR

Boston University recently reorganized the administration of WBUR, the National Public Radio station it owns and operates, based on the recommendations of an outside management advisory firm.

Honors and Awards

Please note: This is the final issue of the B.U. Bridge for the 2004–2005 academic year. Please stay up-to-date with BU news and events at www.bu.edu/news, and have a safe and happy summer.

The right mindset. Dreary weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of roughly 5,500 graduating BU students May 22. Photo by Vernon Doucette
The right mindset.
Official opening of the new Life Science and Engineering Building on May 18. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Official opening of the new Life Science and Engineering Building on May 18.
Boston University's Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program Photo by Vernon Doucette
Boston University's Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship Program

3 June 2005
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