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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Communications

What are the main functions of CAS Communications?

The CAS Office of Communications (Communications) serves the College and Graduate School of Art & Sciences in five general areas: internal communications to faculty and staff, producing publications for key stakeholders, developing and maintaining the CAS website, assisting academic departments and programs with digital and event communications, and managing media/public relations.

Internal Communications

This office maintains faculty and staff information and forms on the CAS website and keeps faculty and staff informed of upcoming deadlines, meetings, policy changes, etc. CAS News, an online newsletter published twice monthly, is the primary vehicle for keeping faculty and staff informed. The Communications Office maintains the faculty and staff section of the CAS website (located here), which includes the Faculty and Staff Handbook, forms page, calendars page, Chairs’ Guide, and other key resources.

Publications

Communications works closely with the Dean and the Dean’s senior staff to produce publications about the College for a range of audiences. The Office also works with the Offices of Development and Alumni Relations on publications for CAS alumni, donors and friends of the College. Notable examples include the CAS alumni magazine arts & sciences, published twice annually, and the CAS Annual Report. To submit faculty or department news or events, go here.

CAS Website

Communications works directly with BU’s Office of Interactive Design to maintain, develop and improve the CAS main website (www.bu.edu/cas). If you have any suggestions for edits to the website, please don’t hesitate to contact Director of Communications Jeremy Schwab (jschwab@bu.edu, 8-1056).

Communications Assistance for Departments/Programs

Communications works directly with BU’s Office of Interactive Design to maintain, develop and improve the web presence of the CAS departments and centers. CAS/GRS has a limited web design resource through BU Creative Services, and the queue for department and program website upgrades is long. You should consult Communications with any website needs that you are not able to handle yourselves through WordPress content management system, or if you would like web content advice. The office also helps departments and programs with advice on alumni newsletters, and can connect you with resources in Development Communications to assist you with your newsletter. To learn more, contact Director of Communications Jeremy Schwab (jschwab@bu.edu, 8-1056).

Media/Public Relations

CAS Communications works with BU’s Office of Media Relations to promote the work and accomplishments of CAS faculty members, researchers and students. We have limited internal resources to do press releases, and our primary function in regards to media outreach is to send press release ideas to Media Relations, which they will implement if they feel the news rises to the level of interest for outside publications. Communications also works closely with the editors of BU Today, Bostonia and other BU publications to promote the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to the BU community and beyond. To submit faculty or department news, click here.

Why would I contact this office?

We are here to help academic departments and centers to achieve their strategic communications goals. We will be reaching out to chairs and administrators to discuss improving and streamlining departmental website content and alumni newsletters. However, we also are here to help you with event promotion, communications to specific audiences such as prospective students and graduate students, and other needs. So please don’t hesitate to email or call, or just stop by our office at CAS room 107.

We also publicize faculty news and departmental initiatives, so please tell us about research, grants, book publications and any other news you have to share. If you’re not sure how to move forward with a story idea, please feel free to contact us.