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This past weekend, CGS had the pleasure of not only greeting the parents of its current students, but also of seeing the parents of those who graduated from CGS this past May to continue onto junior year. Friday night, students from the CGS class of 2014 gathered with their proud families in the Katzenberg Center for the Capstone Award Ceremony.
Capstone is an intensive project that challenges CGS sophomores to work in a small group to research a real-world, timely issue, and propose a comprehensive solution. It was conceived and designed as an interdisciplinary experience, as CGS’s pedagogical mission centers around the Liberal Arts, which are, by definition, interdisciplinary. After students put in countless hours of hard work- including desk research, field research, writing the 50-page paper, and preparing for and completing a group oral defense- each team of professors is challenged to select the strongest cases presented.
The 2014 theme, Think Globally, Act Locally, asked students to act as a panel of experts with the responsibility of surveying the history and scope of a particular problem in the Boston metropolitan area and proposing a policy recommendation. The projects explored targeted issues within the following “broader” topics: urban climate; urban resiliency in the face of hazards and crises; the value of urban biodiversity; transportation; urban waste; urban waterways and drainage; fisheries; human health and welfare in the city; and energy use and development in Massachusetts. With competition tough, each CGS team had to identify one winning group; the summaries of the winning projects can be found in the event program.
The Capstone project exemplifies CGS’s belief that a well-rounded education best prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s world; enabling them to think critically, understand and communicate effectively, bring together multiple perspectives to solve real-world problems. Congratulations to all!
CGS is excited to announce that it will be offering a new, interdisciplinary elective this spring: The History, Literature, Film and Science of Baseball.
Baseball occupies a special place in American society and memory. As the distinguished historian Geoffrey C. Ward once pointed out, the two hundred year-old national pastime is “an odyssey that links sons and daughters to fathers and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.” The History, Science, and Literature of Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Course seeks to explore these vital links while offering a comprehensive overview of the sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Taking advantage of our Boston location, students can expect a hands-on, experiential approach to the course material. With plans to tour Fenway Park and Nickerson Field (formerly Braves Field), the course will demonstrate what important roles these venues have played in the history and development of the game.
Cross-listed between CGS and CAS (CGS HU 500, CAS AM 502), The History, Literature, Film and Science of Baseball will be taught by Professors Andy Andres, Christopher Fahy, and Thomas Whalen.
Leavitt was honored with the Dr. Ismail Sensel Award, which funded by the Estate of Dr. Ismael Sensel and is traditionally given to a faculty member who has had a particularly outstanding year in terms of publication and teaching.
Leavitt published a book last year, The Foreign Policy of John Rawls and Amartya Sen, that applies the philosophies of Rawls and Sen to current pressing global issues involving human rights, health care, and nuclear proliferation. A recent review declares that the book offers “valuable insights into how the ideas of Rawls and Sen might make the foreign policy of democratic regimes ‘a little better.’” In addition to his book publication, Leavitt had another highly successful year as a professor, earning outstanding teaching evaluations and a Metcalf nomination from a former student. His students appreciate the clarity of his lectures, his ability to connect philosophy to contemporary issues, and the productive atmosphere he creates in the classroom.
Hallstein received the Peyton Richter Award, funded by alumnus Gary Kraut in honor of a long-serving CGS Humanities professor, Peyton Richter. Each year, the award goes to a professor who has demonstrated outstanding interdisciplinary teaching.
Hallstein’s students not only like her, they also learn from her. Students give praise Hallstein teaching them how to think more critically than they ever have before, and for strengthening their writing skills: “I have become not only a better writer, but also a better thinker. My vocabulary has improved in daily conversations and I find myself making connections between more and more things . . .” In addition to her success in the classroom, Hallstein has three books published and is working on her fourth, Bikini Ready Moms: Contemporary Motherhood, Celebrity Mom Profiles, and the Maternal Body.
Check out BUToday’s feature on Dean Natalie McKnight: New Dean Chosen for college of General Studies
On September 19, CGS faculty and alumni gathered to recognize Peter Shankman (CGS ’92, COM ’94) in the Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony. Each year, the College recognizes an alumni for his or her outstanding professional success and continued involvement at CGS. Shankman not only meets, but exceeds, both criteria.
A marketing and customer service futurist, Shankman has been a leader in the marketing and public relations field. He started his career at America Online, and then founded two companies (both of which were acquired): a public relations and marketing firm called The Geek Factory, and resource for journalists looking for sources called Help a Reporter Out. Most recently, Shankman writes, speaks and consults for clients in a variety of industries, often being quoted by top-tier outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Associated Press. Additionally, Shankman has four books published and regularly contributes to his blog- all witty, engaging, and insightful.
Amidst all of this success, Shankman leads a robust personal life, spending time with his family and pursuing hobbies such as skydiving and Ironman Triathalons. The College is especially grateful for Shankman’s time and dedication to further the work of CGS, specifically with his contributions as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and his continued generous financial support.
Shankman was very honored and humbled Friday afternoon. Upon receiving the award, Shankman shared that his academic career was indeed a journey- he was different; and while he quickly found success in the business world, it was a much more enduring process to find success as a college student. The size, structure, and nature of CGS offered Shankman strong relationships with professors and the encouragement to continue pursuing his goals. Drawing parallels between his personal journey and the College, Shankman encouraged the audience: “Be different. The world needs different. You remember different. I recall being a student at BU, but I remember being a student at CGS.”
You can read more about Peter Shankman here: http://shankman.com/
On Thursday, September 18, the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture welcomed documentary director Maurice Fitzpatrick to campus for a viewing and discussion of his 2013 BBC documentary, “Translations Revisited.”
As the title suggests, Fitzpatrick’s documentary revisits Brian Friel’s 1980 play “Translations,” which explores the beauty and borders of language, the diversity of cultures, and how people transcend differences. The play was performed amid the strife of Derry, Northern Ireland in 1980, and staged once again in 2013 in the same city, which had been transformed by fifteen years of ‘peace.’ Given this unique parallel occurrence, Fitzpatrick looks at the significance of “Translations” and asks whether its message has stood the test of time.
Fitzpatrick provided the context for the making of the film. He and his crew filmed the rehearsals for its 2013 production. He interviewed actors, directors, theater scholars and Derry locals. He was interested in discerning in what ways a performance in 2013 would be different from one in 1980. Although the political situation was far less fraught than in 1980, the play’s themes — a society riven by differences in language and outlook — still resonate. The documentary added another layer of translation, serving as a means to carry across the meaning and import of this play written in the late 1970s.
The event concluded with Fitzpatrick fielding excellent questions from the audience, including one about the percentage of Irish versus English spoken in the film. Fitzpatrick estimates a 70-30 breakdown between Irish and English spoken in films sponsored by RTE/BBC. (Intriguingly, the Irish language doesn’t include terms or modes of address that make it easy to identify the socio-economic class of the speaker.)
A scholar and filmmaker, Fitzpatrick also authored a book titled “The Boys from St. Columb’s,” which he also made into a documentary.
To: CGS students
From: Natalie McKnight, Associate Dean, CGS
Welcome, freshmen and welcome back, sophomores! I hope you’ve had a great start to the fall term. I am writing to remind you that you should be setting up an eportfolio to archive your academic work while you are at BU (if you are a sophomore, just continue your eportfolio from last year). Eportfolios are an excellent tool for organizing, saving and reflecting on your work, and they can be a real asset when you apply for internships, graduate schools or jobs since they offer a much richer picture of your work than a resume ever could.
Sophomores will only need to change their team letter in the title of their portfolio from last year, but freshman, you will need to start a new one, if you have not done so already. For instruction on how to set up or add material to a portfolio, please visit this site:
If you are having any difficulties with your eportfolio, we have a CGS Peer Mentor for eportfolios who works two days a week in the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, room 215 at CGS. Her name is Gabriela de Castro; she is a CGS sophomore, and she will be working Tuesdays from 2-3 and Thursdays from 1-3, starting tomorrow. You don’t need an appointment—you can just drop by and get help on your portfolios during these hours. You can also get help from BU’ s I.T. office through any of these means:
• email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• file a form on IT websites (www.bu.edu/tech)
• phone at 3-HELP
• ask a question in person at Mugar or at 533 Comm Ave
Please feel free to drop by room 215 if you would like to ask me any questions about eportfolios or other aspects of your CGS experience. I hope you have a great year!
WHICH ELECTIVE? WHAT MAJOR? EXPLORE!
Gather information about the various academic programs/majors and the elective you will take next semester. Below are valuable resources for you to explore!
- Information Sessions (Listed above.)
- CGS Fact Sheets: (Available in CGS Student Services, Room 211 & www.bu.edu/cgs/students/factsheets.) Describe the academic requirements for different majors.
- Schedule a mandatory registration meeting with your advisor: Make an appointment in CGS Student Services, Room 211.
- Undergraduate Bulletin: (www.bu.edu/academics) Describes program and course offerings in all schools and colleges at BU.
- School/College Websites: www.bu.edu/cas, www.bu.edu/com, etc.
- Career/Internship Information: (www.bu.edu/careers) Make an appointment at the Center for Career Development, 100 Bay State Rd, 6th Floor, 617-353-3590.
- School/College Representative: (Listed below.) AFTER meeting with your CGS advisor, make an appointment with an academic representative from the other schools and colleges.
PEOPLE TO SPEAK WITH FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- College of Arts and Sciences (100 Bay State Rd, Room 401):
Kerry Buglio, 617-353-2400, email@example.com
- College of Communication (640 Comm Ave, Room 123):
Ryan Thurston, 617-353-3471, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Engineering (44 Cummington St, Room 107):
Ruthie Jean, 617-353-4681, email@example.com
- Metropolitan College (755 Comm Ave, Room 102):
Open advising, 617-353-2980
- PreLaw Program (725 Comm Ave, Room B-2):
Rita Callahan, 617-353-4867, firstname.lastname@example.org
- PreMedical/Health Sciences (725 Comm Ave, Room B-2):
Open advising, 353-2435
- Sargent College (635 Comm Ave, Room 204):
Heather Nicholson, 617-353-7475, email@example.com
- School of Education (2 Silber Way, Room 243):
Jacqueline Boyle, 617-353-3177, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Hospitality Administration (928 Comm Ave, Room 307):
Abby Raspallo, 617-353-0930, email@example.com
- School of Management (595 Comm Ave Room 102):
Sally Ward, 617-353-2650, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Disability Accommodations
If you have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder – or suspect that you do – we strongly recommend that you contact the Office of Disability Services at 19 Deerfield Street, 617-353-3658. Read about the procedures for accommodations online at http://www.bu.edu/disability/policies-procedures/academic-accommodations/
Returning students who had accommodations last semester must re-apply with Disabilities Services each semester for new accommodation letters! For more information, see your advisor or talk with Rebekah Hardeson in room 211.