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February 2013


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Stokes Hall Welcomes Students

Stokes Hall
Stokes Hall matches the existing Collegiate Gothic style of Middle Campus. [Photo courtesy: Gary Gilbert]

Stokes Hall, BC's new home for the humanities—including classical studies, English, history, philosophy, and theology—is humming with activity. With the return of students from winter break, Stokes' 36 state-of-the-art classrooms are in constant use. The honors library is fast becoming a favorite study spot, while the Commons is already receiving praise as the hot new dining location on campus.

"Stokes Hall embodies Boston College's enduring commitment to the liberal arts, which is a cornerstone of Jesuit education and the heart of our identity," says David Quigley, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Made possible through a transformative gift by University Trustee Patrick T. Stokes '64 and his wife, Anna-Kristina "Aja" Stokes, P'91, '94, '97, Stokes Hall comprises 183,000 square feet in two wings. Built in the Collegiate Gothic style of BC's iconic original buildings—and under construction for two years—the limestone-clad academic building represents one of the largest investments in a liberal arts facility in the U.S. in the past five years.

Learn more about Stokes Hall.


Jerry York Records Milestone Victory

Jerry York Holding the game puck, Coach York celebrates his milestone victory.
The Eagles' win Dec. 29 clinched Jerry York's 925th career victory—and his status as the winningest coach in college hockey history. York '67 began his coaching career 41 years ago at Clarkson University and ended the 2012 calendar year with an overall record of 925–560–95.

The 5–2 victory over Alabama–Huntsville marked not only a monumental personal accomplishment for York but also a crowning achievement for Boston College. York is the third Eagle coach to claim the title of college hockey's all-time wins leader, joining his own college coach, John "Snooks" Kelley '28, and predecessor Len Ceglarski '51, who each retired while holding the honor.

BC Athletics and our Superfans will honor his achievement and impact on Boston College during the Feb. 8 contest against UMass–Lowell in Conte Forum.

Click here for BC's commemorative Jerry York publication.

Click here for BC Men's Hockey schedule.

Click here to purchase hockey and basketball tickets.

Scholarship Honors King's Legacy

(Illustration by Dencii Manayak)
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship was established in 1982 to honor the legacy of Dr. King by recognizing and encouraging excellence at Boston College. It is awarded annually to a BC junior who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and involvement with the African American community and African American issues both on and off campus.

This year's five finalists are:
Steven T. Jefferson of Randallstown, Md., a sociology major with a minor in African and African diaspora studies;
Philip McHarris of South Bound Brook, N.J., who is pursuing a double major in sociology and English with a minor in African and African diaspora studies;
Kayla R. Mendonca of Dorchester, Mass., a student in the premed program and a philosophy major;
Natali Soto of Methuen, Mass., a double major in economics and English; and
Patrick G. Williamson of Saugus, Mass., a double major in communication and sociology.

The winner will be named at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Ceremony Feb. 4 at Robsham Theater. Dr. Clayborne Carson, the Ronnie Lott director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, will speak. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception.

Register to attend the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Ceremony.

Fr. Leahy, BC Faculty Named to Irish Education 100

Fr. Leahy
William P. Leahy, S.J., one of six BC representatives named to Irish Education 100.
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and five other members of the Boston College community have been named to the Irish Education 100, an annual list produced by the Irish Voice newspaper that showcases educators, writers, inventors, researchers, and entrepreneurs who have "made their own unique contributions to making the world a better, smarter place."

In addition to Leahy, Irish Voice recognized Séamus Connolly, the director of Irish studies music, song and dance program and adjunct professor in the music department; Mike Cronin, academic director of Boston College–Ireland, the Dublin outpost for the University's Center for Irish Programs; Thomas Groome, School of Theology and Ministry professor; Joseph Nugent, English Department adjunct associate professor; and James Smith, English Department associate professor.

Learn more about each honoree's career.

This Month's Soaring Eagles

John Kerry In January, the Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of John Kerry, JD'76, P'89 , as the next secretary of state. A decorated Vietnam veteran who was first elected to the Senate in 1985, Kerry succeeds Hillary Clinton.

Read more about Kerry's career and nomination.

T-Shirt Recent graduates Jeffrey White '12 and Dylan Enright '12 have launched a nonprofit t-shirt company, Rightside Shirts, to raise money for arts programs in schools. The t-shirts are designed by elementary and middle school students, and 100 percent of Rightside's profits are funneled directly back into the school's art programs.

Read more and see the shirts.

Ann FinckAnn Riley Finck '66, P'93, '95, '96, '06, '08, was named a finalist in the 2012 New York Times Tribute to Nurses award for education. Finck has worked at Columbia–Presbyterian for the last 45 years in the field of neuroscience, and she continues to find great satisfaction in helping the seriously injured recover. "I've been fortunate to see generations of residents and nurses come through and see how the field of neuroscience has exploded, and with it the ability to give sophisticated care," Finck told the Times. "It's been 45 years, and I'm still learning."

BC at work
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most "Eagle-rific" workplaces online.

Scenes from the heights
Screaming EaglesThe Screaming Eagles march past President Barack Obama during his inaugural parade Jan. 21. (Photo courtesy: John Healey)

  Campus Beat

St. Mary's Construction has begun on the façade of St. Mary's Hall. (Photo courtesy: Lee Pellegrini)
The restoration of St. Mary's Hall—a 24-month-long project—began in January. The project is another example of the revitalization of BC's campus.


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