April 2013 Issue

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John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate
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Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12-8pm



Message from the Director of Graduate Student Life


This April marks the 10th Anniversary of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) celebration at Boston College.  This year's theme is "A Decade of Discovery", in recognition of the identities, discoveries, and successes of the Asian Pacific American community in America during the past decade.  Check out the calendar of events and support the month by attending an event.


On Monday, April 15th, the 117th Annual Boston Marathon will occur.  The Boston Marathon attracts over 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event.  The 26.2-mile marathon is the oldest, annual city race in the world. Each year, more than 20,000 people run the course that winds its way from Hopkinton, Mass. to Copley Square in Boston. Boston College, located on Commonwealth Ave, is at the Mile 21 mark, a critical juncture for runners because it comes on the heels of the race's most difficult portion, Heartbreak Hill.  A number of Boston College students participate in the marathon, many of them running to raise money for charity.  Classes will not be held that day, so head over to Comm. Ave and cheer on the runners!  It's an experience like no other!


In the meantime, to get you in the marathon spirit, check out this video clip of some fantastic marathon finishes!  Some are exciting, some are sad, and some are just downright scary!


There are only a few weeks left in the semester so stay focused, work hard, and finish strong!


All the best,


R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.


Office of Graduate Student Life
ImportantDatesImportant Dates
April 10: Graduate/CASU registration period for fall and summer 2013 begins
April 15:
Patriot's Day-No classes
April 16: Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the University
May 1: Last date for all students who plan to graduate in August 2013 to verify their diploma names online
May 20: Commencement
May 24: Law School Commencement

*Note: Law School dates differ; refer to the Law School Academic Services Calendar 

For all other graduate and professional programs: 
Click here for the complete BC Academic Calendars
UpcomingEventsEvents & Announcements
Check our facebook & twitter accounts, and the GSL Google Calendar for all of the upcoming Events, Announcements, and other important information!

Whole Person Education Series:  Working with Students with Disabilities: 4/17  

Presented by, Paulette Durrett, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities

Click here to RSVP



Graduate Student Ball: April 27th, 7:30-11:30pm, Top of the Hub 
When: April 27; 7:30-11:30pm 
Where: Top of the Hub, Prudential Center 
What: Appetizers, Drinks and Dancing! 
Tickets will go on sale ($35 each) April 7th at 5pm via a link on the GSL facebook page and the GSL website. 




"True power is service."  ~Pope Francis
Community Service Opportunity

The Jenks Leadership Program (JLP) is a three-semester program in the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics at Boston College. Each Jenks class is divided into groups of undergraduate students whose participation in JLP culminates with the execution of a service project for the benefit of our community. Our project group, Future of Boston, is excited to be partnering with Cradles to Crayons (C2C) to better serve young people around Boston!


The Jenks/C2C collaboration is looking for students who are willing to dedicate 2 hours of their time on a one-time, non-commital basis to help us give back to the Boston community. During this time, volunteers will travel to the Giving Factory and sort clothing and toys or go "shopping" to create kid packs. Attending a Jenks/C2C Event qualifies participating student leaders for RSO hours.  

Click here to learn more.

 JobsJobs & Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships and Employment Opportunities  

Click here to view on and off-campus opportunities 


LifeinBostonLife in Boston...Spring Fever!
We hope you're able to get out and enjoy the fresh air and fun activities to keep you sane in the end of semester craziness!
Marathon Monday: The 117th Boston Marathon
When: Monday, April 15 - start times range from 9:22am to10:30am
Where: 26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston, going right past BC along the route!
Click here to learn more. 


Patriots Day

Also taking place on April 15, 
Patriot's Day Re-enactments, Parades, and Commemorations of the events and battles in Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and present-day Arlington (once called Menotomy) that marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Where: Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, and other locations.
Click here to learn more.




Red Sox  
The Sox return with a vengeance!
Check out the 2013 schedule and cheer them on at the historic Fenway Park!
Home opener April 8



April Film Festivals:
1. Boston International Film Festival 2013

Where: AMC Loews Boston Common,
175 Tremont St, across from Boston Common

When:  April 12-21

What: This 10-day festival brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films. "Eclectic" barely begins to described the wide-ranging scope of the films you'll see here - everything from documentaries to avant-garde surrealism.

Tickets: $12 for most single sessions (typically including a longer film bundled with several shorter films on a similar topic or theme); $75 all-session pass; $250 VIP pass (you get to meet the stars and directors!)

Click here for more information on the BIFI Website.

2. Boston Running Film Festival

Where: Hynes Auditorium 

When: Friday April 12, Saturday April 13, and Sunday April 14 

What: Catch 19 films from around the world about running, hear panels of film directors and running celebrities, and meet other runners. 

Cost: You can buy individual tickets for $9 each, a pass to all for $29, or a VIP pass for $59.  Proceeds benefit cancer research.

Click here to learn more.

3. Independent Film Festival Boston 2013 
Where: Primarily at the Somerville Theatre, 
Davis Square,

When:  April 24 - 30

What: The 11th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston spans 7 days , and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with familiar names plus many new ones.  IFF Boston showcases independent film makers from around the world working outside of the Hollywood system, and the lineup offers plenty of interesting features, shorts, and documentaries.  Lots of panels and parties let you can talk with the filmmakers and ask them questions.

Tickets:  Buy season passes (partially tax deductible) or individual tickets

Click here to see IFF's website for pricing and more info.  

Boston Common Carousel 
When:  Opens Friday, April 12
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm 
Cost: $3
Boston Comic Con Expo

Where:  Hynes Auditorium, 900 Boylston St

When:  April 20: 10am - 7pm &
April 21: 10am - 5pm

Cost:  $20 for 1 day, $35 for both days  


Last Celtics Home Game at the Garden
When:  April 26, 8pm
Where: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way

Click here for tickets  




31st Run of the Charles
When:  Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time:  Races start between 10:30 and 1pm, depending on the race length (6 to 26 miles).
To watch from Boston or Cambridge, expect the most action between about noon and 4pm
Where: Charles River 
Cost:  Free for spectactors

Click here for more info.   

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