Message from the Director of Graduate Student Life
Welcome, or welcome back to Boston College! We hope you enjoyed a safe and restful summer, and are now ready to engage in another exciting school year. Each month, the Office of Graduate Student Life will be sending an electronic newsletter to you containing content directly related to graduate and professional students at BC. Throughout the newsletter you will find links to interesting articles, notices about upcoming events and activities, and important university information. The newsletter will also serve as your connection to campus life. While we recognize the demands of your graduate programs, we also encourage you to foster interests outside your academics to achieve a more balanced experience. We hope you will meet other students both within and outside your program, attend campus events and activities of interest to you, and get involved with a campus organization.
Please take a moment to explore our website and browse the various links to programs and information (www.bc.edu/gsc). Feel free to contact us with any suggestions for programs and/or services that you believe would support you in achieving your goals. We are committed to your success and well-being during your time at BC. I would like to direct your attention to other important links and upcoming events, and invite you to participate and take full advantage of all that BC has to offer:
All the best,
R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.
Office of Graduate Student Life
Sept. 12: Last date for graduate students to drop/add online|
Oct. 8: Columbus Day - No classes
Nov. 8: Graduate/CASU registration period for spring 2013 begins
|Events & Announcements
|Check our facebook & twitter accounts, and the GSL Google Calendar for all of the upcoming Events, Announcements, and other important information!
"Like" us on facebook today and we will choose one random winner at the end of September to receive a $20 BC dining card!
Still getting settled at BC?
Check out the GSL Checklist to make sure you've covered all your bases!
GSA/GSL Welcome Month Events:
Whole Person Education Series
"Living with Loans: Budgeting & Debt Management for the Professional Student": Facilitated by Craig Noyes (Direct Loans/Collections Specialist, Office of Student Services)
Date and Time: Thursday, September 13, 2012; 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: Murray Graduate Student Center
Website: Click here
For more information and to RSVP, please email Jenna Sattar: email@example.com
You are invited to attend Black Graduate Ministries (BGM)!
Date and Time: Every Tuesday night (beginning Sept. 4); 7-8:45pm
Location: Harvard University, Gutman Library, Room 303
Website: Click here
Doctoral Student Support Group: Thursdays this fall
BC doctoral students from all programs across the university are invited to have lunch and to talk about the stresses and strains of life as a doctoral student. Doctoral students will work with a facilitator to formulate issues, discuss concerns, and explore ways to address the challenges of being a doctoral student. Possible topics are such things as marriage and relationships, time management, and student-advisor dynamics.
Dates and Time: Six sessions in the fall semester 2012, 12:15-1:15pm:
Location: Gasson 315
If you are interested in participating, please contact Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean, GSAS firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC)
Learn more about the variety of volunteer opportunities at BC
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 11, 2012; 7-9pm
Location: Lyons Dining Hall
Sesquicentennial Mass at Fenway Park:
Date and Time: September 15, 2012, 4 p.m.
Location: Fenway Park
Website: Register here
(You must register and print ticket to attend)
The 2nd Annual Healthapalooza will feature giveaways; food; health information and resources; safety demonstrations; the announcement of our annual health campaign; and much more
Date and Time: Wednesday September 19, 2012; 11am-2pm
Location: O'Neill Plaza
Website: Click here
BC Career Fair:
Open to ALL BC students; ALL majors welcome
Date and Time: Thursday, September 20, 2012; 3-6pm
Location: Conte Forum
Website: Click here
Trot around the scenic Charles River in support of Safe Passage. This is a walk, roll, fun-run and timed race; all are invited to participate!
Date and Time: Sunday, September 30, 2012; 8am
Location: Artesani Park in Boston, MA
Cost: Adults $20, Students/Children $5
Website: Click here
Contact: email@example.com or call Jacob Carter: (860) 459-7428
*We encourage runners to form teams! We have 7 teams registered already!
Grad Student Rates at The Plex (BC's gym)
-$150 rebate from your health insurance (through Blue Cross Blue Shield and Harvard Pilgrim)
Total = $135 ($13.50/month for 10 months)!
From the Office of Community Standards
The Student Conduct system exists to protect the rights of the Boston College community and of students accused of a breach of the University Code of Student Conduct. For a complete description of the Code of Conduct, and related procedures, please consult the Boston College Student Guide.
Take a moment to review the guide to ensure that you remain current with your rights and responsibilities as a student at Boston College. The student guide provides information about resources and the community standards of Boston College. Together we can work to create a campus climate that respects the Jesuit and Catholic identity of Boston College and promotes student learning and development. Click here for the Community Standards website.
| In Loving Memory of Kelsey Rennebohm
On June 1, the Boston College Graduate Student Community experienced a tragic loss on the passing of our student, classmate and friend, Kelsey Rennebohm. We are deeply saddened by this untimely loss, and we join with all of you in continuing to keep the Rennebohm family in our thoughts and prayers.
As we begin a new school year, we would also like to share some words from Kelsey's family, helping us remember how we can carry Kelsey's spirit into our lives, work, and communities:
"Kelsey's interests have been many. She was passionate about education, justice, the building of community and the core importance of relationships. Kelsey had found her path in the practice of therapy and in supporting others in discovering life's joy, fullness and deepest meaning. Kelsey explored and invested herself in neighborhood and friendship, creatively reaching out to widen the circle and include everyone. We invite you to seek out a place of learning; somewhere people are doing good work together; somewhere counseling and care are available, especially to all who might have need. We invite you to support the journey of healing and wholeness in whatever ways come to you and for you. Kelsey has quietly touched so many lives and been present in so many moments that celebrating her life with gifts spread gently throughout the ongoing world seems right."
We also want you to be aware of university resources that may be helpful to members of our community as we continue to mourn the loss of Kelsey and at any time you may need support throughout the year:
1. The BC Administrator on Call can be reached through the BC Police: (617-552-4440). When you call the BCPD number, ask for the Administrator on Call, who will be able to connect you to anything you may need, including the University resources mentioned below.
2. There is a University Psychologist on Call 24/7, as well as a Resident Minister on Call 24/7, if you feel the need to talk, are looking for support, or want to be aware of any community updates: 617-552-3310
3. BC Campus Ministry: 617-552-3475
4. BC Office of Graduate Student Life: 617-552-1855
| Jobs & Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships and Employment Opportunities
Click here to view on and off-campus opportunities
| Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: 9/15-10/15
| BC Lingo Translated:
Don't feel lost in translation! Here is a guide to a few of the many acronyms, abbreviations, and other BC Lingo that you'll hear around campus.
Agora Portal = Central place to access information and services/ access for reading, searching, updating, and personalizing the information and services in your student portal.
AHANA = African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native-American
BCPD = Boston College Police Department.
GA = Graduate Assistant
GSL = Graduate Student Life
ITS = Information Technology Services
OASP = Office of AHANA Student Programs
OISS = Office of International Students and Scholars
The Plex = Flynn Recreation Complex (BC's gym and fitness center)
SPO = Student Programs Office
U-View = Through University's Information Services (BC UIS), you can register for classes/ browse courses
VPSA = Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
VSLC = Volunteer and Service Learning Center
WRC = Women's Resource Center
Click here for the complete list of BC Lingo Translated
|Life in Boston...
|Getting around the City:
From the BC shuttle, to the "T", to buses, HubWay rental bikes, there so many ways to get to campus and around the Boston Area. Check out the transportation link on our website
to find some helpful links and tips for navigating your way around!