Message from the Director of Graduate Student Life
February is Black History Month. During Black History Month we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American History and culture. Be sure to check out the calendar of events in celebration of Black History Month here at BC.
Now, let's talk about love. February 14th is Valentine's Day, and when it comes to this amorous holiday, people seem to either love it, or dread it. So for those of you who love it, check out this list of the top ten movies to watch on Valentine's Day.
And for those of you who hate it, check out this list of the top ten best
Anti-Valentine's Day movies:
And last, but not least, it's SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Let's turn to the animal kingdom for a few predictions about which team will win:
In closing, I hope you all enjoy a warm, safe and productive February. And as always, please do not hesitate to contact us here in the Office of Graduate Student Life if we may be of assistance to you in any way.
All the best,
R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.
Office of Graduate Student Life
March 4-8: Spring Vacation
March 21-April 1: Easter Weekend - No classes on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. No classes on Easter Monday except for those beginning at 4:00 p.m. and later.
|Events & Announcements
Come check out the new technology at the Murray House!
Forget to charge your iPhone last night and not sure how your precious line of communication will survive? Stop by the new Charging Station at the Murray House! We have cords for all types of phones.
Check out our new 47" LCD TV in our Conference Room. You can use this for presentations, video conferences, or just enjoy watching BC cable.
Please reserve this room online.
Phone Charging Station
47" LCD TV
Rock out with a BC Grad Student Study Playlist!
We compiled a list of songs graduate students listen to on our Facebook page. We also surveyed students in the Murray House to ask what they are listening to and we came up with this list. We hope you enjoy the station.
Whole Person Education Series: New Year, New You
New Year, New You: Personal Fitness in Minutes
Apply for the Graduate Student Association (GSA)
2013-2014 Executive Board
Grads on Ice
What: Grad Talks is a graduate student colloquium inspired by Ted Talks. We will select about 18 students to share a particular topic about which they are passionate, whether it is academic research, an experience abroad, a lesson learned through a life event, or anything else! Each talk will last either 7 or 15 minutes and should be presented in a manner understandable to those without expertise in that field. This is the perfect opportunity to share research, ideas, and passions while gaining valuable presentation experience before your BC peers.
When: Applications are now being accepted! The deadline to apply is February 15th. The event will be held Friday, April 5th.
How to apply: Complete the application form. Visit bc.edu/gsc for more information.
Adam Ruben: An Evening of Grad Student Comedy
Free pizza, free laughs, and a comedian who actually understands what the grad student life is all about.
The Grad Student Rap
Grads Give Back
Mark your calendar for this university-wide day of service for graduate students on Saturday, April 6th. Breakfast and a t-shirt will be provided in the morning, then we will make our way to various sites throughout Boston to participate in a variety of community service projects. Check back in next month's newsletter for registration information!
Are you interested in getting involved? Do you want to participate in programming? Join the Graduate C.A.R.E. Week Committee
The WRC holds Concerned About Rape Education (C.A.R.E.) Week during the spring semester of every year which focuses on raising awareness about sexual assault and intimate partner violence on and off campus.
Programs aim to educate students and provide resources about the following:
- The prevalence of sexual assault and rape on college campuses
- The definition of consent
- Ways to recognize and navigate unhealthy relationships
- How to help a friend who survived a sexual assault
- Deconstructing the stigma associated with survivors of sexual assault
- How to be a proactive bystander
Throughout the week, students are informed about the on-campus resources available to them from SANet (Sexual Assault Network), Boston College Police Department, University Counseling Services, University Health Services, and the Women's Resource Center.
C.A.R.E. Week will be held this year on the week of April 8 - 12, 2013.
Elements of Effective Presentations
Sanjay Chugh, Assistant Professor from Department of Economics, will give a speech on how to make an effective presentation of your research during seminars and job talks.
When: February 7th, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Stokes Hall, room S117
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm by Tuesday, February 5, 2012
We know there are many research conferences, classroom and other presentations throughout this semester and want to help you prepare for them.
Saturday ZUMBA Classes for ALL Grad Students,
Faculty & Staff!
Audition for The University Wind Ensemble of Boston College!
The January freeze has hit, and that means it's time for a swim!
Participate in The Polar Plunge! A day at the beach, filled with music, food, friends, and swimming to raise money that supports Massachusetts' athletes.
Date & Time: February 23rd, at 10:30am
Location: Revere Beach
Sign up for the BC Graduate Students Team, raise money, and get ready for a swim!
For more information about Special Olympics and the Polar Plunge please click here.
|Take The Plunge!|
Hyde Square Task Force is looking for tutors to help our high-school aged young people excel academically! The tutoring program runs Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6-8pm, and Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4pm at our Youth Community Development Center in Jamaica Plain. Youth have a range of academic needs, so we are looking for individuals who can tutor in a range of subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry and English Language Arts. Contact Sara Costa for more information.
Growing in Love and Wisdom:
The Communicating Science 2013 Workshop
When: June 13-15, 2013
Where: Cambridge, MA
What: The workshop will help graduate students develop the oral and written communication skills they need to communicate their research to their peers, scientists in other fields, and the public.
Now accepting applications from graduate students nationwide in all fields of science and engineering. The workshop is limited to 50 attendees, 20 of those spots are reserved for students from local colleges. You can find the application and more information about the workshop here
Motivational Speaker, Author & Activist
| Jobs & Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships and Employment Opportunities
Click here to view on and off-campus opportunities
|Life in Boston...Cheap, Creative Dates Around the City
Courtesy of Boston.com:
"You simply can't afford dinner and drinks at an upscale restaurant with your sweetie every weekend. So, why not impress your S.O. with creativity and resourcefulness? All of our date suggestions are designed to be light on your wallet. Most of them involve an activity or learning opportunity and they all stray from the typical dinner-and-a-movie date formula. My, don't you look smart."
Here are a few of their ideas (see the full article for the complete list):
GIVING BACK AND GAMING
First things first: Show your date your soft side by helping out those in need. Volunteer together at and make a difference in your community.
And, then: Now that your S.O. has seen your caring side, show them your competitive edge with some gaming. Head to Jamaica Plain's Milky Way Lounge for game night every Monday. Hungry? Indulge in 50-cent wings from 7 p.m. -9 p.m.
TASTINGS AND TUNES
First things first: Ball Square Wines & Liquors hosts free wine and beer tastings every Friday night. Taste their latest finds and chat with their wine pros.
And, next: Head to Toad in Cambridge to enjoy some live music. The tiny, Porter Square club features live performers seven nights a week and never has a cover charge.
PLANETS AND POETRY
First things first: What's more romantic than gazing up at the stars with the one you adore? The Charles Hayden Planetarium offers a star-filled dome with video and audio systems designed to guide you through the distant reaches of outer space. Visit their website to get more specific details on their many shows.
Cost: $10 per person
And, then: Show your date how much they mean to you but reciting a poem you wrote for them. Every Wednesday night at the Cantab Lounge is Poetry Night. The open mic begins at 8 p.m., followed by a featured poet, and then a slam.
Cost: Cover charge is $3.
DRAMA AND DANCING
First things first:
Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club performances at Adams Pool Theater and the Loeb Experimental Theater (the Ex) are always free. Tickets to A.R.T. Institute productions, which are occasionally performed in the Ex, cost $5. Check the calendar for upcoming performances and to make reservations.
And, then: Head to the Middle East for professional belly dance performances every Sunday night. Show off your dancing moves to your date during the open floor time.