March 2013 Issue

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John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate
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292 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
P: 617-552-1855   


Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm

Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12-8pm



Message from the Director of Graduate Student Life



I hope you all enjoyed a safe and restful spring break.  The month of March signals the closing of the winter season and the beginning of spring.  During the month of March, we pause to celebrate the contributions of women to events in contemporary history.  The Women's Resource Center (WRC) has planned several events for the BC community in celebration of  Women's History Month.


March also features St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated on March 17th.  St. Patrick's Day draws more than 600,000 visitors to Boston--a city with a long-standing Irish tradition.  If you can't get to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Boston is your next best bet!   Check out some of the events and activities taking place around the city.


At the end of March this year, we celebrate Easter, which is considered to be Christianity's most important holiday.  To learn more about the significance of this day as well as the symbols and traditions associated with it, click here.


Speaking of Easter, check out this video of a visit from the Easter Bunny gone wrong.  I can totally relate to these traumatized kids!


And finally, it's time for a pop culture moment.  I'm sure you've all heard about the 'Harlem Shake', the dance craze sweeping the internet.  Well, if you have no idea what it is, check out the top ten 'Harlem Shake' videos on YouTube.  Just for the record, I think Snoopy and the gang do it best!


One of the most prominent symbols of Easter is the Easter egg, which I recently learned has an alternate meaning that has nothing to do with the holiday as we know it.   An Easter egg is defined as an intentional hidden message, inside joke, or feature in a work such as a computer program, web page, video game, television program, movie, book, or crossword.  So what do you get when you cross the "Harlem Shake" with an Easter egg?  Here's how to find out: go to the YouTube homepage and type in "do the Harlem Shake" and you will have the answer!


Until next time, I wish you all a safe and productive month.  Also, watch out for our schedule of events in celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week during early April!


All the best,


R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.


Office of Graduate Student Life
ImportantDatesImportant Dates
March 21-April 1Easter 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. 
*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!

GSA Applications are LIVE and due March 11, 2013 by 5pm!

 Click here to learn more and apply today!



 BC Loves and Supports LAMBDA


BC Law Stands With Lambda
BC Law Stands With Lambda



Whole Person Education Series:   Evaluating a Job Offer: 3/27  

All of your hard work in graduate school has paid off and you've been offered a job (maybe even several)! Now you need to decide if it's the right offer for you. What makes a good offer? What should you be looking for? How do you negotiate for more? Find the answers to these questions and more at our "How to Evaluate a Job Offer" workshop.

Presented by Lou Gaglini, Associate Director, Employer Relations, Career Center.

Click here to RSVP


New Year, New You: Personal Fitness in Minutes
New Year, New You: Personal Fitness in Minutes

Grad Talks     

Come learn about the passions of your fellow graduate students and engage in an opportunity to discuss what matters to YOU. Grad Talks, our first ever graduate student colloquium, is being held on Friday, April 5th in O'Neill Library.  It will be held from 4-6 PM (if you can't make it at 4, jump in anytime!) with a reception to follow.  Mark your calendar for this event, and  check our website for more information!  


Grads Give Back
Interested in contributing to the beautification of a zoo?  How about fixing up a house that shelters low-income families? Or would you want to make a difference to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center?  You can!  All BC graduate and professional students are invited to sign up for Grads Give Back Weekend on April 6th and 7th, 2013. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, breakfast on the morning of the event, and the opportunity to make a difference in our community!  Visit the GSL webpage for more info and go here to sign up!  

Grad Appreciation Week

Like the OGSL facebook page for details (to follow)



Save the Date: Graduate Student Ball
April 27; 7:30pm-11:30pm
Top of the Hub, Prudential Center 
Appetizers, Drinks and Dancing!  
Tickets will go on sale April 7th at 5pm.
Like the OGSL facebook page for details 



Migration: Past, Present, and Future

Two-day Sesquicentennial symposium 

This academic symposium will explore historic and enduring issues in migration, including refugees and forced migration, race and class inU.S. immigration, and policy.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

When: Thursday, March 21-Friday, March 22, 2013

Where: Robsham Theater and Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

FREE and open to the public; registration is required

Click here for more information and to register by Friday, March 15. or call 617-552-3292.



Volunteers Needed for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) 

BCYF is seeking volunteers to assist students in utilizing the Skills Tutor Platform as they prepare to take the GED and English as a second language support. 

  • Volunteers are needed Monday- Thursday form 6:00-9:00PM
  • Volunteers should be willing to commit 1-1.5 hours per week with 1-3 students
  • Volunteers can commit to serving for as long as they are available
  • Placements will be at BCYF Blackstone and Perkins Community Centers
  • Volunteers will be provided with 6 training sessions through Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and 2 hours of training through BCYF
  • Volunteers must go through CORI/SORI process
Some tasks the volunteers will take part in are as follows: 
  • Practice having a conversation with ESL learners
  • Design an activity to help ESL students practice English
  • Assist students in subject areas of difficulty to better understand the concept of an assignment
  • Practice test taking strategies with student learners
  • Be a positive role model for the student by giving advise
  • Sharing experiences and encouraging students to stick to their program
Cancer Prevention Study
Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow.
The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join this historic study.  
When: An enrollment session at BC will take place on May 1; appointments between 10:00 am - 3:30 pm 
Where: Corcoran Commons - Newton Room
Click here to learn more.

 JobsJobs & Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships and Employment Opportunities  

Click here to view on and off-campus opportunities 


LifeinBostonLife in Boston...March 
From College Hoops to St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans to Restaurant Week, and much more in between, there's something for everyone to enjoy around the city this month! 
St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston 
Sunday, March 17, 2013; 1:00pm

Click here to view and download the Parade route map!


Women in Comedy Festival 
Where: Charles Playhouse: 
      74 Warrenton St., Cambridge
When:   March 21-23
Click here for tickets and more information


Special Passover Menu at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro  
Where:  25 Charles Street
When:   Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26; 5:30 - 11:00pm
Click here 
for more information
Maple Sugaring Festival
     293 Moose Hill St. Sharon, MA
When:  March 16; 11am
Click here for more information
March Madness: Celebrate with (or without) basketball:
1. Fill out those brackets and cheer on your team(s) at Cambridge's Newest Hot Spot: Champions
Where: 50 Broadway, Cambridge (in the Boston Marriott)
Enjoy the open atmosphere with a lively bar area and cozy tables for dining. Cheer your team on while watching one of the 20 flat screen TV's and listening to a state of the art sound system. 
Click here for more information


2. Dollar Day Bookstore
3. Californian Wine Tasting
To celebrate the hype around college hoops this month, check out an all American tasting highlighting reds and whites from California.  
Click here for more information

Restaurant Week, 2013
March 17-22 & 24-29
  • 3 Course Dinner for $38.13
  • 3 Course Lunch for $20.13
  • 2 Course Lunch for $15.13 

Click here for participating restaurants & menus 

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events in the Boston area.
CampusCalendarsLinks to various campus calendars
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