BCPD ‘Cruiser Convoy’ for Mass. Special Olympics

Members of thBoston College Police Department at the Special Olympicse Boston College Police Department took part in a special event this month that honored some of the area’s most exceptional athletes and their families. Eight BCPD officers and two civilian volunteers joined fellow law enforcement representatives from across the state for the fourth annual “Cruiser Convoy” to provide an exciting and colorful kickoff – along with a giant helping of heartfelt support – to athletes in the Massachusetts Special Olympics competition on June 18.

“Every officer who participated left the event humbled,” said Patrol Officer Jeffrey Postell, who helped to organize the department’s role in the convoy event. “We have never been so personally rewarded as we were that day.”

Three BC cruisers joined the convoy of more than 80 law enforcement vehicles that converged on the Allston athletic fields of Harvard University from the west, north and south – all arriving with lights flashing and sirens wailing, to the delight of the athletes and their families just as the day’s competitive events were starting.

The police officers, representing departments from Pittsfield to Provincetown as well as a number of campus and special service forces, spent the day with the athletes and their families, cheering them on in their competitions and presenting medals, certificates of achievement and small gifts to those who participated in the various athletic events.

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Campbell Soup’s new CEO Morrison takes over Aug. 1

Campbell SoDenise Morrisonup Co. made it official, naming Denise Morrison as its next president and CEO. Morrison, 57, takes over the top spot on Aug. 1.

She succeeds Campbell’s CEO of a decade, Douglas R. Conant, 60, who led the company through a period of global growth and product diversification while increasing sales from $6.5 billion to nearly $8 billion.

Morrison, who held the titles of executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named as Conant’s expected replacement in October.

“Denise is a superb leader with strong operational skills, comprehensive knowledge of the business and the food industry, and powerful insights into the opportunities for driving profitable growth across Campbell’s portfolio. The board is confident that the company will flourish under her direction,” said Paul R. Charron, chairman of the board of Campbell (NYSE:CPB).

Morrison has 35 years in the consumer packaged-good industry, starting at Procter & Gamble in 1975. She has held positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, Nestle USA, Kraft and Nabisco. She joined Campbell’s in 2003 as chief customer officer, and two years later was promoted to president of Campbell USA. As recently as March, she led Campbell’s on an interim basis while Conant recovered from injuries sustained in a July 2009 car accident. She is a graduate of Boston College.

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Prof. Juliet Schor Honored for Her Research in Ecological Economics

BostonJuliet B. Schor College Professor of Sociology and best-selling author Juliet Schor has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, in recognition of her research on work, leisure, and consumption.

The Herman Daly Award recognizes individuals who have connected ecological economic principles to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. The award’s namesake is an award-winning professor and one of the founders of the field of ecological economics.

According to the USSEE, Schor’s research complements the tenets of ecological economics and inspires its practitioners by challenging long-held assumptions and raising thought-provoking questions that are consistent with the aims of ecological economists.

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BC Professor to Conduct National Study of Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes

The BostHosffman Ospinoon College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) has received a $200,000 grant to undertake what is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive study of Hispanic ministry in Catholic parishes in the United States. The two-year study, to be directed by STM Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, will survey parishes, missions and shrines nationwide to assess the impact of the Hispanic presence at the parish level and determine how parishes are meeting the spiritual needs of the fastest-growing group in the U.S. Catholic Church.

“While more than 40 percent of the total Catholic population and more than 55 percent of Catholics under the age of 18 are Hispanic, there is little data and consequent analysis available focusing on the experience of Hispanic Catholics at the parish level. We hope to address this gap,” said Ospino, who directs Hispanic ministry programs at STM and is actively involved in Hispanic ministry in Boston. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of all U.S. Catholic parishes (approximately 5,500) have developed some form of Hispanic ministry.

The National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry will explore three areas: models of Hispanic ministry; leadership in Hispanic ministry, and religious education in Hispanic parishes.

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Connell School Alumna Ann Riley Finck Named Recipient of Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award

AnnAnn Riley Finck Riley Finck, a nurse practitioner and preceptor in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center, was presented with the 2011 Boston College Connell School of Nursing’s Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award, named for the school’s first faculty member and former dean. The Dean Kelleher Award recognizes a graduate of the Connell School of Nursing who is an accomplished nursing leader, an ethically aware scientist, and a skilled and inquisitive clinician.

Finck graduated from the Connell School of Nursing in 1966. After a year spent in Jamaica under the aegis of what is now the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she began her career at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center. As a neuroscience ICU nurse, Finck provides bedside and postoperative care to critically ill patients. She also works as a preceptor instructing new nurses in critical care. She serves as the Medical Center’s chair for the Unit Practice Council, which is tasked with improving care to patients and the hospital environment for their families.

Finck, who earned a master of science in nursing from Columbia University, has also presented and published on a variety of neuroscience nursing topics. All five of Finck’s children are also Boston College graduates.

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Lisa Adaora Nwachukwu receives award

Lisa Adaora NwacLisa Nwachukwuhukwu ’11 received the University’s inaugural W. Seavey Joyce, S.J., Award at the recent Boston College Citizen Seminar, in recognition of her undergraduate civic engagement and her plans to continue in public service. She will spend the coming year as a volunteer intern at a Nigerian hospital. With her at right are President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Carroll School of Management Assistant Dean James Halpin.

Celebration honors city’s diversity

On a misty, chilly day yesterday, about a hundred people gathered on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to mark the first Boston Race Amity Day Celebration, created to honor the city’s diverse population and promote closer ties between races and ethnic groups.

Karen Perry James, who drove from Plainville, Conn., with her 8-year-old daughter Brittney and Brittney’s friend Deana, said she thought the celebration was a novel way to promote unity.

“I think building friendships is a fundamental step in recognizing that we are all one,’’ she said.

James said she tries to teach her daughter that there are better ways to identify people besides their race.

“If we must label people, let’s categorize people by how bright their light shines,’’ she said. “I don’t think we need to ignore culture, but I do think we need to ignore hue.’’

Musicians, dancers, and other performers from many backgrounds entertained the crowd while showcasing the state’s diverse culture.

The man behind the celebration, William “Smitty’’ Smith, executive director of the National Center for Race Amity, which is based at Wheelock College in Boston, said the day gave those who attended a chance to meet people of different races, a simple yet crucial first step for better race relations.

“We have to create opportunities for people to come together and that is what this is,’’ Smith said.

Smith said he and others are trying to have the second Sunday in June declared National Race Amity Day, and plan to hold the celebration in Boston annually.

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